Category Archives: Volunteer Leadership

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…

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…

Note to State and Local Association Leaders: Are you really part of the same team?

As someone who worked at all three levels of the REALTOR® association following five years as a REALTOR®, I think I have a pretty good perspective of how everyone works together. Sometimes, it works beautifully. Sometimes, it isn’t pretty. When facilitating planning, leadership, or other sessions across the country, I have seen in person or heard…

Using Good Grammar Makes Good Impressions!

Using Good Grammar Makes Good Impressions! Saw this great statement on Facebook today from Grammarly.com and had to share it. Good grammar can’t just help you with winning arguments (or maybe avoiding them), but it helps all leaders to make good impressions – or prevents them from making bad ones! Here are some common mistakes…

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…

Life is about managing expectations

It’s that time of year when new volunteer leadership comes on board. The new president and board of directors are excited about the coming year and everyone is all on the same team. Or are they? Does your incoming president have the same expectations about the coming year that the rest of the board does? Or that…