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Reads of the Week: March 8, 2013

Reid All About it

He was heading to TEDActive (the live Palm Springs simulcast) where he anticipated learning about association management from a dolphin researcher. I can feel for them because for eight years I was the general manager of an independently-owned (and very successful) restaurant, long before the days of social media. Steal this idea from Association Media & Publishing: sponsored small group dinner discussions. I’m not the only one who likes being a content curator.

Moose to MOOCs and 3 other articles for association executives

SCD Group

Coursera, a Silicon Valley-based company, is announcing today that it will partner with university systems in Colorado, Georgia, New York, Tennessee and Texas to develop and evaluate the potential of technology that is fueling dramatic changes in how higher education is designed and delivered. What does this mean to associations? Five Tips to Rock Membership from Moose By Lynda Baldwin at Communication Strategies Group, Inc. Conflict increases within the association.

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Tragic Loss Brings Valuable Lessons for Gay Pilots Association

Associations Now

The National Gay Pilots Association learned this after a plane crash claimed the life of its executive director. Planning for the unexpected departure of an executive director or CEO is not something that many associations do well. Just 33 percent of the organizations surveyed for ASAE’s 2012 Benchmarking in Association Management report said they have a formal succession plan in place—and that number shrinks to less than 25 percent for organizations with five or fewer employees.

How to Use Twitter: A Guide for AEs : Off Stage

Off Stage

I know how much time I’ve spent researching and experimenting-- time I couldn’t have found when I was a full-time association manager. The best part: many of the popular tools are free and readily available for associations to use. Let’s say you are the Bittersweet Association of Realtors. Your landing page might say something like “Welcome to the Twitter site for the Bittersweet Association of Realtors. Financial Management.