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.

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:

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?

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?

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everybody wants to feel like a stakeholder in an organization, and a new study suggests command-and-control leadership is obsolete.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.

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).

Fostering Innovation at Your Association

Informz

What is Innovation? Innovation is a new or better idea that meets unarticulated needs, new requirements or existing market needs.”-Wikipedia. Innovation is critical to the success of associations. It is essential for association leaders to foster a culture of 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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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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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.

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.

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).

I-WE-IT Framework: Transformative Leadership for Social Change

Beth Kanter

On April 6-8th, I’m co-facilitating a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and Justin Ferrell. In this highly interactive three-day workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into transformative leadership for social change.

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.

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.

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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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.

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!”

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.

5 For Friday: Leadership for Associations and All Organizations

Vanguard Tech

This week’s theme is about leadership – new methods, considerations and news worthy commentary. Social Business & Leadership. Technologies. When leaders embrace this mindset and encourage those around them to do the same them foster collaboration and innovation.

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.

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.

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.

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 […].

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.

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.

Leadership & Culture: Lessons from Microsoft’s new CEO

SCD Group

Here are three paragraphs that I thought valuable for association executives: "You need new concepts with new innovation, and you have to have new capability and culture to go after those new concepts," he says.

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.

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.

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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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!

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.

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.

#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.

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 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.

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?

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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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.