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“Board Forward is a must-read for volunteer board members in any industry or profession. Current issues explore matters of direct relevance to boards, and the Board Forward archives are a rich source of useful information on literally hundreds of different board-oriented topics.”
—Kristen L. Straka, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
2016-2018 President, Society of Pediatric Nurses

Moving at the Speed of Change
For associations, change could result from any number of events—new regulations or laws, demographic shifts, market forces, innovative technologies, or other factors. The key is to identify those shifts and be nimble enough to address them...
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Are Your Bylaws Serving Your Mission?
An association’s bylaws are the fundamental rules by which the organization governs itself, but they are by no means a static document. They should be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary to make sure they are adequately serving the mission of the organization...
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Best Practices for New Board Chairs
Even for those who have sat on association boards for years, there’s nothing that quite prepares you for that first meeting as the new board chair or, as the position is also called, chief elected officer. Here are some tips to help you be ready for that transition...
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Why Timing Is — Almost — Everything
Author and former vice presidential speechwriter Daniel Pink discusses how the time of day we work on tasks can change outcomes. His latest book, titled "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing," came about when he realized he was making all sorts of "when" decisions — like when in the day to exercise, when to work on a specific project, when to answer e-mail — in a haphazard way...
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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making
The best decision makers have a sense of two things: one, how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes; and, two, how desirable each of those outcomes is. The article's author also notes that there are three rules for decision making that stand out, and following them will improve your ability to predict the effects of your choices and assess their desirability...
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Is Your Board the Right Size?

Earlier this year, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) appointed a governance task force to examine how the association is functioning. One of its charges was to look at the size of the board. Was it the right size for maximum efficiency?

The Board Member Recruiting Challenge

Finding and recruiting new members to serve on the board is not only one of the most important responsibilities of an association's board of directors – it's also one of the most challenging.

The Language of Loyalty

The pricing of memberships, products and services is one of the most challenging issues associations face today, especially in a world in which anyone can comparison shop almost instantly using any one of several devices.


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