Association Management - FIX IT

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Some of my all time favorite skits on Saturday Night Live involved this character - "Oscar Rogers" - that debuted during the financial crisis of 2008. That somehow we are flying our associations into a mountain we can't see. "It's really very simple Seth.

The Big Picture: Continue the Conversation

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A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Study Reveals High Levels of Twitter Use at Conferences » December 08, 2008. Association Manager™. Creating Association Communities. December 2008.

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CMI's Association Management Blog: Seizing Opportunities vs.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008. My association management company is almost always actively seeking new clients, both associations seeking full-service management and organizations looking for help managing or executing programs. In the case of my company, our business model is to make the best strategic use of our staffs talents in furthering the objectives of our client associations. Challenge Management, Inc. About Challenge Management.

CMI's Association Management Blog: After the Election

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Friday, November 7, 2008. The election of Senator Barack Obama as President-Elect of the United States will result in a massive amount of gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair in associations across the land. Association executives and the boards of directors to which they report reacted in elation or horror at the results. But I caution all associations against behaving as if the sky is falling, on the one hand, or that manna from heaven is raining down, on the other.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Lessons from an Economic.

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Monday, October 20, 2008. The reason I write about all of this in a blog intended to address association management topics is the fact that many associations have jumped on the bandwagon of blame, while simultaneously doing all they can to look out after their members self-interests, even while ignoring broader national interests. Nor should associations ever adopt positions that accept that the end justifies the means. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Diversity: Not Just An.

Observations on Association Management

Friday, November 21, 2008. I spent the early part of this week with a group of other association executives. Were all members of a board of directors of a professional association of association executives, so the information and ideas we shared were especially relevant to our day-to-day work lives. While we discussed many issues of substance, the one that I found particularly appealing was one that has been challenging associations for years: diversity.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Mission Critical

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Associations that do not pay attention to their mission statements risk losing the support that led to the drafting of those mission statements. Its important for an association to regularly remind its members about what the organizations mission is. The energy and enthusiasm and vocal support of the association that resulted in the mission statement tends to drift and fade unless it is regularly highlighted. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Association Meetings.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Association Meetings: Dinosaurs? The advent of video conferencing was going to be the downfall of association meetings. Then, webinars were going to cause the demise of association meetings. So, when someone suggests that technological advances that take advantage of the Internet are going to put a crimp on association meetings, we tend to dismiss it as another bad prediction. Challenge Management, Inc. About Challenge Management.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Small Associations Can.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008. Small Associations Can Perform "Big". Small associations often lament the fact that they do not have the resources to perform as well as their larger brethren. While it is indeed true that larger associations with big budgets and large numbers of dedicated staff members may have an easier time of "performing" than smaller, leaner organizations, small associations can behave like the big guys. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Volunteer-Managed.

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Monday, January 7, 2008. Volunteer-Managed Associations: Avoiding Traps. I see one of the most visible results of associations being completely volunteer-managed almost every time I encounter such an association: the organization has, either in the past or at present, lost its standing to do business in the state in which it is incorporated (and, therefore, in other states). They will come back to bite the Association, and can do it with a vengenance.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Imminent Danger

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Thursday, January 3, 2008. The Blockbuster experience, regardless of ultimate outcome, is a less for associations: listen to your constituents and know their preferences. Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website. About Challenge Management. Challenge Management, Inc. Challenge Management, Inc. CMI) is an association management company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Branding Your Association

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Branding Your Association. Whether you consider your associations marketing initiatives to be components of your branding efforts or not, the fact is that is exactly what they are. That having been said, here are some ideas you can use to help ensure that your associations brand is maintained, nurtured, and made to thrive. This is a particularly dangerous zone for associations, with their constantly changing boards and committees.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Tough Topics

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Friday, January 4, 2008. So, the safest and best route for association executives is to stay away from those topics, right? Granted, there are some situations in which it is best to avoid both subject areas, but generally speaking, association executives should be leaders in conversations about areas that are sensitive. And tolerance of divergent views is the cornerstone of any truly successful association and any truly successful association executive.

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick

Association Subculture

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick. What if your association stopped creating so many services? What if, when someone asked what your association did, you could answer in less than ten minutes? Very simple association business model.

Holiday Greetings! : Off Stage

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13, 2008 - Holiday Greetings! 2008 Christmas Poem. 14, 2008 - RE: Holiday Greetings! Financial Management. Managing Volunteers. Association Marketing. General Association Management. Personnel Management. Blog Manager Off Stage.

The Paradox : Off Stage

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21, 2008 - The Paradox. A major corollary of the Abilene Paradox is, The inability to manage agreement is a major source of dysfunction in organizations." 21, 2008 - RE: The Paradox. 22, 2008 - RE: The Paradox. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers.

CMI's Association Management Blog: A Socio-Political Economic Rant

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Before you read this, please understand: while my post may seem unrelated to associations, from the outset, it is definitely related to associations and their ability to change the world. What does all of this have to do with associations, you might wonder? Associations have the capacity to bring about change in this political stalemate borne of fear. Associations, which helped build this country, can help save it.

CMI's Association Management Blog: We're All Human, Don't You.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008. But this blog is about associations and Ill turn my attention back to them. What I find most troubling, professionally, is the lack of a sense of urgency among associations in general. With few exceptions, I see associations reacting, if they react at all, from a dangerously provincial and highly selfish perspective. Too many associations are forgetting what they are good at: unifying people with common interests to pursue the common good.

CMI's Association Management Blog: The Power of Associations, for.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The Power of Associations, for Good or Bad. In my view, associations represent the ultimate potential of the human experience. Associations embody opportunities for people who share common interests to achieve common goals. At their very highest level, associations can enable the efforts of groups to coalesce into exceptionally powerful forces for the advancement of virtually every aspect of our existence. Challenge Management, Inc.

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CMI's Association Management Blog: A Good Concept for all.

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Friday, February 22, 2008. A Good Concept for all Associations: Operating Surveys. Operating ratio surveys and reports tend to be considered only for trade associations. The members of the hypoethetical Global Association for Vertebrate Pest Elimination (GAVPE), an association of vertebrate pest control specialists (people who help control rats and possums and squirrels in the attic, etc.) The previous sentence, ultimately, is the value of associations.

CMI's Association Management Blog: The New Age of Association.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008. The New Age of Association Education. Associations are beginning to understand that adults do not learn as quickly nor as well from listening to speeches, no matter how articulate or intelligent the speaker. Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website. About Challenge Management. Challenge Management, Inc. Challenge Management, Inc. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

Building a Better Board of Directors for your association : Off Stage

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7, 2008 - Building a Better Board of Directors for your association. A behind the scenes look at organized real estate--what works in an association, what doesnt, and what a long time AE sees as challenges facing the industry from the viewpoint of its professional organization.

Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations.

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IRS Non-profit policy compliance date looms near (amended) : Off.

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13, 2008 - IRS Non-profit policy compliance date looms near (amended). of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, to create sample governance policies to assist associations preparing to file the new Form 990 next year. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers. Blog Manage

950 Attend World's Tallest Building Summit in Dubai ? GrowGlobally.

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations » Nov. Hotel and meeting logistics management. Special Delegates Management. Sponsors Management.

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Loss Prevention : Off Stage

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9, 2008 - Loss Prevention. In a recent court case, a Realtor association executive was found guilty of embezzlement of a significant amount of association assets, and sentenced to a jail term and ordered to repay the organization. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers.

I'm from the IRS and I am here to help. : Off Stage

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23, 2008 - I'm from the IRS and I am here to help. However, the real impetus behind the revision is the new I RS form 990 , which tax-exempt organizations will now be filing with the IRS for tax years ending December 31, 2008 and thereafter. Financial Management. Off Stage.

Surety Bonds : Off Stage

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10, 2008 - Surety Bonds. An AE writes: “In reading your post I was curious to hear more about "bonded employees" dealing with association funds. Fidelity Bonds can cover individuals, businesses and associations for money or other property lost because of dishonest acts.

Don't get too casual on Friday--or any day. : Off Stage

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10, 2008 - Don't get too casual on Friday--or any day. In CDW Corporations 2008 Telework Security Report , the trends are clear: over 76% of private sector employers provide support for remote workers, up more than 25% over the previous year. Financial Management. Off Stage.

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The Monsters on Your Back : Off Stage

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23, 2008 - The Monsters on Your Back. My answer is to take a tip from business (we’ve been talking about “running our associations like a business” for years, haven’t we?) See what might apply to your association business. Managing costs. Off Stage.

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Water Boy : Off Stage

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2, 2008 - Water Boy. What could I bring back to make the association better? But over the years I came to the understanding that traveling to state and national meetings is a wonderful way to gain new ideas and refresh your perspective on your employing association. Blog Manage

World Bank and World Economic Forum Rank Singapore #1 for.

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. « Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations. Following lunch we will visit regional association offices. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.

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UAE Gems Dubai and Abu Dhabi Offer World Class Opportunities.

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. ” Globalization Special Report, The Economist, September 20, 2008. As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies.

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Doing Business in the Middle East ? GrowGlobally.org

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Most of the national associations are backed by the government and they have very strong connections with them which helps influence decisions on a policy level as well. GrowGlobally.org.

Leadership Techniques, Part 1 : Off Stage

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15, 2008 - Leadership Techniques, Part 1. Recently, the National Association of Realtors announced that its annual Leadership Conference was sold out in a matter of hours after reservations opened. Does your state association have a leadership conference? Financial Management.

Grow International Meeting Registration & Sponsorships in an Era of.

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Here is a story of one association who developed an event strategy that helped it grow attendance in 5 years by 68%, expand its sponsor program, and reached new levels of delegate satisfaction.

What the Directors Expect of the AE : Off Stage

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15, 2008 - What the Directors Expect of the AE. In the introduction to this series, I talked about the need to establish regular, meaningful communication between the president-elect and the staff manager, or AE. Impeccable Financial Management and Control. Financial Management.

Strategies for Bolstering International Membership ? GrowGlobally.org

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. A well-known and respected international association executive, Carolyn will contribute her thoughts on what’s important to include in global strategy and thinking. GrowGlobally.org.

Designing the ?Ultimate? Business Location in the Middle East.

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Forming New Associations – Start up Capital and Value Proposition Design » May. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.

Making Business Sense of Climate Change ? A Green Meeting Guide

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global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. « From Mega Trends to Association Trends to Meeting Trends. As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies.