How a Nonprofit Turned a Product into a Platform

Associations Now

But that was the case with Veronika Scott, the 24-year-old founder and CEO of Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan, who shared her path from student to leader at a Game Changer session at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City on Monday. Our product is good enough to stand out. Our product is strong enough to be sitting next to REI or Patagonia, and people will still want to buy it, and then they’re going to find out about the social side,” she said.

The Wooden Hanger Theory of Productivity and Satisfaction

Idea Architects

The Wooden Hanger Theory of Productivity and Satisfaction. $50 That visual mayhem gradually takes its toll on our productivity and satisfaction. the first change you want to make to enhance your personal and productivity may be a much simpler one. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

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Seen Elsewhere: Resources for Trend Scanning, Gaming, Productivity

Idea Architects

Seen Elsewhere: Resources for Trend Scanning, Gaming, Productivity. In this edition, explore tools for environmental scanning and trend watching, examples of game dynamics being applied by real-world companies and associations, and a handy tool for tracking and maintaining personal productivity. Labels: gaming , productivity , seen elsewhere , trends. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Motor City, ASAE 2015 and a Remarkable Year at YM

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I am excited about making my way to Detroit, except for the 4:00 AM wakeup call to make my flight – reminds me too much of my days as a kid delivering newspapers. We started 2015 with a bang by announcing the purchase of Digital Ignite , an award winning Learning Management System, to the YM suite of products, creating the leading member engagement platform for organizations. If you’re in Detroit for ASAE please take a minute and stop by the YM booth (#539) for a visit.

My weekend in the “D” – an open letter to my DELPers

Association Advocacy Chick

Dear DELPers, This past weekend, we came together in the Detroit area for a special purpose. Sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, it was an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and haze meet the new class of DELP scholars who we affectionately call the newbies. Sure, I could run down the activities we participated in from the visit to the Arab-American Museum to taking in a Detroit Tigers game, but that would be boring.

Leadership Limerick: Innovation Requires Many Contributions

Idea Architects

When it comes to innovation, too many people think of the lone genius who invents some breakthrough product, instead of a diverse team with each member contributing different perspectives and roles to create new value. These scientific tools are complemented by the specific roles identified by IDEO, one of the worlds most innovative product design firms, in The Ten Faces of Innovation : Anthropologist. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects.

Association E-Learning: 3 Tips to Provide Member Value

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She was our Production Manager for four years and helped the team to double its capacity. She currently serves on the board of ATD Detroit. As an association professional, your job revolves around member engagement. It’s the driving force behind your association’s existence.

Why Cultural Fluency Leads To Stronger Teams

Associations Now

While diverse teams have the potential to leapfrog homogenous teams in terms of innovation and productivity, those teams must be managed properly for that to happen. Fetisov did poorly on the New Jersey Devils, but when he moved to the Detroit Red Wings, he helped the team win a Stanley Cup. “It

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It’s an emergency! So now what?

Aaron Wolowiec

And in a matter of minutes, products and displays become waterlogged. So important it was the topic of Destination Michigan’s Michigan Meetings Expo 2014 , which was held on May 8 at the MotorCity Casino and Hotel in Detroit. Imagine: Your conference is thriving. Rooms are packed and vendors are happy. Things are going swimmingly well and then it happens. You get the call that one of your attendees had a heart attack and has died.

Tuesday Buzz: The Cereal Problem

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The member anticipates the pleasure of a using a new service or product, excitement about joining a new committee, or participating for the first time at an event. If you’re heading to Detroit for ASAE’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition , this clip may help you prepare for the conference. A frustrating customer experience can suck all the joy out of membership, according to an exec who’s had some bad luck with his cereal boxes over the years.

Plumbing Group Donates Faucets, Other Supplies to Flint Residents

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The breach in Flint really demonstrates exactly how important plumbing is and how much people take the safety of plumbing for granted,” said Barbara Higgens, CEO and executive director of PMI, which represents the manufacturers of plumbing products. Members of Plumbing Manufacturers International donated hundreds of plumbing supplies to residents in Flint, Michigan, as the city is dealing with a water crisis.

Don’t Just Use Data, Keep Reinventing Your Data Strategy

Associations Now

Two decades ago, one of the most innovative software-as-a-service (SaaS) products ever created by a major company first saw the light of day. It came from Detroit. By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler, and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive,” said Phil Abram, GM’s executive director of connected products and strategy.

Why Aren’t Associations Creating Walking Billboards?

SCD Group

Las Vegas New York City Made in Detroit Ohio Brooklyn Toyko Under Amour John Deere Harley Davidson Chase Abercrombie & Fitch LaBlatte Blue Old Navy Tommy Bahama Trail Maker Panama Jack Hard Rock Gap Guess Jeans Titleist American Eagle Nike Converse Addidas Trend Setter Big Board. Why do people wear gear promoting products, cities, causes? Back in October 2012, I posted Are You Using Identity as Association Marketing Strategy.

Supercharging the Discussion: Let’s Talk Electricity at Events

Associations Now

on The Tonight Show back in May: Beyond those music-heaven experiences, there was the conference itself, which was full of music at every corner—from Dierks Bentley to Phil Vassar to the Detroit choir that owned Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” to the many cover bands that filled the bars on Broadway Street. They’re far from the only ones to offer these kinds of products, either.

Happy 100th to the Car Wash! How One Association Is Celebrating

Associations Now

We wanted to say this is the industry’s milestone, not an ICA product, so come with us and let’s have a conversation. Born in Detroit in 1914, the “automobile laundry” has evolved into a global industry with more than 150,000 retail car washes around the world, according to ICA, which is marking the industry’s centennial by sponsoring a number of celebrations and activities. “We

Report: Connected Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

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Markey (D-MA) found serious gaps in security and privacy related to wireless technology found in nearly every vehicle that rolls off a production line today. Speaking to The Detroit News , AAM spokesman Wade Newton said he hadn’t seen Markey’s report, but he noted that automakers are committed to providing strong consumer-data privacy protections and that vehicle security is a top priority.

Three Tips for a Global Start That Sticks

Associations Now

Those conversations provided the bedrock for both the report and the Achieving Global Growth pre-conference workshop , which was held Saturday at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit. ”If Every association is different, and none of the answers to globalization questions are so simple as, “Go to X country and sell product Y and watch the money roll in.” Associations new to going global can find the process daunting.

The Best of 2015: The Stories You Read and Shared Most

Associations Now

The most-opened edition of Associations Now Daily News was delivered on a Wednesday—in particular, the Wednesday immediately following the close of the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit, with the subject line “#ASAE15: Motor City Memories.” Longest average time spent on page: “ Embrace the (March) Madness and Other Productivity Tips ,” by Katie Bascuas, March 26.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: A Dozen Favorite Quotes About.

Idea Architects

When partnerships, management teams, and organizations build communities, they tap into a greater and deeper reservoir of courage, wisdom, and productivity.” 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts.

Thoughts on Adopting a Digital Mindset

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demand for fuel efficient cars and hit the market with vehicles that caught the Detroit Three by surprise, permanently altering the ranks of the biggest auto makers. In the past, we would create products thinking about your computer screen first, then kind of shrinking them down," said John Kosner, ESPN''s Executive vice president of digital and print.

In Defense of the Active Social Voice

Associations Now

I’ve gained a lot through online connections, which means that Sherry Turkle’s presentation at the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit last week was a little, shall we say, challenging for me. I gain energy from being productive on my lonesome, but I like human interaction.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Four Innovation Lessons with.

Idea Architects

Too many organizations delegate observation and field research to a very small subset of individuals as opposed to engaging a wider cross-section of those who will actually be creating the improved or new product or service. Similar in spirit is an approach known as the MVP , Minimally Viable Product. Innovation is neither tidy nor predictable, and you cant schedule your brilliant product insight to occur at exactly 3:30 p.m. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #11: Who Should.

Idea Architects

The people who buy your products? What about the community (world) impacted by your organization and its products and services? Yet that choice would cause me to disregard (or at least attend to less) the other participants in the meeting, the other members of the organization, and the ultimate consumers of the organization’s products and services. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Seen Elsewhere: Crowdsourcing.

Idea Architects

Companies increasingly look to customer-generated innovations, co-creating products and services with the input and effort of end users. IDEO, one of the worlds most successful product design and innovation firms, offers an excellent example of the thinking and input stages required to involve large numbers of individuals in crowdsourced thinking, at Open IDEO. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: What Informs Your Efforts?

Idea Architects

So the next time youre working on a major program or product, cast a wider net for inspiration, insight, and innovative possibilities. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Monday, January 30, 2012.

What Kids Can Teach Us About Life and Leadership

Idea Architects

Things not working out according to play should be seen as normal given that we cant 100% plan for what will happen when other people begin to interact with our programs, products, or services. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community.

14 Lessons Learned At #ASAE14

Holly Duckworth

Use infographics as your handout – Global Associations Deliver a Product Before a Membership Experience. Introduce – new products and service. Detroit will connect our heart and soul as “America’s Come Back City”. This year the team in Detroit sang us out of the convention center with their live choir filling in the music. 14 Things Learned at ASAE 14: Nashville Airport Welcome. Post conference withdrawal is setting in.

Facilitation Friday #9: Build Capacity to Accomplish More

Idea Architects

Its definition of success also includes helping a group or team learn together so they might be more productive in the future. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Friday, March 02, 2012.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Making Sponsorship Special Again

Idea Architects

Since we are an advertising savvy people, I believe almost all of these efforts to attract our attention to a company’s name or products go almost unnoticed. Perhaps even more egregious is how organizations have conditioned their members and customers to get great products or programs at a. As a result, the registration fee or product cost individuals have been paying hasn’t had to carry the full value proposition of the event or product itself.

Becoming You: 9 Questions & 6 Resources on Authenticity

Idea Architects

Particularly useful for individuals contemplating striking out on their own, this book helps you explore the qualities of your own personal brand, a term I know causes some to recoil a bit since your identify isnt a product per se. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Enough with Not Enough

Idea Architects

And while all of my examples have come from hotels, the principle of basic functionality applies to every business, every organization, every product or service. Are you testing your own products and services enough? 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #8: Help Surface.

Idea Architects

The more that work groups learn to address issues openly and honestly, the more productive their relationships and work activity will become. 15, Detroit, OACS-MACS Fall Conference. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Friday, February 24, 2012.

111 Intriguing Chats for 2011

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As many of you know, the priority of engaging and connecting is a big one for me- a soapbox- if you will, and I don’t understand those who simply look at social media as a way to promote their agenda, products, and/or services. bkmcae - Ben Martin; Richmond, Virginia; Product mgr for MemberFuse & RealWeb by NFi Studios. CharlieCurve - Charlie Wollborg; Detroit; Chief Troublemaker at Curve. tracykemp - Tracy Kemp; Kansas City; Product Director for AllofE.