Avoiding Burnout, and Other Aids to Growth

April 2006
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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PMA recently convened
representatives from many of its Affiliate Groups throughout the country to
hear their concerns and to see how we might be able to help affiliates
stabilize or grow. No matter whether a group represented a small geographic
area (e.g., San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, or the Bay Area of
California), a state (e.g., Minnesota, New Mexico, or Florida), or several
states (e.g., New England, the Northwest), the concerns of one were shared by
all. And many of the questions the groups’ representatives posed at the March
4–5 meeting were questions publishers might ask about running their


For instance, avoiding board
burnout emerged as a serious issue, just as avoiding burnout is for publishers
in general. So many times, groups and companies start because of someone’s
passion. The big question is, how to keep that passion alive.


It’s interesting that—since
day one—PMA board members have never experienced board burnout. In fact,
when our board members exit the board, they often stay involved in other
aspects of PMA. The explanation may lie partly in the way PMA was set up. Our
bylaws outline board structure, and we have always followed them to the letter.
A board member is elected for one two-year term and has the right to ask to
serve for an additional two years. But at the end of four years, the boar…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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