What Makes a High-Performing Team?

Higher Logic

Whether it was sports teams or other team-oriented extracurriculars, many of us spent a good chunk of our adolescence learning how to function on a team.As No matter what you do professionally, almost everyone needs to work in a team at some point.

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Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People

Wild Apricot Blog

There are four types of people, or personas that make for successful volunteer teams. volunteering volunteer-teamsI'll guide you through each of their motivations, which tasks they're best suited for, their behaviors, strengths, and opportunities.

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Really Great Team Communication Follows These 12 Guidelines

Wild Apricot Blog

These 12 guidelines by two leading communications experts can help you create really great team communication in your organization. Team-Communication

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Higher Logic

According to the Harvard Business Review , before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people. Think of a soccer team.

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Engaging Your Team in 2015


The most common lament we hear (ok it’s tied with “we can’t find volunteers”) is how can we get the volunteers to actually do what they say they will. As we’ve always said here at Mariner, volunteer management is really HR management and so the many principals for motivating employees are relevant

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Four Reasons Your Marketing Team Needs Community

Higher Logic

But it does mean that your marketing team can learn what makes your members tick and how to bring in more leads. Save ad space for you to promote monthly webinars, large conferences or anything else the marketing team needs to promote -- like a new ebook or brochure launch.

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Successfully Embracing Change is a Team Effort

Association Adviser

But I want to be clear: At NBOA, our success is such a team effort, which makes it all the better. We all know that it took every person on our staff team to get where we are today. We’ve been able to grow that team so we can share successes with more people. I was on the team that pitched making a change with NACUBO’s job board to our senior staff. The post Successfully Embracing Change is a Team Effort by Kelly Clark first appeared on AssociationAdviser.com.

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5 People You Need on Your Association's Online Community Management Team


According to research from The Community Roundtable , “investing sufficiently in community teams so that the community is integrated across functional areas of the organization” increases both visibility with, and value to, the organization.”.

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Portage Group

The Portage Group) – The Portage Group is pleased to welcome Steve Carroll, CAE, as an Independent Associate to their team. We are excited about Steve becoming a key part of The Portage Group team,” said Geoffrey Thacker, Executive Partner, Research and Strategy with The Portage Group.

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Leading a Distributed Team: One Email to Write


One commonality among association volunteer leaders is the nature of the teams they lead: distributed. Leading a distributed team presents challenges that many of us don’t have in our day-to-day jobs (although this is increasingly changing) so it’s a skill we need to help volunteers build.

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5 Ways to Transform Your Team’s Brainstorming

Association Success

If you want your team to start taking more innovative approaches to solving organizational problems, you may need to change the way you work. Here are five ways our team has made brainstorming work for us: 1. It is important for teams to make time to exist in a creative head space.

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15 Powerful Sports Management Software Tools for Teams, Leagues, Clubs, and Associations

Wild Apricot Blog

If you're wondering whether Sports Management Software can make an impact for your team, look no further. In this article, I cover everything you need to know to choose the right option for you

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Meeting Activities to Foster Team-Building

Associations Now

Looking to build better bonds between meeting attendees or even your association’s staff team? Here are some outside-the-box team-building activities to consider. So, why not try a culinary-based team-building activity or competition?

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Why Building Teams Doesn’t Always Result in Teamwork

Associations Now

None of that is necessarily a bad thing; there’s plenty of research out there celebrating the virtues of giving workers stretch goals, mixing up teams, busting silos, sharing knowledge across the organization, and otherwise shaking up how work gets done.

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Why Twitter Team Tweeting Works

Beth Kanter's Blog

Sarah Mapes is the Director of Communications Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved and she also coordinates a team that shares updates through this profile as well as their individual profiles.

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6 Team Building Activities Your Team Won’t Hate


Team building. That said, team building does have its place, whether you’re trying to build a new team or strengthen an existing one. The trick, though, is finding activities your team won’t hate. When people hear that phrase, they often roll their eyes.

Wendy Holliday Joins the Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

We’re excited to welcome Wendy Holliday, Vice President, Attendee Acquisition & Experience to the Velvet Chainsaw Consulting team! We’ve doubled our team and dramatically increased our ability to help our clients in all of the critical components of their major meetings and conferences.

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5 Ways You Know It’s Time to Grow Your Community Management Team

Higher Logic

Growth can be a predicament for any team in any organization. And if your team can’t keep up with member and program needs, then your community won’t be effective at generating results. Your Ideal Community Management Team. 5 Signs You Need to Add to Your Community Team.

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Michele Frania Joins the Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

I’m excited to announce that Michele Frania has joined the Velvet Chainsaw team as of April 8, 2013 as Director, Client Projects & Stories! Michele is being added to the VCC team because our business is growing fast and we need her project management expertise to deliver on our promises.

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Sarah Michel Joins The Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

I’m excited to announce that Sarah Michel, CSP will be joining the Velvet Chainsaw team as of February 18, 2013 as Vice President, Professional Connexity! During the past few years, our team has been innovating and helping our industry deliver greater education value at conferences.

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Want a Cohesive Team? Focus on Individuals

Jamie Notter

We all want cohesive teams, and to get them, I hear a lot about shared vision. The leader is responsible for providing a clear vision for the team, and once everyone is on board with this singular vision, the team performance starts to flow.

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Attendee Volunteers: A Meeting’s Best Customer Service Team

Associations Now

Instead of relying only on internal staff or a mix of staff and venue or destination teams to handle onsite customer service at meetings, some associations are asking attendees to volunteer.

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3 Tips to Improve Your Management Team

Jamie Notter

I think we take management teams for granted, but given the power they have to impact both strategy and culture inside an organization, I think that’s a mistake. I am amazed by how many management teams use the ever-popular meeting design of “sit around a table and talk about things.”

Bill MacDonald Joins the Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

We’re excited to welcome Bill MacDonald, Vice President, Analysis & Insights to the Velvet Chainsaw Consulting team starting November 2, 2015. VCC will now a team member in Michigan. Bill is a well-known addition to the VCC team.

4 Characteristics of an Outstanding Sales Team - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Association membership sales is a dynamic process and requires a specialized approach by your team. With this in mind, for a successful membership recruitment effort – the successful sales team must possess 4 key characteristics: #1 Most importantly, the team is organized.

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Marriott Teams With Accenture, 1776 on Travel Startup Incubator

Associations Now

The post Marriott Teams With Accenture, 1776 on Travel Startup Incubator appeared first on Associations Now The three firms are working together to start an incubator for travel and hospitality technology, with a planned September launch date. The future of travel is about to be incubated.

Six Steps to Building a Fantastic Team - Moery Company

The Moery Company

As we’ve grown, we’ve collectively worked toward building a fantastic team. When an issue arises, either with a client, another member of the team, or with me – staff should feel comfortable bringing the matter forward. These are hosted on a rotating basis by every member of our team.

Getting Your Non-Technical Team On Board with Techy Terms


From the member management side, it’s nice to know what’s going on without needing to grab a technical manual to have a conversation with the tech team. Database queries, transaction logs, hashes, SQL, IP addresses, keys, metadata, XML, schemas, and of course, servers…. Membership management software sure can sound a little funny to the average, non-technical employee or coworker. From the technical side, it’s important to call things what they are and be specific.

Checklist for Effective Year-End Team Meetings and Kick-offs

Cvent Association Tips

Year end meetings and kick-offs are one of the most effective ways to bring teams on-board. If the company fell short of targets, brainstorm with your team to generate strategies for improving performance for the coming year.

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Does Your Membership Team Have Ninja-Like Reflexes?

Associations Now

Here’s what membership teams can learn from the sport’s mind-body connection. Scheeler will teach a few beginner moves designed to increase your flexibility (no experience required) and explain Parkour’s deeper philosophy, one that can apply to membership teams.

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Helping Smart Planning Teams Learn So That Their Conferences Prosper

Velvet Chainsaw

Success today depends upon conference planning teams learning new ways to strategically improve the attendee experience. Our conference planning teams need to become learning teams. Yet most conference organizers and their teams don’t know how to learn.

Putting the Team in Teamwork: How Groups Can Perform Better

Associations Now

MIT researchers have identified three characteristics of top-performing teams. Find out what they have in common and how you can build those attributes into your next team project. There’s research making the rounds that suggests having women on teams makes for smarter teams.

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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 Seven Leadership Secrets of Great Team Captains

SCD Group

Current and future association and nonprofit leaders can learn a lot by examining “The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates The World’s Greatest Teams,” a new book written by Wall Street Journal editor Sam Walker.

I'm Not Building a Navy SEAL Team

Eric Lanke

I attend a lot of conferences where the focus is leadership and how to build and lead effective teams. One common type of speaker I see at these conferences is someone retired from the military (an ex-Navy SEAL Team member was the latest example), talking about their own experiences with team-building and team leadership. I''m not building or leading a Navy SEAL team. image source Quick rant this week.

Does Your Membership Team Have a Diversity and Inclusion Mindset?

Associations Now

To put D+I into practice, membership teams need to be constantly thinking about opportunities that foster action. The biggest takeaway for membership teams: As you work to recruit, retain, and engage members, always be thinking about D+I.

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Eyeing Inclusion, MLB Teams With LGBT Business Group

Associations Now

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will begin to help its members—mostly small businesses—work with MLB teams. The post Eyeing Inclusion, MLB Teams With LGBT Business Group appeared first on Associations Now

Build Core Strength with a Modern Marketing Team


Core strength yields benefits in productivity and agility as teams work together to drive recruitment, engagement, and retention. Core strength is made up of culture, human and data assets, and team structure. Multiple team members can step in to send communications.

Ad Groups Team Up to Improve Online Video Ads

Associations Now

The post Ad Groups Team Up to Improve Online Video Ads appeared first on Associations Now Video ads are displayed in all sorts of places, at different speeds and at different levels of quality.

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6 Tips to Make a Good Team

SCD Group

The Ohio State football team (yes, I’m biased) and its defense of its national championship offers lessons for association professionals. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer guided the 2014 OSU football team to a national championship in only his third year on the job.

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