David M. Patt served 28 years as a not-for-profit CEO, attaining the status of Certified Association Executive (CAE). His articles discussing association management issues have appeared in Associations Now, Forum, and other professional publications.
As President of a management and consulting firm, he provides operational advice and strategy to not-for-profits, and specializes in turnarounds, governance, and staff leadership.
Find out how organizations can be more successful by making practical decisions that work best for their groups, rather than by blindly adhering to rules, customs, or so-called professional "norms." Applying common sense and independent judgment will yield better results than just doing what everybody else is doing.