"High-performing board members know their area of expertise, build on it, and efficiently and effectively engage this knowledge to advance association innovation."

The simple truth…

The future will be no different if you and your board continue to do things the same way. To win, your board must be able to anticipate what’s coming and invest in the future now.


Strategic boards:

—  Think, prepare and act on challenges and opportunities

—  Know they can play an important role in creating their stakeholder’s future

Repeating the past by focusing on checking things off lists, details, logistics, and planning because we like to be in control, damages the health of the association. We repeat the past and how we’ve always done things because it’s easy.

We need to look forward to getting organizations moving forward.


Spending time on analyzing (the why) BEFORE jumping to implementation (the what and how) improves strategic thinking.

What’s wrong with best practices?


By the time something becomes a best practice, it is, at best, average because of the time-consuming process for finding best practices. It is a backward look, instead of a look at what’s going to work in the future.

Focus on emerging best practices to prepare for what’s coming.

Boards have to learn to foresee changes.




Prefer planning and the predictability of the past. They believe the near future will resemble the recent past. Planning assumes continuity.





Prefer preparation. They believe they can help their stakeholders stay clear despite uncertainty, equipping them to be flexible enough to seize opportunities.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a dynamic and strategic board looks like, let’s dive deeper.

After completing this training, you will be able to:

1. Define integrated reasoning and how it relates to strategy.
2. Discuss three critical steps to enhance strategic thinking.
3. Discover questions to ask the board to stay on track with strategic thinking.

Additional Tools

The Companion Guide is for you to take notes as you complete the training. You can either download, save and print the PDF workbook to handwrite your notes, or you can download, save and type your notes in the blue fields in the PDF.

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