The Mark of Cain on Association Management

Reid All About it

The last few nights I’ve watched news stories about Herman Cain and the National Restaurant Association (NRA). I can’t help thinking about the whole ugly situation through an association management lens. Imagine, instead of the NRA, this is your association.

Blogging Elsewhere: August 2011

Reid All About it

While the association community flies this weekend to St. Every week I write a blog post for my client Avectra , an association management software and online community platform vendor. Be the Host with the Most: Twitter Chats for Associations.

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Blogging Elsewhere: Winter 2011

Reid All About it

Sources for news, information and knowledge were limited when I first entered the association management industry, but now, thanks to social media, options for learning are unlimited. His post spurred a passionate conversation about associations and membership.

You’ve Got to Read This: September 20, 2011

Reid All About it

This is a big week in the association management industry — the week of Innovation Talks , aka #asaeinnov. I wrote about innovation in associations last week for the Avectra blog and will have another post on Wednesday about how Disney encourages an innovative culture.

Top Association Jam Links for April 2011

Wild Apricot

Here are the top-rated blogs and articles that appeared on Association Jam in April.( Association Jam association management membership nonprofit non-profit nptech volunteer Volunteersread more ).

Best of Association Jam - Top Links for March 2011

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Here’s a look at the most popular links on Association Jam in March 2011 - where blogs or articles on events, leadership, volunteers and social media received the highest number of votes from the visitors to AJam this month.( association Association Jam association management event management events leadership member communication nonprofit non-profit nptech social media volunteer volunteer management Volunteers

Association Subculture: Diversity in Association Management - the.

Association Subculture

Friday, August 26, 2011. Diversity in Association Management - the Association Subculture Weighs In. Associations arent a particularly diverse workforce. I just interviewed 200 association executives in my most recent research project. We have to be free to raise issues in this association community which I believe truly values conversation. August 26, 2011 2:51 PM. August 27, 2011 4:30 PM. August 28, 2011 2:03 PM.

Creativity in Association Management - Are You the Roadblock?

Association Subculture

Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Creativity in Association Management - Are You the Roadblock? We talk so much about creativity and innovation in the association sphere but we know so little about how to actually facilitate their achievement. October 18, 2011 11:05 AM.

Association Subculture: Lessons for Association Management from.

Association Subculture

Thursday, September 8, 2011. Lessons for Association Management from South Park Creators. What could we do with this pattern if we put it into our association culture? What they describe is certainly what I associate with The Book of Mormon. I often think about how to manage/facilitate the "in between" in learning experiences, be it a conference or an individual workshop. September 11, 2011 6:22 AM. September 23, 2011 7:03 AM.

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick

Association Subculture

Wednesday, September 7, 2011. 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? management.

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference

Association Subculture

Sunday, February 13, 2011. Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference. If you think about it, your conference may be the most important asset your association has both in terms of member connection, financial benefit and goodwill. Here is how we did it: Association Vision - We started with the vision of the association itself. February 13, 2011 1:41 PM. February 14, 2011 8:10 AM. February 14, 2011 10:07 AM.

MCI Wins Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Europe ? GrowGlobally.org

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. « A Modern Value Proposition for Today’s Association. MCI Wins Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Europe. Association Management. GrowGlobally.org.

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What opera has taught me about association management …

Golden's Rules for Association

The Nature of Associations The Way We AreConflict! Treachery! Betrayal! Passion! No, I am not talking about your last board of directors meeting. I am talking about opera. And before you start rolling your eyes and dismissing opera based on the parodies or send ups you’ve seen (Marx Brothers’ “Night at the Opera,” anyone?), allow me to provide a short, painless and mostly lighthearted [.].

Thanks For Playing: Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. 27 December 2011. XXI, #537, December 16 and 30, 2011) in the mail. Theyve expanded their coverage to do some actual reporting on the state of the association industry. So I open it up to the centerfold, which is the Top 25 CEO Quotes of 2011. Some worry that associations as a concept may be at risk due to social and technological changes. December 27, 2011 11:13 AM. December 27, 2011 11:54 AM.

Association Subculture Reflects on ASAE 2011 in St. Louis

Association Subculture

Thursday, August 11, 2011. Association Subculture Reflects on ASAE 2011 in St. We managed to avoid any Candy Spelling-esque debacles and Dallas incorporating volunteers into their 2012 video was really good. August 11, 2011 2:07 PM. August 11, 2011 2:11 PM.

Customer Research Education Panel at CESSE 2011 Uses Virtual.

GlowGlobally

global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. A Modern Value Proposition for Today’s Association » Jul. Customer Research Education Panel at CESSE 2011 Uses Virtual KOL Technology. Association Management.

Have You Outgrown Your Membership Database?

Wild Apricot

In our recent Blog Reader Survey, membership growth/acquisition ranked as the second most important issue facing small membership-based organizations for 2011, just behind member communications and engagement. ams association management software association management software system association management system database management member records Membership management membership records Non-profit technology nptech online database

Membership Database Selection Part 3 - Making Your Choice

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association management software association management software system association management system database database management membership records membership system nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptechThis is the final post in our 3-part Membership Database Selection blog series. Part 1 explained how to identify your specific needs and Part 2 offered an overview of the possible software or system choices.

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What Prince can teach us about association management – the movie

Association Advocacy Chick

In the meantime, here’s my presentation on lessons on association management from the artist currently known as Prince. During ASAE11 in August, I had the honor of participating in one of the two Ignite sessions. Preparing for Ignite was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. That said, I highly encourage everyone to do it at least once.

Membership Database Selection Part 2 - Understanding Your Choices

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association management software association management software system association management system database database management membership records membership system nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptechPart 2 of our 3-part blog series on membership database selection outlines the software/system options available and their pros and cons in meeting small non-profit/membership needs.( read more ).

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Keeping the Energy Alive Post-Conference ? Friday Fix

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. December 9th, 2011 | Posted in Membership Management. For short, easily managed takeaways hit them hard now. One Comment to “Keeping the Energy Alive Post-Conference – Friday Fix” David Sieg says: December 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm. Membership Management. Associations. 1998–2011, YourMembership.com Inc.

Do the followers make the leader?

Association Leaders

Associations, Volunteerism and More…that’s the title of this blog. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismBut truth is, most of the time it’s about leadership. Through this blog, I have tried to initiate discussions of the characteristics of great leaders and show examples of both good and bad leaders. I like exploring leadership with you.

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Association Management Lessons from Harley Davidson

Association Subculture

Association Management Lessons from Harley Davidson. If I remember correctly, at one point their senior leadership mentioned that their major marketing goal was to take a mid-level manager from Hewlett-Packard and make them feel like a bad-ass on the weekend. association. (25).

Just Getting Started With Communications Planning?

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Wild Apricot has developed a Getting Started With Communications Planning guide for small associations and non-profits. association management member communication Non-profit CommunicationsAre you new to communications planning?

Personal Creativity Tips from Disney

Reid All About it

Gert Garman, Global Creative Development Manager for Disney, visited my local Triangle chapter of the American Marketing Association last week to share Disney’s secrets to innovation. Maybe that’s why I became a restaurant manager after college.

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Membership Management Software + Social Networking

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. Membership Management Software + Social Networking. December 6th, 2011 | Posted in Social Media and Business Trends. Membership Management. Associations.

Does Your Organization Need Cultural Rehab?

Wild Apricot

association management Associations membershipDoes your organization's culture inspire passion, collaboration and innovation? If not, here are some tips for creating a "quality culture.".( read more ).

Free Webinar: Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

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Want to learn about Wild Apricot membership management? association management software association management software system association management system Membership management membership system nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptechAttend our free webinar on Thurs.

There is no “I” in Team

Association Leaders

What greater example is there of this concept than the 2011 Indianapolis Colts. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismRemember the old saying “There is no ‘I’ in Team”? I love this saying – in other words, for teams or organizations to succeed it takes more than one successful person. I recently read a Harvard Business Review blog posting that reminded me of this concept.

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Are You Ready For the Volunteer Boom?

Wild Apricot

association management software Membership management nonprofit non-profit nptech volunteer volunteer management Volunteers Wild ApricotThere are 77 million Baby Boomers in the US and another 10 million across Canada. Boomers" are generally well educated, wealthy and skilled individuals who have already proven their willingness to volunteer - with nearly a third of Boomers volunteering for formal organizations.

The Future of Associations

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. The Future of Associations. December 21st, 2011 | Posted in Membership Management , Social Media and Business Trends. Membership Management. Associations.

The Language of Leaders

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismI recently came across a blog posting about the language of leadership. I think this author makes some excellent points about the “languages” great leaders need to learn to speak. After reading it, think about one great leader you have known – did he or she speak all three languages?

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Earthquakes, Rocking Chairs and Membership Building

Wild Apricot

association management membershipDoes it take a crisis to bring your membership together? Here are some thoughts on shaking things up to build community. read more ).

What will your Association look like in 10 years?

Association Leaders

As an association management professional and a business person, I spend time thinking about and planning for the future. I wonder what associations will look like in ten years so I can determine how we can best be positioned to meet and exceed their needs and the needs of their members. We will all be busier and finding time to devote to an association will be even harder than it is today).

You’ve Got to Practice Leadership

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismLeadership is the topic most addressed in this blog. Leadership is certainly an important topic. However, it’s also something I am fascinated with personally. I am interested in learning what great leaders do to become great leaders. I am interested in what makes leaders fail. All this interest is because I am on a journey – a leadership journey.

Recalibrate Your Association Membership Renewals

Wild Apricot

Here is some food for thought on what Association members might be looking for this year and tips on renewal timing, frequency and communication strategies.( association management software association management software system memberbership software nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications nptech Wild ApricotWith the New Year comes a new renewal cycle. Are you confident that your renewal process will demonstrate value and deliver 80-90% renewal rates?

The Best Leaders Ask Questions – They Don’t Just Provide Answers

Association Leaders

Leaders are often tempted to control their organizations by managing every detail and answering every question. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismAfter all, as a leader they are primarily responsible for the success or failure of their organization right? Wrong. Leadership isn’t being the smartest person in the organization or the one with all the answers.

A Few Good Leaders

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismLeadership is an elusive term. There is no specific training program one can participate in to learn to be a leader. No single leader has all the characteristics that could be emulated to become a leader. There is no finite list of values that defines a leader. So, perhaps leadership is more personal, a positive relationship one person inspires in others.

Thank You

Association Leaders

My business and all our employee partners and association partners. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismLast Thursday I participated, like most of you did, in the great American tradition – stuffing my body with more delicious foods than I should have, talking with my family about what’s going on in our lives and the world, and napping in the recliner while “watching” football games.

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Volunteer?

Association Leaders

Having been in the business of working with volunteer leaders of associations for nearly twenty years, I’ve given lots of thought to why people volunteer, what makes people good volunteers and is there such a thing as a bad volunteer? Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism