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CMI's Association Management Blog: Get It in Writing

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XYZ Association Treasurer Joe Jones has instructed staff to sell all remaining shares of Microsoft owned by XYZ Association. The reason for the sale is to generate funds to purchase a new state-of-the-art membership management system for the Association.".

CMI's Association Management Blog: The Contemplative Sciences

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Association management is, in and of itself, an odd profession (if, indeed, it is a profession, which I question). When one is employed as a direct staff member of an association, one becomes engaged in a business in which financial profit takes a back seat to many other objectives. Instead of focusing ones energy on that one bright target.profit.ones objectives in an association management environment are spread over several targets. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Connections

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She has been active with one of our client associations and was president of that association a few years back. In addition to her service as president of that association, she was the driving force for forming another organization, an organization dedicated to fostering mentoring among women to help members find their strengths and empowering them to use those strengths. Ive been in association management for long enough to know thats what its all about.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Seizing Opportunities vs.

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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. Many associations are not looking for the kinds of talents we bring to the table.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Everybody Knows

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Some of the brightest board members and association executives Ive ever worked with make it a point to keep members thoroughly "in the loop," even risking telling them more than they wanted to know.just to be sure members have every opportunity to know whats being talked about, whats being decided, and how to make their views known if they disagree with decisions being made on their behalf. Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Thinking Across Time in.

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Experienced association executives, as well as less-experienced but no less committed people who are relatively new to the field, frequently talk about what it takes to be "successful" in association management. My first reaction to the question usually is that the success of an individual generally depends on the collective intelligence of the boards with which they work.the smarter the board, the more likely the association executive will be successful.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Creativity in Volunteers and Staff

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From time to time I encounter volunteers who really give association management professionals a run for their money, in terms of creativity and what they can get done with limited resources. In short, they did what we always expect association staff to do. Thats why its important for association staff to get out from under the routine on a regular basis.try something new and different! Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Customer Service Matters

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One of our client associations is very deeply involved in measuring customer experience and its role in companies profitability or lack thereof. 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. Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

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. The Nature of Associations The Way We Are #asae12 Association Management association profession role of associations

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CMI's Association Management Blog: After the Election

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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. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Training for Performance

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Suffice it to say that a lack of adequate training can be cataclysmic to an association. 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. Monday, February 9, 2009. Training for Performance.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Dealing with the Recession

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That philosophy (perhaps without the whimpering poverty) is just as applicable to associations as it is to for-profit businesses. It is precisely at times like these that associations should take measured, well-conceived risks to help lead their members out of the weeds. Now is the time when associations should look carefully at how the association can help the member bridge the gap between panic and prosperity. Associations can shine in bad times.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Lessons from an Economic.

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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. Associations should hold to an ethic that does not allow them to blatantly serve their members self-interests at the expense of the common good.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Diversity: Not Just An.

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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. And associations do those things, too.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Mission Critical

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Associations that do not pay attention to their mission statements risk losing the support that led to the drafting of those mission statements. Its important for an association to regularly remind its members about what the organizations mission is. The energy and enthusiasm and vocal support of the association that resulted in the mission statement tends to drift and fade unless it is regularly highlighted. Challenge Management, Inc. About Challenge Management.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Successful Associations.

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Successful Associations Require Staff Intensity. Thats right, successful associations require intensity. There must be intensity in the underlying purpose of the association and in its mission and vision and objectives. One of the things Ive felt passionate about during my career in association management is that staff members must develop an intensity, a firey passion, about the business or profession of the associations with which they work.

November 1963 Through the Lens of the Internet Age

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But I’m gripped by a few thoughts on the difference today’s technology would have made if it had existed on that day in Dallas. Today, there would no doubt be cameras on the Dallas buildings, and in buildings such as the school book depository.

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CMI's Association Management Blog: Imminent Danger

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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. Thursday, January 3, 2008.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Association Meetings.

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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. Return to Challenge Management Website.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Volunteer-Managed.

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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. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Small Associations Can.

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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. Your association can look big, no matter its size!

CMI's Association Management Blog: Tough Topics

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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. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Branding Your Association

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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. Excel in at least one area : Even if your association is small and poor, devote your limited resources to an area of performance at which you can excel.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Crisis Preparedness is a.

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The principal difference between most associations and most "normal" businesses is the organizational imperative: make a profit for most "normal businesses" versus advance the interests of the industry/profession for most associations. But, at their hearts, the management of associations and the management of "normal businesses" are virtually the same. And every business needs to have a plan for crisis management. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Dropping the Ball.on Your Foot

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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. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008, CMI is dedicated to supporting trade associations and professional societies in achieving their visions and their missions. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Anger: It's No Way Out

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I was moved by it and believe it holds a lesson for all of us.including association staff and volunteers. I’m no psychologist, and I’m no expert on anger or its management, but I do know that anger is nothing more than a feeling, and that feelings by definition are fickle things. Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website. About Challenge Management. Challenge Management, Inc. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Forecasts: Brave the Worst of.

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Association executives, and the boards of directors to which they report, would do well to regularly read and consider the predictions offered by rational, intelligent people who either: 1) carefully watch their businesses or professions or 2) make it their business to pay excruciatingly close attention to economic, social, political, scientific, and technological trends. Thats how I look at association boards, too. Challenge Management, Inc. About Challenge Management.

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

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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. If associations would simply give their members some "talking points," that could go a long way.

CMI's Association Management Blog: The Power of Associations, for.

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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. About Challenge Management.

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CMI's Association Management Blog: We're All Human, Don't You.

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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. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: A Good Concept for all.

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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. Challenge Management, Inc.

CMI's Association Management Blog: The New Age of Association.

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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. Regardless, the important thing is that associations that continue to depend on the "talking head" mode of delivery for education will find that, at least for now, their members likely will be dissatisfied with it, if that is the exclusive mode of delivery.

The Power of Video for Associations

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I’m a presenter at ASAE’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, August 11-14. ASAE is the American Society for Association Executives, also known as ASAE – The Center for Association Leadership. If your association has used video I hope you will consider sending me a link.

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We’re All In Sales Now

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This is the title of a great article in the new issue of Associations Now about Daniel Pink’s forthcoming book. The article touches several of my favorite subjects: sales, marketing, and effective associations. Uncategorized Association Management Books Communication Marketing Sales

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SCD Group: Short, Sweet & Easy to Repeat: cornerstone to.

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AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. Short, Sweet & Easy to Repeat: cornerstone to association communications. The opening general session at the ASAE annual meeting in Dallas featured a “duel” between political consultants Karl Rove and James Carville.

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SCD Group: Conversations on the Future of Associations

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. Conversations on the Future of Associations. At the ASAE convention in Dallas, Bob Harris and Russ Salzman lead a wonderful discussion on the future of associations. Conversations on the Future of Associations.

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Association Staffing and the End of Toll Booth Workers: 3 Lessons for Association Executives

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When driving with my son in the Dallas area a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Texas is tearing out toll booths. I was thinking about this and associations the other day. As new, disruptive technologies emerge, what jobs within associations are similar to a toll booth worker? As you may recall, I posted a story ( When will associations move to “dynamic pricing?” Lesson from Black Friday ) about dynamic pricing and associations last month.

Can Disruptive Innovation Benefit Associations?

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Associations representing industries or professions should be scanning the environment to discover any disruptive innovations that might impact that industry or profession. Interestingly, Topgolf management views their centers as a means to help turn the corner of “regular golf.” You have to go to Atlanta or Dallas (or another major city) to find a building that has all these pieces." Yes, HeadPinz and TopGolf are NOT associations.

AE on the Verge: The Black Swan, starring the Association CEO

AE on the Verge

Association management, meetings and mania. The Black Swan, starring the Association CEO. It’s possible that everything in life is not a metaphor for association management, but I really cannot get “ The Black Swan ” out of my head. But it doesnt work that way in "Swan Lake" or in associations – the CEO has to be the Black Swan too. Whether ballet or association management, what did it take to get to that moment?