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“Board Forward is a must-read for volunteer board members in any industry or profession. Current issues explore matters of direct relevance to boards, and the Board Forward archives are a rich source of useful information on literally hundreds of different board-oriented topics.”
—Kristen L. Straka, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
2016-2018 President, Society of Pediatric Nurses

 
The Decision to Serve
People join association boards for reasons that are as unique as they are. Some are driven by the mission, while others see it as a chance to give back. Some volunteer at the pinnacle of their careers, while others are just starting out. Every board member’s story is different. Why did they decide to serve on their association’s board of directors?...
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Joint Affiliate Agreements Boost Membership
Over its 33-year history, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has formed relationships with dozens of financially independent state affiliates throughout the country. But a few years ago, the board of AACVPR asked a question that would change the trajectory of both the association and its affiliates...
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How Board Service Can Help Your Career
Serving on an association’s board of directors is a rewarding experience, but due to uncertainty about the role and other factors, many are hesitant to serve. Aside from the obviously noble endeavor to advance one’s industry or field, there are other benefits to consider. Among them, board service can help advance a person’s career...
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The Search for "Aha!" Moments
Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group in 1988. The off-Broadway show became a worldwide sensation known for its humor, blue body paint, and wild stunts. The production works on the premise that certain conditions can create "aha! moments" — moments of surprise, learning, and exuberance — that are frequent and intentional instead of random and occasional...
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The Power of Books to Propel Your Career
Forbes columnist Carmine Gallo writes that the most common New Year's resolutions are typically to "exercise more" and "lose weight." Reading more books doesn't even crack the top 10 for most. But for leaders and decision-makers, he asserts, it should top the list. Gallo read more than 75 nonfiction books last year, many of them written by chief executives...
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EDITOR’S PICKS

Is Your Board the Right Size?

Earlier this year, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) appointed a governance task force to examine how the association is functioning. One of its charges was to look at the size of the board. Was it the right size for maximum efficiency?
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The Board Member Recruiting Challenge

Finding and recruiting new members to serve on the board is not only one of the most important responsibilities of an association's board of directors – it's also one of the most challenging.
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The Language of Loyalty

The pricing of memberships, products and services is one of the most challenging issues associations face today, especially in a world in which anyone can comparison shop almost instantly using any one of several devices.
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