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Jul 24
Peggy Hoffman
Springs - flexibility

It seems that everywhere I look there are subliminal messages supporting major changes to the traditional association chapter model. The latest comes from a blurb I saw in AssociationsNow.com referring to a CMSWire piece that nearly half of all workers tend work in more flexible environments, outside of a traditional office.

Blog
Jul 21
Peggy Hoffman
Super heroes - kids dressed as

I love it when an idea is repeated. For then, we being to analyze (read Joe Rominiecki’s article Chapter Restructuring: A Board’s Most Difficult Job).  And then the idea gets intentional thought (read Jamie Notter’s excellent post Engagement: Local vs. National). And finally we get brave enough to act. I’m talking about changing the approach to chapters.

Blog
Jul 17
Peggy Hoffman

Volunteers for all types of organizations are asking for change - change in how they volunteer, when they can volunteer and where they volunteer. They are asking for flexibility in their volunteering. Organizations that are responding are doing so by re-imaging their volunteer program.

Blog
Jul 06
Peggy Hoffman
Dancing people

Distributed teams are a common theme for association volunteer leaders as most find they are leading a group of individuals scattered throughout a state, across the US or around the globe. This is counter to what we experience in our regular job. Yes, that is changing, but still few of us have the skill set to match this type of leadership.

Blog
Jul 02
Peggy Hoffman
Computer mice facing off

One commonality among association volunteer leaders is the nature of the teams they lead: distributed. Leading a distributed team presents challenges that many of us don’t have in our day-to-day jobs (although this is increasingly changing) so it’s a skill we need to help volunteers build. In a training for volunteer leaders on the topic, I offer a key ingredient for success: a commitment to communications.

Blog
Jul 01
Peggy Hoffman
Dominoes - where to start

July is a month of turnovers in association volunteering. This is the time we greet new volunteers to committees, chapters and boards. It’s the time we welcome new committee chairs. Whether it’s July for your association or another month, the question is always “where do we start?” when it comes to preparing our members to take on volunteer roles.

Blog
Jun 09
Peggy Hoffman
Hands in air

“It’s an embarrassment of riches” is how National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Director of Education Esther Washington described their volunteer pool. As the museum readies for its September 24 opening, Washington is busily preparing their 300-vounteer workforce. There are many amazing elements of this story which offer insight for associations.

Blog
Jun 04
Peggy Hoffman
broom sweeping

On the final day of May with one signature Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rescinded 72 executive orders issued by previous administrations over the last 46 years. My response was “say what?” so I kept reading.

Blog
May 25
Peggy Hoffman
seeds to bloom

I just wrapped up another great session with chapter leaders – Financial Executives International this time. As I do at each of these, I come back with great ideas to try. Two that really resonated with me.

Blog
May 20
Peggy Hoffman

PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America, is the PR central for some 22,000 professionals around the globe. And when they set the standards and share the effective practices for many PR issues, they are speaking for the profession at large. But every issue has a local twist or a local story. And that's where the chapter comes in. At PRSA Maryland, we don't duplicate PRSA, we add to it, we highlight the local story.

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