Empower Yourself

Aug
05

How to develop a winning culture

Business coach John Spence knows developing a winning workplace culture is a leader’s most important mission.  According to Spence, who was named one of America’s Top 50 Leaders To Watch by the American Management Association, excellent culture starts with excellent people and strong core values. His motto, “making the complex … awesomely simple,” ties into […]

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Jul
30

How diverse is the association industry?

As American media this summer turned much of its attention toward the social inequities brought on by systemic and institutionalized racism, we at AssociationSuccess.org made a commitment to do our own reflecting and to consider how we can be part of the solution to bring forth a better world for everyone in it. We’ve taken […]

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Jul
30

Making your digital image picture perfect

Just as looking in the mirror reflects your physical appearance, your digital image is a reflection of your personal brand. The manner in which you appear online, whether via video, social media presence, or even Slack message is telling a story about who you are and how you’re showing up in the world. The problem […]

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Jul
27

How the Romance Writers of America responded to racism accusations — and what associations can learn from them

It started with a tweet. Next, came a rather public revamp of policies and initiatives intended to make the Romance Writers of America more diverse and inclusive. In the tweet last August, romance writer Courtney Milan called a fellow romance author’s book an “(expletive) racist mess.” What followed was a formal ethics complaint by that […]

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Jul
23

Why eliminating racism starts with institutions

Is racism a result of prejudice, or is prejudice a result of racism? When asked to consider the question, most people will likely say individuals are prejudiced and that prejudice leads to racism. Dr. Wornie Reed, a professor of sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech, argues the opposite is true. In a 2015 TEDx […]

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Jul
21

Back from furlough? Here’s how to navigate the workforce

Whether working from a newly configured home office or returning to a now socially distant one, navigating the workforce for an employee returning from furlough is sure to feel different. The most important thing for employers and employees to remember when people start to come back: Be flexible. “This is an unprecedented time for many […]

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Jul
17

Navigating change tops association industry articles this week

The COVID-19 pandemic has really shaken things up, so it’s no wonder this week’s Friday 5 is full of articles helping to navigate some important topics on change. Every Friday, we pull five articles our audience liked most from our weekly newsletter, which helps us all keep up with what’s trending. This week? You’re focusing […]

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Jul
14

How to pivot away from old and bad data

Just when you think we’re about to close out the pandemic chapter of our lives, you turn the page and alas, the saga continues. It’s been a hard road to navigate for organizations and industries across the world. The not-for-profit sector has been hit especially hard by the virus’s impact on the economy.  According to […]

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Jul
13

Let’s talk about race

At some point in the last six weeks, you’ve probably given at least a little thought to your association’s policies and bylaws — and maybe even wondered if they’re passively promoting racism within your organization. We want to help you do better. On Tuesday, July 28, we’re hosting an introductory workshop to teach you how […]

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Jul
08

Understanding the ABCs of Association Management Credentials

The paradox of professional development is that it can feel like both a necessity and a luxury. We know we need it, but we don’t always know where to start. This is especially true when attempting to navigate the alphabet soup of credentials and certifications geared towards association management professionals. Personally, I have often wished […]

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