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Golden's Rules for Association

What the world needs is more association executives

Golden's Rules for Association

Closing the ASAE annual meeting in Dallas, author Dan Pink argued that, regardless of profession, we are all in sales. But the characteristics, skills and traits he described as essential for success sounded to my ears like precisely the attributes that distinguish effective association leaders, and differentiate us as a profession. Read more in my [.]. The Nature of Associations The Way We Are #asae12 Association Management association profession role of associations

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The Future of Membership?

Golden's Rules for Association

On November 6th, I was invited to present a TED-style talk on the “Future of Membership” at the first Association Chief Executives (ACE) Symposium. My thesis: volunteerism not membership is what makes our organizations unique; membership is a means to an end; the metrics we use to judge membership success are all wrong; and the […]. The Nature of Associations

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Golden's Rules for Association

Suppose you were an association executive with a medical need. You have identified the leading doctors who specialize in the field. The decision is important. Your health is at stake. So you take very seriously the process of deciding which doctor is the best fit to work with you to diagnose your problem and prescribe [.]. The Nature of Associations association profession role of associations

ASAE Key Award

Golden's Rules for Association

I am thrilled and humbled to learn of my selection to receive the American Society of Association Executive’s 2011 Key Award, the highest honor ASAE offers. “The Key Award honors the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a [.].

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Us versus Them

Golden's Rules for Association

I recently addressed this issue as a guest blogger on the Amercian Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE’s) blog space, Acronym. Have social networks made traditional associations obsolete? Or are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn et. just so many distractions from real association work? In my view, the answer is neither. “Us versus Them” on Acronym. Social Media & Associations