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Oct
03

Why you should connect performance management with culture

I know it would be hard to just get rid of performance reviews, as I’ve suggested in an earlier post. In the back of our collective minds, we’re still thinking “yeah, but the truth is I want to make sure the individuals in this organization are doing the right things and doing them well, so […]

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Sep
29

How to create a ’boutique’ sponsorship program

With sponsorship dollars down and withering vendor enthusiasm for legacy sponsorships (i.e. the coffee break), a different approach to revenue growth is desperately needed. A trend I’ve seen developing (slowly) is presenting prospects and long-time sponsors with a customized or “boutique” sponsorship opportunity. The problem is no one on the sales side is being proactive […]

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Sep
27

How do we get more association industry recruits?

I ended up a career in associations the same way everyone I’ve met did: By happy accident. I worked for a large advertising company right out of college and went back to my alma mater, the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and visited its alumni website to look for new opportunities. I knew I […]

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Sep
22

What Adidas can teach your organization

As football season started this past weekend, one commercial jumped out at me (and it wasn’t even the Superbowl!)D The world of sports isn’t the only one. Associations Need Creators. Membership needs more than another long list of benefits. Marketing needs more than another email sent out to the masses, with members tasked to find […]

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Sep
22

To innovate, you need a supportive CEO

If I could have dinner with any actor alive, dead or fictitious I’d pick Kermit. Yes, Kermit the frog, the Kermit that Jim Henson brought to life. One of the things that is so appealing about Kermit is he is an underdog. A humble but optimistic guy who left his hometown swamp in search of […]

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Sep
19

4 tools to improve performance management

It’s pretty clear most people don’t like their performance review systems (lots of companies are actually getting rid of them entirely). Of course, we do like the basic idea behind the systems: Measuring and improving performance. So instead of getting rid of them, let’s improve them, right? Okay, so where do we start? When I […]

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Sep
16

“How Long Until We’re Hacked?”: A Lesson In Server Vulnerability

Thousands of internet-connected devices and servers are being brought online everyday, many times with little thought to security. The lack of security oversight for these server activations is hugely problematic, but it can be hard to run down reliable industry reports or data that reflect this impact directly. So, I decided to run an experiment […]

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Sep
14

How 3 Companies Built Cultures that Drove Their Success

In today’s business world, there are few corporate clubs more elusive than being known as a “top place to work.” Organizations with the reputation of having a great work culture continue to attract top talent and thrive, while others with toxic or mundane cultures struggle mightily to transform themselves, often to no avail. Silicon Valley […]

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Sep
12

Take a Clarity Break

So how do you help slow down your world as an executive – beyond meditation and gratitude? We call it a Clarity BreakTM, and you need to be taking them frequently. The term “Clarity Break” was created by Gino Wickman, founder of EOS Worldwide. Defining a Clarity Break is simple. It’s a set period of […]

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Sep
07

Why You Should Get Rid of Your Performance Reviews

Some really big companies (like GE, Adobe, and Deloitte) have recently eliminated their performance reviews, with a bit of fanfare and media coverage. We all kind of hate the performance review process, so I think it felt a little liberating to know that these huge companies could just let them go. And for companies that […]

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