January-February 2016


  • Cover Story: Foresight First
    By: Jeff De Cagna, FASAE For associations to survive and thrive in a time of constant change, their leaders need to develop a clear-eyed and disciplined focus on the future. The duty of foresight is a responsibility that boards must embrace now.
  • Writing a New Chapter
    By: Joe Rominiecki For an Association with a troubled chapter system, the path to resurgence is no walk in the park. It begins with a board of directors both bold in vision and open to all possible solutions. With so many members and volunteers holding a stake,it may be one of the toughest leadership challenges a board can take on. Here's how three associations have done it.
  • Step by Step
    By: Mark Athitakis When it comes to climbing the leadership ladder, successful volunteers keep an eye on the next rung, while helping those behind them.
  • Debate Done Right
    By: Kristin Clarke, CAE Most people cringe at the word debate, envisioning the personal, divisive attacks of presidential candidates posturing on a public stage. But formal debate can be highly effective for busy leaders faced with complex decisions and ideas, so perhaps it's time to consider a good argument.


Note From the Chair

  • From Where I Sit
    By: Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE Like any important asset, governance needs to be actively managed, measured, and evaluated. ASAE's 2015-2016 board chair describes how active management of governance sets associations up for success at all levels.


  • A New Role For Boards
    By: Kristin Clarke, CAE Andy Boynton said that if volunteer leaders and CEOs want to identify new association opportunities, they must become interested, diverse, exercised, and agile "idea hunters."
  • How to Create Your Personal Board of Directors
    Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach, principal of Communication Matters, on how to select who should serve on your personal board of directors to help you in your career.
  • Election Cycle Means Long Sought Tax Overhaul Will Wait
    By: Chris Vest, CAE  Associations will continue to keep an eye on Congress and its plans for tax reform, though it will be unlikely to materialize in 2016. 

Leader to Leader

  • Motivation
    Association board chairs discuss what inspired them to be a volunteer leader and how the job keeps them up at night.

Brain Power

  • Books
    By: Kristin Clarke, CAE Three books make the case for doing the opposite of what you've been told, dealing best with impossible people, and breaking free from conventional cultures and constraints.
  • How I Got Here
    The newly elected chair of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans is eager to make the healthcare system better, simpler, and more cost effective.