Association Chat: The Digital Organization

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

The March 24, 2015 edition of Association Chat will focus on The Digital Organization - inspired by this great book. Is your association a digital organization? Does your organization focus on always improving? Do employees have room to experiment in your organization?

Where Are Organizations the Most Traditional?

Jamie Notter

Do you design your organization around the needs of the employees, or is it around the needs of management? In our research into the future of work, we see organizations actually putting the needs of employees first.

How education protects organizations from fiascos.

YourMembership Blog

United Airlines farce could’ve been alleviated or stopped with some proper employee training. United Airlines recently landed itself into an escalating PR nightmare, and it hasn’t yet left people’s minds or tweets. How could it?

Build a Better Organization with Community

Higher Logic

But will community help your entire organization? When your organization fully embraces an online community, bringing every single customer into the fray, the beneficial effects of community trickle down into ever aspect of the organization.

Your Growing Organization Needs an Online Community

Higher Logic

Online communities aren’t just for enormous, multinational companies -- small organizations need them, too, just as much as the behemoths do. How do communities make sense for small organizations, where every decision -- big or small -- can make a huge difference in your bottom line?

When An Organization Takes a Stand

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

We talked about the timeline for the PR crisis, issues with handling contracts and vendors, and Rich's suggestions for how association executives might best prepare themselves and their organizations for similar problems.

“Big Food” and Organic

Association Navigator

Be sure to read today’s New York Times Business Section article on organic food. I’m fascinated with organic. It’s important to remember that humans have been farming organically for thousands of years. The expansion of the organic movement is thrilling; unfortunately Ms.

Does Your Organization Pass the Toothbrush Test?

Reid All About it

How does your organization live up to that test? If not, it’s way past time to research your market, talk to people and find out how you can meet their needs in a way that no other organization can.

Is Unlimited PTO Right for Your Organization?

Associations Now

Organizations can benefit, too, since they won’t have to spend staff resources on tracking accrued PTO—or paying it out when an employee leaves the organization. In addition, unlimited PTO can also help organizations to keep their employees.

Gamification: member organizations play for keeps

YourMembership Blog

Businesses and organizations are using this tactic to create brand awareness and drive user engagement. by 2015, 40% of Global 1000 organizations will use gamification as the primary mechanism to transform business operations.

Organized Retail Crime Growing, Survey Says

Associations Now

Organized retail crime is a $30 billion issue affecting the retail industry that continues to grow, according to a new study from the National Retail Federation. Organized retail crime is growing because it’s lucrative,” he said.

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Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Beth Kanter's Blog

Since the launch of our book, I’ve been teaching workshops for nonprofits on how to practice self-care and bring a culture of wellbeing into organizations. They are passionate about the organization’s work, but they find it hard to continue while feeling devalued.

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

YourMembership Blog

The post Fear vs. innovation: what’s ultimately driving your organization? Last week, I participated in ASAE’s inaugural XDP (experience design project) conference. 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.

Taxonomy, Categories and Sitefinity – Organization Meets Presentation

Vanguard Tech

“Taxonomy – a scheme of classification” One of the most powerful features of the Sitefinity Content Management System is the ability to assign a taxonomy to content, allowing website managers to filter, sort and display content based on a set of defined categories.

What 15 Year-Olds Can Teach Organizations About Content Strategy

Higher Logic

Lack of support from within their own organization’s walls is often mentioned as a communications strategy struggle. She is a key representative of that organization, and she needs true feedback to properly steer her content strategy.

Moving Your Organization to a Tiered Dues Structure: Getting Started


Chambers and associations are a vital source of connection, but (just like many other industries) they’ve been forced to find ways to stay relevant in the age of the Internet. It’s become very easy for members to find each other and connect on their own time, use online tools to easily generate leads and market themselves, and access resources to learn more about their industry and how to advocate for it.

How to Make Culture, Not Perks, Work For Your Organization

Higher Logic

These types of workplace perks are everywhere these days, but they may actually be harming your organization. These perks are meant to reflect a culture that helps employers recruit and retain top-rate talent to their organizations. How to define your organization's culture.

Why Your Organization is Ripe for Design Thinking


As associations evolved from places to solve problems and network with peers, they’ve diversified, relying heavily on selling stuff - research, certification, webinars, education programs, conference registrations, exhibits, sponsorships and more - to make ends meet.

Is Your Member Organization Evolving? Don't Do It Alone.

YourMembership Blog

Co-Evolution and the Member-based Organization. The same is true of the member-based organization. Evolution doesn’t happen in isolation so you don’t want to plan for the future by thinking only of your organization.

Is your organization mobile app ready?

Aaron Wolowiec

Whether or not your association currently utilizes a mobile app for its annual meeting or as part of a larger, annual engagement strategy, the question remains: Just how ready is your organization to deploy a mobile app?

How Social Is YOUR organization?


Some trivia for you: our first book, Humanize , was originally set to be titled “The Social Organization.” So take a look at your organization today. But are you a social organization? This will tell you if you really have a social organization.

The Link Between Community Managers and Community Organizers

Higher Logic

There’s one crossover we need to add: Community organizing. You are a modern-day community organizer. While online community management is new, community organizing has a long, storied history. How are community management and community organizing similar?

Creating Change Adept Organizations


Not-for-profit organizations, social sector groups and associations are not inherently designed to be nimble. The principles of democracy that underlie the structure of most non-profit organizations are by design slow and deliberative.

Changing Your Organization

Portage Group

I notice a lot of energy around the notion of changing our organizations these days. Because the most important factor in achieving this is not the organization, its processes, its vision, etc. An organization is not open to change — people are. So the most effective strategy for change in an organization is to hire people who have the personalities you are looking for, and promote the people who reflect those values.

Don't Let Ego Kill Innovation in your Organization

YourMembership Blog

If you are satisfied with your organization’s success there’s no reason to innovate. You’ve even talked to other membership organizations and your numbers trump theirs a million times over. Membership Software Association Management Software. Solutions. Associations.

The Marketing of Value for your Organization

YourMembership Blog

The post The Marketing of Value for your Organization appeared first on A few weeks ago I wrote about perceived member value – the idea that it’s not valuable unless your members perceive it as valuable. But how exactly do you get there? Listen.

How Well Do You Know Your Organization's Volunteers?

Higher Logic

Your organization might have members lining up for volunteering opportunities, with event positions always overbooked for help and community discussions and blogs bursting at the seams. These also become examples for organizations to model.

Why Your Organization is Ripe for Design Thinking


To support this "retailing" model, marketing departments have grown in both complexity and size, bombarding members with more messages than they can consume since silo-based service and product makers within the organization are all chasing sales.

8 Steps to Organize Volunteers to Maximize Impact

Wild Apricot Blog

So, how do you organize your volunteers in a way that maximizes their impact with your organization, and, you know… makes them want to stick it out in the long run? association nonprofit Volunteers organizeWith over 62.5 million people volunteering in the US and 12.7 million in Canada, there’s certainly not a shortage volunteers.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to. Is your Association a Learning Organization. My organization invites people to contribute to the organization’s vision.

Can Community Double As Intranet for Your Organization

Higher Logic

You figured out the recipe for member engagement. Can you work the same magic on your employees? Intranets have a reputation for being underused and clunky, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

The Organization Behind Emojis’ Growth

Associations Now

The state of affairs for the emoji is an unusual one for the Unicode Consortium , which in roughly 25 years has evolved from the organization tasked with digitizing the world’s many languages into a consistently understandable form into what can be best described as a meme machine.

10 keys to creating and growing a customer service culture at your organization.

YourMembership Blog

What does a culture of accountability look like at your association or nonprofit? Here’s a guest blog article from Abila‘s Director of Client Success Jessica Lane who answers the question. As we have seen, time and time again, word of mouth can make or break a company’s reputation.

Creating More Human Organizations

Jamie Notter

Creating More Human Organizations. Creating More Human Organizations from Jamie Notter. Also, if you’re interested to see how your organization rates in terms of the four human elements in Humanize, we’ve created a simple quiz you can take online. Consulting.

Is Your Organization Compatible with Millennials?

Jamie Notter

They will see the whole you as an organization. You need to BE an organization that makes sense to them. Since publishing When Millennials Take Over , we've been consistently approached by people wanting us to answer a central question: how do we attract Millennials?

Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange Partner to Advance Organic Fiber

Associations Now

The two groups have formalized a partnership to advance advocacy initiatives as well as educate consumers and manufacturers on the environmental, health, and social justice benefits of organic fiber. We’ve successfully increased organic food growing operations from 12 to 20 percent,” she said.

The Future of Volunteer Organizations

Association Leaders

This blog could also be titled, “Will your Association exist in ten years”? For some time, association professionals have been struggling with a major issue: the concept of volunteering and people who volunteer (the lifeblood to every association) are changing. Associations traditionally are very structured. They are legal corporations, they are often recognized as not-for-profits by the IRS. As such, they have traditionally had very specific and clear structures.

Conference Organizer: Proceed With Caution!

Velvet Chainsaw

Danger, conference organizer! Too many organizations pat their leaders on the back for increased attendance, positive smile-sheet scores, or increases in sponsorship revenue. That elevates your position as a forward-looking, strategic conference professional in your organization.

Member Organizations: Listening Plus Action for Best Results

YourMembership Blog

Whether you are a member-centric organization or a corporation, listening is not enough. Membership Software Association Management Software. Solutions. Associations. Nonprofits + Foundations. Chambers + EDCs. Corporate + Social. Education + Alumni. Advantages. Branding. Control.

Women’s March Organizers Plan a Follow-Up Convention

Associations Now

Months after the Women s March became one of the largest activist events in American history, the organizers are hoping to leverage that momentum with a conference in Detroit. Organizers expect the conference to attract at least 5,000 attendees. "Bringing