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Jun
26

Our Members’ Automatic-Minds Do Not Want to be Engaged

Our brains are on auto-pilot much of the time. Have you ever climbed into your car and got lost so deep in thought that you were surprised when you turned into your destination? Car-driving auto-pilot happens because our brains rely on habits to cut down the cognitive load. When you get on a bike, you peddle, […]

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Jun
25

Building the Best Team: Curation not Creation

“Choose your best team, not your best individuals” – Mark de Rond, Forbes 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, […]

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Jun
21

Introducing our Job Board!

AssociationSuccess.org lives entirely in the virtual world, and as such we have witnessed the relationships that can be built, the ideas that can be seeded, and the plans that can be scaffolded when the right people come together without any physical or geographical constraints. We are convinced of the distinct power of this unlimited online space, […]

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Jun
19

The Afterlife Potential of Virtual Events

One of the great things about a virtual event location is that the ideas, insights and innovations sparked by the event do not disappear when the doors close. Given the fast pace of presentations, discussions and social media streams where interesting, rich and diverse ideas quickly fly by, capturing and then repurposing content offers you […]

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Jun
17

Association Management and Corporate Management: How Do They Diverge?

Coming from the corporate world, when I first started working in an association 27 years ago I thought the job of an association executive would be a walk in the park. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Fast forward to today, and I am still learning. I am involved in at least three other associations, one […]

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Jun
13

Anticipating Trends Across Industries: A Case Study

Many years of working in the association space, and two very different industries within it, have taught me a thing or two about using foresight to an association’s advantage. Now, with ASAE’s ForesightWorks, all of us have access to the resources we need to scan for trends and anticipate changes before they happen. What kind of impact […]

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Jun
11

The Future of Work for Associations

Over the next few years, staff structure at associations will undergo huge changes that will present opportunities for more efficient and nimble operations. This is made clear by several Social, Technological Economical, Environmental and Political (STEEP) factors, listed below. (The #CAEProud crowd will remember the acronym!) MORE WITH LESS Lessons learned from the Great Recession have […]

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Jun
10

Trends in Education-to-Employment: Part I

In the past few years, I have conducted a tremendous amount of research into the education-to-employment system. The more I learn, the more I am convinced that associations have an important role to play in defining skills and competencies and in providing education to make a dent in the wicked problem we are being presented with […]

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Jun
07

Political Black Swans: Ignore Them at Your Association’s Peril

In 2003, widespread protest broke out around me in Azerbaijan, a country formerly part of the Soviet Union.Violence erupted just a few blocks from my office with clashes between protesters and the police, the torching of cars and mass arrests. The country’s capital was brought to a standstill, and the work of our organization was […]

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Jun
06

Virtual Conferences: Knowledge Co-Created in Real Time

The virtual conference that AssociationSuccess.org held for the first time in November shared the same characteristic of pretty much anything we’ve ever done: it was an experiment. We had no idea what was going to happen (something I am far more willing to admit after the fact, as the ol’ fake it till you make it adage rings a […]

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