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One of the most important responsibilities of leaders is to have a vision for the future of their organization and to be able to communicate that vision in such a way that all stakeholders (employees, customers, members, investors, etc) share the vision.  All stakeholders need to be able to see the same vision.

This week, I will be moderating a panel discussion titled, “Association of the Future” at the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations (NAM CMA) meeting.

The panel is made up of three well respected, visionary leaders in the association management space.

1.  John Graham, CAE.  President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  ASAE is the professional society for association managers.  ASAE conducts research, delivers educational programs and creates networking opportunities for its members.  As CEO, John is the leader of the profession.  Check out ASAE here.

2.  Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE.  Chief Strategist and Founder of Principled Innovation.  Principled Innovation offers consulting and speaking services to associations.  Jeff is a former association executive and has been delivering visionary services to associations for many years.  Check out Principled Innovation and Jeff here.

3.  Seth Kahan.  Author and Change Agent.  Seth is the founder of Visionary Leadership, offering consulting, speaking and advice and counsel to associations.  Seth has authored several books on ‘change’ and ‘innovation’.  Check out Visionary Leadership and Seth here.

I can’t wait to hear what the future of associations looks like to these three leaders and visionaries. I am confident you will find it valuable.  Before participating, give some thought to your association and what it will look like in five or ten years.  See if your vision of the future is shared by any of the expert panelists.

Click here to register to view the panel discussion live on Friday afternoon.

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It never ceases to amaze me where simple but effective lessons in leadership are found. The golf course is one of those places. Golf is a game of man against hiimself. How can leadership be present without someone to lead?

I contend the qualities the game of golf emphasizes are leadership qualities that can be applied in any setting. Here are my top golf qualities:

1. Honesty
2. Integrity
3. Humility
4. Generosity

Do you have any to add?

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I find it curious that we celebrate our love for and appreciation of Mothers once a year on Mothers Day. After all, shouldn’t we show all mothers respect and appreciation daily? Come to think of it, shouldn’t we show all people respect and appreciation daily?

I think that’s the mantra we should all live by – treat everyone with respoct and appreciation daily.

What are your thoughts?

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There are many kinds of partnerships in life – friendships, marriages, customer-supplier relationships, employee-employee relationships and more. All of these “partnerships” can be complicated. For these partnerships to be successful, certain values must be present in both parties.

I think those values are:

1. Trust each other
2. Be committed to each other
3. Act respectfully and responsibly
4. Care for each other
5. Grow together and find Enjoyment in the relationship

It is difficult for anyone to live these values in all their “partnerships” daily. I am convinced however, in order for people to achieve greatness and happiness, they must strive to achieve these values.

What value do you find in successful partnerships?

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I must admit I am a workaholic – though I’ve gotten better over the years. Even before blackberries, iPhones and eMail I found a way to stay connected to my work during all hours but sleep, seven days a week.

Over the years I have been able to step away from work for a few hours at a time at least (mostly to spend time with my children).

Recently, I have learned from several successful leaders I know that everyone needs time away from work. Taking time away from work isn’t a weakness, but a strength. If you’re a workaholic like me, you are laughing in disbelief and asking how that’s possible – it doesn’t even make sense.

Here are a few examples of why taking time away from work is a sign of a strong leader:

1. It recharges the batteries – gives you renewed energy
2. It provides a different perspective to the leader
3. Sets a good example for your employee partners
4. Helps your family know it is important
5. Helps the leader balance his personal and work life

Do you take time away from work? Does it make you better at work?

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I believe that most successful trade associations have Boards of Directors that are not only functional but whose directors have developed trusting relationships amongst each other.

I have had the pleasure of seeing dozens of Boards of Directors interact with each other. Here are some of my observations about how Boards develop trusting relationships:

1. The members treat each other inside and outside the boardroom with respect both professionally and personally
2. The members begin every meeting sharing one recent business success and one recent personal success
3. Consent agendas are used allowing the Board to focus its time on mission critical issues, not administrative ones
4. The members keep the organization’s mission and strategic plan at the forefront of their minds in meetings

Tell me about some of the characteristics of the successful (or even unsuccessful) Boards you have seen.

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One of the greatest challenges leaders face are distractions. Distractions cause leaders to take their “eye off the ball”. Distractions cause leaders to lose focus on their mission and strategies.

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Here are my top four:

1. Personnel issues
2. Demanding customers
3. Balancing work and family
4. Money

In the last eighteen months, many leaders have been distracted by economic conditions. These conditions have caused leaders to focus on expense reductions and major business model changes just to survive. Now it is time for leaders to re-focus on developing the strategies that will help their businesses succeed in the future.

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