Leadership Limerick: Innovation Requires Many Contributions

Idea Architects

Every Monday, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. These scientific tools are complemented by the specific roles identified by IDEO, one of the worlds most innovative product design firms, in The Ten Faces of Innovation : Anthropologist. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4).

12 Simple Ways to Unleash More Creative Thinking

Idea Architects

Invite “wild cards,” to participate in your meetings and strategy sessions. A great deal of research validates the value of not focusing on the issue at hand as an effective strategy for generating new and powerful ideas. I think this might be a great problem-solving tool for association members when they feel like they've run into a wall and aren't sure where to go. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3).


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

Idea Architects

In 2002, the American Society of Association Executives Foundation identified Meaning Matters as one of the seven emerging issues affecting associations. How that is accomplished—the structure and strategies used—should be flexible and ever-improving, not shackled by rigid plans and inflexible procedures. Structure and strategy are merely tools to accomplish mission and vision, not things to be preserved at all costs. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4).

Leadership Limerick: One Ending is Another Beginning

Idea Architects

Every Monday in 2011, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. Every Fridays post will focus on some tool, technique, or situation related to facilitation, a skill I believe to be fundamental for anyone, bother personally and professionally. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3). Jun 2002 (2). May 2002 (4).

Facilitation Friday #29: Six Questions for Decision-Making

Idea Architects

Tools like decision-making grids or Edward deBonos Six Thinking Hats can help ensure thorough consideration of alternatives an evaluation of the selected options using common criteria. Regardless of the tools used or process selected, some of the core questions facilitators must help groups answer include: 1. Labels: decisions , facilitation , facilitationfriday , strategy. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3). Jul 2002 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Five Lessons from the Road

Idea Architects

When we get sloppy with words like strategy, vision, mission, diversity, and many others, we do a real disservice to the deep meaning and full potential they represent. I led two breakout sessions (links to slides provided): the first focused on tools and techniques for enhancing creative, critical, and constructive thinking, and the other explored the everyday practices of innovative individuals. Dec 2002 (6). Nov 2002 (4). Sep 2002 (2). Aug 2002 (3).

Heart Association Takes Quality Improvement Program to Middle East

Associations Now

Since the program was launched in 2002, more than 2,000 hospitals have implemented at least one module, and more than 6 million patients have benefited, according to an AHA statement. They “begin to ask questions, such as why a patient didn’t receive a recommended medication,” Smith said, and then they can increase their use of recommended strategies.

What Is Your Transparency Architecture?


For employees, they give everyone complete information about the company strategies, financials, and operations. The firm is aligned around a clear strategy that employees cocreate. In 2002 it was 11 percent… “The branches went from being outposts to being actively engaged in the company.&#. Social organizations are trustworthy, and transparency is an important tool in building trust.

Moderating Discussions in the Modern World

Association Adviser

And, of course, webinars and Association TV are other popular tools for delivering online education. People, who work in the field, live and breathe strategy and implementation, and who want nothing more than to let others benefit from their experiences. With nearly 20 years of experience in B2B marketing and communications, she has specialized in association media and events since 2002. Dana Plotke, Naylor.

Online Community Vendor Spotlight: Socious


Socious was started in 2002. We focused our development and support efforts on making the tools the infinitely configurable tools we have today that fit the needs of any size/style of association or user group. While other companies may have more installations than us, our focus has always been on understanding our customers goals and helping them utilize our tools to meet those goals – not just getting them running.

Context Is Everything: Online Communities

Beth Kanter

At the time, we invited Internet thought-leaders to participate in an email list discussion, focusing on interactive tools. Highlights: April, 2002 Netpreneur AdMarketing discussion. It always begins with strategy - Nancy White, of Full Circle Associates , reminds us how important strategy will always be. Flickr Photo BirkgetKing.

It's good to step back every now and then

Idea Architects

Looking back If I judged my success since founding Idea Architects in 2002 by business volume alone, it’s been a nice decade for the most part. Ensuring engagement and collaboration in face-to-face leadership and learning experiences : making the most of having people together in real-time, appropriately incorporating varied learning formats and technology tools to maximize the value received and created. It’s been awhile.

2104 Summer Recommended Reading

Holly Duckworth

The Art of Membership by Sheri Jacobs, CAE, provides associations and membership organizations with the practical tools they need to build a loyal and diverse membership base over the long term. Readers will be able to put the tools to work immediately regardless organization size, budget, culture, type, or environment. Summer 2014 Reading List: Each summer I find many of my association leaders “check out”. They take the summer off.

Moneyball and Management Innovation

Jamie Notter

At the end of the 2002 season the Boston Red Sox offered Billy Beane a job. Strategy Means Change. The reams of data available to most small and mid-sized companies and associations through social media, Google analytics and other measurement tools are now statistically significant. Strategy. Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter. Leadership insight.right when you need it. Moneyball and Management Innovation.

The Importance of Getting Lots of Little Things Done Well Every Day

Association Adviser

Association career sites are great tools for recruiting new members and for engaging the passive job seeker that commercial job boards can’t tap. . The approach to using each of these platforms varies, so the overall social media strategy for the organization needs to include the career center, just as it includes other association programs and information. Christine Smith, Boxwood Technology.

Game Plan 2014: Seeing Around the Corners

Association Adviser

Yet our research shows that very few associations— just 1 percent of respondents to our 2013 association benchmarking study—”embrace advertiser input when setting their content and communications strategy.” “Video content has emerged as a highly versatile tool for associations to communicate with members—and it can be utilized and monetized for multiple purposes.” Remember Jon Cleary’s novel, “You Can’t See ‘Round Corners”?