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Innovation for Association Executives

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I saw this book on a friend’s home office desk this summer in Connecticut. I’m thinking about innovation in the context of managing associations and non-profit enterprises. Innovation is a corporate buzz word, but it’s also a fundamental element in any successful and growing organization.

Take a Vacation From Email

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The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depo, Connecticut. Shephaug River, Connecticut. Pool and Barn/Gym at High Meadow Farm, Washington Depo, CT. Last summer a client that I really respect apologized for not responding to an email message more quickly.

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Please Help the Families of Newtown

YourMembership Blog

Categories: News Tags: donation , Sandy Hook Elementary School On December 14, 2012 an extreme tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

We Lost A Valiant Leader


Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut died in a school doing … Continue reading → You are reading We Lost A Valiant Leader from the Wired 4 Leadership blog. The world lost a talented and brave leader.

Monday Buzz: Take Advantage of Google’s Management Resources

Associations Now

Some of the out-there choices include taking your team spelunking in the Canadian Rockies or praticipating in a plane-crash survival course in Connecticut. Looking for more leadership development resources? Google is giving theirs away for free.

Nonprofits to Facebook: Don’t Limit Our Reach

Associations Now

The animal-shelter volunteer, who writes the updates for the Karuna Bully Rescue , in Naugatuck, Connecticut, launched a petition a few days back, requesting that Facebook modify its algorithm strategy to better accommodate nonprofit groups.

Wednesday Buzz: Clarity in a World of Acronyms

Associations Now

If you like cupcakes, this fundraising idea from Connecticut Association of Realtors CEO Cindy Butts might whet your appetite. When talking about your association to the outside world, don’t forget to ditch the jargon.

Sometimes mother does know best

NonProfit University Blog

The new governor of Connecticut, Daniel Patrick Malloy, ran on a platform that included setting up a cabinet level position for and about nonprofits. When it comes to political and nonprofit leaders coming up with interesting ideas, the United Kingdom is outshining its American child.

5 Ways to Make LinkedIn Board Connect Work for Your Nonprofit

Beth Kanter's Blog

Halpert , a LinkedIn trainer, helped a Connecticut nonprofit search for board members. Note from Beth: Last week, I wrote about the launch of LinkedIn’s Board Connect tool that helps nonprofit identify potential board candidates through searching the networks of their board members on LinkedIn. In the comments , there was some thoughtful discussion about best practices for identifying, screening, and cultivating board members.

Safety Top-of-Mind for Bus, Gaming Associations

Associations Now

For years, the company’s buses have transported casino fans to casinos in nearby Connecticut; soon, buses will start taking passengers to Massachusetts.

MPAA Changes Antipiracy Tactics With New Website

Associations Now

After spending years focusing on fighting the sources of video piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America is trying something new: publicizing consumers’ legal avenues to view their desired content.

Why Komen Was Destined to Clash with Social Media


Komen for the Cure Connecticut, an affiliate based in Farmington , said she learned of it earlier this winter and had been “very surprised.” This is a guest post by Kami Watson Huyse, CEO of Zoetica Media and editor of the Communications Overtones blog.

Diversify Now

NonProfit University Blog

Example Three : The Griswold (Connecticut) Ambulance Service will end a 70-year tour of service. I just don’t get why, after the past seven years, any nonprofit would need a lesson in the essential importance of having diversified funding streams.

Community Service: Drawing On Staff Involvement

Associations Now

Similar feelings arose after the Boston Marathon bombing last month and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. The Newtown, Connecticut, event was a game-changer,” said Matt Jeanneret, ARTBA senior vice president, communications and marketing. “It

Guns in Schools: Districts Consider Arming Staff, but Insurers Have Cold Feet

Associations Now

More details on the issue: The problem: In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, late last year, a number of districts in such states as Kansas, Oregon, and South Dakota have considered giving educators the choice to carry weapons on campus.

Conference Circuit: Three Days at the Museum

Associations Now

The New England Museum Association’s 98th Annual Conference is set to start in Mystic, Connecticut, next week. Location: Mystic, Connecticut. Rundown Attendees: 900 plus. Sessions and events: 60.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth Kanter's Blog

From there they traversed Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut, and then drove to Boston. Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today.

Vermont Becomes First Mover on GMO Labeling

Associations Now

It preferred a regional framework for GMO labeling—one that nearby states such as Connecticut and Maine have embraced.

Maine Nonprofits Say Property Tax Proposal Would Jeopardize Programs, Services

Associations Now

Several cash-strapped cities—including Boston; Pittsburgh; Hartford, Connecticut; and Memphis, Tennessee—have adopted payment-in-lieu-of-taxes programs to offset declining revenue. Looking for ways to bring in new revenue, Maine Gov.

Conference Circuit: Getting Dog Trainers to Sit and Shake Hands

Associations Now

Along with a full slate of speakers and workshops , the APDT conference, which will be held October 15-18 in Hartford, Connecticut, features special events like book signings and a 5K run/walk to raise money for the APDT Foundation.

Volunteers: How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Associations Now

Washington, DC, ranked highest at $34.04, followed by New York ($28.73), Connecticut ($28.26), and Massachusetts ($27.43). According to Independent Sector, an hour of volunteer time was worth $22.14 in 2012. Harder to quantify is the reason people decide to volunteer.

Avoid Tech Support Phone Scams

Association Adviser

Martin Roth is a principal, of Norwalk, Connecticut-based INCON Research, Inc., which provides on-site computer and network support for small businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organizations in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Martin Roth, INCON Research, Inc. Even savvy PC users can get fooled into thinking a reputable support person from your software or hardware providers needs to gain access to your computer.

The Civil Servant at the Top

Associations Now

Think of former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America ; general Wesley Clark, co-chair of Growth Energy , an ethanol industry trade group; or former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation.

Democratic Party Groups Press for New Leaders with Local Focus

Associations Now

Last month, the chair and chair-elect of the Democratic Governors Association—Connecticut Gov. Sometimes, the same old strategies don’t make sense anymore. That appears to be a conclusion the Democratic National Committee and other party-related organizations have come to.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Proposals Prompt Debate

Associations Now

The New York City Council recently reached an agreement on a paid sick-leave bill similar to ones found in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, and the state of Connecticut, though it has not yet voted on the measure.

My favorite comments on my 2012 blog posts


I would like permission to reprint this in the Connecticut Society of Association Executives newsletter minus the Thanksgiving lead in. Here are my favorite comments from some of my 2012 blog posts (in reverse chronological order). I have only one comment per person and where possible have linked to their Twitter profile.

Drone Journalism: Media Groups Raise First Amendment Concerns

Associations Now

An incident in Hartford, Connecticut , around the scene of a fatal car crash drew an FAA investigation of its own this year. With the FAA still working on regulations for nonmilitary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, the agency says there’s no gray area regarding unapproved drone use.

111 Intriguing Chats for 2011


benberkowitz - Benjamin Berkowitz; New Haven, Connecticut; jhdesai - Jatin Desai; Hartford, Connecticut; Innovation and Strategy expert, speaker, author, mentor, and entreprenuer to large international companies. I found myself thinking back over all the great 1-on-1 conversations I had in 2010 and wanting to have more in 2011. Here are the parameters I established for making my selections for this year. First, they have to be active on Twitter.

Leadership Lessons from Times of Crisis

Association Leaders

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last three days, you are aware of the terrible tragedy that struck an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. This was an unthinkable tragedy carried out by a monster. I for one, spent early Saturday morning crying while watching news coverage before my children awoke. Nothing good comes from this tragedy. However, are there leadership lessons that can be learned from tragedies like this?

How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

AE on the Verge

I am moving to Connecticut in a few months and for the first time in decades actually have to think about details related to a new job search, including preparing for an interview. I've been quizzing colleagues who have been interviewed on Skype to get their input about how to prepare for a Skype interview (should I ever have to do one), along with my own thoughts as a Skype user.

GMA Takes Vermont to Court Over GMO Labeling Law

Associations Now

Connecticut and Maine have passed their own GMO-labeling laws, but those are contingent on their neighbors in New England passing similar measures.

The FAA’s Latest Drone Problem: Some Are Jumping the Gun

Associations Now

A few examples: A part-time journalist was suspended from his job at a TV station in Hartford, Connecticut, earlier this month, after he flew a UAV around the scene of an accident.

Food Industry Coalition Leads Voluntary GMO Labeling Push

Associations Now

It comes after the defeat of a ballot proposal in Washington state that would have required food labeling and after Connecticut and Maine passed laws on mandatory labeling that will take effect only when nearby states pass similar ones.

GMO Labeling Battle Gets Fresh Kick-Start in Washington

Associations Now

” Such a rule would conflict with a recently enacted Connecticut law requiring GMO labeling and prohibiting the use of the term “natural” on packaging of foods containing GMOs.

As Newtown Anniversary Nears, Associations Help Schools Tackle Security

Associations Now

A dramatic, deadly shooting at Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children and six adult staff members.

Monday Buzz: Kickstarter Becomes a Benefit Corporation

Associations Now

Nonprofits are top workplaces in Connecticut, and Nonprofit Quarterly editor-in-chief Ruth McCambridge went in search of the secret behind their success. One of the biggest online crowdfunding hubs announces its new status. Plus: How your association can make big improvements using big data.

After Sandy Hook, Why a Newtown-Based Gun Group Stayed There

Associations Now

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which has called Newtown, Connecticut, home for two decades, says it considered moving its headquarters after last year’s school shooting, but staff members urged the leadership to stay in town.

GMO Labeling Legislation Gets Bipartisan Push in Congress

Associations Now

Connecticut passed a law in June allowing for such labeling—with a caveat that nearby states must pass similar legislation before Connecticut farmers would be required to comply.

Wednesday Buzz: Rebuilding a Fictional Town

Associations Now

A big element of that buzz, notes BizBash , was a series of live events that brought the vibe of Stars Hollow, Connecticut—the show’s hometown—to Los Angeles. How Netflix turned to live events to promote its revival of the cult show Gilmore Girls.

Immersion Studies: Hotel Execs Plan Deep Dive in India

Associations Now

President and CEO Frits van Paasschen and several top-level executives will spend March in Mumbai and Delhi, roughly 8,000 miles away from the company’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, learning new hospitality approaches.