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Why Boards Need Clarity
“Clarity of vision is the key to achieving your objectives,” said Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist. These words are particularly relevant to volunteer leaders who serve on association boards. But for board members, it goes beyond clarity of vision. It’s also about having clarity on roles, responsibilities, expectations, governance, the mission, policies, protocols, values, and all other aspects of board service...
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Strategies to Optimize Executive Committees
Executive committees are critical to good board governance, which is why most association boards have them. But not all executive committees are structured or function the same way. They vary in size and role based on the specific attributes and needs of a particular association. However, despite these differences there are several common guidelines that can help boards optimize their impact...
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Raise Membership's Voice with Crowdspeaking
Associations are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the power of social media as an advocacy tool. They represent thousands of connected, passionate, like-minded professionals who can be an influential force when their voice is amplified via social media. Crowdspeaking is one tool that has emerged to help individuals and organizations make that happen...
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Agree to Disagree or Disagree Then Commit?
Internal issues typically arise in boardrooms and throughout other parts of an organization due to a lack of aligned execution. Too often, teams resort to a compromise in which arguing sides agree to disagree and then just plow ahead. That strategy often fails. When divergent opinions crop up, the key is to not force decisions too quickly...
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The Power of an Idea Meritocracy
The author, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia, says that as technology continues to advance most organizations will have to achieve higher-level technological capabilities and higher-level human cognitive and emotional performance...
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