Robert M Barnes

Six Degrees of Association – LIVE

Robert M Barnes

Very, very happy to see an idea of mine come to life today. I collaborated with a friend and former colleague Andrew McCallum on an idea to create the first online TV show dedicated to associations. “Six Degrees of Association #6DA” … Continue reading → Association Stuff #assnchat 6DA Aptify Association Fitness Australia Redback Conferencing

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The Day Someone Made My Day

Robert M Barnes

The Life of a Daymaker (Wagner, D. 2013) book was given to me this week by the entrepreneurial CEO of a machine company in TN. What a great gift, thanks Jeff Turner and thanks to my CEO Amith Nagarajan for introducing me. … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

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F.A.I.R Moments: My Year with Aptify.

Robert M Barnes

The decision to join the Aptify team in 2014 was 70% cultural, 20% professional and 10% emotional. Here is a privately owned company selling a market leading technology directly into the association sector (which I love). The company is paying … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

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Attended, Presented, Sponsored #CEOChair16

Robert M Barnes

Associations Forum is the ‘association’ for associations in Australia. I have enjoyed a close working relationship with them for a decade now and most recently had the opportunity to sponsor and speak at the 2016 CEO & Chair Symposium. I … Continue reading → Association Stuff #assnchat @robertmbarnes Aptify ASAE Association Management Associations Culture

Curiosity in the Pursuit of Culture

Robert M Barnes

The following post is a collaboration on culture in the modern association from opposite sides of the world—but not opposite ways of thinking. Co-authored by me and DelCor President Dave Coriale. We address similarities in culture, rather than differences, in an … Continue reading → Culture by Design Aptify Associations Culture

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The Three Pillars of Culture by Design (My Guest Post on JamieNotter.com)

Robert M Barnes

Was a privilege to be asked to write for Jamie Notter. My guest post featured on jamienotter.com last week. Being a big fan of the Culture by Design v Culture by Default discussion, I pursue meetings with thinkers on the … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind #ASAE2015 Culture design JamieNotter.com pillars ThePhysioCo

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This year. Yeah, maybe this year.

Robert M Barnes

Just now thinking about all the things I already have on my agenda to achieve this year. Like most I struggle to make a commitment to myself and actually keep it favouring work for others and time spent doing ‘other … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

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Association Value & Vision not Command & Control.

Robert M Barnes

Working for, consulting to and volunteering in Associations is especially rewarding when you see your peers have lightbulb moments that you know will be a defining point in their involvement. Often these come after long periods of stagnation, frustration and … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

Intentional Work on Culture Creates Impact

Robert M Barnes

Here is some proof that intentional work on organisation culture has an impact on the people you work with. The team at Fitness Australia were kind enough to put this video together to offer their thoughts on what is widely … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind #ASAE13 #TeamCool Culture Fitness Australia Humanize Book

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#ASAE12 Wrap

Robert M Barnes

My 5th Annual Meeting as a member of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) was as memorable for many reasons however it is in keeping with many others that my wrap is kept to just five key takeaways. Arriving in … Continue reading → Association Stuff #ASAE12 ASAE Association Executives YAPstars

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10 Tips to Kickstarting Your Association Culture

Robert M Barnes

Cultural alignment to your organisation’s values & objectives is critical to 21st Century success in association management. Most Association Executives don’t know where to start this conversation so we have 10 tips to help you kickstart your culture. Thanks to … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind Association Stuff #assnchat 10 Tips @robertmbarnes Aptify Associations Associations101 Culture Peach New Media Scott Oser & Associations Spark Consulting

Takeaway for Barnes :: Ramblings from #ASAE13

Robert M Barnes

This was my sixth ASAE annual meeting and I have taken much longer than normal to reflect on my takeaways from #ASAE13 than usual. It was a different experience this year and so it has taken longer for me to … Continue reading → Association Stuff #ASAE13 ASAE Association ATL Atlanta Australia Brent McConnell Convention Fitness Australia Fogdirog Jamie Notter Jeff Hurt Networking YAPstar

Purposeful Provocation Provides Platform for Prosperity | #auxsix

Robert M Barnes

“Associations are in a fight for the future, a fight that is taking place both outside and inside our organisations” – Jeff De Cagna, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future. When you have been following Jeff De … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind Associations Unorthodox Innovation Jeff De Cagna Membership Orthodoxy Prosperity

Is Your Inbox Ruling Your Life?

Robert M Barnes

Some of the most organised and professional people in our industry somehow operate with between 200 and 4000 emails in their Inbox. You’d be amazed at how productive a person can be with so many emails but at any level … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

Association Management in an Internet-enabled World

Robert M Barnes

As published recently by: VM uitgevers b.v. | | Spelderholt 3 | 7361 DA Beekbergen [t] 055 506 35 54 [f] 055 506 43 70 info@vm-uitgevers.nl | www.vm-uitgevers.nl uitgevers.nl en www.vm-online.nl online.nl The 21st century has heralded some of the most exciting and … Continue reading → Creative Thinking Innovation Association Management Culture Internet

Promoting our Performance through PersonifyTV at #ASAE13

Robert M Barnes

Jamie Notter and Robert Barnes, COO of Fitness Australia, discuss how an organization’s culture can be created around social media, enabling more experimentation and refinement of management processes. – See more at: [link] So great to know the story of … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Robert M Barnes

I value self awareness and have been lucky to experience multiple versions of the tests that report on personality, traits, behavioural styles and thinking preferences. Each time I learn something … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

Brand Building is a Blessed Business

Robert M Barnes

They are like my children. These brands that I have had a hand in creating and giving life to online and in reality. All in partnership with my favourite people in the world. Tagged: Association Studios, Dangerous Minds, Roaring Forties … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind Association Studios Dangerous Minds Roaring Forties Boardriders SOHOrganised Lifestyle Services

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Feeding the Elephant in the Room @ConnectingUp13

Robert M Barnes

ConnectingUp 2013 Presentation - [link] Item 8 on my things to do in 2013 included preparing for and delivering a cracker presentation at the ConnectingUp conference alongside my colleague @angiekarpouzis. I am stoked report that we delivered the presentation last Friday and … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

2013 – A Progress Report.

Robert M Barnes

(www.humanizebook.com) Here is an update on the things I made a commitment to myself to do this year. I really feel I am getting somewhere and it is nice to tick a few boxes. Finish making the basketball backboard for my … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind 2013 bucketlist Colorado Dangerous Minds Insurance lists progress report Report Services Snowboard things to do United States

Being at Great Ideas 2013 felt like this.

Robert M Barnes

I was among Rockstars like I was at this Pennywise 25th Anniversary Tour gig supported by Death by Stereo and Anti-Flag. Tagged: #ideas13, Anti-Flag, ASAE, Great Ideas, Pennywise, Punk, Rockstar, United States, YAPstars. A Dangerous Mind #ideas13 Anti-Flag ASAE Great Ideas Pennywise Punk Rockstar United States YAPstars

Getting things done.

Robert M Barnes

Commitment #1 to my son – tick. One championship size and height basketball hoop available in the backyard. A Dangerous Mind

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Thanks but No Thanks and My Feedback Promise.

Robert M Barnes

Today I received two “thanks but no thanks” letters to two separate submissions I made. I replied asking for feedback as I genuinely would like feedback so I can do better with similar opportunities in the future. No really, despite … Continue reading → Wobbly Jelly Stuff Application for employment Business Conference Employment Feedback feedback model giving feedback job application Manager Tools Presenter project submission

What can Associations learn from Airline Customer Service?

Robert M Barnes

I travel a lot. And, I don’t mind having an opinion about my travel experiences. I am also very heavily influenced by customer service experiences that I witness or have personally. This is a post about an experience I was … Continue reading → Customer Service Airlines customer service Premium economy Qantas Sydney Virgin Australia

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Never been prouder.

Robert M Barnes

Since Thursday last week Nicole and I have witnessed our children displaying talents they certainly did not inherit from either of us. Keeley, 6, performed four dances at the National Institute for Dramatic Art in her dance company concert. Lockyer, … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind Dance Inherit kids Music Talent

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My Mental Health needs a Regular Debrief

Robert M Barnes

I struggle from time to time with the deaths of my parents. I struggle sometimes to be the husband and father I want to be. I struggle sometimes to focus on the work I need to do. I struggle sometimes to be fun for the people most important to me. Continue reading → Wobbly Jelly Stuff Debriefing exercise Health mateship Mental health surfing

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What’s really outside the Association business model box?

Robert M Barnes

most Associations turn to long term strategic planning and it is here I feel we are failing as a sector. Continue reading → Association Stuff #assnchat Association leadership business model innovation

“Takeaway for Barnes” – My ASAE11 Post-script

Robert M Barnes

In my mildly post-tour depressive state I find myself compelled to share my thoughts on ASAE11 if for no other reason than I think I need to in order to process everything and clear my head for real life and … Continue reading → Association Stuff #ASAE11 #assnchat ASAE YAPstar

Progress in Progress

Robert M Barnes

Every time I look at this photo it makes me smile. So simple, yet so powerful. Apple Store, San Francisco. Innovation Wobbly Jelly Stuff

Dear @QantasAirways, your brand simply missed out…

Robert M Barnes

Here is my open letter to Qantas Airways asking them to consider a little Wobbly Jelly Theory when they consider the simple ingredients they can mix to create better customer experiences in future. Continue reading → Wobbly Jelly Stuff Brand Loyalty Customer Experience customer service Qantas Travel Zappos

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Back then, Walkie Talkies. Now, iPod Touch.

Robert M Barnes

Back then it was two walkie talkies. Today it is iPod Touch. Same, same but different. Continue reading → Wobbly Jelly Stuff communication iPod Touch kids Skype Travel Walkie Talkie

‘Out of Office’ a thing of the past for me.

Robert M Barnes

Today I sent out an email blast for my Association through our Groupsite.com email blast feature. Naturally, I started received all sorts of ‘Out of Office’ and Autoreply messages back and it made me think about when the last time … Continue reading → Dangerous Minds Associations communication email mobile Outlook

Learnings, Musings and Afterthoughts from #ASAE10

Robert M Barnes

There was a point during my flights to the US that I wondered why I would invest so much of my own time and money being away from the family and attending ASAE10. It felt indulgent and frankly a little … Continue reading → Dangerous Minds

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This is in keeping with The Wobbly Jelly Theory – Simple, Effective.

Robert M Barnes

VERY SHORT, MOST EFFECTIVE AND HOW TRUE… 30 second Speech by Bryan Dyson (CEO of Coca Cola) “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, … Continue reading → Dangerous Minds Balance Coca Cola Life Simple Value

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There is no such thing as sacrifice, there is only choice.

Robert M Barnes

There is no such thing as sacrifice, only choices. Continue reading → Dangerous Minds choices obligation sacrifice

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When will sport be more than a numbers game?

Robert M Barnes

As Jerry Maguire said: "Less clients, more attention". Just before he got the sack. I am sure he was on to something. Continue reading → Creative Thinking Innovation junior sport participation sport success

Time and Task

Robert M Barnes

Why they continue to be distant relatives instead of the best of friends. When people talk of managing their time they seldom refer to the tasks they are required to complete in the time they are trying to manage. When … Continue reading → Creative Thinking

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Membership 101: What IS “Engagement,” Anyway?

Spark Consulting

Association membership professionals, particularly in the last several years, talk about engagement A LOT. We want our members to be more engaged. We want to measure engagement. We want to score engagement. We want to reward engagement.

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Higher Logic

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day.

Energizing Member Engagement

Potomac Core

Driving Sustainable Industry Growth Helps Trade Associations Energize Member Engagement . With global economic uncertainty dominating most conversations, we’re learning that Trade Associations who drive sustainable industry growth are helping their organizations by energizing member engagement.