Empower Yourself

Jul
18

Help us harness the power of crowdsourcing

The concept of crowdsourcing has rightfully increased in popularity in recent years, proving there truly is strength in numbers. From reporting traffic jams in real time to finding climate change solutions, society is learning the input of many has the potential to be far more powerful than the authority of few. With thousands of associations operating around the world, we have […]

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Jul
13

How to practice strategic thinking

“It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.” — The Red Queen, Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Becoming a strategic thinker is not as difficult as it sounds. Although if we’re not careful, […]

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Jun
29

Will AI be able to help us be more creative?

Creativity and innovation are two of the most powerful buzzwords in contemporary culture. We push ourselves on a personal level to think differently and to imagine new landscapes in which to work, invent and produce. We also strive at a company level to be new, to be singular and to stand out – and in […]

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Jun
23

So you want a more engaging organization? Design one

Professor Don Norman, the director of the Design Lab at the University of California, has a fascinating Ted Talk in which he argues that “pleasant things work better.” Being positively affected by the design of an object triggers your creative thinking, which in turn helps the object’s usability; you are in a better position to […]

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Jun
22

How do you measure meeting success?

Back in October 2015, I wrote an article on the seven purposes of a meeting. I argued, with the cost and effort for any meeting to be organized, it behooves us as professional planners to ensure the purposes behind bringing people together to remain at the forefront of all we do. I had an opportunity […]

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Jun
08

Are we ready for the robots?

People. As members, as staff, as experts, as consultants and as communities, associations need people. And people – as members, as staff, as experts, as consultants and as communities – need associations. As we move into a future when the position of many working people is unknown and unstable, what are the repercussions for associations, […]

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May
19

On the hunt for creative and enterprising people

We are looking to bring brilliant minds together to plan the biggest online event for association professionals to date. AssociationSuccess.org is hosting a virtual summit called Surge 2017 on Nov. 7th – 9th, where we will assemble thousands of association professionals under one virtual roof. Consisting of sessions and live Q&As to provoke forward-thinking discussions, the […]

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May
12

Overheard at MMC: A collection of offstage insights

We all go to conferences hungry for something: hungry for knowledge and information, for rekindling old connections and forging new ones, or perhaps for what’s on offer at the midday buffet. I often find the aspect of conference-going I most relish comes neither from the session hall nor the lunch menu, but from the hundreds […]

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Apr
30

Do you suffer from a fixed mindset?

Do you have a fixed mindset in terms of your abilities? It may very well be hindering your growth as a person. Here’s a handy illustration we put together that walks you through a fixed and a growth mindset. If you prefer the written word, find it below! Praise is something that all of us […]

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Mar
23

3 exercises to think more strategically

Everywhere one could possibly leave themselves a note, I have a to-do list written. I use Word Documents, sticky notes and even sometimes the front of my palm, to iterate the tasks I intend to accomplish. Can you relate to this? Are you constantly operating off of such a list? “A Lapsed Anarchist’s Guide to […]

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