Challenge Your Teams to Innovate Every Year

Associations Now

SVP Chris Strong of the National Business Aviation Association shares how he thinks about innovation and strives to improve his events year after year. The team also plans annual conventions in Geneva, Switzerland, and Shanghai, China, plus U.S.

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Innovate Like DARPA

Spark Consulting

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is known for innovation. They identify three key components: ambitious goals, temporary teams, and independence. Plus, we don’t do cutting edge tech R&D innovation. They give their teams a specific problem to solve.

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3 eLearning Examples to Spark Innovation

Blue Sky eLearn

There has been much advancement and innovation in the eLearning industry over the last several years, and today I’ll be reviewing three of my favorite examples of organizations thinking outside the box to deliver their content to their audience.

Finance & HR Team Remote Tips

HighRoad Solution

It's imperative that, regardless of what's happening on the outside, productivity, innovation, and life balance isn't hindered on the inside. Maintaining all of this lies a great deal on the Finance & HR team.

Team 78

Data Fuels Active Innovation

Potomac Core

In essence, economic data fuels active innovation at Associations. What is clear is that ongoing listening and economic data fuels active innovation at Associations. Data Driven Active Innovation. Innovative Advocacy Positions Industries. Data Fuels Active Innovation.

Constraints + Creativity = Innovation

Eric Lanke

The student teams have been applying their collective intelligence and creativity to the problem. We open-source all the designs pursued each year, so each new team has a growing record of successful and unsuccessful experiments to draw on when putting its ideas together.

Your Education Team Needs an Association Intrapreneur

WBT Systems

An intrapreneur is an inside entrepreneur who innovates from within. Where can you innovate and improve something? Innovative new programs don’t usually succeed on the first try. Spend some of your free time at home or on your commute reading articles or listening to podcasts that expose you to the innovative work of others inside and outside the association industry. The post Your Education Team Needs an Association Intrapreneur appeared first on WBT Systems.

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Team Innovation

Moving through the Association World

There was a quote from Jack Welch on innovation. His main point was that for a company to be successful they need to innovate and that does not mean that the company needs some big bold idea every time, but they need to continue to find better ways to deliver a product or to improve the services they already provide. This has been a topic I have had on my mind over the past few weeks and something I had brought up during a few staff meetings about team innovation.

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Virtual Pro-Tips from our Tech Team

HighRoad Solution

For over a decade, HighRoad has been spinning up products, providing consultative and innovative solutions, and evolving our clients' digital stacks straight from our home offices. Suddenly working from home for more than one day out of the week?

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Innovation for Association Executives

Association Navigator

I’m thinking about innovation in the context of managing associations and non-profit enterprises. Innovation is a corporate buzz word, but it’s also a fundamental element in any successful and growing organization. He focuses on innovative products that failed to launch.

Thanks For Playing: Always the Last to Know: Archive Team

Thanks For Playing

Always the Last to Know: Archive Team. Archive Team to the rescue. To quote from their website: Formed in 2009, the Archive Team (not to be confused with the Archive-It Team) is a rogue archivist collective dedicated to saving copies of rapidly dying or deleted websites for the sake of history and digital heritage. Always the Last to Know: Archive Team. The Grassroots Innovation Leader. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thanks For Playing.

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To Stoke Innovation, Fight Your Biases

Associations Now

Innovation isn’t just about the ideas people create, but the environment leaders provide to inspire them. Innovation is essential to an organization—all it means, at its core, is being able to come up with new ideas, and your association hasn’t survived without doing that a few times.

Are You an Innovator or a Producer?

YourMembership Blog

Management Team. Are Innovation and Production at Odds? HBR posted a good article recently about Why Managers Don’t Really Want to Innovate. Innovation doesn’t have to be free time given to employees to pursue their own joy. The same can be said of innovation.

How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Association Adviser

The iPhone spent seven years in production by some of the world’s best innovators before it became a product that has changed how we go about our daily routines. It’s the one of the biggest – if not the biggest – innovations of our generation.

Exploring Association Innovation: New Study


Innovative” is something all companies - both big and small, for-profit and non-profit - aspire to be. But all companies will tell you, innovation is NOT easy, particularly for small companies and non-profit organizations.

The Anatomy of an Effective Customer Community Team

Higher Logic

The list goes on, which is why customer communities function best with diverse teams that bring together experts from different departments. Putting together this kind of team isn’t easy. Leadership Team. Build a Flexible, Open Community Management Team.

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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.

Here’s a big idea: Innovation can be small

Association Success

I bet that if you pull any association’s job posting for a leadership opening, you will find the word “innovation” at least half the time, either as a requirement of the type of person or a descriptor of where the organization is going. Let’s make a bet.

Overcoming the Barriers to Association Innovation

Smooth The Path

Innovation is a difficult strategy for any organization past the startup phase to adopt, and associations are no exception. When association executives talk about innovation, we talk about the possibility and how much more we can help members.

Fear vs. innovation: what’s ultimately driving your organization?

YourMembership Blog

Over 1,200 people attended, and I had the honor of being a team leader, facilitating discussions among a small group throughout the day. The event itself was created to encourage innovation; to get associations to rethink their conferences, breaking out of the ho-hum. The post Fear vs. innovation: what’s ultimately driving your organization? Last week, I participated in ASAE’s inaugural XDP (experience design project) conference.

Boost Your Innovation Efforts


Your team builds it, hopefully on time and on budget. Submitted by guest blogger Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC. Have you ever had this experience? Someone (chapter leader, staff, volunteer leadership) comes up with a great idea for a new program, product, or service. Maybe it was even specifically requested by members. The result has lots of features, works easily and the way it’s supposed to, and looks terrific to boot.

Becoming a Champion of Technological Innovation

Association Success

Using a cheerleader or champion approach to encourage innovation and new solutions to old problems can be a great way to get buy-in. Bringing new ideas, technological solutions, and initiatives to inspire a more innovative mindset sound great, but you’ll need to keep in mind the priorities of your association and what problems to address first. How can you encourage your organization to embrace a tech culture?

Why Cultural Fluency Leads To Stronger Teams

Associations Now

By embracing the diversity of the modern workforce as an asset and improving cultural fluency, associations can build stronger, more innovative teams, says global leadership strategist Jane Hyun, opening ASAE’s Associations @ Work Conference on Monday.

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Customer Success: Life After Launch and Continuous Innovation

Nimble AMS

The Nimble AMS team goes beyond simply implementing your solution. To the Nimble AMS team, customer success means caring about what you are trying to accomplish and helping to produce the results you expect. Seven core values drive the Nimble AMS team.

People On Your Team May Be Protecting Their Idea Babies

Smooth The Path

The five step idea process to becoming an association innovation ninja. The post People On Your Team May Be Protecting Their Idea Babies appeared first on Smooth The Path. Not enough good ideas at your association? Related: What to do when the idea well is dry.

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Working Across Generations to Encourage Innovation

Associations Now

There’s a lot of effort to keep people up to speed on using technology to make their teams more efficient,” Fortune-Blakely said. The post Working Across Generations to Encourage Innovation appeared first on Associations Now

The Trick to Innovating with Gen Y

YourMembership Blog

Management Team. How Do You Innovate With Millennials? Innovating with millennials sounds like a no-brainer. While they have the enthusiasm, they may need the goals of your innovation to be laid out for them. Membership Software Association Management Software. Solutions.

3 Ways to Involve Members in Innovation

Associations Now

A new study says associations are developing better practices for pursuing innovation, but it’s often a top-down effort. Would you call your association innovative? And typically your members and membership team are most sensitive to those needs.”.

Innovating the Lean Startup Way

Eric Lanke

This one was co-authored with Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and it's titled " Innovate the Lean Way: Applying Lean Startup Methodology in the Association Environment. " Associations Innovation

Your Guide to Innovation at Your Association

Smooth The Path

I wish for that too and after careful searching I have found that husbands, kids and staff teams sadly don’t come with guidebooks. The things that hinder association’s innovation efforts are usually the not-talked-about, unplanned surprises that pop up along the way.

What Makes for an Innovative Idea?

Eric Lanke

image source I spent some time this weekend reviewing proposals for ASAE''s Innovation Grant Program. Instead I want to reflect a little on what makes an innovative idea innovative. It has to introduce something brand new into the environment or it shouldn''t count as innovative.

#TEC19: How Diversity and Inclusion Power Tech Innovation

Associations Now

ASAE’s 2019 Technology Exploration Conference kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation focused on the value of diversity, inclusion, and human interactions in fueling future tech innovations. Create Diverse Teams.

For One Planner, Innovation Means Thinking Like Attendees

Associations Now

Alice Mathu of IAAPA shares how innovation can include comfort, sustainability and trying the latest technology. To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience.

The First Association Innovation Tactic to Start With

Smooth The Path

Nearly 70% of association leaders worry they are not leading innovation well at their associations (this comes from a recent survey of 1,000 association executives in Australia, and the results are likely to be very similar in the US). We can place innovation projects on a continuum.

Developing a Culture of Innovation

Jamie Notter

Just when they needed to innovate the most, they focused on optimization instead. Innovation and optimization are at either ends of the spectrum. The most innovative organizations don’t optimize well, and the most optimized organizations don’t innovate well.

Daily Buzz: Unlock Your Team’s Creativity

Associations Now

Creativity will drive future success in your organization—but that can only happen when you create an environment that allows your team to push innovation forward. Innovation is driven neither by processes nor systems; it’s generated by human talent,” Shambaugh says. “No

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Building the Best Team: Curation not Creation.

Association Success

A good team is more than the sum of its parts. Choose your best team, not your best individuals”. Assembling a volunteer team is, I believe, about more than the sum of its individual parts. A strong and successful team should be curated rather than created – and this means thinking carefully about each member as a specific piece of the puzzle, picking the best person for a particular job rather than hunting for especially engaged volunteers more generally.

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Talk Less About Innovation and More About the Future

Associations Now

Resist the temptation to demand instant innovation, and instead motivate your team with conversation about the future. Everybody must innovate! It may be better, then, not to press staff to “innovate” so much as steer conversations with them toward the future.

Future-Proof Your Association By Innovating Small

Association Adviser

Steinberg, the author of Leading with Change: How to Future Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed in the New Normal elaborated on what keeping up with innovation looks like in an age where change is constant. Leading consulting firms are studying innovation more because they realize that innovation plays as large a role as strategy in vaulting clients to the top of their verticals. Other tactics for innovating: Listen to partners’ voices.

22 Lessons for Association Team Leaders


They say a team isn’t defined by their ability to work together, but their trust in each other. High-functioning organizations have balanced accountability systems with high levels of trust among the team. The boss sets the trust tone for the team.

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