August, 2012

Associations Unorthodox e-book available on August 8

Principled Innovation

Jeff De Cagna’s new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , will be available as a free download beginning this Wednesday, August 8. The e-book was produced in collaboration with DC-based branding firm, CHIEF.

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Association in the Eye of the Twitter Storm

Reid All About it

Right about now, if Isaac hadn’t interfered, I’d be arriving in New Orleans to enjoy its local food and cocktail culture for a few days. I was going to tag along as my boyfriend attended a conference that was to start Tuesday.

Infographic: What Makes Us Different

YourMembership Blog

Thanks for the suggestion Ester. We do feature our members monthly on Unity but your suggestion is a good one since Unity is only available to our clients. You do this on your Facebook page, don't you? How do you select

Reimagine signature events to empower self-directed learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Teacher Directed vs. Learner Directed. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, I’ll have the pleasure of presenting with leadership strategist Cynthia D’Amour at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Dallas.

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Pop-Palooza at ASAE 12 in Dallas

Association Subculture

uh, first off - Duran Duran were a vital, yeah, yeah, you never been hungry like the wolf b h I'll tear those antlers off, I swear to God.uh huh.her name was Rio and and you can step the f outside my friend.Greg Behrendt.

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Conversations That Matter: Post ASAE Annual Summary | KiKi L.

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

In my life I have one association I belong to that continues to serve as my professional home - the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Every year when I leave ASAE's Annual Meeting, like I am today, I feel a combination of


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Reclaiming Twitter for Conversation

Reid All About it

Something unusual happened to me yesterday. I had a conversation on Twitter. You might be surprised to hear that, after all, I’ve been a Twitter resident for a long time. But somehow the magic between me and Twitter has faded over the years.

The Power of Social ? I Need Your Help

YourMembership Blog

This is Bill. He's the commander and chief over here at YM, the bossman, the big kahuna. He's also celebrating a very big milestone today. While he values

Association Superfans

Eric Lanke

watch the clip A while back, the Harvard Business Review blog was running a series of posts all themed around the idea of "Creating a Customer-Centered Organization."

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4 ways to encourage your members to demonstrate membership to others

Optimist Consulting

Recommendation is generally the main reason that members join an organisation. So how can you encourage your members to demonstrate to others that they are members of your organisation? Using members in this way, can be a powerful approach to help spread the word about your assocation.

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Your Association's Real Competition

Association Subculture

No more teachers. No more books. No more teachers dirty looks. School's out for summer. School's out for ever. Alice Cooper. I loved Rick Rutherford's post yesterday - One Giant Leap.

ASAE12: The aftermath

Association Advocacy Chick

This will be the first of two posts about ASAE12. I have so many thoughts about the last few days that I needed to spread them out. Today’s post is about my time there and a very special afternoon I had. Overall, I enjoyed ASAE12.

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Making Innovation Happen Survey: Sharing Key Results

Principled Innovation

Video not showing? Find it on YouTube. Last week, I released some preliminary results from the P.I. Making Innovation Happen Survey. This morning, I am sharing more detailed survey results in the form of the video you (should) see above. You are welcome to download this video, as well as a PDF with an overview of these key results. The download link will bring you to a page where you will be able to access both files.).

Don't Let Ego Kill Innovation in your Organization

YourMembership Blog

What's the killer of innovation? It's not people stuck in the ways of yesterday. It's no one recognizing the need for it. Don't let this happen in your member-centric organization

Reads of the Week: August 24, 2012

Reid All About it

That’s Not the Real Me: How Vanity Sabotages Facebook Advertising by Louie Herr. I find this idea both hilarious and accurate, especially this: “We are actors on a stage. Shakespeare, as ever, proves prescient.”

Friday Top 5

Thanks For Playing

I plan to write a fuller recap post next week, but for now my Top 5 Tweets from #ASAE12: 1. Response to Maddie Grant's observation about the closing general session video: @ maddiegrant video is pos but not honest - what about assoc lobbying against alt energy, # hcr etc? Do we own our neg too?

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The END of Associations

Association Subculture

Hold your ground! I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come when the courage of men fails. When we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day!

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Stuck in a Rut? Four Ideas to Get the Juices Flowing at Your Next Association Staff or Board Meeting

Portage Group

It can be hard to focus on being innovative, creative and strategic during a staff meeting or board retreat when the sun is shining and the patio beckons. But alas, the work of associations never stops. Decisions still need to be made, problems solved, ideas generated and work still needs to get done.

Associations Unorthodox Shift #1: De-emphasize membership

Principled Innovation

Over the next six weeks, I will publish a post on each of the six shifts presented in my new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , created in collaboration with CHIEF. If you have not done so already, I hope you will download the e-book today. Also, please join me on September 26 from 2 pm-3:30 pm EDT for my webinar on the e-book, presented in collaboration with Peach New Media.

Attending ASAE Next Week? Don't Miss Our Social Media Contest!

YourMembership Blog

Catch us at ASAE 2012 at Booth 439 - August 11-14 in Dallas, Texas. Like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter (doing both means 2 entries.)

Reads of the Week: August 31, 2012

Reid All About it

If I had to pick one blog to take with me to a deserted island, it might be Brain Pickings. Maria Popova is a curator like no other, bringing us fascinating posts about creativity, knowledge, science, art, culture, and more.

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Making Innovation Happen

Thanks For Playing

As you're probably aware, Jeff De Cagna recently conducted a survey on innovation among association CEOs. The results are out, and he's summarized them in a short video: The biggest things that stood out to me were: Association CEOs have a lot of confidence in themselves.

Member Engagement Solution #3: Recognize Volunteer Contributions

Eric Lanke

image source I've mentioned previously that I'm leading another innovation effort for WSAE, something we're calling an Innovation Circle. Ours is focused on member engagement, and you can get an overview of what it is and what we're trying to achieve with it here.

Organizational Structure Is Imaginary

Jamie Notter

I received this question via Twitter last night: It’s a good question. Decentralization certainly sounds like a structural issue, and that is a part of it. But I put more of it into culture. In Humanize , decentralization is the cultural part of being Open (Chapter 6).

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The ASAE Games: Goal Hunting at ASAE Annual | KiKi L'Italien's.

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I'm excited! My hunting party is gathering in Dallas. I've come fortified with business cards, business suits, and an insatiable hunger for the games to begin. My fellow adventurers have their own goals for these next few days. As for me, I

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Best Way to Improve Creativity

YourMembership Blog

How can you tap into your own creative powers? How can you come up with new blog topics and innovative concepts? The answer is easier than you think

Associations Unorthodox Shift #2: Crowdsource strategy

Principled Innovation

Last Tuesday, I began this series of blog posts on the six shifts presented in my new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , created in collaboration with CHIEF. If you have not done so already, I hope you will download the e-book , and read the Shift #1 post , right away. Also, please join me on September 26 from 2 pm-3:30 pm EDT for my webinar on the e-book, presented in collaboration with Peach New Media.

Tweeting Your Notes

Thanks For Playing

I'm moderately active on Twitter.other than around conferences, when I am a profligate tweeter. What's that all about? I use Twitter to take my conference notes. Colleagues have, in the past, asked me to explain how I do it, and with the ASAE Annual Meeting about to kick off, it seems timely. What I do is not fancy. Tweeting my notes, laptop version: If there are outlets and wi-fi, I use TweetDeck on my laptop. I add a column with the conference hashtag (in this case #ASAE12).

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Thoughts on ASAE12 from DELP

Association Advocacy Chick

My last post was about my experience in Dallas during ASAE12. This time, I wanted to give you the highs and lows of the conference from the perspective of my colleagues in the Diversity Executive Leadership Program aka DELP. Outside of our annual reunion, ASAE annual is the only other large gathering of DELP scholars. During the conference, DELP held its annual breakfast Sunday morning prior to the opening general session.

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#ASAE12 Wrap

Robert M Barnes

My 5th Annual Meeting as a member of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) was as memorable for many reasons however it is in keeping with many others that my wrap is kept to just five key takeaways. Arriving in … Continue reading → Association Stuff #ASAE12 ASAE Association Executives YAPstars


Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out: Using LinkedIn Effectively


You hear a lot of hype about the benefits that Facebook and Twitter can bring to your business, but these social networking sites can often overshadow the even greater potential LinkedIn has for virtually every department within the organization.

Who Loves You, Baby?

YourMembership Blog

Who are your best members and why are they important

Be Intentional

Jamie Notter

I did a session at the ASAE annual meeting last week. I co-presented a “Conversations that Matter” session along with Robert Barnes of Fitness Australia. Robert is an association executive who is actually implementing the ideas from Humanize in a very clear and intentional way.

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Is Membership Really Dying?

Thanks For Playing

Or is it just changing? Why do we assume that all our members want and need to have the exact same relationship with us? We understand this concept in our personal lives. We have different circles - hell, Google+ is built on it - and they aren't all our BFFs. The large majority of members in the typical association are "mailbox members." They send you a check, you send them some magazines, everyone's happy. Except the association usually isn't.