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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 [.].

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

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

How Association Leaders Are Pivoting Their Organizations – Notes From Our Covid19 Executive Leader Round Table

Moery Company

Last week we hosted a COVID-19 Roundtable with association executives and asked them what was working, and what was not working, in various areas of their operations. Business Development coronavirus covid19 executive round table

Virtual Events: Strategy Before Execution

Velvet Chainsaw

The post Virtual Events: Strategy Before Execution appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. COVID-19 Uncategorized how to executive virtual events online strategy virtual events webinar fatigue

Decisions Association Executives Will Have to Make in the Near Future – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 218

Moery Company

Are you an association executive of a small- to mid-sized organization? Transcript: On today’s episode I’d like to chat with you about forces of change and decisions that association executives are going to have to make over the next several years.

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Three Things I Wish I Knew as a New Executive Director

Wild Apricot

Sean Kosofsky, MPA, shares what he learnt throughout his time as an executive director and what he wishes he had known sooner. executive-director


Exclusive Notes from Our Association Chief Executive Roundtable – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 231

Moery Company

We recently hosted an association executive roundtable to get a pulse on what is happening in the association world. An executive summary of the meeting can be found here. An executive summary of the meeting can be found here.

Top Challenges Facing Association Executives and Staff


The post Top Challenges Facing Association Executives and Staff appeared first on GrowthZone. The 2021 Association Industry Survey results revealed similarities in the challenges facing associations. The report includes detailed comments from respondents about their organization’s struggles.

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How a 1-Person Comm Shop Can Execute a Killer Communications Strategy – Moery Webinar

Moery Company

Many associations say the #1 communications challenge is the struggle to relay their membership value proposition because they don’t have the bandwidth to execute. The post How a 1-Person Comm Shop Can Execute a Killer Communications Strategy – Moery Webinar appeared first on The Moery Company. JP Moery knows the struggle is real but can attest to a successful strategic communications effort that can be led by a 1-person shop.

Two Kinds of Association Executives

Eric Lanke

There are two kinds of association executives. In my experience, executives that come from the industry their association represents generally know what to do, but have to learn how to do it. And executives that come from the field of association management, generally know how to do things, but have to learn what to do. There are two kinds of association executives. Those that are Executive Directors, and those that are CEOs.

Case Study: Texas Society of Association Executives

Association Adviser

Like many associations, the Texas Society of Association Executives relies heavily on its print publication as a tool to engage members and earn non-dues revenue. The post Case Study: Texas Society of Association Executives appeared first on Association Adviser. From the Front Lines Marketing & Communications Membership Texas Society of Association ExecutivesWe love that Naylor is always bringing new ideas to the table, and they are always open to trying something new.

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4 Ways Association Executives Can Reduce Staff Stress


Association Management Association Executives Employee ProductivityWhat costs employers $300 billion per year? Workplace stress. According to the American Institute of Stress , workplace stress can cost employers more than $300 billion annually in medical care, turnover, absenteeism, and diminished productivity.

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How a Tech Solution Saved This Executive Director’s Membership Growth Strategy

Wild Apricot

The story of how one executive director managed to turn around a failing growth strategy with a software solution, hitting 25% growth in six months. membership management software membership-growth executive-directorBased on The Tech Effect webinar, which runs each month at Wild Apricot.

Welcoming a New Chief Executive

Thanks For Playing

If you've been paying attention to CEO Update , you've probably noticed that announcements of CEO retirements are increasing and, as a result, the listings of CEO openings are picking up. That means a lot of CEOs are going to be starting new positions soon.

SBI Announces New Association Executive


SEATTLE, WA, October 9, 2020 — SBI Association Management (SBI), a Seattle-based association management company (AMC), is pleased to announce Felicia Kenan as its newest Association Executive. The post SBI Announces New Association Executive appeared first on SBI Association Management.

Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas

Blue Sky eLearn

Myke Kudlas is the Associate Executive Director of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and has been a champion of eLearning for over 15 years. The post Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas appeared first on Blue Sky eLearn. How long have you been involved with eLearning?

Meet Brandon Jones - Enterprise Account Executive at MemberSuite


Meet Brandon Jones, an Executive Account Executive from Texas that enjoys restoring old cars and trucks. Learn more about Brandon in this month's Employee Spotlight

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Words of Encouragement for Association Executives and Staff


That has helped me in my 15 years as Executive Director. The post Words of Encouragement for Association Executives and Staff appeared first on GrowthZone. GrowthZone AMS recently released its 2021 Association Industry Survey results.

Innovation for Association Executives

Association Navigator

They claim that the key to success lies in building better capabilities for execution and implementation that will enable us to deliver on our promises and beat the competition.”. Given the competitive forces most associations face, every association executive should have a list of innovations in the pipeline. I’m thinking about innovation in the context of managing associations and non-profit enterprises.

5 Reasons Your Executives Don’t Participate in Your Online Community (And How to Fix It)

Higher Logic

But what about executives? Executive participation isn’t just another ‘nice-to-have’ for online communities. Why Executives Need to Be Involved. They benefit from having everyone, including subject matter experts, directors, and executives interacting in the community. But Community Roundtable’s research also found top communities don’t just have support, they have substantial executive participation. So why aren’t more executives participating in communities?

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Dave Coriale Earns Certified Association Executive Credential


ASAE announced that DelCor president, Dave Coriale, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Meet Tom Shima - Senior Sales Executive at MemberSuite


Meet Tom Shima, a Senior Sales Executive and association management software sales veteran that enjoys CrossFit, and as of recently, finding good shows to watch on Netflix.

4 tech facts Executive Directors need to know about AMS platforms

Nimble AMS

That’s why it’s so important to ensure your executive director, in addition to your CIO, understands some of the key facts surrounding your association’s technology. Member Retention Technology ExecutiveWhat technology will your association invest in?

Kickstart Digital Transformation: An Association Executive’s Guide


Don’t channel Evel Knievel- digital transformation shouldn’t be a giant, terrifying leap of faith. Instead, focus on attainable goals, little victories and building off your successes.

Battle Hardened Association Executives

Smooth The Path

The post Battle Hardened Association Executives appeared first on Smooth The Path. I remember once when I was young, a few of my cousins and I were allowed to take a canoe offshore to try to flip it. We did everything you are not supposed to do in a canoe, and it was a treat! We rocked it, we stood up in it, we stood on the bow, the stern, and then we tried standing on the side. I learned that if you only weigh 50 pounds, a canoe is a hard thing to flip.

How Can Your Executives Help Your Community Managers?


When planning a community, it can be hard to distinguish just how your organization’s executives can support the community manager in building a successful customer community. However, this is a very important step because the executives are usually responsible for organizing and prioritizing company priorities and goals.

What Executive Teams Need Now

Associations Now

Executives want team players—that’s a truism so true that it hardly bears much attention. The post What Executive Teams Need Now appeared first on Associations Now Effective teams demand flexibility and creative thinking now. It’s possible for CEOs to hire for that—if they demonstrate some flexibility of their own. There’s important work to be done in an organization, and people who lack a capacity to listen and collaborate don’t have a place in it.

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Are You an Association Executive on Vancouver Island?

Portage Group

As part of this initiative, we are planning quarterly round-tables for association executives on top-of-mind trends and issues. These sessions are geared toward association executives, whether or not they are current members of CSAE. ARC Association Resource Centre CSAE association executive csae-bc event networking round-table staff vancouver islandIf so, I want to talk to you!

Starting Strong: Board Relations for First-Time Executives

Associations Now

For a first-time association executive, getting to know the board can be a daunting prospect. Donté Shannon, CAE, remembers vividly his first day on the job at the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC)—especially the experience of sitting in the executive director’s chair for the first time. Going from a manager to the executive director role created so many insecurities within me. Her executive board represents the U.S.,

Does Your Association’s IT Executive Need a Coach?


Are you losing confidence in your association’s IT executive? However, when one of your dedicated, hard-working employees is struggling, bringing in a coach for your IT executive is often the best approach. Why an outside coach is best for IT executives. When to bring in a coach for IT executives. A CIO coach or an executive coach can help in these three leadership scenarios: Inexperienced leader.

Seeking Two Brave Association Executives

Association Success

Your courage and curiosity could earn you a free place at a conference in Canada this summer! I wanted to share an exciting opportunity surrounding the Engaging Associations Forum conference, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario July 19 th -21 st. (To To read more about the conference, click here ).

2019 State of Community Management: What Now? 5 Stats with Action Items for Executive Stakeholders + Community Leaders

Higher Logic

So, let’s briefly review The Community Roundtable’s recommendations for executive stakeholders and community leaders, based on their diligent research and report findings. Whether you’re an executive looking to advance your strategy or a community leader in need of clear direction and resources, these statistics and action items will help inform your next steps. What executive stakeholders can do: “Invest in developing a measurable strategy and getting it approved and operational.”.

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Felicia D. Kenan Earned Certified Association Executive Credential


The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Felicia D. Kenan, MPA, CMP, Association Executive of SBI Association Management , has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Miller, MA, CAE, Vice President of Executive Services.

Statement On The Introduction Of The “Defund Executive Orders That Suppress Free Speech Act”


Washington, DC – Internet Association Interim President & CEO Jon Berroya released the following statement on the introduction of the “Defund Executive Orders that Suppress Free Speech Act” by Rep. News Statements CDA 230 cda230 content moderation section 230 social media executive order

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For the Overwhelmed Association Executive

Smooth The Path

Related: The post For the Overwhelmed Association Executive appeared first on Smooth The Path. Association Leadership association culture association leadership encouragement future focused staff culture

Get Support for Your Association’s Community Strategy: How to Align with Your Board and Executive Team’s Priorities


Association Management Association Executives Member EngagementA few years ago, comic hypnotists were a big draw on the corporate speaking circuit. Many companies hired them at retreats, conferences, annual meetings, and the like. Employees got a great laugh at watching a stranger suggest to their manager that they should cluck like a chicken, and got even bigger laughs when the manager did it on stage in front of everyone.

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