The Big Picture: Worry About the Why, Not the How

The Big Picture

« Katrina brings life to the classroom | Main. Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki » January 17, 2006. Worry About the Why, Not the How. Brooks , a Syracuse University professor who specializes in studying nonprofit organizations, says that trade and professional associations need to start worrying less about how to get younger members to join and more about how to keep them interested once they do join. The Big Picture.

The Big Picture: Click Here

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Something Big Is Going to Happen

Idea Architects

It is this dynamic that I find myself plunked thick in the middle of at TED 2006, the conference I am attending all this week. 1000 people have shelled out $4400 each in registration fees to be a part of one of the most eclectic conference communities I've run across in a long time, as well as hear from luminaries ranging from Al Gore to 11-year-old violinist Sirena Huang.


Idea Architects

Seeing Oprah on The Tony’s reminded me that regardless of what you might think of her, the gal knows how to throw a gala. Oprah had convened a once-in-a-lifetime weekend to celebrate and honor approximately 50 African-American women she dubbed Legends. What stood out most for me was what seemed to be genuine surprise and delight from the Legends that they were feted in such a regal way and that a younger generation would so deeply appreciate the efforts they had made.

Pitching Your Association’s Online Community Strategy: How to Overcome Common Objections


Whenever you are trying to do something innovative, you can rest assured there will always be haters. Most of them have the right intentions but many raise objections simply because what you are suggesting takes them out of their comfort zones and if it fails they don’t want tied to a sunken ship. Think, Zune circa 2006 (you can go ahead and look that up on your iPod touch).

Brain Training: How to Harness the Power of Neuroplasticity

Association Success

More and more, studies are demonstrating that our brains are actually remodelling themselves continually during our adult years, proving that it is possible for the brain to grow and pick up new skills at any age. A 2006 study compared the brains of London black cab drivers, who navigate through the famously complex city streets from memory, to those of London bus drivers, who travel predetermined routes each day. the brain’s memory center) when compared to the bus drivers.

The Strength of Weak Ties

Jamie Notter

Check out this great interview with Andrew McAfee of MIT’s Center for Digital Business on how to talk to CEOs about social media. ” When he talks to CEOs about social media (or “Enterprise 2.0″ There is a huge amount of work in sociology, really beautiful work, that shows, especially if you want innovation and novelty, or introductions to other social networks, that your weak ties are a better place to go than your strong ties.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #21: How to.

Idea Architects

He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Facilitation Friday #21: How to Wind Down. To avoid this phenomenon, you must intentionally design the winding down stage of the facilitation and allow more time for it on the agenda. The closing section of a facilitated effort should include a carefully calibrated mix of attention to both the content and process of what just took place. What is to be shared, with whom, and how?

The Down-Side of Great Ideas

Jamie Notter

So I am back from what might be my 11th or 12th Great Ideas conference (I’ve been to them all, back to the GWSAE days, but I’ve lost count), and as usual I had a great time. I enjoyed delivering both the deep dive on Humanize (with Maddie Grant) on the first day of the conference, and then being on a panel about Bringing Innovation to Life (with Kerry Stackpole, Michelle Mason, and Jessica Daniels) on the last day. We don’t know how to BE great.

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Becoming You: 9 Questions & 6 Resources on Authenticity

Idea Architects

He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. It is exhausting not being you, trying to remember how to play the part youve created for yourself in order to be accepted by others. Every moment that your mental and physical energy is devoted to this pursuit is time stolen from your true self. We all tweak aspects of our "selves" to fit the moment and the people with whom we are interacting. Dec 2006 (3).

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Achieve Resolution; Don't Just.

Idea Architects

He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. At this time of year, it naturally turns to the word resolution. While others around the blogosphere and in print media offer tips on how to craft better resolutions, Im more fixated on having resolve and achieving resolution. Im fairly confident that each of us has in our personal or professional lives some languishing intention, something weve been meaning to get around to doing.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Leadership Limerick: Time for.

Idea Architects

He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Some people like to learn online For them, this medium is fine. Others best engage face-to-face. Increasingly effective conference design is not about face-to-face OR virtual, but about the AND. Any virtual event might also benefit from an in-person option, and any face-to-face meeting should explore how to incorporate virtual participation. Dec 2006 (3).

How to Have the Golden Hand Cuffs on Association Members

Tom Morrison

For years, back in the 50's through the 90's, individuals and organizations were members of associations to "just belong." Nowhere else could you access new products, information, key industry data and a vast network of people to help you succeed in your industry. They were the only real place to access new product launches, information and networks of people. Over the last 20+ years, the internet has taken over an area that was once so vital to associations."Information

The Big Picture: Blogs as Front Pages for Members

The Big Picture

One of the communication problems I face daily is how to shovel a lot of information - but only to the people who really want it. So Im slowly starting to FREE THE NEWS, so to speak. I need to think of another word - help me) for health information management professionals. all tailored to health information management professionals in Mississippi. Please take a moment to visit - and give me any suggestions you have. The Big Picture.

SlugBooks (Skills to Learn How to Save Money)


Textbooks are quite expensive, and college students tend to have a hard time buying them when the semester starts. It was a student-run cooperative that was committed to saving students the high cost of buying textbooks by providing them with a guaranteed and cheaper alternative to the high price at the campus bookstore. One year later, was founded based on the same idea that students could save money by moving the entire book market place to the internet.

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Long Live Your Education Sessions: How To Repurpose, Reuse and Recoup Meeting Costs

Tom Morrison

The question for any association in this situation is, “how are you changing its delivery and purpose to engage your members in new learning styles?” These new learning styles are incredible opportunities for your association to create new income streams. All of the above are pieces to a new revenue model called, “Repurpose, Repackage, Reuse,” to selling knowledge to your members. Let me give you an example of how this looks in the real world.

The Hourglass Blog: How to Tell if You Have a Bad Board

The Hourglass Blog

skip to main | skip to sidebar. How to Tell if You Have a Bad Board. I think Ive mentioned before that one of the things I like to do on Hourglass is look at policies and practices in the for-profit world and see how they compare or can be applied to associations. Another HBR blog post from Roger Martin , this one focused on six ways to tell if you have a bad board. Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom). Daring to Lead 2006.

Humanize Presentation at #intchg12

Jamie Notter

Thanks everyone who came out to the AICPA Interchange conference early for my pre-conference session on “Succeeding in the 21st Century Association.” I also promised that I would post the short handout related to the conflict resolution tool that I was talking about during the presentation (the behavior-impact feedback model). ” How to Succeed in the 21st Century Association. The Easiest Way to Start Humanizing. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.

Change is Not Hard

Jamie Notter

Being told what to do. Things that produce results that run counter to their interests. Most of what we face is in those bullets above, so let’s figure out how to deal with that rather than lamenting about how hard change is. Figuring out how to have an awesome workplace is hard. ” ;>) We agree that people don’t “hate” change nearly as much as we like to say. Subscribe to the RSS Feed. July 2006 (5).

Have too much to do? You're doing to much

Jamie Notter

Have too much to do? You’re doing to much. I was part of a presentation called “The Adaptive CFO” (along with Charlie Tate of Tate and Tyron and Joe Janela, the CFO at the American Pharmacists Association) and my part of the presentation was to cover how CFOs can support the organizational change that is inevitable in today’s fast-paced, social media world. We’re all being called upon to do too much. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.

The Results of Management Innovation

Jamie Notter

In a recent post I challenged everyone to consider innovating management , rather than just our products, services, or business models. We have come to expect innovation in our world in many areas, yet we are content to come to work and face practices and systems that are fifty or a hundred years old. And even though we’ve known about them and have been trying to solve them for several years, they’re not getting much better. Want to get started?

Ebook Versions of Humanize Now Available

Jamie Notter

I have to admit, I’ve been a bit like a kid the week before Christmas waiting for the launch of our book, Humanize. So I guess I’m getting the equivalent of that one present you get to open Christmas eve (though my family never had that tradition), because the Ebook versions of Humanize are now available! So if you don’t want to wait for the hardcopy, break out your iPad, Kindle , Nook, or whatever else you’re using and you can now read the whole book!

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Leaders Are Keepers of the Story

Jamie Notter

Specifically, he has noticed how perplexed many of us are by the fact that the movement itself has no single, identifiable leader. How can it continue without someone to set a direction and lead the people there? But it’s hard for us to see a human endeavor that way. Our culture has been so saturated with the myth of the heroic individual leader, that we demand to see what we are expecting, even if it doesn’t make sense. It is time to wake up.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Yesterday I went on an ebook buying rampage thanks to BookBub. You know how it goes: you look at the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section on Amazon and before you know it you’ve clicked “Buy now” several times. Well, that’s what happens to me. It] reveal[s] how fragile the status quo is, and how malleable the future can be.”. 9 Social Media Metrics to Monitor.

Book Review: The Knowing-Doing Gap

Jamie Notter

There is an abundance of knowledge out there to support leaders in creating powerful and effective organizations. The authors conducted in-depth case studies on a number of companies to identify why some companies acted on their knowledge while others did not. They demonstrate clearly how organizations set themselves up for failure by doing everything but acting on what they know is the best course. A New Blog to Follow: metacool. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.

Start by Looking Inside

Jamie Notter

Maddie broke the news on SocialFishing, pointing out that trust in CEOs dropped precipitously (50% last year; 38% this year), where trust in the “regular employee” was up by a similar margin (34% last year to 50% this year). Obviously trust is an important issue to us–Trustworthy is one of the four human elements we write about in Humanize. That’s low, overall (traditional media was 32%), but notice how corporate and social media are just about the same.

Review of Social Gravity by Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen

Jamie Notter

I like them because they are incredibly smart and kind, and (here’s the kicker) through them I have been introduced to a significant number of OTHER people who now qualify as my favorite people. I find myself these days connecting to tons of really smart people, and my life and career are growing because of it. I can’t attribute all that good stuff to Joe and Jason, but I do get the feeling that they are close to the center of the growth of my network lately.

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What Is Generative?

Jamie Notter

It was really fun, I must say, to be talking about it. We laughed at the fact that while we were writing the book (which focuses on things like openness and transparency) we weren’t really allowed to talk about it. So it’s energizing to engage people on these topics that have been in our heads for six to nine months. Trustworthy won the voting, but towards the end of the conversation, someone asked to hear more about Generative. December 2006 (10).

Making Silos Work

Jamie Notter

They need to be “busted.” ” And to some extent, I agree. The way our different departments seem to erect walls separating them from each other can definitely cause problems. But we tend to forget that there are very valid and important reasons for having silos. Our organizations need deep expertise available to them. So how do we make this work? Well, unfortunately the answer is NOT to order the silos to cooperate.

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The Easiest Way to Start Humanizing

Jamie Notter

The Easiest Way to Start Humanizing. While we love to write and think big thoughts, we are ultimately not satisfied until what we are doing actually helps people to do things differently. To make change. To impact their world. We love our book and we are thrilled that people are reading it, but in the end we want people to do something about it. We want YOU to actually start humanizing your organization. We want you to get started.

Failure is good: it's about learning. Mistakes are bad execution

Jamie Notter

It was fabulous to present with Amy. She told great stories about how NTEN actually puts into practice a lot of the ideas we express in Humanize. We learn from what we do, so we’re not as afraid to move forward. If we fail at something, it will fuel learning, which will enable us to do it better next time. But during the session, someone asked Amy a question about NTEN being comfortable with making mistakes, and Amy was quick to jump in and clarify.

Exploring #Humanize: Open

Jamie Notter

It was decentralized, it gave power to distributed systems, and it enabled everyone to take action in the ways they needed to. And it’s also something we aspire to be as human beings. Open to possibility. Open to new ideas. Open to growth. You don’t have to burn down the executive suite and call each other comrades (though, really, in some cases there’s a compelling case that might make things better). December 2006 (10).

Thank You

Jamie Notter

We can officially declare our new book, Humanize, to be launched! It’s really exciting to see the book in real life. So there are a couple of things to say. Writing this blog has been at the heart of my own professional growth, and it wouldn’t have worked if you guys weren’t reading it and talking to me about it and talking to each other about it. The second thing to say, of course, is please read the book. Look forward to a good read.

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Deep Dive on Humanize

Jamie Notter

A “deep dive” is a three-hour session, and I’m glad ASAE has started adding them to their lineup at their conferences. I enjoy attending and delivering the 75-minute sessions, but having three hours to work with makes it much easier to get into actually applying concepts to the real world, rather than just providing some insight or clarity. So, are you ready to start applying Humanize to your association? Subscribe to the RSS Feed.

With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Jamie Notter

It was very exciting to be around people who are thinking about and talking about and researching the same ideas that Maddie and wrote about in Humanize. Most were in agreement that there was great power available in the periphery of our organizations, we just needed to figure out how to set that power free. We’re then disappointed with the way they handled their freedom, leading us to retain even more control than before. You’re doing to much.

Humanize and the Millennial Generation

Jamie Notter

That post was the setup to this one, based on the original question that was posed in one of our Humanize twitter chats, which was “Is the Millennial generation better poised to accept the ideas in Humanize than previous generations.” ” My answer in the chat was that in the end, I don’t think one generation is going to be way ahead of any other when it comes to these ideas, but it is possible that the Millennials will have a “leg up.”

We Have No Idea What We're Doing

Jamie Notter

Whenever I get some time to think deeply about things related to the workplace, like how do we make work better, or what is leadership, or what is management, then I end up inescapably coming to the conclusion that is the title of this post: We have no idea what we’re doing. And what’s worse, we are all working together in a collective cover-up to our lack of knowledge. But it feels like smoke and mirrors to me. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.

Biggest Problem with Conflict: It Prevents Action

Jamie Notter

In the conversation Michele asked about my background in conflict resolution and we talked a bit about how training in conflict resolution might be a good idea for people engaging in social media. Conflict also needs to be addressed at the process level if you want your processes to deliver more truth in your organization, which is a part of becoming more Trustworthy as an organization. Someone might not be happy with what you’re going to do. December 2006 (10).

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Don't Shield Employees from Tension

Jamie Notter

I don’t remember (nor did I write down) the specific context in which she said this, but it makes a lot of sense to me. Leaders and managers have to make a lot of tough decisions and deal with a lot of tension. Figuring out how to structure the work or design the processes. The managers need to work on their own clarity and commitment to the strategy. Now one (or both) of the departments needs to change the way they are doing things.

Bringing Innovation to Life

Jamie Notter

Bringing Innovation to Life. Ok, but how do they do it? Join us to learn tips and techniques to getting started…investigating ideas and opportunities, facilitating engagement and connecting the seemingly unconnected ideas. I was in charge of talking about “facilitating engagement,” which turned out to be something the audience was the most frustrated with. Effort will be unstable, so learn how to be generative. December 2006 (10).