Thanks For Playing: Book Review: Humanize

Thanks For Playing

Book Review: Humanize. If youre one of my regular readers - or someone who knows me IRL - you probably know of my disdain for business books. In the meat of the book, they examine how these four qualities, expressed through the mediums of organizational culture, internal process/structure, and individual behavior, have the power to create organizations that, to quote p. And I love the comment that some of these business books make us dumber. Book Review: Humanize.

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Book of the Month - April 2019

Association Success

In his book The Open Garden Organization: A Blueprint for Associations in the Digital Age , Amith Nagarajan aims to create a movement that modernizes the philosophies and practices of associations to drive progress forward within their organizations, and change the way people outside the industry views it. At the center of the book is the “Open Garden Model” , which is based on three main principles: purpose, culture, and inclusivity. Is your association ready for the Digital Age?

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Another AMSFest in the Books


I have attended all of the AMSFest events and have been consistently impressed by the value provided to associations who are researching association management system (AMS) options. AMSFest 2019 was no exception, and DelCor was proud to contribute. This year, I hosted an AMS Selection and Data Preparation Bootcamp with Joan Menzer, a fellow DelCor consultant, and Katherine Matthews, Data Manager at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

5 Books to Inspire Leadership and Innovation


In the spirit of today being World Book Day, we have compiled a list of some of our staff’s top book recommendations for e-learning leaders. These books fulfill different needs in our lives, whether it is to inspire or inform. Books embody […]. Through reading, we can learn skills, adopt new perspectives, and experience personal growth.

Book Review: Joy, Inc.

Jamie Notter

This book is by Richard Sheridan, who is the CEO of Menlo Innovations , a software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Those are certainly notable innovations, and I see why they get the attention, but there are more important messages in the book: Learning. They are 3 of the 12 principles we identify in Humanize , which is one reason Maddie and I have booked a trip to Ann Arbor in May to do a tour of Menlo and talk to some of their team members. Books and Reading Culture

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Get Your Moery “How to Launch” a Podcast E-Book Today - Moery Company

Moery Company

Today, we introduce our complimentary E-Book on how to launch one at your organization. The post Get Your Moery “How to Launch” a Podcast E-Book Today appeared first on The Moery Company. Thinking about launching a podcast at your organization? The Moery Company has produced the Association Playbook podcast for 3 years – and, it was the best communications decision we ever made.

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What Books Should Leaders Read?

Association Leaders

I also enjoy reading “business” and “leadership” books occasionally. Not the traditional – “How to be a great leader” books, but from reading fiction. As a result of the article, I have found the next book I plan to read — Replay. Check out the article and if you can think of any, reply to this blog with a book you’ve read that provided unexpected leadership lessons to you

How to Launch an Association Podcast – Moery E-Book - Moery Company

Moery Company

The post How to Launch an Association Podcast – Moery E-Book appeared first on The Moery Company. How To Launch An Association Podcast – Moery Ebook from JP Moery. Resources

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How to publish a book and why you should care

Aaron Wolowiec

As a featured association management blogger on Alltop , I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review an advance copy of a new book written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch titled, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book. For those that don’t know, Kawasaki is the author of 11 previous books, including What the Plus! But enough about them, what did I think of the book? Finally, the book closes with a section on entrepreneurship.

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Get the Book


A little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. The book is a collection of big ideas. The book is fantastic and incredibly timely. We hope you’ll read the book and share your stories of Open Community in action. It’s available through the Engage365 Book Store managed by Omnipress, through , or for you ebook enthusiasts, get the Amazon Kindle version. You just need this book to show you how to make it happen.”.

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Learning about Soyfoods, a Book Review

Association Navigator

Prompted to write the book because of the many questions and accusations directed at soy and all of the products made from it, Oser believes the questions and rumors are merely a backlash stemming from all of the good news about soy. Oser takes on the Price Foundation in her book and compares the foundation’s unusual dietary recommendations to those from more mainstream organizations like the U.S. Oser’s book covers many of the common myths about soyfoods and explains the facts.

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Book of the Month - March 2019

Association Success

Part of the Non-Obvious Guide series published by IdeaPress, this book will teach you: How to define employee engagement in a way that connects directly to what makes both your organization and your employees more successful. Is your association ready to leave employee disengagement in the past? Editor’s note: Every month, we interview a different author who has valuable insights that are relevant to professionals within the association industry.

Join Us for the Book Launch Event for “Association Hustle” by JP Moery

Moery Company

Come celebrate the release of JP Moery’s first book Association Hustle at a book launch event co-sponsored by InLoop and Diageo – March 21st from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Diageo Townhouse in Washington, DC. The post Join Us for the Book Launch Event for “Association Hustle” by JP Moery appeared first on The Moery Company.

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Book Review: Fierce Loyalty

Jamie Notter

I’m halfway through several good business books right now, but I was able to squeeze in a small but very good book this week that is worthy of a review. Fierce Loyalty , by Sarah Robinson, is a small book that breaks down the most important things you need to know about a topic that is growing in importance every day: community. Either way, this is a great book for jump-starting your thinking about these issues. Books and Reading

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Attention all business book enthusiasts!


I also have a big pile of books on my desk that I want to get to (Sound familiar? summarizes best-selling business books into short video, audio and text summaries and give you the most essential lessons from them. To celebrate our book being featured, they’re giving friends of SocialFish a special deal – a $250 lifetime all-access membership (the full value of which is $1499! Do you love to read? I do!

Book Review: Do Lead

Jamie Notter

Do Book Co, 2014. Les McKeown’s new book, Do Lead , takes a similar stance. The book is clear, to the point, and sharply focused on helping you (wherever you are in the hierarchy) actually do the work of leadership more effectively. I still think McKeown’s first book, Predictable Success , is my favorite, but definitely pick up this companion piece and read it on your next plane trip. Books and Reading Leadership Do Lead: Share your vision. Inspire others.

Book Review: Delivering Happiness

Jamie Notter

There are plenty of business articles and blogs out there that extoll the virtues of the Zappos culture, and CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced “Shay,” by the way) wrote a book in 2010, titled Delivering Happiness, that tells the Zappos story, in which culture plays a very prominent role. In the book, he explains how and why he put so much of his own time and attention into building the culture at Zappos. I read this book in one afternoon. Books and Reading Culture

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Book of the Month—January 2019

Association Success

In her book, Tracy King talks about how workforce disruptions, new technologies, and tight budgets place enormous pressure on professional association continuing education teams. What I hope this book achieves is to say, “Hey - I see you (I’ve been you!) How is your association committing to a competitive education strategy? Editor’s note: Every month, we interview different authors who have valuable insights that are relevant to professionals within the association industry.

Why Another Book on Millennials?

Jamie Notter

Some of you may be wondering why Maddie and I thought the world needed another book about Millennials. The press writes about some, like Zappos and Valve, and we write about some you might not have heard of in our book. THAT is why we wrote another book about Millennials: to reveal this secret to everyone who wants to create an organization that is truly worth working for, no matter what your generation. Books and Reading Culture Generational Diversity

Book Review: Small Giants

Jamie Notter

As you can see, this is not a new book–bordering on 10 years old–but it’s worth a review, because it has some really good ideas in it, backed by good research. Books and Reading Culture Leadership Small Giants: Companies that Choose to Be Great Instead of Big. by Bo Burlingham. Portfolio, 2005.

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Book Review: iPhone Millionaire


In this series of posts about social media books, I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences. . Maddie’s Take: This book is supremely fascinating to me, as a content creator. So that is why I wrote the book. This is a guest post from Michael Rosenblum , author of iPhone Millionaire.

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Influential Reading: Six Books I Return to Regularly

Idea Architects

A meeting I recently attended had participants introduce themselves by sharing a book that influenced our thinking about leadership and organizations. From that list, here are six of the books I find myself returning to and re-reading regularly (in alphabetical order). These books have influenced and contributed to my overall worldview. This Fast Company article gives you a nice preview of the book's thinking. books resources

Official Association Chat Book Club Meeting for Stillness Is the Key (May 2020)!


This month’s Association Chat book club pick was Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. Book club members active in the Association Chat Book Club Facebook Group have had a good time meeting for “unofficial” meetings most weeks to discuss current events and occasionally slip into a little discussion about the book as we read or listen to it. The OFFICIAL Association Chat Book Club Meeting to discuss Stillness is the Key is May 28th (next Thursday) from 3-4 pm ET. .

Ready to grow? 4 books to get you started

Association Success

If you’ve ever picked up a copy of one of Verne Harnish’s books, you know the Entrepreneur’s Organization founder puts serious stock in habit development. . And while you can look to his books for a step-by-step guide to the ones that’ll make your organization grow, there’s one habit that supersedes them all: Reading. . Mark Zuckerberg created his own book club in 2015, launching an annual release of suggested tomes.

Book Review: Social Media ROI

Jamie Notter

Thankfully, the debate about whether or not social media is a “fad” is fading away, so now we can really focus on how social media is changing the way we work in organizations, and that is precisely what this book is all about. I love the book because it’s simultaneously great for two different audiences. As Olivier points out in the book, we can’t have this be a “fight” to become a social business any more. Books and Reading Social Media

Book Review: The Crowdfunding Revolution


In this series of posts about social media books, I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences. . so I find this book incredibly interesting. In 2010, he co-authored a pioneering book on crowdfunding titled The CrowdFunding Revolution (with Kevin Lawton). Book review Social, In Theory

Engage Your Members with a Book Club


Stories are always better when they are shared with others, and creating a book club is a great way to for association members to network and foster relationships – either in person or online. Inform your members : Let members know about your book club to see who is interested. Note: Keeping the book club between 8 and 15 people will ensure everyone gets a chance to speak. After dinner when the younger ones have gone to bed seems to be a popular choice among other book clubs.

20 reasons to book within the official group block

Aaron Wolowiec

A quick survey of industry professionals via ASAE’s Collaborate turned up the following 20 reasons (in no particular order) for booking within the official group block. Friendly booking terms (e.g., By booking rooms outside the block, the organization may not get its preferred dates/function space on a first option basis. Future housing and registration rates can remain low when a majority of attendees book within the official group block.

Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception

Jamie Notter

This book argues that many problems we face internally in our organizations (conflict among employees or silos, nasty bosses, ineffective employees, etc.) The one that the book focuses on is the human need we each have to portray ourselves in a positive light. The book itself is written as a story about a company that outperforms its competitors specifically because every employee is coached in this dynamic. I recommend this book.

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What Smart People Are Saying About Our New Book

Jamie Notter

I wanted to share (with some pride, I must admit) what some super smart people are saying about our book, When Millennials Take Over, upon reading an advance copy. Maddie and I are truly excited about this book. Order the book today , and check out what people are saying: Notter and Grant make a compelling case for why Millennials act as a “secret decoder ring” to help us understand what drives customers and employees in today’s business climate. Read this book.

Membership Hack: The Gratitude Book

Associations Now

There’s a simple way to say thanks to dedicated members who serve in volunteer positions—sign and send a gratitude book. The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants has a special way to say thank you to volunteer members who have dedicated significant amounts of time throughout the year: Staff sign and send a copy of book called Gratitude. The book delivers a personal connection, Rowell says, going beyond traditional thank you cards.

How a Book Club Enhanced Our Company Culture.

Association Success

I introduced the “Book Club” to our office when I was CEO of Aptify, compiling a bookshelf of books aimed specifically at professional development within the world of business, and found that the information stored within each set of pages had the potential to transform our capacity, our communication, and our culture. Placed in a central location, the books are available for anybody in the office to read.

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New Book Bulk Orders Now Available

Jamie Notter

The launch date for our new book is rapidly approaching! We have produced a PDF flyer describing the different packages in detail , but basically if you want to order 100, 250, 0r 400 books, we’ll throw in a webinar and various speaking and consulting offers, depending on the package. We think leadership and management will undergo surprisingly big changes in the next few years, and this book will help you navigate those waters. Announcements Books and Reading

Room Block Busters: When Attendees Book Unofficial

Associations Now

The sharing economy and the increase in room block pirates are leading more meeting attendees to book outside the official room block. The post Room Block Busters: When Attendees Book Unofficial appeared first on Associations Now Recent data shows how the trend is affecting associations.


Book Review: Stand Out Social Marketing


This is the second in a series of posts about social media books, where I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences. . But the key strategic point of this book is that you stand out NOT by shouting louder than everyone else. Here, I tackle 5 questions about standing out to provide some details on the book.

Book Review: Work That Matters

Beth Kanter

Maia Duerr recently published a book called “ Work that Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention.” Her book addresses the big barrier to happiness in our personal/professional lives. The heart of this book helps you find work that matters (and pays the bills) or what Maia calls “Liberation-Based Livelihood.” ” The steps and exercises in the book help you look inward, reflect, but also seek out help from others.

15 Books to Jumpstart Your Creative Mojo

Idea Architects

As I am wont to do in these moments, I reached below the table, grabbed my messenger bag, and pulled out a stack of 15 books, each of which I knew might be part of the creative cure she sought. Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer This is not a book that many would normally associate with creativity. "Is difference by Bernadette Jiwa Another slim book (79 pages), Jiwa frames her work as "the one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing."

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Book Review: The Circle

Mizz Information

Do you ever feel like you’re the last one to read a book that people have been recommending for ages, then you finally read it and you’re mad at yourself for not reading it sooner? Friends at the Community Roundtable recommended it a few months ago and I mistakenly thought it was a business book. Not that I have anything against business books, but I try to not read them in my “fun” time and try to stick to fiction.

Nonprofit Coalition Celebrates Banned Books Week

Associations Now

September 25 through October 1 marks Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The American Library Association hopes the nationwide event will also draw attention to the harms of banning books. They’re all books that were banned at one point or another. The celebration involves activities, such as the “Virtual Read-Out,” in which people can submit videos of themselves reading three-minute snippets of their favorite banned books.

Holiday Year-End Book Giveaway

Idea Architects

The consequence of all that reading is that at year-end my bookcases are overflowing with gently read books I no longer need. So I'm giving them away in mystery boxes of books. Just like the mystery brown bag you once found in stores, each box will contain a few lightly used books. To get your mystery box, simply send me a USPS pre-paid Priority Mail label for a medium or large box of books with your desired address used as the recipient. I read. A lot.