September 25, 2011

Associate Leadership - "Are You Ready to Travel This Road?"

In a past Association Maximization blog post titled "HBA Leadership: The Ultimate Return On Your Investment" an overview was given on the value of becoming an HBA leader. Please click on the link for this overview and then come back.
Today's blog post starts the first of several parts to my series on associate leadership based on the NAHB Associates power point presentation titled "Unlocking the Mystery of Associate Leadership. Thank you to the New Jersey Builders Association for donating the presentation to NAHB so that our associate members across the Federation could help those who want to contribute their skills and talents in helping the HBAs.  While this series is designed help you associates at the local level become more engaged and ultimately part of the leadership team, change Associate to BUILDER in this and the upcoming posts, edit to reflect the difference between an associate and a builder within HBA leadership, and you have Builder Leadership training. 

"Are You Ready to Travel This Road?"
When we truly examine the past of our association we see pictures and hear names and stories of leaders from days gone-by. But when you look at our association today most members don't realize that, literally, a lot of blood, sweat and tears built what the members have currently; NAHB and the state and local HBAs. In order to maintain and grow what we have it takes leadership. Leadership just doesn't happen and we can't expect there to be future leaders just because there has always been leaders. Members will always be identified, groomed and mentored as they progress through the leadership roles. The first step is to know the answer to the question "where are these prospective leaders identified as the future?" The the only way I know how to identify future leaders is through a revealing process; volunteerism. 

When we look at the avenues each volunteer travels to become an HBA leader there are four "stops" on the road leadership;
1. Volunteers
2. Committee Chairmen
3. Board of Directors
4. Senior Officers

All four have four key components to making each a success; passion, desire and follow-through. 
1. Passion, where you feel it in your heart.
2. Desire, where you have the need to contribute. 
3. Commitment, where you believe in the mission of the HBA.
4. Follow-through, where the combination of the first three help you "finish what you started."

All four levels of leadership will be discussed including;
1. The "right way" of achieving the level
2. What is required of each level.
3. The benefits to you of each level.

The next several weeks we are going to take a look at all four and break down each so that members, and in this case associate members, understand the process and look to help lead our locals and state associations. 
The most important thing to understand, if you choose to move forward, is this simple and clear message; "Association business first, your business second." 

Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman

September 18, 2011

"Spotlight On: Association Excellence!"

From time to time, in order for you to continue to maximize your association involvement, I will post to this blog "The NAHB Spotlight"directing your attention to events and programs that can add to your professional career. I can't think of a better spotlighted event to start off and to utilize as we begin next week's start of associate leadership posts.

This spotlight is on The NAHB's "Summit on Association Excellence."
Please click on the website link and see for yourself what you could, and should, attend. After viewing come on back to the blog.

For those of you who attended The Summit two years ago in New Orleans you know how exceptional that event was and this year's will be better. For those of you who did not attend New Orleans well, you missed out on a great experience. I attended, as well as presented, and was very impressed with the quality of programs and the excitement of the attendees.

 The Summit delivers practical, focused curriculum and events to HBA staff and volunteer leaders and takes place in Dallas, Texas November 9 through 11.

The intensive three-day Summit will emphasize:

  • Recruiting and retaining HBA membership and providing superior member services
  • Leading an organization in difficult times
  • Perfecting government affairs messaging and programming

Who should attend

  • Volunteer leaders at local associations
  • Current and emerging national leaders
  • Local association staff
The anticipation level is high and the desire to attend, off the charts. I will be attending once again because of the incredible value and I'm honored, and humbled to be presenting with such an incredible group of speakers. I will be giving the "Association Maximization" presentation which is the inspiration for this blog,  on November 10th.

I deeply encourage you to attend; I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader" ~ John Adams

September 11, 2011

"Always Remember"

September 11th, 2001 - 2011

Always remember those who died on September 11, 2001, as well the family and friends they were forced to leave behind. God Bless you, will will never forget you.          


Bruce Springsteen's tribute to those lost on 9\11 
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September 4, 2011

"A Special Thank You"

"Associates, when given the opportunity to perform on behalf of our industry have been, and will continue to be, amazing."

September Is NAHB Associate Appreciation Month. I  would like to personally thank all the associate members, from across the Federation, for all that you do EVERY MONTH to help your local HBAs, state HBAs and/or NAHB. You truly understand that "if it affects builders it will affect associates" and you are all doing your part to support the building industry by volunteering your time and expertise. I would hope hope that all the local and state HBA presidents take the time to send out a "THANK YOU" to their associate members. The builders are the engine and the associates are the fuel. Together we make a perfect vehicle for industry restoration and eventual growth. 

I would also like to thank our NAHB Associate Leadership Team and give them justified praise. Their efforts have been beyond amazing and I learn from them each and every day. They are the shining examples of "Federation first, their business second" when it comes to their volunteerism each striving to bring NAHB to everyone's local HBAs with information, education and advocacy awareness with grass roots mobilization. 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Adams said this 235 years ago but he could easily have said it today about these individuals.

2011 NAHB Associate Leadership Team

To all of you..... BRAVO!

Submitted by: Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chair