Aligning Vision with Technology

Association Success

Creating an innovative organization all starts with a vision. When it comes to becoming a more innovative organization and leveraging today’s technological advancements for the overall betterment of the association and its operations, it all starts with the vision. Similarly, most associations don’t give much thought to culture in relation to incorporating new technology in processes and operations.

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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The CEO’s Guide to Association Innovation

Association Adviser

When I say the word innovation to you, what feelings does this word evoke? In a recent research study association professionals reported that innovation is synonymous with risk, big expectations, large investments, long commitments and failure. Innovative projects fall on a continuum.

10 Traits of an Innovation Mindset for Your Association

.orgCommunity

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:

Why Servant Leadership Is Making a Comeback

Associations Now

Today, everybody wants to feel like a stakeholder in an organization, and a new study suggests command-and-control leadership is obsolete. Leadership models come and go, but humility never goes out of style. The term for that is “servant leadership,” coined by Robert K.

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. Want Innovation?

Change is good…right?

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us realize innovation is key to driving a business forward. Nearly 350 associations participated in the Association Innovation Benchmarking Report , which found most associations are at least moderately innovative. Leaves change. People change. And yes, businesses change.

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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.

At One Meeting, Innovative Registration Makes for Happier Attendees

Associations Now

Kevin Brooks of Church of God discusses how embracing wireless technology in Orlando streamlined registration and was a welcome addition to the attendee experience. Visit Orlando: How do you define innovation and what are you doing to infuse this into the meetings you plan?

Speed Mentoring @Tech Innovation + Inclusion Summit

SocialFish

Speed Mentoring @Tech Innovation + Inclusion Summit. >>> About TechUP Innovation & Inclusion Summit + Career Fair : Wetechup.com/DC. The Tech Innovation + Inclusion Summit in Washington D.C. will bring together thousands of leaders across all areas of technology.

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).

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!”

orgCommunity’s Solutions Day Honors Innovator in the Association Industry

.orgCommunity

emily@orgcommunity.com.orgCommunity’s Solutions Day Honors Innovator in the Association Industry. The program featured association executives and industry leaders sharing how innovation, culture, technology, and data have helped them redesign their operations and position their organizations for success in this era of disruption. The Innovation Award celebrates outstanding innovation and the success of those taking their association or organization to the next level.

Meet With Purpose: Mid-Tier Cities Spur Life-Changing Innovations

Associations Now

Planners share why host destinations don’t need to be large in size to deliver on expertise, collaboration and innovative resources for attendees. There’s more to the city than people realize, both in scientific innovation and cultural capital.

SilkStart Selected as Finalist for 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards

SilkStart

April 12th, 2017 (Victoria, BC) – SilkStart, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Membership Management Platform, is excited to announce our selection as a finalist for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards in the category of Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees).

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.

Always the Last to Know: Trend-Watching

Spark Consulting

According to Foster Partners, one of the most important things you can do to improve the speed and quality of your decision-making is to pay attention to trends , not only in your own industry or profession, but also wider trends in business, economics, culture, technology, politics, etc.

5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.

YourMembership Blog

#leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership. It’s a sure way of learning new ideas to make stronger connections with your members, adapt new technologies and grow your membership […].

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

SocialFish

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.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

MIT’s Technology Review has some good (and less rah-rah) information on the Gmail changes as well. New data proves that diversity promotes innovation. Google has made some changes to Gmail, and they WILL affect you. Hubspot has the details.

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.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

If “real innovation is always the outcome of ongoing discourse among a small group of innovators who truly understand the importance of what they’re working on,” what does that mean for open innovation projects ? Does the existence of language stifle innovation? (as “…after forty years of intensive effort, the work-life frontier looks grim ” (ouch). What do you believe ? Are you willing to put it out there as publicly as Joe Gerstandt?

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

Excited about open innovation (aka crowdsourcing)? blog roundup cool technology innovation leadership management creativity Eric Lanke Google Harvard Business Review Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter SEO Technology Review Remember one thing: “ creative people don’t follow the crowd ,” so you need to think carefully about what you’re really trying to accomplish. Frustrated by the 90/10 rule?

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Why Innovation and Complacency Don’t Mix

Associations Now

In the July/August edition of Associations Now , Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE, wrote a thoughtful piece about the leadership issues bugging a once-major smartphone giant, BlackBerry. And the points the Principled Innovation principal made are well worth heeding.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

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. Among the top 10 findings?

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

blog roundup cool technology innovation leadership management social media volunteering Associations Now Facebook Jamie Notter Jeffrey Cufaude Maggie McGary Mashable Technology Review unplugging Committees can still provide valuable volunteer opportunities for your members, as long as the work they’re doing is meaningful. Annoyed about Facebook’s ever-increasing page rank changes?

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

The real reason associations don’t innovate? Jamie Notter builds up a full head of steam on the topic of leadership (and it’s good stuff). blog roundup innovation leadership management membership social media young professionals Avectra Big Data Deirdre Reid Eric Lanke Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter Jason Lauritsen KiKi L''Italien Shelly Alcorn Technology Review Twitter

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

blog roundup cool technology innovation leadership marketing membership social media young professionals Altimeter Group Associations Now Christina Smith Facebook Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter John Haydon professional development Sarah Hill Technology Review John Haydon tells us how to write more (and better) blog posts. The State of Social Business from Altimeter Group (it’s on Slideshare, but it’s not really a presentation).

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

Eric Lanke gets real: you are not innovative. It requires leadership, clear goals, and a strong sense of mission. Reasons why innovation programs fail ? blog roundup cool technology curation innovation social media volunteering Associations Now Eric Lanke Gary Vaynerchuk Innovation Excellence Mariner Management Technology Review Want a good answer? Ask a good question (now with proof). Want to knock your gala out of the park?

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

” Can affective computing (computers that use facial recognition technology to read your mood) improve education? It’s a little late, but the Declaration of Innovation. blog roundup community cool technology innovation leadership marketing membership social media Anna Caraveli Association Jam Associations Now HubSpot Innovation Excellence productivity Shelly Alcorn SocialFish Technology Review

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

Associations Now shares the top five leadership lessons from 2013. blog roundup cool technology innovation leadership management marketing social media advertising Anna Caraveli Association Adviser Associations Now CRM Eric Lanke Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter Jeff Hurt LinkedIn Maddie Grant Mashable New Year''s Resolutions Socious Tom Hood It’s trends time. Associations Now looks at what’s in and out for associations in 2014.

Eric Lanke: Leadership is a System Capacity

Eric Lanke

Leadership. Innovation. Leadership is a System Capacity. Heres the key passage, pulling directly on the work of Peter Senge, and again, the emphasis is mine: Leadership, paraphrasing Peter Senge, is defined as the systems capacity to shape its future. Labels: Leadership.

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

blog roundup community cool technology fundraising innovation leadership management marketing membership social media Apple Association Adviser Associations Now Big Data engagement Google Innovation Excellence Jeffrey Cufaude John Haydon Mashable New Yorker Technology Review Experiencing Facebook envy? Turns out, your friends ARE more popular than you (and probably richer and happier, too).

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

sxsw and its discontents : what are the ethical implications of new technology? blog roundup cool technology fundraising innovation leadership marketing membership social media Associations Now Beth Kanter sxsw Technology Review Twitter Wikipedia Fix your pitch (aka “don’t be creepy”). We hear about disruptive tech all the time, but which ones will have particular impact on associations? Associations Now clues us in.

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To Invite Innovation, Make Friends With Risk and Change

.orgCommunity

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. Medicine is a complex environment where exponential advancements in research and technology are occurring simultaneously with a transformation in the way that physicians’ practice. The accelerated timeline of these activities reflects the organization’s belief in the value of synchronizing technology and operations.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

How can you tell if your CEO is ready for innovation? The future of technology , and the caveman law: tech v. blog roundup cool technology innovation leadership management marketing Associations Now Christina Smith Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter McKinley Advisors SEO Shelly Alcorn Technology Review These questions could help. primitive desires? Bet on primitive desires every time.

A CEO’s Duty to Lead on Technology

Associations Now

In the wake of a massive data breach, Target is moving its corporate and technology leadership closer together. Data security is a primarily technology issue, of course, but what I was told repeatedly during my reporting is that it’s also a leadership issue.

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

blog roundup changeblogging cool technology innovation leadership management marketing social media Associations Now Beth Kanter Big Data Colleen Dilenschneider David Gammel design thinking Eric Lanke Google Inc.

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

An oldie but a goodie from Guy Kawasaki on innovation (h/t to the SocialFish for highlighting it). blog roundup community conferences fundraising innovation leadership membership ASAE Annual Meeting Ben Martin Big Duck Deirdre Reid Eric Lanke Farra Trompeter Guy Kawasaki Innovation Excellence Jamie Notter Jeff Hurt John Haydon SEO SocialFish Technology Review Wired Top membership takeaways from #ASAE13 as identified by the always fab Joe Rominiecki.

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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.