Category Archives: Planning

Yesterday is So Yesterday

Yesterday is So Yesterday As the Chicago spring arrives each year (and leaves a couple of days later, I think), and summer sets in, I can’t help but remember growing up in a small town in Iowa and the memories it brings. The wonderful smell of lilacs and the air after a spring shower. Easter outfits…

Three Things You Need To Know

Three Things You Need to Know There are some announcements you and your association leadership ought to know about. All three are related to your future in some way. Let’s take a look. 1. Most of you know this, but just in case, those proposed revisions to NAR Core Standards I wrote about in the…

Core Standards, Part 2… Will you be ready?

As many of you may already know, NAR has released the proposed amendments to its Core Standards as developed by the Core Standards Working Group. These amendments will be reviewed and voted upon at the upcoming meetings in D.C. in May. This post will give you quick look at the major highlights after I pose…

Does Leadership Training Really Work?

September 2015 As many associations are thinking about or planning their new board orientation or other types of volunteer training, it may be time for all of us to do some re-thinking. Some of you may be saying: “we do this every year, and we have the same old issues and challenges coming up over…

Core Standards Year One – Planning Lessons Learned

It’s over. And your association passed the test – meeting or exceeding the NAR Core Standards by the first year’s deadline. What did you like? Dislike? What did you learn? Are you going to be better than before? If you were already meeting the standards, did the process remind you of some of the basics you may have…

NAR Core Standards Resources and Links

Want to know the latest NAR’s Core Standards and ideas about meeting them? I have included a few links to important information and tools for your easy reference. Core Standard: Unification – What the Devil Does That Mean? NAR’s Frequently Asked Questions NAR Core Standards NAR Compliance Criteria (pdf) NAR Core Standards Home page for…

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,…

Six Tips for 2013 Success

Will you be ready for 2013? Six Tips for 2013 Planning It’s that time of year that association staff and volunteer leaders are busy with planning for the next year – budgeting, elections, committee selection, and more. I’d like to share some tips to help you prepare for next year now – so it will…

April News

Three Things I Learned at AEI.                I hope all of most of you were able to attend the Association Executives Institute in Louisville last month. Going along with AEI’s “Triple Crown” theme, I want to share three things I learned at AEI. 1. Find white space. Juliet Funt,…

Ten Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

Ten reasons strategic plans fail Strategic plans often don’t get off the shelf and do nothing but create dust. Or they quickly become irrelevant. There are many reasons that a plan could fail, but the most common are: Lack of member input. Boards of Directors often think they know what members want and need, but…