You must have heard of the acronym VUCA, which is short for “volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.” The acronym was introduced by the U.S. Army War College to describe the state of the world after the end of the Cold War. It then found its way to the strategic leadership realm, drawing on the theories… Read More Counter VUCA with VUCA
This is the time of year when we, in the association community, look at what’s new out there in terms of trends so we can further improve what we have been doing in boosting membership services and staying relevant to our members. I have compiled the following trends (with my own commentary) from two international… Read More Association trends to consider in 2020
In my post last week, “Association Governance Essentials,” I listed six key ingredients for effective board governance. This time, I wish to share with you the mindsets and behaviors to become a boardroom asset from Australia’s Conscious Governance, a global, independent advisory service for non-profit boards, CEOs and directors: Skill 1: A willingness to utilize… Read More Skills of a high-performing association board member
Many studies have shown that effective governance results in a vibrant and successful association. But what are the characteristics of effective governance? According to BoardSource, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that specializes in board leadership, the formula for effective governance boils down to six essential ingredients: Mission: A clear, concise, and compelling mission unifies and… Read More Association governance essentials
The average size of association boards here in the Philippines is 15, which is in the middle of the size range—10 or less (small) and 35 (large)—of boards elsewhere. American journalist Joe Rominiecki, in an article in 2013 in Associations Now magazine, wrote about the debate on the “right size” for an association board. He cited the… Read More Association governance: big or small board?
My New Year’s resolution for this column is to write more association governance topics than on association management as I did in the past for two reasons: to reach out to more association board members—since not all Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives members sit in the board—and to debunk the popular belief that… Read More Association board ‘sights’
Last Christmas, I got Simon Sinek’s latest book titled The Infinite Game from a colleague. Simon is a well-known British-American motivational speaker and best-selling author of Start with Why, among others, and his TED Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” in 2009 is one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Since watching this video… Read More Associations and ‘The Infinite Game’