Nomadic Knowledge: A Different View of Component Relations

Warrior looking to the futureThis session is inspired by two of the greatest nomadic empires in human history: the Comanches and the Mongols.

Both of these mighty nations were operated by networks of people across great distances. 

What can we learn from how they communicated and collaborated?

Everyone is connected; a benefit of association Chapters (components) is that we actually see that connection in physical form. Looking at this relationship outside of affiliate agreements, rebate checks, and tax forms will allow you to see your components in a different way.

How well you understand the relationships and honor the importance of volunteer contributions can make or break a components program. understanding the innate differences, like those between Comancheria and the Mongolian Empire, provide insights to how different components operate and communicate.  

The goal of this session is to open discussion about different ways of seeing the relationships with components, and most importantly, volunteers. Designed as a facilitated group discussion, we will set aside the limiting structures that inform our daily relationships with components and get to the heart of the matter: we are dealing with human beings and to be successful at it, we must work towards understanding.

By the end of the session, participants will have considered questions that may not arise regularly in the work day. The point of considering these questions is to begin an ongoing process that continues back at the office. 

Understanding your network and how it functions will open new avenues to success. 

[This course was formerly titled: Comanches or Mongols? A Different View of Chapter Relations.]

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Member fee: $15.00  | Non-Member fee: $35.00

This course provides one (1) CAE credit under Domain 2: Governance and Structure. 

Presented by: Cecilia Sepp, CAE

Cecilia SeppCecilia Sepp, CAE, is the chief executive officer and founder of The 501c League and principal and principal and founder of Rogue Tulips LLC, a consultancy specializing in 501c organizational strategy and management. She brings over three decades of experience to the association management profession, having served as a staff member at professional societies, trade associations, and a nonprofit dance organization. Cecilia was a Component Relations Professional (CRP) and worked with chapters and components for over 10 years at two professional societies and a trade association. For 12 years, she consulted to a variety of professional and trade associations, focusing on strategy development and research. An experienced CEO, Cecilia frequently speaks and writes on a variety of association management topics. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science with an adjunct in management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She became a Certified Association Executive in June 2015 and completed the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) certificate program in 2018.