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Review: When Millennials Take Over

Spark Consulting

I recently had the opportunity to read a review copy of When Millennials Take Over , a new book by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant of Culture That Works designed to help us get past the freak out and to a “ridiculously optimistic” view of the future of work.

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Disruptive Innovation Creates Association Opportunities

Potomac Core

Disruptive Innovation “describes a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses.” In a slowing and uneven global economy, are your members looking somewhere else for lower cost and innovative solutions?

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10 Traits of an Innovation Mindset for Your Association


Associations can’t fulfill their missions without innovation. Innovation helps organizations create and improve processes, products, services, and experiences for their members, customers, staff, and audiences. 10 elements of the innovation mindset to nurture at your association. #1:

Association Leaders Weigh in About Member Challenges, Millennials, Talent Development and Pivoting for the Future

Association Adviser

Our colleague Eryn Underwood’s recent article Why Millennials Join Associations and What Associations Can Do to Keep Them has been republished by a number of state society publications, so it appears we struck a nerve. Note: Full text of this thought leadership roundtable can be found in the 2016 issue of Association Adviser magazine – coming soon. Association Adviser: How is your organization connecting with millennials? Millennials don’t want to meet face-to-face.

Proven Tactics to Recruit, Retain and Unleash Millennial Talent


By 2025, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce. A vast majority of these Millennials want to work for organizations that foster innovative thinking, develop their skills, and make a positive contribution to society. Millennial’s Employer Criteria.

Authenticity: The Key to Confidence and Thought Leadership

Associations Now

Those young professionals who can define their authentic selves bring passion into their work and are able to innovate and be thought leaders for their organizations. Often, Millennials and Gen Z are seen as technological or social media experts.

The Hourglass Blog: We're All Millennials Now

The Hourglass Blog

Were All Millennials Now. Its almost as if the themes of leadership and innovation have taken over. They have no problem using technology, having entered the work force just as computers were becoming mainstream. Developing Millennial Leaders. Innovation.

The Hourglass Blog: A Prescription for Innovation

The Hourglass Blog

A Prescription for Innovation. This is part of an on-going dialogue between Eric Lanke and Jeff De Cagna on the work of the WSAE Innovation Task Force and the status of innovation in the association community. Hence our generic definition of innovation. Innovation.

The Hourglass Blog: Learning Innovation from the Mayo Clinic

The Hourglass Blog

Learning Innovation from the Mayo Clinic. Heres another great HBR post describing another set of "principles of innovation." The HBR post describes several strategies employed by the very famous and very innovative Mayo Clinic. Combination Innovation. Innovation.

Is Your Association at a Crossroads?

Association Adviser

Tremendous insight, vision and leadership capabilities despite being introverts, according to Susan Cain , best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Jeff DeCagna , chief strategist of Principled Innovation , agreed you need to have a balance of both personality types on your staff and on your board. Get a sense of “how open they are to change and innovation,” and work within those parameters. Technology.

The Looming Retirement Crisis

Spark Consulting

Much like we hear today in regards to Millennials, in the early/mid-90s, associations were freaking out about Gen-X not joining. Coming up behind Gen-X is the even larger than the Boomers ( 80+ million ) Millennial generation. And they like to share their expertise in new technologies.

Book Review: When Millennials Take Over and the Fluid Workplace

Beth Kanter

I am knee deep in developing a peer learning program for Millennial leadership development in nonprofit organizations that is designed based on the research out there. The Millennial generation entering the workforce. The fluid chapter describes networked leadership.

FACT: Using social media will help you attract Millennials.


I was invited to speak about social media to the Business and Professional Women's Foundation 's National Employer Summit last week, at which they brought together "leading employers and innovative workplace strategists to discuss and learn about pioneering practices". We were sitting with a few other people, including the only Millennial in the room - a student from the University of Maryland. Technology enables community, community enables engagement.

6 Association Management Tips from Steve Jobs


The kind of leadership that Steve Jobs practiced not only inspires admiration, but motivates action. Tip #1) Don’t Forget Your Own Expertise – Innovation Comes from Within. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”. Association Management Association Executives Innovation

Ready to Grow Your Association? Freelancers Are Waiting to Help


A 2017 Annual Freelance Survey conducted by Upwork found that: Nearly 50 percent of millennial workers are already freelancing. Based on my consulting experience, most associations prefer to innovate in baby steps. Meyer, who is an enthusiastic proponent of innovation in the workplace describes his reasoning like this, “Sacred cows are the greatest threat to how we run associations. What occasion was celebrated on June 28, 2018?

To Succeed in Industry 4.0 Become an Association 4.0™ Leader


By 2025, 75 percent of the total workforce will be Millennials. Associations have yet to experience the impact of artificial intelligence, blockchain and IoT, but the industries they represent are already being reinvented by these technologies. Innovative Approach.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.15.20

Reid All About it

MemberSuite describes how to show virtual event ROI to sponsors and exhibitors by creating opportunities for them to achieve their marketing goals: increasing brand awareness, providing thought leadership, showcasing their products, and developing and deepening relationships.

Building Buy-In for an Online Community at Your Association

Higher Logic

Instead, you need to align your new online community with the mission and priorities of your association's leadership. This is how you can prove your new member community will be a valuable technology investment.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.26.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Millennials and Gen Z are joiners but only if they believe the ROI your association offers is worth the short-term sacrifice to their budget.

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. Whatever you think of Millennials, they’ve arrived during a tectonic shift in management.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It!


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. Whatever you think of Millennials, they’ve arrived during a tectonic shift in management.

Tech13 via Twitterverse: Day 1


“How many of you are tired of going to technology conferences and talking about social media?” >>How can we use technology to get value out of our digital landfills?>>How Leadership mindsets via @pinnovation: (from pic above—which one are you?).

Mind The Gap

Association Success

We need to bridge the chasm between the Industrial Era workplace and the Millennial workforce. But the real reason why everyone has questioned and disliked and avoided the Millennials isn’t because they’re Millennials – it’s because they are the personification of change.

How Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Can Build Emotional Intelligence Skills: There’s An App for That!

Beth Kanter

Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—are required for success, they are insufficient. Innovation: Being comfortable with new ideas, novel approaches and information. Leadership

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.12.18

Reid All About it

With new cloud technologies and applications launching all the time, there are some real opportunities for your nonprofit organization to develop new capabilities to better achieve your mission. Gaining Board Approval for Budget for New Technology. Host: Community IT Innovators.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.9.18

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MIT Technology Review ). – Adapt to Attract Millennial and Gen Z Talent . Millennials make up the largest segment of the workforce. Lead or Lose: Seven Principles of Learning Leadership.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.2.18

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When you’re shopping for new technology, look beyond what the software does. Eventpedia explained how to choose the right partner when shopping for an event app —advice that holds true when shopping for any technology. Cultivating Thought Leadership to Build Your Personal Brand.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.13.19

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WBT Systems shared some depressing statistics about the percentage of leadership positions held by women. Read their ideas for how associations can help support and train women on the path to leadership.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.5.17

Reid All About it

Tue 5/9 at 12 p.m.* – Spark Your Innovation Engine. Is your association starting to focus more on innovation? How can you foster a culture of innovation? Leveling up the Senior Leadership Team (Association Chat). Guest: Seth Kahan, founder, Visionary Leadership.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.31.19

Reid All About it

Millennials are the largest generation in the workplace but not in most associations’ membership. Tobin Conley, CAE, at DelCor Technology Solutions explains how data governance can tame the data deluge and improve decision-making.

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

It is a useful technique for creating a more responsive, flexible organizational culture as well as coming up with more innovative ideas for programs and grants that are a good fit. Networked Leadership : Jodie Tonita, Social Transformation Project.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.15.17

Reid All About it

Dave Coriale at DelCor Technology Solutions isn’t one to use that kind of language in public but he did share 12 steps association CEOs can take to avoid becoming the next Equifax —and avoid getting the axe. – Driving an Innovation Strategy.

Association 4.0 by Sherry Budziak and Kevin Ordonez

Eric Lanke

Innovation Does Not Necessarily Mean Technology Let’s start with the flawed premise. Over the last 25 years, technology has been front and center in our business. Technology has invaded our lives with speed and rapacious zeal. Be innovative!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.22.19

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Dan Hickey at DelCor describes the seven steps your association should take when building a technology project team. Presenter: Chris Green, Senior Application Analyst at Association Technologies, Inc. Hosts: Unleashed Technologies and Siteimprove.

The Future of Associations is Now

Association Adviser

Associations get excited about solutions and new technology, but these products have to reach the right people to be effective. AA: How do associations create a culture of innovation and help their members stay ahead of the fast pace of changing technology?

Learners Want Transformation—What Does It Take to Deliver?


Tracy King, MA, CAE, CEO and Chief Learning Strategist at InspirED, is one of those innovators. One in three Millennials has a side gig, and by 2020, 50 percent of employees will be participating in the freelance economy. The Millennials are queuing up for those spots.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

Reid All About it

CB Insights looks at 12 industries that are supposedly being killed off by Millennials , if you believe the clickbait headlines. WBT Systems discusses how to use your LMS for leadership development and all kinds of volunteer training.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.18.16

Reid All About it

Innovation today is moving at light speed and to deliver a world class member experience your association needs to be able to leverage a strong platform to take you there. – Preparing Yourself and Your Association for the Looming Staff Leadership Deficit. Ah, the beach.

The Human Face of Digital Transformation


You’ve got the technology covered. Here’s a sample of the language from Wikipedia: Digital Transformation (DX) is the novel use of digital technology to solve traditional problems. Although it might sound like technology is the driver, people are the real power behind this phenomenon.

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Xperience 2018: What to expect.


A year ago, Community Brands was formed when we brought together association and nonprofit technology leaders Abila, Aptify, NimbleUser and YourMembership. Time for you to get a focused look at how Community Brands is leveling the playing field between for-profits and purpose-driven organizations, and investing in underserved markets and technologies. Innovating for Year-Round Member Engagement. Understanding the Millennial Mind.