Empower Yourself

Oct
07

What ‘Star Trek’ taught me about technology

“Star Trek” is pretty cheesy. You’ve got your spoon fed lines, terrible costumes, ridiculously fake sets and a list of horribleness so long Santa wouldn’t have time to check it twice. With that said, I am a big fan of the ideas and concepts brought to us from the series and films. Those who watched […]

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Sep
22

What Adidas can teach your organization

As football season started this past weekend, one commercial jumped out at me (and it wasn’t even the Superbowl!)D The world of sports isn’t the only one. Associations Need Creators. Membership needs more than another long list of benefits. Marketing needs more than another email sent out to the masses, with members tasked to find […]

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Sep
16

“How Long Until We’re Hacked?”: A Lesson In Server Vulnerability

Thousands of internet-connected devices and servers are being brought online everyday, many times with little thought to security. The lack of security oversight for these server activations is hugely problematic, but it can be hard to run down reliable industry reports or data that reflect this impact directly. So, I decided to run an experiment […]

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Sep
12

Take a Clarity Break

So how do you help slow down your world as an executive – beyond meditation and gratitude? We call it a Clarity BreakTM, and you need to be taking them frequently. The term “Clarity Break” was created by Gino Wickman, founder of EOS Worldwide. Defining a Clarity Break is simple. It’s a set period of […]

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Jul
27

Technology: Disruption or path to freedom?

Disruption. It’s a buzz word that is widely circulating, and I think people are misusing it, and even worse, overreacting to it. Panic is ensuing over it when what we’re really identifying is the latter stage of a trend that started years ago. What some call disruption, I call the logical result of actions or events. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jun
20

6 ways to get more out of professional development

Conferences or sessions, courses or meetings – ongoing professional development and learning is a cornerstone to a successful career. Much like any association relationship, what we get out of these opportunities can be enhanced by what we put into it. When registering or choosing a session, it is typical to find a description of the […]

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Jun
05

4 ways we trick our own brains

Picture 2050. Has the war over scarce resources begun yet? Is this all happening during an Ice Age brought on by global warming? In their book “Abundance,” Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler offer a counter-narrative to the doom and gloom you’re so used to hearing. They explain that there are cutting-edge technologies in the works that […]

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Jun
04

Let’s not forget why we’re in the association business

Perhaps it’s been some of the political talk of banning refugees and immigrants based on religion or perhaps it’s evidence that some of the low-end politics of my association life have finally gotten to me, but during a recent day off, I somehow got it into my head to do something that I had meant […]

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