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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?

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:

Want Innovation? Look at Management

Jamie Notter

Leadership insight.right when you need it. Want Innovation? in Change , Leadership - 6 comments. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the people who were advocating for innovation in organizations were considered a bit on the fringe. Strategy Means Change.

Association Looks to Boost Member Relevance With New Innovation Center

Associations Now

Recognizing that its members are dealing with ever-changing technologies and other shifts that will require them to think differently to remain relevant, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants introduced its Center for Innovation late last year.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action


Strategy Meltdown —The screen play. Sharon Rice ,orgSource’s managing director of business strategy, and I recently had a conversation about how an integrated approach to strategy gives plans the muscle to be actionable. Read more about new approaches to strategy: [link].

Change is good…right?

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us realize innovation is key to driving a business forward. New ideas, new inventions, new strategies, new operating plans. Nearly 350 associations participated in the Association Innovation Benchmarking Report , which found most associations are at least moderately innovative.

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Change is good…right?

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us realize innovation is key to driving a business forward. New ideas, new inventions, new strategies, new operating plans. Nearly 350 associations participated in the Association Innovation Benchmarking Report , which found most associations are at least moderately innovative.

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Why “Disruptive Innovation” Needs Disrupting

Associations Now

You can be an innovator without panicking, as one critic of “disruptive innovation” argues. So, what did you do to innovate and respond to disruption today? Innovate? “Innovate, innovate, innovate!”

Eric Lanke: Innovation Circle on Member Engagement

Eric Lanke

Leadership. Innovation. Innovation Circle on Member Engagement. Im leading another innovation effort for WSAE. Its been productive, but my hope is that we will evolve into a kind of clearinghouse for innovative practices in this area. Innovation. (15).

Strategy and Context

Jamie Notter

Leadership insight.right when you need it. Strategy and Context. in Change , Strategy - 2 comments. Sohrab Vossoughi wrote a great post on HBR about Sony and how its successful strategy in the 1980s ended up being unique to that context. In other words, a winning strategy is context specific, thus it needs to evolve and grow (we talk about this in Humanize in the chapter on Generative ). Technology is a given, and the question of “what are the specs?”

Innovation is Risky! D’oh!

Risky Chronicles

I love all of this talk about innovation because it always leads to discussing risk. I just watched Rita Gunter McGrath a professor at Columbia Business School talk about strategy and innovation in highly uncertain environments at DigitalNow: Association Leadership in a Digital Age.

Public Relations Society Eyes New Strategy Framework

Associations Now

In its new three-year framework, the Public Relations Society of America doubles down on collaborations and thought leadership as it aims to better serve its member base—one it hopes to grow in the years ahead.

Technology Mastery Is A Must To Succeed Today

Velvet Chainsaw

Many of you will lose your leadership position in five years or less unless you embrace three major technology areas needed to survive. paraphrase author, business owner and technology guru Scott Klososky. Technology Ignorance is Not Bliss. High Beam Strategy.

Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks


Association professionals say their association is not innovating because they are under-resourced, they don’t have the right ideas or don’t know how to prioritize between a bunch of great ideas, or the association’s stakeholders (leadership, staff, board, members) fear risk.

An Example of a Strategy Agenda

Eric Lanke

Four weeks ago, I wrote about the essential elements of a Strategy Agenda, the new term I've introduced in my association to describe the essential work product of our Board of Directors. Associations Strategy and Execution

To Invite Innovation, Make Friends With Risk and Change


When we were new entrepreneurs, you could fit the scope of technology into the same neat boxes that contained the hardware and software that made it run. Their strategies for turning unexpected developments into success are a theme that runs through the book. Medicine is a complex environment where exponential advancements in research and technology are occurring simultaneously with a transformation in the way that physicians’ practice. Learn more about innovation at CHEST.

Association, University Alliance Aims to Boost Women’s Leadership Skills

Associations Now

Case Western Reserve University and an association dedicated to women in the manufacturing industry announced a new educational program dedicated to fostering women’s leadership skills. Women in manufacturing careers have a new resource to help advance their leadership skills.

Is New Technology Worth The Investment?

Association Adviser

We asked Marcus Underwood, vice president for online media at Naylor, to weigh in about technology becoming more personal and, at times, more expensive. Tech innovations such as blogging and social media platforms allow associations to host low-cost, two-way communication forums. The reward from using new technology—and the risk of not implementing it—usually outweighs the upfront costs. Once you have that, find the right technology partner and move quickly.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy? 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.

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

Associations Now

The reason the company has managed to hold on for so long has much to do with its ever-evolving data strategy. 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.

Give Your Team Something to Shout About—Move Strategy to Execution


Women’s Soccer Team beat England, it occurred to me that the game was a perfect example of strategy in action. An Ernst and Young study reports that 66 percent of corporate strategy is never executed.orgCommunity recently surveyed members to learn more about their views on this topic.

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

John Haydon shares strategies to help you boost social sharing among your audiences. blog roundup cool technology generations innovation leadership management marketing membership social media Associations Now Facebook Google Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter John Haydon SEO Shelly Alcorn Technology Review Shelly Alcorn gives us associations in five seconds (in other words, K.I.S.S.). The 2013 Social Media Marketing Report is out.

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Inoculate Your Association Against Fear

Smooth The Path

Fear is not an association only problem, but it is still a critical issue for us because associations are smack-dab in the center of the technology storm. Related: To start or sustain an association-wide focus on innovation the association’s CEO must be on board.

3 Money And Business Ideas From ASAE’s Technology Conference

Associations Now

Couldn’t make it to ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo? Here’s a look at three money- and business-related takeaways from the conference: When revamping your web content strategy, do your research. Did you attend ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo?

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

blog roundup generations innovation leadership membership strategy volunteering Anna Caraveli ASAE Associations Now Big Data Eric Lanke Google Innovation Excellence Maddie Grant online advertising Peggy Hoffman Shelly Alcorn Technology Review Great article on teen behavior on “social” channels. (h/t h/t to Maddie Grant ). Feeling complacent? Try a little “ mental confusion.”

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Psychiatric Association Fires Up Innovation Lab at Conference

Associations Now

The American Psychiatric Association’s first-ever innovation lab, to be unveiled at its annual meeting in Atlanta, will feature a $2,500 prize for the winner. The future of innovation in the psychiatric profession could involve an app, data analysis, or maybe even a bot.

Mobile, Agile & Hostile: Operational Strategies for Associations?

SCD Group

A couple of stories in the news last week suggest that Mobile, Agile and Hostile might be great operational strategies for association management whether trade associations or professional societies. R2R: Concentrate on innovation actions.

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.

Chapters Could Be Replaced by Special Interest Groups

Smooth The Path

As technology becomes better at removing the distance between people globally, will more chapters morph into special interest groups? Perhaps at some associations. Special interest groups (SIGs) deliver unique value to members.

#13ntc Nonprofit Technology Conference: Plenary Session on Failing Informatively

Beth Kanter

The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference takes place in Minneapolis next week. It is the largest gathering of people who work in the nonprofit sector and technology. Join us for a discussion about the value of failure in the nonprofit technology sector. Gaping Void Cartoons.

Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

Beth Kanter

If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!

Are Associations Prepared for Member Career Churn?

Smooth The Path

I learned that because technology is changing our jobs will change, the skills we need to know will change, and how we do our work will change. Because technology is evolving ever faster, we will have to learn ever faster. It means the path to board leadership can not take 20 years.

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

Beth Kanter

Over the past two decades of teaching workshops to nonprofits on the use of technology for mission-driven work and more recently on the use of online networks and data, people come workshops with different degrees of organizational readiness to embrace change that is needed to be successful.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will. At Google X, a project qualifies as a moonshot if it tackles a huge problem, proposes a radical solution, and involves breakthrough science or technology.

Your Association Will Look Very Different Ten Years From Now: What Are You Doing About It?

Portage Group

Reading this article on technology trends for 2016 got me thinking: It's hard to believe that just a decade ago, most of us had never heard of the term 'smartphone.' Leadership. Leadership News & Events Strategy Trends

Members Hire Constant Transformation

Potomac Core

Despite profitability, Industries are using new technologies to prepare for whatever comes next. Have Fearless implementation in their DNA – Fast moving culture with energized staff in a time of innovation and rapid change. Late Breaking News. Members Hire Constant Transformation.

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Facilitation Friday #25: Five Keys to Strategy Discussions

Idea Architects

custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. Facilitation Friday #25: Five Keys to Strategy Discussions. When was the last time you were in a session intended to produce good strategy that actually did so?

Tech13 via Twitterverse: Day 1


“How many of you are tired of going to technology conferences and talking about social media?” >>How do we set up a strategy for information governance?>>How >>What role should SharePoint play in our strategy? Business Strategy.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

They have been providing expert advice on strategy, learning, marketing and technology to help organizations in the business of learning for more than a decade. Each stage is broken down into five domains: Leadership, Strategy, Capacity, Portfolio, and Marketing.

Thinking and thriving

Aaron Wolowiec

Jeff De Cagna, founder of Principled Innovation LLC. To start us off, I spoke with Jeff De Cagna , founder of Principled Innovation LLC. It lays the groundwork for new strategies and helps association leaders plunge into a future that may seem murky, at best.