For State Association AEs – What’s next with NAR’s Core Standards?

Core Standards. What’s Next? So many ideas are floating around to implement the new NAR Core Standards as efficiently and effectively as possible. Here are some of my own for state associations to consider for their fall meetings with local association leaders: I. Workshops or Discussions. Hold sessions to assess association capabilities as each considers their own next steps;…

What’s Up with These Standards We Keeping Hearing About?

By now, you’ve likely heard about the core standards that are being proposed through the NAR process. Some hints of the early details, like: mandatory RPAC dues billing; strategic plans for every association; a more expedited ethics enforcement process; Limited Referral Office (LFRO) connections (and related dues), real dues formula enforcement; and more. Kevin McQueen and…

Are the Ostriches in Charge?

You’re hearing voices everywhere. They’re coming from all directions. Too many MLSs. Too many associations. Pressure to merge or regionalize. Rebellious brokers. NAR making new standards. Members whining about no value for their membership. Limited resources. Isn’t this making your head hurt? Does your association need to change? But somehow, can’t? You’re aware of the need to…

Are you using your Power?

  A collaborative post from Alice Martin and Kevin McQueen Today it’s all about collaboration in all things and we strongly support that trend. Kevin McQueen and I just completed our first national survey of REALTOR® association executives and we have some interesting observations and ideas to share with you. But first, we have three…

Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Rock!

Questions for you: Do you use PowerPoint presentations?  Yes, you use them, but do they suck? Or are they fun to look at and invite great conversation? Or, you are not bad at developing good presentations, but you simply don’t have the time to devote to making them good? I have solutions to each of those questions. 1….

Shared Value REALTOR AE Summer 2013

Double your value without increasing your budget? Sound good? Take a moment to read about ideas for sharing programs or services with other associations or organizations and get a peek at the newly-revised NAR Shared Services Resources in this REALTOR AE Summer 2013 magazine (reprinted with permission).

Looking for Fresh Ideas for Leadership Training? They’re right here!

Summer is sadly reaching its end. The weather will be changing… leaves will be falling (or maybe the snow?), temps will be dropping (yes! say those in hot climates), and thoughts will turn to the upcoming leadership year at your associations. It’s time to plan for your leadership conferences, board retreats/orientations, volunteer recruitment drives, or…

Mandatory Association Beach Reading: My Top Six

Going on vacation soon? Got some juicy pulp fiction to take to the beach? That’s fun, but intersperse that light reading with some great books that will help you help your association in a lot of ways. There are so many books out there that give you advice on leadership, management, micromanagement, planning, team-building, blah,…

The Top Five Topics AEs Want To Know More About

Martin Consulting Solutions recently surveyed 165 association executives to find out what topics were most on their minds and what they wanted to learn more about this coming year. It may not surprise you, but the top five were familiar: Evaluating, developing, and communicating member value Volunteer recruitment Leadership development Collaboration/sharing with other associations Organizational assessment (governance…

Do You Have Groundhog Day Meetings?

One of the most frequent complaints heard from leaders about meetings: “we keep covering the same things over and over and over again….” Meeting participants frequently bring back issues already (supposedly) decided upon. And on the way to the parking lot, they will often disagree about what they even agreed upon! Don’t you see Bill…