Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Giving Others a Chance

In the last few years, I have met volunteers who have served 10, 20 and even 30 years on their boards of directors. I’ve worked with several volunteer leaders who have served as president — on four separate occasions. These volunteers need to be applauded for their outstanding dedication and contribution. One of the reasons … Continued

Visualize your message for more impact

Why say it when you can show it? That question was the driver behind our recent leap into the infographic world here at the OREA Centre for Leadership Development (OCLD). Now instead of explaining the OCLD learning path for volunteer leaders, we’re showing it. More and more you’ll see organizations use graphics to illustrate messages, … Continued

Less is more

For all the years I’ve designed training programs, I’ve often caught myself trying to teach too much in a session. Turns out, that’s quite common. We trainers often feel that if we add more content, people will learn more. In fact, it’s more likely that they will learn less. That’s because when we jam too much content into … Continued

Key Financial Questions For Association Directors

If you are a director on an association board of directors, one of your key roles is to ensure that the finances are sufficient to run the association, sustain it during financial downfalls and provide value to members. Here’s a great tool from the OREA Centre for Leadership Development Leadership Library that might help you … Continued

You’ve joined a committee. Now what?

If you’ve just volunteered to sit on an association committee or task force, congratulations! It’s likely you’re excited for this new opportunity to give back. You might also be a bit nervous about being a part of a committee for the first time. We have a fabulous way for you to kick start your learning and quickly become … Continued

What is governance anyway?

Lyn McDonell has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, as a volunteer and as a consultant. One topic that she finds many people need to understand better is governance. If you are one of those people and want to better understand what governance is, here is an article by Lyn on What is What … Continued

Accomplish more by replacing these 10 killer phrases

We tried that before…it won’t work…we’ve always done it that way…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Statements like those will kill a good idea on the spot. If you want to encourage ideas and find new ways to serve your association members, you need to replace 10 of the most common killer phrases. Learn … Continued

New to volunteering? There’s lots to learn.

The first quarter of every year finds many new people volunteering within organized real estate. If you’ve started attending committee or board meetings where motions are discussed and voted on, then you’ll probably enjoy watching our Just-in-time Learning Series, Presiding like a Pro. Through this series of demos, you’ll learn how to make, amend and … Continued

Top 10 ways to renew your volunteer gene pool

OREA’s 2014 Member Profile research identified a troubling trend. Over the past 8 years, organized real estate in Ontario has witnessed a decline in voluntarism. Since 2007, involvement on a real estate board or committee has slipped from 1 out of 4 members to just 1 out of every 7. The challenge now is to … Continued