A la Carte Services

L&M offers individual services that have been provided to our full-service clients since 1993. These services can address a temporary staffing shortage, or support an executive director looking for a short-term way to evaluate and launch new services. We can also assist boards of directors in the search for a new executive, or provide board training and coaching to improve contributions and benefits to their memberships.

Feel free to reach out for a no-obligation discussion. If L&M can’t assist you, we’ll provide suggestions and recommendations for you to consider. The call will be worth it to you. LoBue@LM-Mgmt.com or 415-561-6111.


Executive Director Coaching

Whether one is a new or experienced executive director or board leader, the use of a coach or mentor can raise your performance.  Being able to discuss challenges and concerns with a trusted advisor, and getting an outsider’s perspective, is rarely available to organizational leaders from within their own associations.

If the top 1% of the top 1% of professional athletes use coaches to improve their performance, wouldn’t a coach improve your performance too?

Market Research

Do you have all the intelligence you need about your membership before you commit scarce resources to the launch of a new program or benefit?  Association funds and staff resources are too scarce to be used to solve the wrong problems, or to pursue projects that are emotionally satisfying, but not grounded in data or evidence.

Organizational Review

To assist associations with the task of enhancing and improving their operations, L&M offers a comprehensive assessment of an organization’s effectiveness with an objective review of its mission and goals, governing body and organization structure, programs, resources, finances, communications, membership development, government affairs, and general operations. The review process serves as a reaffirmation of sound governance and management practices in addition to offering constructive recommendations for change.  This assessment is adapted from the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for Association Management Companies to fit any association.


Whether expected or out of the blue, a change at the top of any organization can be a great disruption.  Perhaps your executive director has unexpectedly resigned.  Finding a new executive director is the most important decision the board of directors will ever make. L&M can assign one of its seasoned association executives to maintain operational oversight and support the organization, giving the board the time necessary to understand the leader they need going forward, and the time to find the right next leader.

Executive Director Searches

Whether the board is looking for the organization’s first executive director, or is replacing a longstanding, successful executive director (or something in between), this change presents an opportunity that occurs on average every five or six years.[1]  Our research shows that organizations that directly hire their own staffs, including executive directors, experience exceptionally high executive director turnover rates, compared to executive directors of Association Management Companies (AMCs.).[2]

Why not apply the expertise and knowledge of a successful AMC to your next executive director search?

[1]       “A Practical (Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions”; Curtis R. Welling and John H. Vogel Jr. https://nonprofitquarterly.org/a-practical-and-possibly-provocative-approach-to-leadership-transitions/

[2]       “AMC-Managed Organizations Are More Stable Than Standalone Organizations”; Michael T. LoBue, CAE; © September 2019; pg. 11