Author: Chelsea Brasted

Chelsea Brasted is the writer and editor who serves as content manager for AssociationSuccess.org. A former reporter and breaking news editor for The Times-Picayune, she lives in New Orleans with her husband and two rescue dogs.

Nov
11

Welcome to the place where badass leaders grow

Here we go, AssociationSuccess.org readers: Big changes are upon us.  If you participated in SURGE Growth last week, then you got to hear a little about about all the amazing new opportunities we’re developing for you to engage with other association professionals as we seek to do some growing of our own.  We spent the […]

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Nov
07

Is your association ready for a culture change?

During SURGE Growth this fall, we sat down with business coach, author and speaker John Spence to talk about organizational culture. He taught us that every organization has a culture — from the quiet offices where no one talks to the boisterous workplaces with a happy hour every Friday.  But the one thing they all have […]

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Nov
05

Your association website probably isn’t accessible — but should be

When President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, he did so on the White House lawn in front of a crowd of 3,000 people.  The landmark legislation would ensure “every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era […]

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Nov
04

What Lady Gaga can teach your association

Nearly a decade ago, Lady Gaga fans were introduced to Jo Calderone.  Calderone, a striking Italian-American from New Jersey, was in a kind of love affair with Gaga. When Calderone wasn’t appearing in a menswear fashion spread for Vogue Hommes Japan or heading to Bikram yoga classes, he was tweeting at Gaga, giving interviews, walking […]

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Oct
31

Is your management actually getting in the way?

The story of Edwin Land and Polaroid is a familiar one to those who read often about business leadership — Steve Jobs was notably a big fan of the man — and for good reason: Land is a great example of both a winning inventor, but also a cautionary tale.  In “Loonshots,” the Wall Street Journal-bestseller […]

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Oct
24

Why your association needs an operating system

When most of us hear the phrase “operating system,” what first comes to mind is likely something your phone did while you were sleeping. You woke up in the morning, sleepily reached a hand over to silence a buzzing alarm clock and realized that things looked a little different.  At first, you might feel a […]

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Oct
16

Want creative solutions? Then get creative about finding them

It can be pretty hard to ask for help.  But what if, every time you needed it, you got to ask a room full of the smartest, most creative, eager-to-help friends?  That’s exactly what some organizations are doing through open innovation.  Consider an example laid out by SURGE Growth keynote speaker Safi Bahcall in his […]

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Oct
07

Why you need to be intentional about culture

There’s a quick way John Spence can tell if an organization’s culture is effective: Are people smiling when they get to work? Are people actually happy to be there?  It may sound a little strange — after all, it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the day to day: There are emails to […]

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Oct
01

10 habits you need to grow your organization

The world has changed quite a bit since John D. Rockefeller went into business.  The self-made co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, who was responsible for hundreds of millions of philanthropic donations before his death in 1937, never had to worry about a social media strategy, nor did he have to consider disruption from a […]

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Sep
26

How to make sure ‘crazy’ ideas get a chance to succeed

In September 1922, Leo Young and Hoyt Taylor set up a radio transmitter on the edge of the US Naval Air Station outside Washington, D.C.  The pair were testing out whether high-frequency radio could help ships communicate, but instead they accidentally discovered a new way to detect enemy ships on the water. In a letter […]

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