Team Culture and Membership Recruitment Incentives – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 252

Moery Company

Team Culture. Recently, my team participate in a study with Heidrick and Struggles. Frankly, if I go down with the ship and this company doesn’t live another year, I’ll know that we did the right things the right way by our team and our clients. And our team is right.

Creating Virtual Watercooler Moments for Your Remote Team


Meanwhile, their managers worry about the impact of remote work on their team’s camaraderie and relationships with colleagues across the organization. A game night or team-building event isn’t always the solution. You need to build watercooler moments into your team’s virtual work life.

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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.

Team 63

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. ” Creating “innovation teams” or “innovation initiatives” is definitely a trend in associations. They don’t just tell people “go innovate…something.

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. An example I saw recently was for an organization’s sales team. Advancements in sales and technology have opened the door for innovation in course and content delivery.

Conference Innovation While Traveling at Warp Speed

Velvet Chainsaw

During my career leading association event teams, I regularly recalibrated and redefined team member roles in order to drive innovation and improve our meeting experiences. The innovation and flexibility required by associations in the current environment is unprecedented.

6 building blocks to an innovative culture

Association Success

For association professionals and organizational leaders, innovation should always be top of mind. But in order to accomplish meaningful change, your organization has to have the right foundation to support the experimentation and expectations true innovation brings.

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. Brent McClendon, CAE, President and CEO, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association ( NWPCA ) and his team see their role in global business terms. Innovative Advocacy Positions Industries. Data Fuels Active Innovation.

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.

How taking small risks can drive innovation within your association

Association Success

But left unchecked, these strengths can stifle innovation. If your workforce is consistently stretched thin and stressed out, it’s unlikely your organization will be in a position to innovate. You could even take this a step further and organize an internal innovation lab.

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. And slowly, in an iterative fashion, the student teams are figuring out how to make efficient and swift-moving vehicles, even given the limitations that we've placed on them. Associations Innovation

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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How to Build an Innovation Team That Truly Innovates

Associations Now

Teams that are convened to generate new ideas often wind up recycling old ones. But it’s not impossible to innovate your innovation process. A new year marks an opportunity for renewal, so a lot of executives at this very moment are doing more thinking than usual about how to spark innovation and bring in new ideas. “Selecting team members requires conducting lots of interviews and having a sense of the person before inviting them,” Caraveli told me.

How to Improve Your Innovation Skillset

Membership Marketing

In short, we have had to innovate. The need to innovate has led me to study some of the best practices in building an innovative mindset and culture. First is How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley, which I wrote about here. Networking as an innovator is different.

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. This summer I discovered a book about innovation strategy for corporate product launches and I can’t stop thinking about applying these concepts to associations. The concept involved is using a “wide lens” when preparing a product or service innovation.

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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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.

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.

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.

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. The article pointed out that most companies are not willing to devote time to innovation because innovative time steals from production time. Since innovation has been a topic of interest to associations and other member-based organizations, we’re wondering if you’ve had the same experience?

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. Exactly who’s involved will depend on your business and its goals, but to help you start planning your ideal team, we put together a list of five people who always have something to contribute. Leadership Team. Build a Flexible, Open Community Management Team.

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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. It’s sometimes hard to remember that this is an innovation that didn’t exist before the early 2000s. Which all goes to show that innovation doesn’t just happen. Innovation is the product of focus, creativity and hard work.

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.

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. In fact, Amanda Kaiser, qualitative member researcher and Chief Pathfinder at Kaiser Insights, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), recently teamed up to put together the 2016 Association Innovation Research Report.

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?

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. To guide our members through the turbulence, we need to change, adapt and innovate more nimbly. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to association innovation? How to get the team moving in the right direction?

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. But, we also talk about how risky change can be, how difficult it is, and how much time and money innovation efforts can use. We want to innovate, but we may be afraid to get started.

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.

Membership Innovation in a Time of Turbulence

Membership Marketing

A time of crisis requires every organization to innovate to survive and thrive. But a common question is, how do you go about innovating? Matt Ridley’s book, How Innovation Works and Why it Flourishes in Freedom , shares valuable principles that answer that question. Innovation occurs incrementally. Innovation comes from trial and error. Innovation requires a tolerance for error. Innovation often emerges through the combination of existing components.

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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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. Association Innovation Culture association innovation idea process ideas innovation innovation culture innovation practice innovation process promote great ideasNot enough good ideas at your association? Related: What to do when the idea well is dry.

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#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.

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.

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. Another way to capitalize on their exuberance and get them innovating is by placing them in charge of the “little things.” This will help you make the most of their ideas and innovative spirit.

Are You an Innovation Pioneer?

Association Success

While innovation and adaptation are themes that resound throughout industry discussions, we don’t need to see change as a necessary reaction to our context. We can be innovating and adapting because it’s absolutely in our reach, and because by doing so, we are continuing to bring meaning to the lives of the communities our associations serve. So we want to know: are you an innovation pioneer? We are launching a competition for the SURGE Optimism Pioneer Award.

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.

What’s the “return on innovation” from your association management software?

Nimble AMS

But, do you think about return on innovation? Consider these practical ways that technology innovation delivered through a modern association management software (AMS) system can benefit your organization: Time savings.

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. " Let us know if you'd like to see us develop this further and would like to be part of the team that works on it. Associations InnovationElizabeth Weaver Engel of Spark Consulting has another white paper out.

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Velvet Chainsaw

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers. Innovate To Captivate.

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. I have had hour-long conversations with 15 association professionals from innovative associations and these conversations provide the foundation for you to start effective staff (and board) conversations about the innovation efforts at your association. In the qualitative study we learned that innovation at associations is quite variable.