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Jul
14

Associations are already part of the membership economy — but others are catching up

What do Amazon, Starbucks and Adobe have in common? They have all entered the “membership economy,” recognizing the advantage of forging long-term relationships with customers over simple one-time transactions. As an association, you can pat yourself on the back because you’re well ahead of this curve. However, as private sector companies gain consciousness of the […]

By Arianna Rehak | Engage People
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Jul
12

How to become a change leader

If you see the need to do things differently to get better results, you might be a change agent. Whether you’re brought in specifically to shake things up or you’ve accidentally stumbled into the role, you can’t just wave a magic wand and make things change. You have to get others to transform the way […]

By Carrie Hane | Transform Culture
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Jul
11

What it means to be an association member is changing

In my post earlier this week, I pushed the issue of defining engagement. But the first half of the phrase “member engagement” could also use a little attention. We throw around the word “member” a lot, not acknowledging we have a lot of baggage that goes with it. Granted, we are membership organizations, so I […]

By Jamie Notter | Engage People
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Jul
05

How does your association define engagement?

Everyone in the association world cares about member engagement (or should, anyway). And a lot of people in the association world are actively trying to measure engagement and improve engagement. Which is fine, except for one problem: Very few people have actually defined engagement.  Maddie and I have done some long-term work with a couple […]

By Jamie Notter | Engage People
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Jun
29

Trep Tip: How to Run your Life More Like a Business

It is common practice in the business world for owners to take time to work “on” their business instead of “in” it, to use frameworks and build strategies in order to achieve specific goals. Whether you are running a stand at a farmers market or hold a seat on an executive board, there is a […]

By Kevin Wilkins | Empower Yourself
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Jun
29

Why the best leaders foster collaboration: Jon Bobosh

At  IQ Solutions, a web strategy firm focused on healthcare, they pay close attention to leadership and staff development, and their technology coordinator, John Bobosh, was willing to share some of his thoughts on this with us. How are you customizing leadership development internally? My department at IQ Solutions has a really flat hierarchy. A […]

By Maddie Grant | Transform Culture
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Jun
29

Aligning individual employees with your culture

I have written a lot about the need to design our organizations around the needs of the employees. I see this as part of a digital mindset that we need to be adopting if we want our associations to thrive in the 21st century. The world has changed (permanently) and individuals expect us to run […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Jun
22

Are you comfortable or are you growing?

I’d like to start by sharing my own personal story, one that has consumed much of my time outside of work over the last two years. It all started when my wife and I decided to buy a house. As most of you with house hunting experience know, it is a long and drawn out […]

By Houman Adabi | Empower Yourself
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Jun
21

Maddie’s June picks on leadership development and culture

Once a month, I’ll round up some links to posts from around the internet on our topic of the month. Here’s this month’s reading list on leadership development and culture. There is a lot on this subject all over the internet, but these picks have some newly relevant insights around leading from the middle, self-directed […]

By Maddie Grant | Transform Culture
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Jun
21

Why an experienced professional should think like a beginner

One of the fundamental truths in the business world is that experience is a good thing. When we want to hire someone for a job, we demand it. When we look back at our own careers, we realize that once we have it, we are better at many things than we were before we had […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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