Golden's Rules for Association

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A plug for Beethoven and company in times of stress …

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I was always someone who recognized the critical value of diligently providing for personal solitude as an element of leadership effectiveness. There is a pretty good book on this subject if you are unconvinced: Lead Yourself First, by Raymond Kethledge and Michael Erwin).

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Dark Days Shine New Light on Profession and Community

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The mission of NSPE is too important to put on hold for a virus. The Nature of Associations The Way We Are COVID19

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Ending Missed Opportunites

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We are a product of history. None of the inequities, whether trivial or profound, at work in our lives came about overnight. Small injustices compounded over time and became institutionalized and even sublimated into our unconscious collective and individual biases

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Context, continuity, and generations

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A lot of self-help books and personal development coaches advise taking a break from your area of professional focus every now and then to read things entirely outside your field. In today’s world of mass media, information overload, and 24-hour-a-day, day jobs, that is increasingly hard to do. But I have found this to be […]. The Nature of Associations context mission

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Is Your L&D Organization Future-Proof?

Speaker: Karl Kapp, Ed.D., Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

If the recent past has taught us anything, it's that L&D organizations need to be nimble, quick, and able to react to both foreseen and unforeseen threats in order to be successful. That means looking to the convergence of technology, learning, and business needs so you can make intelligent, informed decisions regarding both your future and the future of your organization.

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CEO effectiveness & volunteer boards

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I was recently invited to share one piece of advice from what I have learned in my years as an association chief staff officer on effective partnership with volunteer leaders, for a book soon to be published by ASAE. After giving some thought to the matter, for me it came down to what Jim Collins calls Level […]. Uncategorized The Nature of Associations The Way We Are Association Governance leadership

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Why change is hard and so often goes wrong

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A member shared this video with me recently, which demonstrates that knowledge does not equal understanding and that it is very difficult to change biases. link] Watch the whole 8 minutes if you can … there is more here than the initial “hook” of the video: how changing one thing makes even a simple, customary task […]. The Nature of Associations The Way We Are Change Strategic Planning

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True North

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The following is adapted from remarks delivered at the National Society of Professional Engineer’s House of Delegates General Assembly, July 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. As NSPE ends one fiscal/program year and starts a new one, it would be typical to talk about the past year’s activity. That is worth doing: we have a good story to […]. The Nature of Associations business strategy culture membership models

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The Power (and Limitations) of Social Media

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At a recent conference, I was diligent in my efforts to use social media to not only capture my own notes, but share them with my colleagues and associates, present and absent. I got a decent amount of reaction and interaction for my efforts. Retweets, likes, comments and discussion. Nothing remotely viral, mind you, but my […]. Social Media & Associations associations impact twitter

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Context, confidence and authority

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The problem I have with most social networking is that you can’t ask follow up questions. Like a lot of people, I suppose, it took me a while to warm to Twitter and Facebook. I was initially put off by the sheer triviality of an overwhelming majority of the traffic. I mean really: I don’t [.]. Social Media & Associations Social Media

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The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos

Speaker: Joseph Suarez - Learning Experience Designer at Suarez Media Production

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science, of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create engaging learning videos of all types and sizes.

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The social media dog that didn’t bark

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In the Sherlock Holmes mystery “Silver Blaze,” the solution turns on “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” ” Scotland Yard Detective Gregory can be forgiven for his confusion when he protests, “the dog did nothing in the night-time.” ” “That,” Holmes observes, “was the curious incident.” There are a number of dogs that didn’t [.]. Social Media & Associations Social Media trends

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Bringing the next generation into governance

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When I ask association leaders (both volunteers and staff professionals) what their biggest long-term governance challenge is, the most frequent answer I hear back is the challenge of bringing the next generation of leaders on board. “Young people don’t volunteer the way we used to.” ” “They don’t have the time to devote to volunteering that [.]. The Nature of Associations Association Governance governance system leadership

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Why these things matter

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Chances are that if you are reading this, you consider yourself an association professional and you appreciate the tremendous good that associations do for society. You are probably also concerned about some of the issues impacting associations, and maybe even support advocacy by groups like ASAE to address them. But do you ever involve the [.]. Association Advocacy association profession engagement leadership lobbying not-for-profit role of associations tax exempt organizations

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The Future of Membership?

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On November 6th, I was invited to present a TED-style talk on the “Future of Membership” at the first Association Chief Executives (ACE) Symposium. My thesis: volunteerism not membership is what makes our organizations unique; membership is a means to an end; the metrics we use to judge membership success are all wrong; and the […]. The Nature of Associations

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The extent (and limits) of a board’s authority

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The rich “are different than you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously observed. (“Yes, they have more money,” Ernest Hemingway is apocryphally reported to have cynically added.) In the same vein, non-profit boards are different from corporate boards. They have less latitude to lead. Even when they have the clear legal authority and are acting [.]. The Nature of Associations Association Governance Boards

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Radical orthodoxy

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It is something of a commonplace to refer to associations as a kind of family or even to think of our mission-driven efforts as in some ways similar to a religion: an effort to organize like-minded individuals who share a common cause … a cause that is integral to both who they are as individuals [.]. The Way We Are associations mission purpose

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Free? Hold on a Minute.

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A few years ago I moderated a workshop on Chris Anderson’s book, Free and its implications for associations at the Digital Now conference. That presentation can be found here.) Anderson’s thesis was based largely on the concept of a “freemium” – give something away that creates a demand for future purchases. You know, give away [.]. Social Media & Associations free freemium membership models the end of membership as we know it

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The myth about ‘special interests’

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Much of the public thinks of associations as “special interests” who do nothing but lobby the system to game advantage (even though U. government data shows that associations spend many times more on educational activities than on lobbying). In my opinion, “special interest” is a pejorative only when applied to a group whose interests [.]. Association Advocacy role of associations

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Designing For Engagement: Revive Your L&D Strategy with Gamification, VR, and More

Speaker: Stephen Baer - Chief Creative Officer, ELB Learning & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer, Userlane

In this fireside chat, leading L&D experts Stephen Baer & Luke Talbot will discuss the exciting technological advancements in eLearning and how you can choose and implement the right technology for your company.

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Everybody lies

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The series had its ups and downs and wild swings in quality, but there is no question that Fox Television’s “House M.D.,” which came to an end after eight seasons this week, was consistently ambitious and compelling TV. Held together at its center by the bravura performance of Hugh Laurie in the title role, the [.]. The Way We Are market research member needs surveys

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Stop competing

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That somewhat startling and counterintuitive piece of advice comes from futurist Dan Burrus. “No No matter what your angle for competing – whether you are competing on price, service, quality, time, design, or anything else – the unfortunate outcome is you’re making yourself too much like everyone else. So even when you are in the lead, [.]. The Nature of Associations

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A wealth of data … but is it all real?

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Seven years after the ASAE Foundation first published Seven Measures of Success it has become a whole lot easier to be a “data-driven” association. In 2006, the cost, systems and infrastructure needed to do what the remarkable 9 associations did with data was a major challenge. Less than a decade later, even the smallest association [.]. Social Media & Associations Data Driven Seven Measures Social Media

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Association tech trends

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My picks for the three biggest technology trends affecting associations for 2013: 1. It’s not just social … or even primarily social … it’s all about mobile access now 2. If you are a control freak … get over it. If you still think IT is somebody else’s responsibility, you’re wrong Read more in [.]. Social Media & Associations associations Social Media tech technology trends

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How to Attract New Members: 8 Steps to Take Right Now

Figuring out how to attract new members to your association amid a changing landscape can be challenging. Learn new membership recruitment strategies that help showcase that joining your association is a no-brainer.

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Looking into the congressional crystal ball

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Associations have garnered their share of attention from the Hill in the last year, but no one expected a thoroughly gridlocked Congress to actually get anything done about it … at least until after the election. And after that? Read my latest commentary in AssociationTRENDS to learn why I don’t think any of the association [.]. Association Advocacy not-for-profit tax exempt organizations tax reform

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What the world needs is more association executives

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Closing the ASAE annual meeting in Dallas, author Dan Pink argued that, regardless of profession, we are all in sales. But the characteristics, skills and traits he described as essential for success sounded to my ears like precisely the attributes that distinguish effective association leaders, and differentiate us as a profession. Read more in my [.]. The Nature of Associations The Way We Are #asae12 Association Management association profession role of associations

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Have we lost the ability to argue?

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“It is extraordinary to notice how few people in the modern world can argue. That is why there are so many quarrels breaking out again and again, and never coming to any natural end.” How true. Just switch on any cable TV “news” show or go to any online forum. Or visit an association board [.]. Association Advocacy The Way We Are

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GAO, optics, over reactions and glass houses

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I didn’t exactly go through the five stages of grief when the public furor over the GAO Las Vegas retreat first erupted in the media. But I did go through something like that process. Stage one is denial: I am a “benefit of the doubt” kind of guy. If there is an innocent interpretation, I [.]. Association Advocacy Association Meetings Bad Publicity GAO Image Transparency

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The Ultimate Crash Course in eLearning Visual Design

Speaker: Connie Malamed, Founder of Mastering Instructional Design and Publisher of The eLearning Coach

Well-designed materials can motivate learners, improve comprehension, and assist optimal retention. If you need rapid, easily actionable ways to improve your eLearning and slides, join this session to learn the power principles that will have the biggest impact on your designs.

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What’s in a word?

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Association Trends data indicates a majority of associations do not include bonuses in staff compensation structures. Perhaps part of the resistance is simply a matter of language. ”Bonus” sounds gratuitous and unearned. But performance based compensation can be a critical element in achieving high staff performance. Read more in my commentary in the July 19th Trends. [.]. The Nature of Associations Association Management Bonus Compensation

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Consensus is not a dirty word

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At a GWSAE Speakers Series event a number of years ago, Margaret Thatcher described consensus as the opposite of leadership. She used words to the effect that consensus is an abdication of leadership obligations; true leaders take you somewhere the group otherwise would never go. Recently, on ASAE’s CEO network listserv, a rather energetic discussion [.]. The Nature of Associations Association Governance governance system leadership role of associations

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The Generation Gap in Lobbying

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There is a generation gap between lobbyists and the lobbied that requires rethinking established GR tactics. Read my commentary from this week’s Association Trends. Association Advocacy

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Review Gate

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Give the Metropolitan Opera credit. When its leadership screws up, they do it on a truly operatic scale. The Met is a nonprofit, structured in a manner not unlike many associations. There is the parent organization, the opera company, that delivers the core value to its membership (audience). And there is its educational foundation, the [.]. Association Advocacy The Nature of Associations association journals censorship leadership Transparency

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The L&D Strategy Roundtable

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors that affect training and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

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Just because it’s easy and you can, doesn’t mean you should

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That was the common thread from the presentations and discussion at TREND’s Annual Communications Legal Update on October 26th. Among the high level takeaways was the need to remember that most of the arcane web of political communication, intellectual property, privacy, and commercial law that governs our digital world was written decades before digital was [.]. Social Media & Associations association law copyright Intellectual Property lotteries Social Media social media policies

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Making innovation a habit

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To be real, innovation needs to be a habit, not a standalone project. And habits are learned through constant practice – doing something consistently and constantly until it becomes an ingrained feature of everyday activity. Something that is constantly happening, almost without conscious effort or thought. Part of that is systems and environment. Apple is [.]. The Nature of Associations

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Associations don’t have long tails

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For a while there, Chris Anderson’s book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, seemed to dominate the association consulting/seminar/blogging space. Now that its currency has dimmed a little, I have a confession to make. I struggled for a long time trying to like this book1. But in the [.]. The Nature of Associations

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ISO consumate association professional … plumbers only need apply.

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Suppose you were an association executive with a medical need. You have identified the leading doctors who specialize in the field. The decision is important. Your health is at stake. So you take very seriously the process of deciding which doctor is the best fit to work with you to diagnose your problem and prescribe [.]. The Nature of Associations association profession role of associations

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What AMS Vendors Don't Tell You About Implementation

AMS vendors often boast about proven implementation processes. And while yes, the right strategies are imperative, they are also not enough. Discover 3 often-overlooked requirements for successful AMS implementations by downloading!