Empower Yourself

Aug
14

Solve problems by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes

Design Thinking is about a starting point. In the face of a problem, a challenge or a task to be completed, finding the most effective solution is not just a matter of choosing the route. It involves establishing the starting line. Design Thinking is a problem solving process that starts with adopting the position of […]

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Aug
10

Are you keeping your ‘ski patroller voice’ in check?

My husband is a volunteer ski patroller at our local mountain. Most ski patrol work is providing first aid, responding when a skier is injured. They are also responsible for enforcing the rules, which is the part of the job none of them like very much. While the first aid work is rewarding, rule enforcement […]

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Aug
08

Why we need to learn to say ‘no’

When our inboxes, to-do lists and brains are full to the brim, and we feel pulled in all directions, sometimes the most powerful weapon in our arsenal is the humble Post-It note. A sage piece of advice or an inspiring message stuck on the corner of your computer screen is more than just decorative: It […]

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Jul
26

Why you need video content

While more and more of our professional and personal lives move into the virtual realm, there are some things that really seem to demand real-life interaction. But as more and more of our professional and personal lives makes that shift, the opportunity for real-life interaction becomes ever smaller. Video content gives us something as close […]

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Jul
24

How to bring strategy to your association’s relationships

You have to work with groups outside your association to further the goals of your association. Almost every association recognizes this, and almost every association conducts an array of meetings and activities with external groups … but many do not connect these activities to the strategic plan of their association. If you don’t have a […]

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Jul
19

How to boost your strategic and detailed thinking

How strategic is your thinking? Do you crave information? Do you believe more is actually better? Do you desire data, data and more data? If you hunger after more and better ideas at all cost, your info-craving habits actually zap your brain’s energy. The persistent pace of focusing on details makes it more difficult for your […]

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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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