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Best Practices for Boards and Working Groups

Posted by Andy Freed on 2/4/16 6:00 AM

Sometimes you can find information for best practices for Boards and working groups in the most unusual of places.

A recent article in a scientific journal entitled “Why too much evidence can be a bad thing” talks about how sometimes too much evidence can be a bad thing. In fact, as the article states, in ancient Jewish law, if a person was found unanimously found guilty by all judges, then the suspect was acquitted. The reason being that the judges felt if no one saw a flaw in the case, it was unlikely to be true.

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Topics: Working Groups, Board, BOD, Technical Working Groups

Remote Board Meetings: Are Your Members Playing BINGO?

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/29/15 4:28 PM

If you manage an association or standard-setting organization, there’s a good chance your governing board is dispersed across the country—or even across the globe. After all, most association board members are simultaneously leading separate businesses, and answering to the stakeholders in their respective offices/cities. Even the most dedicated among them would have a hard time attending all your board meetings, if participation always meant getting on a plane, losing a day’s work to travel, etc. 

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Topics: Meetings, Board

Keep your Board members off email (at least during your meetings)

Posted by Greg Kohn on 1/21/15 12:50 PM

Are your in-person board meetings the ideal environment for your directors to do their email? (Or, worse, play the latest Angry Birds release?) Does your Board struggle to be conversational around critical or strategic topics? While every board is certainly different, below are some methods that have moved the needle within some of the most engagement-resistant groups: 

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Board, Association Boards

Fighting fury with F.I.R.E.

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/5/14 7:00 AM

The “bad” Board member. Every Board has one. Just say their name and people roll their eyes.  

This person exists on nearly every Board, but takes on different forms.  Sometimes it’s a person who is intentionally disrupting the group’s activity. Sometimes it’s a person who monopolizes discussion.  Sometimes it’s a person who is abusive to his peers and staff. 

So how do you deal with this person?

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Topics: Association Management, Board, Association Boards

What Your Association Can Learn from a 2003 Technology Forecast

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/11/13 2:56 PM

I’m sitting at 35,000 feet and watching DirectTV typing this while connected to the in-flight email. There’s a number of minor tech miracles embedded in that sentence. But what inspired me to fire up the blog was a story I saw on NBC news—that today is the 5th anniversary of the App store.

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Topics: Technology, Board, Association

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