The Big Picture: Continue the Conversation

The Big Picture

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. You can use BackType to keep track of your own comments, follow the others of leaders in your industry, or keep track of what is being said about your association in blog comments. [ Association Manager™. Creating Association Communities. December 2008. November 2008.

Association Management - FIX IT

Association Subculture

Some of my all time favorite skits on Saturday Night Live involved this character - "Oscar Rogers" - that debuted during the financial crisis of 2008. I'm starting to wonder if we, myself included, might be making the question "how do we move associations forward into the future" a little too complicated. Sometimes I see good executives become almost paralyzed, overwhelmed with the sense that this association management thing is careering out of control.

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CMI's Association Management Blog: Seizing Opportunities vs.

Observations on Association Management

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

Observations on Association Management

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: 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: Lessons from an Economic.

Observations on Association Management

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: Association Meetings.

Observations on Association Management

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.

Observations on Association Management

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: Branding Your Association

Observations on Association Management

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: Volunteer-Managed.

Observations on Association Management

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

Observations on Association Management

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: Tough Topics

Observations on Association Management

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.

Serious Strategy & Tools for Pursuing Sustainability ? GrowGlobally.

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. February 14, 2008 – Nearly 50 leading U.S. and European institutional investors managing over $1.75 Additionally, European investors managing $6.5 As the report above illustrates, 2008 is shaping up to be no different. As travel and flying is such a large emitter of carbon, you can expect things to change in 2008. Association Management.

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

Observations on Association Management

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.

Observations on Association Management

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.

Observations on Association Management

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.

Observations on Association Management

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.

Observations on Association Management

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.

Holiday Greetings! : Off Stage

Off Stage

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

The Paradox : Off Stage

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21, 2008 - The Paradox. Not long ago, my good friend and Supreme Queen of Association Managers, Cindy Butts, blogged about a short training tape which she had watched called “The Abilene Paradox” She mentioned a few interesting points which piqued my interest—namely, that often leaders of groups agree with a variety of off-the-wall propositions just because they don’t want to offend anyone by expressing opposition. 21, 2008 - RE: The Paradox.

Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations.

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Emerging Market Cities Open Their Doors to Associations. Associations seeking to expand their international footprint and benefit from the ever-growing global marketplace of products and services know that while the market may be flat in the United States, opportunity may be quite good in emerging market countries especially in the Middle East and Asia. Association Management.

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

GlowGlobally

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. Exhibition management. As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.

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Sunday's ASAE Session on Global Growth ? GrowGlobally.org

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. « Forming New Associations – Start up Capital and Value Proposition Design. Tom’s International Society of Nephrology presentation on World Kidney Day 2008 (download and view in slide mode). As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Association Management.

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

GlowGlobally

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. The Healthcare track will visit the Health Promotion Board on Singapore’s management of chronic diseases. Following lunch, we transfer to the SUNTEC Convention Center for an Association Afternoon with local and regional associations.

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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. Tapping this local need for training and education is the paramount opportunity for US-based associations who possess respected and globally recognized certification, accreditation, training and education products. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.

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Doing Business in the Middle East ? GrowGlobally.org

GlowGlobally

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. What are the legal and tax issues for Associations wanting to open an office in the Middle East? There is a local / government representation is required for all associations. Association Management.

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

Off Stage

7, 2008 - Building a Better Board of Directors for your association. Since it was (I thought) pretty good stuff about assessing the strength of the Board of Directors of an association, and contained some nifty tools (I thought) that you might want to use in your own association, I decided to post the article on my own website and provide you with a link. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers. Association Marketing. Personnel Management.

Budgeting for Travel, Part 2 : Off Stage

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5, 2008 - Budgeting for Travel, Part 2. …too bad it’s the same President who raised our dues and the same association exec that gets paid that fabulous salary besides…” How do you as leaders and staff combat the resistance? The question that came to me from an association volunteer leader was, “ how to we budget for the staff (AE) travel?” Permanent Link View more entries tagged with: Travel , Budget , Association , Staff , Economy , Ae.

Forming New Associations ? Start up Capital and Value Proposition.

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Forming New Associations – Start up Capital and Value Proposition Design. Some years back MCI was approached by a client to form a new association which became the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA). As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Association Management.

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. Permanent Link View more entries tagged with: Nonprofit Associations , Irs Compliance , Policies , Form 990. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers. Association Marketing. General Association Management. Personnel Management.

Grow International Meeting Registration & Sponsorships in an Era of.

GlowGlobally

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. EULAR 2008 will take place in Paris. As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Association Management.

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. This incident, while shameful and embarrassing to our association management profession, is certainly not unknown: I am personally aware of several such cases in our community during my tenure as an AE. Financial Management.

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. Blanket bonds are preferable if you have a large number of employees, frequent emplolyee turn-over, or organizations with volunteer members, like Realtor associations. Blog Manager

Geographic Diversification ? Good Strategy for Business.

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Last week, General Electric proved this theory still holds weight among senior corporate management. So if global diversification isn’t a part of your own association strategy, are you risking something by keeping all your eggs in one basket? As MCIs Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies.

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. Its a pretty good-sized manual (about 150 pages, all told), because the CEO of the association has spent a lot of years standardizing the practices in the association office, and even created some processes which are included in the policy manual as a way to add consistency to office functions. Who can argue with consistency, transparency, and fairness as values which should be embraced by every association? •

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

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Forming New Associations – Start up Capital and Value Proposition Design » May. Would you like to participate in a study MCI is performing for the government of Abu Dhabi – to attract US and EU based associations to open Middle East offices in Abu Dhabi and/or draw more regional conferences and training programs to its impressive hospitality industry?

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Strategies for Bolstering International Membership ? GrowGlobally.org

GlowGlobally

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. He or she takes on the responsibility to circulate the journal and other association materials to his or her colleagues. Have any of these strategies worked for your association? Association Management.

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?) Your opportunities fall into three categories: managing costs, managing cash flow, and increasing your income. See what might apply to your association business. Managing costs. As much as possible, eliminate printed material and associated postage.

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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. And we as management need to go one step further: the CDW report indicates 21% of governmental employees and 31% of private sector employees dont know if their employer has a security policy, let alone whats in it. Blog Manager

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From Mega Trends to Association Trends to Meeting Trends.

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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. MPI PEC North America in Houston was a location for this presentation on how key MegaTrends affect associations and their events. Association Trends. Customer Experience Management. Association Meeting Trends. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.