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A Quick Guide to a Gratifying Volunteer Board Experience
By David Schmahl, Executive Vice President, SmithBucklin

The decision to volunteer as a board member means a sacrifice of time and energy. It also opens doors of opportunity. To help maximize this privilege on multiple levels, I suggest the following:...
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Creating Win/Win Strategic Partnerships
According to David A. Westman, MBA, CPA, CAE, author of “Board & CEO Roles for Achieving Association Goals,” strategic partnerships involving varying kinds of entities are on the rise and will continue to increase in the future as associations explore innovative ways to grow membership and maintain competitive value propositions. Westman shared with Board Forward his insights on three key types of partnerships, including...
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Boards and Staying Ahead of Change
Federal rulings and legislative changes can impact professions and industries in myriad ways. As a result, associations can play an invaluable role in filtering these kinds of issues through industry- or profession-specific lenses in order to most effectively guide their members through such changes. This starts with informed association leaders who dedicate time to looking at the big picture, exploring future outcomes and having the willingness to act when needed...
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Doing Things Fast and Well
Organizational processes, communications and human interactions in the world are speeding up and demanding more from all of us. For volunteer-governed associations, time takes on even greater significance as board members seek to balance their important duties with demanding careers...
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Important Qualities of “Type B” Personalities
Travis Bradberry, co-author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” highlights key attributes of individuals with Type B personalities and suggests that people who fit the Type B profile can ultimately be just as productive and successful as those considered Type A. The bias that people with Type B qualities are lazy or indifferent, Bradberry says, dates back to the origin of the Type A/Type B paradigm...
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