The Current Role of Leadership

Moery Company

One of the realities about the current role of leadership – and times when we’re not dealing with a crisis such as a pandemic – is getting your team to buy-in to your values and mission. Leadership association hustle leadership leadership tips thought leadership

Balancing Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Association Adviser

This year’s Association Communications Benchmarking Study showed us that traditional forms of member communication – live events and print media – continue to be popular among associations and their members. 1 most-valued member communication channel, according to our survey respondents, again taking the top spot and proving that face-to-face content and networking is important no matter what your industry is or who your members are. Finding balance can be a tricky endeavor.

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Great Leadership starts with Great Communication

Association Leaders

What we often overlook is their ability to communicate with ALL their constituents. I think the single most important trait great leaders share is they are GREAT communicators. They have the ability to connect with people through their communications and get their point across. Great leaders of our time – political, corporate, athletic, philanthropic are also great communicators. What do you think about communication and its relationship with great leaders?

Help Set a Course for the Future: Take the 2020 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey

Association Adviser

3 important reasons to participate in the 2020 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey. The post Help Set a Course for the Future: Take the 2020 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey appeared first on Association Adviser. Association Communications Benchmarking Series COVID-19 Resources Features Leadership Marketing & Communications Association Communications Benchmarking study

“Where Do We Go From Here?” Improv & the Power of Curiosity in Communication - Moery Company

Moery Company

For 20 years I’ve taught organizational communication by sharing the skills of theatrical improv. Along the way, I’ve discovered the crucial power of improv for business communication is as a “gym” for growing your curiosity muscles. Here are four ways that learning improvisational curiosity supercharges communication. #1 Improv curiosity unearths long-buried communicational habits—both the good and the bad—as a valuable and necessary first step toward greater impact. #2

Will AI Change Leadership?

Associations Now

New machine-learning research on leadership is scrutinizing CEOs’ every word and facial expression. The study is a reminder, in case you needed one, that how a CEO communicates in person matters. First, it’s a reminder, in case you needed one, that how a CEO communicates in person matters. These videos can reveal a great deal about a CEO’s leadership approach through verbal and nonverbal patterns that have been unexplored as yet.

Hurricanes and Asynchronous Communication

Eric Lanke

My social media feeds were full of examples of associations pitching in to help storm victims or otherwise changing their marketing and communications strategy to give members in the hurricane affected areas a break from what otherwise must be an onslaught of association messages. Perhaps it is the overwhelming asynchronicity of our regular communications that is responsible. Increasingly, real-time communication with our members only happens in person at our live events.

2016 Benchmarking Study Reveals Association Communication Hurdles Remain

Association Adviser

Each year when Association Adviser and Naylor Association Solutions launch the Association Communications Benchmarking Study , we certainly hope to see measurable improvements in the ways associations communicate with members. We want to learn what associations are doing differently and better, what resources are being utilized to engage members and whether communication tools are being monetized to their fullest degree. Subtly remind members of that in your communications.

Is co-leadership right for your organization?

Association Success

Most of us can agree collaboration and communication contribute to growing creativity, but Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek have managed to put collaboration at the core of their association. . Associations North serves association professionals in North and South Dakota and Minnesota with education, leadership growth and professional development opportunities. . Kisskeys and Ruzek are often asked about their co-leadership model because it’s so rare.

Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Association Leaders

We have explored leadership in many of these blogs. We have discussed leadership qualities, leadership characteristics and leadership do’s and don’ts. Lincoln was a hard-worker (came from a very poor, working class family); Lincoln was self-educated (he didn’t have any formal schooling); Lincoln was a great, and motivational communicator; Lincoln had “street smarts” before “street smarts” even existed.

Do You Encourage Communicating Bad News?

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism “I have some bad news” What’s your reaction when you hear this phrase from a co-worker? I’ll tell you mine – I get a lump in my throat, a strange feeling in my gut, my palms start to sweat, my heart beats a little faster. I probably even roll my eyes and exhale loudly sometimes. Most people don’t like to receive bad news. I’m certainly no different.

The Top 10 Individual Communication Channels for Associations in 2018

Association Adviser

Every year, we ask association professionals who take our Association Communications Benchmarking Survey how much they value individual member communication channels. Every association is different, of course, and one way of communicating might work well for one association but not another. Here are the top 10 individual communication channels from our 2018 survey: There’s not much change in the top five from 2017’s list.

Communication Timing for Association Leaders

Smooth The Path

Timing matters in communication. Related: The Fundamental Attribution Error and Association Leadership. The post Communication Timing for Association Leaders appeared first on Smooth The Path. Association Leadership association culture association leadership board culture communication influence member communication resilience

Communicating Takes Time

Eric Lanke

Communicating the right information, in the right way, without confusing or overwhelming your audience--it takes time. Good communications take time to prepare, and I think they should also take time to deliver. If you want to improve your communication skills, I would advise you not to rush either. + + + This post was written by Eric Lanke, an association executive, blogger and author. Associations Leadership

Technology: The Communication Enabler

Association Success

As a systems developer for 10+ years, a manager for about a year, and yes, a huge techy, I have firmly come to believe in the importance of technology for assisting in building bridges and opening communications between people. Communication is the golden ticket to fixing a siloed culture, improving connections, and fostering transparency across an organization. Leadership teams need someone to bridge the business-IT gap and keep up with the startling advances being made every day.

Sharing is a Critical Leadership Trait

Association Leaders

There are other leadership traits that we commonly think of when we think of great leaders such as communication, selflessness and humility. One leadership trait we don’t talk about enough is sharing. I recently read an article about the importance of sharing as a leadership trait. There are many traits successful leaders have. We have discussed many of them through this blog.

101st Blog Posting – Am I a Good Communicator?

Association Leaders

I thought blogging would become an important communications vehicle and I thought it might be a way to connect with people I otherwise might not have the fortune of connecting with. Typically this blog focuses on leadership issues. I recently read an article titled, “7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do” The article was excellent. It reminded me that many great leaders were also great communicators. Communication is that important.

Effective communication: 5 simple tips for preventing conflict in your community


Communication is an integral part of every successful community association’s operations. Effective communication is the cure to so many problems, it should come as no surprise that it’s also often the best way to prevent conflicts, disputes, and misunderstandings. In addition to an association’s effective communication strategy, communities should be encouraging their residents to connect with one another.

The Ups and Downs of Revamping Communications

Association Success

How do communications play into that experience? Below are some examples of communication experiments we have tried out to make our services and events pop. At our annual meeting, we install our incoming leadership, recognize our existing and outgoing leadership, and recognize various members who have been active on committees or won awards. We added pictures of our incoming leadership, their titles, offices and how long they’d been members.


Plexus Consulting

While many books have been written about leadership, it remains for many a misunderstood and elusive quality. The capacity for leadership exists in everyone, but most people never take the time to develop it. Leadership is determination, courage, confidence and the ability to get results! Positive leadership assumes that goals can be accomplished, the job can be done, the problem can be solved, and the obstacles will be overcome. By Ann W.

Leading During an Epidemic: Communicating With Staff and Members

Associations Now

How do you communicate with staff and members? How do you effectively communicate your response to the crisis with staff, members, and other stakeholders? In the days since group events were canceled en masse, stronger travel restrictions were implemented, and social distancing became the new normal, the leaders I’ve spoken with have been doing as much listening as communicating. So much for leadership-by-walking-around; see you later, weekly office check-ins.

Community Leadership: Getting Everyone to Participate

Higher Logic

Leadership hype always focuses on the C-suite – are your executives on social media? But here’s another consideration: have you ever tapped leadership beyond the C-suite? 66% Mature communities had formal leadership/advocacy programs. Extend leadership beyond traditional roles. Leadership extends beyond your organization’s c-suite and executive team. Have you considered expanding your community’s program leadership with members and outside experts?

A Season of Change: Break Down Barriers to Belonging and Leadership


Most likely your staff and leadership are identifying the changes you can make and the steps you can take for your association to become more inclusive. And successful change depends on how well you communicate. Break down barriers with these tips

4 helpful tips for communication during a health crisis

Nimble AMS

What to do in uncertain times when communication is key. Every day brings more uncertainty with the spread of Coronavirus, and your association has a need to expand your communication. Here are four communication tips to assist associations in displaying responsiveness, partnership and kindness. Remember, most businesses are sending out communication during this time, so make sure that you are sending relevant information at the right time.

How a New CEO Can Communicate Openness

Associations Now

Which makes communicating your ideas even more critical. A new CEO arriving at an organization can get a little fixated on abstract questions: What’s my leadership style? At the top of the must-do list is a willingness to communicate, often and deeply. Leadership is a team sport ,” author and facilitator Larry Robertson recently wrote in Inc. How have you communicated with stakeholders during your first days as a leader?

Conference Circuit: Public Safety Communications

Associations Now

More than 5,000 public safety communications officials, including frontline telecommunicators and comm center managers, are headed to Baltimore to learn more about the industry’s newest technology, hear from speakers about trends and challenges, and get to know colleagues. Organization: Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International. The post Conference Circuit: Public Safety Communications appeared first on Associations Now Rundown Attendees: 5,000 plus.

Managing the Communications Plan for Your Association’s Virtual Event


By Heather Hughes, Marketing Communications Specialist. B ut b efore we dig into the technology, staff preparation and other elements of our conference , we wanted to cover one of the first steps in transitioning to a virtual event: communication. . What Should be Included in Your Communications Plan? . Once your leadership team has decided to go virtual, there’s one group of people that must be looped in immediately : your staff. .

The Secret to Better Leadership

Jamie Notter

I attended a session this week about leadership development in the association world. We talked about different leadership styles, and the need to adapt your style to fit the context, and then we talked about leadership development programs for volunteers. So if you will permit me, I need to rant a bit about what I am hearing in the association community around the concept of developing leadership. This confusion about the value of leadership is not acceptable.

Technology Leadership in the Time of COVID-19


We have found that organizations with strong technology leadership and well-managed technology were able to quickly and effectively keep people working and connected. This is one example of how effective technology leadership can help organizations plan for and execute projects that support critical business goals. The primary goal of effective technology leadership is to be a resource and guide to help organizations use technology to meet business objectives.

Why an Annual Content Plan is Paramount to Member Communication Success

Association Adviser

Part 3 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Our annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study revealed that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents say they have a single strategy for communicating with all members: Why is this bad? Not all members prefer to receive communications the same way, at the same time, in the same format. Facilitating member to member communication (40 percent) – Rarely does that just happen.

Don’t Think Leadership Matters? Ask Goldman Sachs

Association Leaders

However, isn’t that fact in and of itself enough to say there is a leadership hole at Goldman Sachs? As much as good leadership can help propel organizations forward toward their mission, bad leadership can ruin organizations. Bad leadership can mean many things but the roots of bad leadership are not complicated. In the case of Goldman Sachs (if you believe the article), the leadership was bad because of both these issues.

Protecting community: Board members and managers show the value of crisis leadership


They’ve closed amenities, established plans for remote board meetings and online communication, strategically evaluated staffing needs, and adopted other prevention strategies , showing the value of crisis leadership. The post Protecting community: Board members and managers show the value of crisis leadership appeared first on Ungated: Community Associations Institute Blog.

4 Leadership Tips to Take Your Association to the Next Level


And in order to take leadership to the next level and run a successful association, you’ll need some practice. Having all of your staff in one place will allow you to properly communicate and delegate tasks, as a leader should. Taking initiative in order to see positive changes for your association is a leadership must. With just four simple steps, you could be on your way to truly enhancing your leadership skills. Looking for more association leadership tips?

Three Ideas to Perk Up Your Internal Communications Strategy

Associations Now

Think long and hard about the tactics you use to communicate to them—as well as how they can respond. Here are a few internal communications strategies to try. A lot of thought is often put into external communications, such as marketing materials and member engagement. And while the two communication types aren’t the same, they do have some commonalities. found that 60 percent of organizations don’t have a well-considered internal communications strategy.

Driving Engagement Through Thought Leadership


Tactic #4: Driving Engagement Through Thought Leadership. Thought leadership is simply positioning yourself, or your organization, as a voice of knowledge and expertise in the marketplace of ideas. If your communication highlights your organization’s expertise, people will believe it. This is the goal of your online thought leadership activity. The internet opens the door to building thought leadership for your organization in a variety of ways.

The Case for Slow Leadership

Associations Now

But rushing to make change happen, Freedman points out, often comes at the expense of communicating with the people who can point out serious flaws with an idea or propose improvements. So if we’re going to define a “slow association,” I’d suggest that it’s less of a leadership philosophy and more of a communications one. The post The Case for Slow Leadership appeared first on Associations Now

How Men and Women Aspiring to Leadership Network Differently

Associations Now

While men often leverage large social networks to find high-level leadership roles, women with the same goal also tend to rely on a close inner circle of other women, according to a new study. Women with this type of network were two and a half times more likely to have a high-ranking leadership position. The post How Men and Women Aspiring to Leadership Network Differently appeared first on Associations Now

Daily Buzz: Make Your Communications More Interactive

Associations Now

When your nonprofit communications team is writing day in and day out, it can be easy to fall back on old templates or too often repeat specific turns of phrase. But when that happens, over time, communications become formulaic, predictable, and unengaging. If you think you might be in a communication rut, take a step back and look at how the team engages with your organization’s mission, says media relations expert Peter Panepento on Nonprofit Marketing Guide.

The Fundamental Attribution Error and Association Leadership

Smooth The Path

Often it is not their performance but rather the situation impacting them and this is particularly true when there is a leadership change. Leaders come into their position with goals, communication styles, and biases that significantly impact their perceptions of what kind of performer someone is. When instead we focus on the performance (a goal not met, a common stumbling block, a communication style issue, a process not used, etc.)

Daily Buzz: Struggling Chapter Leadership? Help Them Out

Associations Now

Also: Print should still have a place in your communications plan. So when chapter leaders are having trouble handling the job, association leadership must step in and find a solution. Garrity suggests providing existing and emerging chapter leaders with training resources such as online courses, in-person leadership training sessions, and weekly or biweekly leadership newsletters. Here's why print communications are still important: [link].