governance

Investigating the New Future (Together): Looking Forward™ 2021

Would you like to know the most substantial issues facing your members? Assess the challenges that associations will need to overcome to be successful in a dynamic and uncertain future? Of course, you do. You can’t just spend your time drinking your way through the pandemic. A fantasy? Nope, saddle up association executives and get …

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ASSOCIATION LABORATORY LAUNCHES 2019 ANNUAL ASSOCIATION ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROJECT

November 15, 2018 – Association Laboratory has launched its annual association environmental research project, “Looking Forward 2019,” a collaborative research effort conducted with leaders of the association management profession.   This year, Association Laboratory is expanding its outreach by including state association executives from Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Iowa.  Also participating will be AAMSE (American Association of Medical Society Executives ) and National Association of Manufacturers.

Why Young Professionals Hate Your Association

For years, association executives have endured book after book explaining two things. First, how young professionals are essential to the future of associations. Second, how we couldn’t possibly understand the deep complexities of this critical audience (without help). Hell, some of our consultant friends have already started to scare us with the next generation, now …

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Why are Volunteer Leaders Killing Good Associations?

Association Laboratory’s ground-breaking environmental scan Looking Forward 2018 (access HERE) revealed how many association executives believe their volunteer leaders are creating substantial governance challenges that threaten the long-term viability of their association. Historical Membership Models and Governance Systems are Failing In Looking Forward 2018, 86% of association executives believed that membership acquisition, retention and engagement …

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Board of Directors?

Why are so many chief staff officers so afraid of their Board of Directors? Because their Boards are difficult to work with and the decisions they make are so bad. Recent research and conversations with CEO friends in association management highlight the astonishing amount of time and energy devoted to convincing, navigating or just plain …

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