Getting Married to Membership May Require Engagement First

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It used to be that you had to pay to play: join an organization and then you can get involved. community that people value and that our organizations market. That can be easily overlooked by those leading the organizations, both staff and volunteers. Dec 2002 (6).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Why Fixers Often Fail

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Very few individuals or organizations want to be talked about as if they need to be fixed. Worse yet is when an organization or community feels like an outsider is approaching them much in the way a flipper deals with a house in foreclosure. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

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Flipped Volunteering: The Better Way to Invite and Engage

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Amazingly, very few associations or other nonprofit organizations do that. In fact, many if not most know next to nothing about the talents, interests, and experiences of their members and how those might connect to volunteer opportunities within their organization. Dec 2002 (6).

Why The Structure You're Staffing is Stifling Progress

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Speaking at a leadership conference for volunteers this weekend, I was reminded why some organizations struggle to get volunteers. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: The Power of Purpose

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Perhaps more than ever before, we need purpose-driven organizations and leaders because they. these qualities taken verbatim from The Purpose-Driven Organization by Terry Pascarella. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: There Really Is a Simpler Way

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a simpler way, the wonderful book co-authored by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, continues to guide my thinking about organizations. Discarding a mechanistic perspective means embracing some alternative beliefs about people and organizations. Dec 2002 (6).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #11: Who Should.

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The organization that pays your salary? What about the community (world) impacted by your organization and its products and services? 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Mission, Vision, Values: Catalysts.

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Without looking at the poster on the wall or the wallet card you are probably carrying, what’s the mission and vision of your organization or company? Are you passionate about the mission/purpose of your organization and the work you do? Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Facilitation Friday #29: Six Questions for Decision-Making

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Participative decision-making forms like quality circles have become mainstays in many organizations. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2).

Leadership Limerick: One Ending is Another Beginning

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Smart individuals and organizations disrupt their own routines before others determine they have devolved into a rut. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Leadership Limerick: The Whole.

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To help contribute to the success of a team, project, or organization, individuals must possess a clear understanding of their specific roles and how their efforts connect with others efforts, as well as contribute to the overall results. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: We Are All Emerging Leaders

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organizations establishing emerging leaders programs, and Ive been invited to help design them or speak during one of their sessions. in the given profession or organization; or (3) hold more entry-level or intermediate positions within an organization’s hierarchy. What happens all too often in organizations is that graduates of. organization; or (3) hold more significant positions within an. organization’s hierarchy. Dec 2002 (6).

Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

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The American Transportation Research Institute recently released its annual list of the 100 worst bottlenecks for trucks nationwide—information that the organization hopes will guide decisions on infrastructure investment as well as help motor carriers and drivers.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Pre-Qualifying Volunteers

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The time has come for any organization using volunteers to pre-qualify them with self-guided virtual tutorials they can take to amass the basic information required for effective involvement. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Rethinking 80-20

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The Wooden Hanger Theory of Productivity and Satisfaction

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Designers also like to organize books on shelves by color which seems totally wrong to me, but I get their intention. Guess I need to shut up about that designer book organizing. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Refreshing Opportunities

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What other opportunities would you find refreshing if offered by one of your community or professional organizations? 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Authenticity: 10 Favorite Quotes

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Newsweek , March 11, 2002, p. “To live with courage in any work or in any organization, we must know intimately the part of us that does not give a damn about the organization or the work. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: A Dozen Favorite Quotes About.

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When partnerships, management teams, and organizations build communities, they tap into a greater and deeper reservoir of courage, wisdom, and productivity.” 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Clarifying Intention To Focus.

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Im increasingly convinced that what plagues many individuals and organizations is not an Attention Deficit Disorder. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Watch Out for Unintended.

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The autonomy granted to chapters to foster innovation at the local level yield some components disconnected from the (inter)national organization and the direction of the profession or industry? 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Beware of Binders Becoming.

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I am a huge believer in the value of record-keeping in volunteer organizations and regularly preach the power of checklists as a vital tool in project management (you have read The Checklist Manifesto , right?). 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6).

Leadership Limerick: More than Just the Letter of the Law

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Water Your Ideas Like a Garden

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Instead of Training, Try Talking

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Beware of Functional Fixedness

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Right now you have something in your home, in your office, in your organization that is not being used to its full potential because of your functional fixedness. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2).

Facilitation Friday #6: Balance Content and Process, Ideas and Action

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: My Simple Business Blueprint

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

6 Simple Ways to Facilitate Conference Connections

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Organize your registration area not alphabetically, but by local affiliates, states, or some other demographic that makes standing in line a potential networking opportunity. 19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Rest is Not the Answer

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Leadership Limerick: Innovation Requires Many Contributions

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #18: Authenticity.

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: The Benefit of the Doubt

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Conferences Aren't Serious About Networking Unless

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Consider organizing registration lines around something other than the alphabet. From professional table topics to informal breakfast conversations about books or shared interests/hobbies, its a low-risk way to let people self-organize should they be so inclined. Dec 2002 (6).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: This is How You Recognize.

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An unexpected card received last week from one of the organizations I volunteer with, the American Society of Association Executives, models both of these commitments in pitch-perfect ways. It dispels the notion of an impersonal organization and reinforces the power of personal relationships.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Feeding Off the Energy

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Seven Questions to Move Things.

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While the seven I offer from my facilitation experience may not have the sheen of Peter Druckers The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, each one has proven invaluable time and time again in helping people accomplish more. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Four Innovation Lessons with.

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Too many organizations delegate observation and field research to a very small subset of individuals as opposed to engaging a wider cross-section of those who will actually be creating the improved or new product or service. Be OK with organized chaos. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Using Stories to Advance Your Strategy: Quotes and Questions

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—Roger Schank, Tell Me A Story What’s interesting about your organization’s story? What might your members or customers find most interesting, but it isnt yet a part of your organizations story? What implications does that have for your organization?

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: To Earn More Trust, Be More.

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19, Houston, Assof of Fundraising Profs Conference. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4). Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.