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Quick clicks: The good, the bad, and the board

Board size. Dave Phillips, CAE, suggests the size of association boards can and should vary greatly, depending on the needs of any given organization. (His organization's board has 200 members!) Some interesting discussion has arisen in the comments, as well.

Bad boards. Eric Lanke, CAE, points to a list of characteristics of a bad board at a for-profit and offers an equivalent list for association boards. (And board size comes up again.)

Innovation. Last week, Jeff De Cagna interviewed Matthew May and posted the full interview podcast to his blog. May is author of The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change and will speak at this week's Great Ideas Conference.

Association (r)evolution. Shelly Alcorn, CAE, believes associations must change their behavior, and in the first two parts of a series of posts, she examines associations from a sociological perspective and argues that membership creates harmful barriers to pursuing common good.

Museums as associations. Colleen Dilenschneider makes the case that museums should adopt the association model and many of its best practices.

Cash or volunteers? The UK's Directory of Social Change asked nonprofits last month if they'd rather get a £10,000 cash donation or the equivalent in volunteer hours, and 91 percent said they'd take the cash. I could see a healthy debate there, so I'm surprised the results were that one-sided. The summary shares some interesting quotes from respondents.

Wisdom. David Patt, CAE, shares a story from early in his career about the pitfalls of being a board chair at just 26 years old.

Like. Nieman Journalism Lab points to new research into the most-Liked links on the web (and by "Like," we mean the Facebook vote of approval). The most popular articles tend to be opinion-based, ones that are "implicit invitations to discussion and interchange." Member engagement FTW.

[By the way: we're looking for volunteers interested in book blogging. (See past book blogging series here.) It's pretty simple; you read a book from which you can draw some lessons about association management (or organizational leadership in general), and you write a series of three or four blog posts for Acronym. It's a great way to contribute to the community discussion. If you're interested, contact Scott and me at acronym@asaecenter.org.]


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