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Leaders Changing or Changing Leaders

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Jun 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

I was sitting around with friends from my CAE study group days catching up when like usual to a group of thinkers I asked, “Do you think as associations change that it is the result of leaders changing or of the association making a change in leadership?” I know what you’re thinking: Remind me never to go to one of Jay’s CAE study reunions. But if you pause for a second…your mind begins to really struggle with the question.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

Leadership Ladder Inspector: Are They Leaning on the Right Wall?

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Feb 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

There are very few associations that have little to no activities going on. We are busier than we ever have been. So the question is not about activity, but productivity. Doing things and putting in time does not necessarily translate into productive, mission-driven, member-impacting activity. That should not really be a surprise, but how often do we “do” without considering the direction of “doing?”

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

The Best Investment You Can Make

Posted by Mary Byers, CAE on Jan 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

I just finished four years of coaching. It was expensive. It required time out of the office. And it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Here’s why:

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives, Programs

Are Leaders Born or Taught?...Yes!

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Jan 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM


That age old argument about whether leaders are born or taught is moot in my mind. I believe it is both. There are some who exhibit natural God-given talents and temperaments to lead. They are the ones who step up, make suggestions and have charisma. There are also leaders who have worked at leadership. They have taken life experiences or the words of great mentors to heart and learned well. These leaders are the lifelong learners who are excited to gain a new skill or put a new tip into practice. Leaders are both born and taught. As association leaders it is important we understand both sides of our leadership and leverage each so we can be the most effective leaders possible. 

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

[Press Release] Velayo Named ASAE DELP Scholar

Posted by ISAE on Jun 15, 2015 9:19:15 AM


Contact: Katie Kirkton

INDIANAPOLIS – Lane Velayo, a certified association executive and eight-year member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE), has been selected by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as one of 12 scholars named to its 2015–17 Diversity Executive Leadership Program. A total of 64 applications were received. 

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Topics: Association, Associations, Association Executives, DELP Scholar, ASAE

Statement Regarding Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

Posted by ISAE on Mar 31, 2015 10:26:44 AM

The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) exists to support and strengthen the success of association professionals throughout the state of Indiana and the associations they serve. Our members represent 170 organizations throughout the state of Indiana that, in turn, represent hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the state, country and world, and much of our members’ success hinges on business, meetings and events conducted within the state of Indiana.

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Topics: Association Executives

What's in Your Leadership Toolbox?

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Years ago, as I was working through my MBA program, in each class I took I found one great takeaway or tool to put away. If you visited my office today you would see a binder on my shelf labeled “MBA Toolbox.” In my not-for-profit association world, I use and add to it regularly. I really need to get around to relabeling it as my “Leadership Toolbox.” Here are some of my favorite tools I have gathered over the years.

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Topics: Board of Directors, Leadership, Association Executives

Board Onboard

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Wait for it, wait for it…there it is—new leadership. Leader changeover is ongoing but if your organization is anything like mine, the number and type of new leaders is growing as social demographic changes naturally occur. As long time current baby boomer leaders move out, the need for orienting and onboarding new leaders becomes critical. This week instead of my musings I thought it better to ask our peers for one piece of advice: “What is the one tip you suggest to onboard new board members and officers?”

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Topics: Board of Directors, Leadership, Association Executives

Leaders Need to Put on Their Thinking Hat

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I once had a boss come into my office as I was working on a problem and staring out my window. He asked what was I doing and I told him I was “thinking.” He told me to “get back to work.” That is the irony of believing activity equals productivity. Leaders know thinking is the most important work you do.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

Leading from the Second Chair

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A friend of mine recently challenged me with the statement “If you want to lead well you first must follow well.” As an assistant executive director for many years, my attention was sparked to reflect on my role in leading as the #2. It has been said the hardest instrument to play is second fiddle. The bookstores are full of leadership tomes that espouse how to lead up front but few directly address how to do so from the second chair.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

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