January - February 2014


  • Cover Story: The Habits of Highly Effective Boards
    By: Beth Gazley Great board performance doesn't happen by mistake. Qualities like strategic orientation and a culture of accountability are common among the best. Find out what the highest-performing boards can tell us about good governance.
  • Should Board Members Be Paid?
    By: Mark Athitakis Wait, you mean some people get paid for this? It's not a broadly adopted practice, but some associations see smart board-member compensation as a way to enhance diversity and skill among its leadership. Here's how they're making it work.
  • The Who, When, and Why of Board Executive Sessions
    By: Anne Cordes, CAE, and Mark Engle, FASAE, CAE Dismissing staff—sometimes even the CEO—from a portion of an association board meeting runs the risk of damaging trust between volunteers and staff. Common agreement about your association's preferred governance practices can make executive sessions more of a useful tool and less of a sore subject.
  • Three Board Members Making a Difference
    By: Melanie D.G. Kaplan Stepping into a volunteer leadership position is a serious commitment, but the rewards of board service—in terms of professional and personal development—make it well worth it. Meet three standout board members who are using their voices and experience to advance their associations' missions and industries.


The A List

  • The Power of the Volunteer-Staff Partnership
    By: Arlene A. Pietranton, FASAE, CAE They say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That's definitely true of the partnership between association staff and volunteer leaders. ASAE's 2013-2014 Board Chairman describes her view of the "yin and yang" of association volunteers and staff.
  • Leader to Leader: Board Assessments and Untimely Succession
    Volunteer board leaders share their tips for conducting a successful board self-assessment and what they would do if the association's CEO or Executive Director suddenly stepped down.

Brain Power

  • Books: Courageous, Victorious, and Successful
    By: Kristin Clarke Three publications include the memoir of the courageous 16-year-old Malala Yousafzi, Malcolm Gladwell's latest on how underdogs overcame their strongest competitors, and the success story of Honest Tea.
  • How to Close the Communication Gap
    By: Kristin Clarke John Spence, author of Awesomely Simple and opening keynoter for the 2014 Great Ideas Conference, shares three tools for strengthening internal communications.
  • The Value of Volunteering
    Daniel Martinage, CAE, founder and principal of Association Coach, LLC, discusses how board service and other activities can advance an association professional's career.

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