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Leadership: strengthening the team at the top.

In an information-packed, highly interactive, two-day seminar in Washington, D.C., in June, organizational expert Glenn Tecker led chief staff officers and their elected leaders through activities focused on strengthening their partnerships. Tecker, president and chief executive officer of Tecker Consultants, Trenton, New Jersey, addressed numerous issues that typically arise between association top volunteers and chief staff, tailoring his presentation along the way to the specific needs of the program participants. They represented such wide-ranging groups as the North American Equipment Dealers Association, St. Louis; the National Cattlemen's Association, Washington, D.C.; and the North Carolina Nurses Association, Raleigh. Tecker is shown here with the participants from NCNA, President-Elect Sandra Randleman, and Executive Director Hazel Browning Moore.

During the seminar, Tecker discussed what he calls "balance-of-power profiles." He described various types of associations: staff driven, staff directed, product driven, officer driven, market driven, member responsive, and need driven. And one more: knowledge-based, which is what Tecker believes associations should seek to become. Here's his description of the knowledge-based association:

"Who makes the decision is not nearly as important as the quality of the information on which decisions are made. A rational, common data base is developed and maintained to guide decisions about member wants, needs, and preferences. Members and staff at all levels are engaged in continuous and integrated consideration of member needs, strategic position of the organization, and external marketplace dynamics and realities."
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Title Annotation:News & Know-How
Publication:Association Management
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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