Rethink Your Website Redesign Process
JULY 7, 2016
——– As principal strategist for Tanzen , Carrie Hane untangles content by aligning people, processes, and systems so organizations are ready for what’s next. . This is the first in a new series of posts about rethinking how you approach your website. ————– Where to start? Some of us like to jump right in and starting fixing something.
Focus on Management Processes
MAY 14, 2014
If you want to change the culture, then you MUST change some management processes. Not just processes–management processes. These are the processes we use to manage the work (as opposed to processes we use to do the work). Within management processes, there are two obvious places to start. The first is with HR processes.
Do New Processes Make You Uncomfortable?
KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
You looked forward to a new process or project, romanticizing the experience in your mind and then dealing with the discomfort as reality hit, gritting your teeth through it all because you were sure you''d be better off for it. What are your tips for preparing for a new process or project? effective planning new projects processes realistic expectations the elements.
What #Eventprofs Say About the Meeting-Planning Process
JANUARY 29, 2016
How does your meeting-planning process align (or not) with the survey results? The post What #Eventprofs Say About the Meeting-Planning Process appeared first on Associations Now A new study by Bizzabo reveals how meeting planners market their events, use technology in their meetings, and measure event success—as well as their biggest pain points. Event Marketing. Event Technology.
Meeting Registration: It Goes Beyond Process
JANUARY 9, 2015
Registration for meetings and events is about more than the process. But rather than look at the process itself—which obviously needs to be as simple and streamlined as possible for attendees—I thought I would take a look at different registration packages associations are offering to attendees. The post Meeting Registration: It Goes Beyond Process appeared first on Associations Now
The Process of Recovery from a Disaster
JUNE 15, 2016
Over the past 2 articles (read part 1 and part 2) , we have examined what could potentially happen that could bring your business to a halt in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. We also looked at the critical aspects of what would be required in order to build a Business Continuity Plan , including exposing the critical aspects of the business by performing a Business Impact Analysis.
Nonprofit Named ISIS Begins Rebranding Process
JANUARY 6, 2016
Despite the nonprofit’s unique situation, rebranding will follow the same common process other companies undergo to change the way they’re perceived, said Rob Rankin, president of Clarity Coverdale Fury, the marketing firm leading the rebranding efforts. But the process of choosing a new name, logo, and web domain—which is currently Isis.org—will pose additional challenges.
Best Benefit Ever: Specialized Credit Card Processing
JUNE 3, 2014
As part of the American Bar Association’s Advantage discounts program, the legal group is offering its members access to LawPay —a credit card processing service designed specifically for legal professionals. “In addition, a compliant merchant account should enable an attorney to designate which account should be used for withdrawals of all processing fees.”
Use the 5-Step Idea Process to Become an Association Innovation Ninja
Smooth The Path
OCTOBER 2, 2016
Many innovative associations use a formal or informal idea process which generally has five steps and goes something like this: Step #1: Allow member’s problems spark innovative ideas. If you think that not all ideas are getting heard you can implement a simple process to ensure they do, such as an idea application process. Ideas are the root of all innovations.
Rock the Vote: Give Attendees a Say in the Meeting Planning Process
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
The public votes were weighted for 30 percent of the selection process, staff votes accounted for another 30 percent, and the remaining 40 percent were decided by an advisory group of ALA members. The post Rock the Vote: Give Attendees a Say in the Meeting Planning Process appeared first on Associations Now Want to get your attendees’ input as you put together your next conference?
Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes
Beth Kanter's Blog
AUGUST 30, 2013
We are so focused on getting things done, checking it off the to do list and the forward momentum that it requires, that we miss an important opportunity to hit the pause button, reflect, and improve process. Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes – Guest Post by Kelcie Tacchi. Being intentional about learning can also help an organization scale effectively.
Process Killed the Association Star
Thanks For Playing
JULY 24, 2012
It’s afraid of your processes. And then our reified processes kick in, and the cavalcade of "no" begins. Jamie Notter recently recapped his notes from the MIX Mashup , an invitation-only conference on the future of work, or, to quote their website: "What will it take to make our organizations highly adaptable, endlessly inventive, truly inspiring, and genuinely accountable?" That's a critical question for all of us to address. Jamie also asked the blogging community to think about the points raised at the conference and to write response posts. This is one. It vanished.
Office of Personnel Management Drops Conference Review Process
MAY 6, 2015
Federal agencies looking to send their employees to training conferences now have one less step gumming up the process. ASAE Senior Vice President for Public Policy Jim Clarke, CAE, welcomed the move, saying that it represented “a first step toward creating a more manageable process for federal employees” who want to attend conferences.
4 Reasons Why You Need a Board Recruitment Process
Wild Apricot Blog
JUNE 17, 2013
Here are 4 reasons to develop a board recruitment process and a new resource that can help. Board volunteer-recruitment
Facilitation Friday #6: Balance Content and Process, Ideas and Action
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Facilitation Friday #6: Balance Content and Process, Ideas and Action. Effective facilitation must manage (or balance content and process, as well as attention to both ideas and action. Individuals using a facilitative approach are concerned with both what the group is discussing or deciding (content) and how they are actually doing it (process). Friday, February 10, 2012.
Secretaries of State Association Reaffirms Integrity of Electoral Process
OCTOBER 24, 2016
With Donald Trump repeatedly suggesting that the election may be “rigged,” the National Association of Secretaries of State has spoken out, emphasizing that the electoral process has numerous safeguards in place. If someone questions the process, why don’t they sign up to be a poll worker?”. Because this system is totally rigged.” ” Additionally, U.S.
Social Media Roundup: Why Your Process Matters
MAY 12, 2014
Your process matters. 1 RT @westrochlil : Are your processes inconsistent and causing confusion? What do your internal processes say about you? Even processes that aren’t front-facing, such as member data retrieval, can affect how well you serve your members. Do different staff process the same data differently? New blog post: [link] #assnchat.
Creative Process Tips and Tools
Wild Apricot Blog
JULY 8, 2013
If you are kick-starting some communications planning this summer, here are some tips and resources that might help. member communication
The Award-Winning Process for Association Innovation
Smooth The Path
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
IDEO, the innovation experts, have a process that makes for a good example because it not only works but also because it has been extensively shared so we know the method behind the magic. We can move the association around all of these barriers by following IDEO’s innovation process and adapting it for our association’s unique needs. The tension continues. Find the problem. Not IDEO.
Engaging Members in Your Development Process
JANUARY 13, 2014
Which I dealt with in more detail four weeks ago in Capturing Useful Intelligence , and: You talk about engaging your members in the development process of a new program or service, but you don''t do it. Again, I was being intentionally hard on myself, because the fact is that we do engage our members in the process that develops new programs or program improvements in our association.
Realtors’ Group Raises Transparency Bar With New Election Process
JUNE 2, 2014
This set of benchmarks is just one of the changes to NAR’s campaign and election process that the advisory group recommended to create a more “efficient and inclusive” process, according to the group’s NAR Elections Report [PDF]. The post Realtors’ Group Raises Transparency Bar With New Election Process appeared first on Associations Now
The Membership Join Process between a Prospect and an Association
JANUARY 26, 2015
In simple terms, a prospective member goes through a four step buying process and ideally each step of the join process is anticipated and supported by the destination association. The prospective member join process begins when a prospect says, “I have a problem.” At the same time, an association has its part to play in this buying process.
Avoiding Personal Agendas and Pay-to-Play In The Speaker Review Process
JULY 31, 2014
We’ve seen it happen in almost every organization where we assessed their speaker review process. When I worked at associations, all of my committee members and staff used a blind review process when reviewing submitted presentations. The blind review process included the following: Presentation title. Why does this happen? It’s not about the speaker. Will it draw? Pay-To-Play.
Attention Shoppers: 4 Ways to Simplify the AMS Shopping Process
JUNE 30, 2016
We’ve got a few tips that can make the shopping process a little less harrowing. Shopping for any kind of technology is stressful, but when it’s a small-staff association professional shopping for an association management system, it’s a particular kind of crazy. There are SO many moving parts - software features, price points, the board’s opinion, etc. But good news association pros!
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) entry process
DECEMBER 4, 2012
The marketing and PR director for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, Tracey Cowell, talks about the organisation’s entry process. “ The membership process could be perceived as a barrier to entry. We receive positive feedback from members on our membership process. All entrants to the SfEP initially join as associates. Tiered benefits. Member feedback. Other benefits.
Overcoming the Barriers to Association Innovation
Smooth The Path
MARCH 2, 2017
Generating great new ideas is central to the innovation process. Innovative associations use a 5-step idea process for creating and selecting the best ideas. The articles highlighted in this post can help you get started innovating at your association or streamline your current innovation process. We want to innovate, but we may be afraid to get started.
Poll: Developing New Ideas Is a Fluid Process for Associations
MARCH 15, 2016
We thought formal structures were the way not-for-profit organizations develop new ideas, but results of our unscientific reader poll indicate otherwise. The post Poll: Developing New Ideas Is a. For more about this topic, click on the headline. Did You Know? Polls ad hoc ideas association planning brainstorming develop new ideas Great Ideas idea generation new ideas
How to Create a Data-Sharing Partnership with Chapters: Part 1
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Associations Chapters Data Process Technology VisibilityRelationships are tricky. Chapters don’t like their national association looking over their shoulder like Big Brother. Or, nagging them with requests for data. But, the national association has to know which chapters need help or are at risk of failing. Or, which ones have success stories to share. Volunteer leadership development.
Why is it so Hard for Associations to Move from Ideas to Action?
Smooth The Path
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
We know we need to use the new process, but we don’t. Are there systems, techniques or processes that work with groups and can work for us individually? Association Strategy actionable ideas learning process resourcesWhy do we have a hard time moving from ideas to action? Or as someone recently said, from knowledge absorption to knowledge execution?
Wild Apricot Podcast Episode 7: Understanding Online Payments for Nonprofits
Wild Apricot Blog
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Learn how to safely and quickly process online payments; find out why non-profits and charities need protection against fraud; tips and tricks for saving money on transaction fees, setting up online donation forms and more! forms online donations iATS payment-processing payment Resources technology
Five Key Elements of the Succession Planning Process
MAY 2, 2012
The Problems Attendees Experience at Conferences
Smooth The Path
JANUARY 24, 2017
Conference Member Experience association conference collaborative conference conference culture conference experience learning process member experience member participation member value networking session presentationMembers love to talk about their conference experience during in-depth interviews with me. Members remember those first experiences well. They recall how they were welcomed.
A Question of Process: Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Stunt Draws Attention
JANUARY 10, 2014
So, maybe it was only a matter of time before a protest of the process cropped up. [I]n Deadspin wanted to point out how problematic the voting process has become, due in part to the fairly exclusive club of voters, and how the process has overshadowed the players and their accomplishments. But it may set a precedent— Deadspin has promised to meddle in the process next year.
Most Associations Are not Solving the Problems of Long-Time Members
Smooth The Path
MARCH 21, 2017
Association Strategy Association Value association innovation career stage innovation process long-time members member problems problem solving professional challenges professional skills senior professionalsMy husband and I spent a week inside of Grand Canyon National Park. While a week visit is unusual for a National Park, it is not uncommon for us. We couldn’t see him.
The Right Time to Buy: Preparing for the AMS Shopping Process
AUGUST 8, 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an association management system, or AMS, in 2017? Well if you are, now is the time to get started. Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s only August. I still have plenty of time! But I urge you to reconsider, as there are several factors you’ll want to take into account: association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter association software
People On Your Team May Be Protecting Their Idea Babies
Smooth The Path
JANUARY 26, 2017
The five step idea process to becoming an association innovation ninja. Association Innovation Culture association innovation idea process ideas innovation innovation culture innovation practice innovation process promote great ideasNot enough good ideas at your association? Related: What to do when the idea well is dry. Not all association improvements are additive.
Why Your Professional Association Needs a Strategic Plan…Right Now
OCTOBER 2, 2013
Absent a planning process, none of these opportunities will get addressed. You should also consider the benefits of an outside facilitator, especially for web and technology management —someone who can be sure all the tough questions get asked and answered as part of your planning process. What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. Missions change. .
The Problem With Associations’ Tendency to Complicate Situations
Smooth The Path
DECEMBER 8, 2016
Association Leadership Association Strategy association strategy complex complexity launch member data process product launch risk simple simplicityRelated: Learn about members’ why. Do our association’s members feel taken care of? When to make innovation a priority for your association.
The 4 Skills Associations Should be Teaching
Smooth The Path
JANUARY 24, 2016
Association Innovation Conference creative confidence creative problem solving influence learning learning process member experience professional skills resilience riskMarketing associations share best practices for leveraging social media. State bar associations develop sessions on the new statutes. Associations for HR professionals teach about affirmative action. Relationship skills.
Survey: Associations Focusing on Getting More Out of People, Processes They Already Have in Place
JANUARY 8, 2016
Despite an improving economy and rising membership numbers, many associations are still trying to run lean and mean. Even if they received a substantial unexpected budget surplus, many association. For more about this topic, click on the headline. Did You Know? association budgeting Atlanta Apartment Association benchmarking budget surplus budgeting