Transform Culture

Jun
07

Political Black Swans: Ignore Them at Your Association’s Peril

In 2003, widespread protest broke out around me in Azerbaijan, a country formerly part of the Soviet Union.Violence erupted just a few blocks from my office with clashes between protesters and the police, the torching of cars and mass arrests. The country’s capital was brought to a standstill, and the work of our organization was […]

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Jun
06

Virtual Conferences: Knowledge Co-Created in Real Time

The virtual conference that AssociationSuccess.org held for the first time in November shared the same characteristic of pretty much anything we’ve ever done: it was an experiment. We had no idea what was going to happen (something I am far more willing to admit after the fact, as the ol’ fake it till you make it adage rings a […]

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Jun
04

Association Culture: What Not To Do

What does a healthy workplace culture look like? It can be hard to picture your ideal working world. But I bet we can all think of what we don’t want in a workplace. I’m going to relay my experience of working for an organization that got culture wrong, in the hope that we can all learn […]

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May
28

How to Prepare for Future Generations of Association Membership

For better or worse, millennials are a hot topic among associations right now. As a millennial myself, I’m always wary of these discussions. About half the time it’s people of other generations complaining about millennials, and the rest of the time it’s a feeble discussion about how to prepare for millennials who will be entering your […]

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May
24

Women in Tech Survey: Foresight in Action

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the largest technical association in the world, with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries. Our members come from a huge variety of backgrounds. They are in electrical and electronics engineering, computing, communications, robotics, and automation, and much more. They work in academia, private industry, and government. […]

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May
14

Leading by Example: How Passion Can Drive Technological Change

Changing people’s minds has both an intellectual and an emotional aspect. Intellectually speaking, it is of course important to present people with facts, figures and data to encourage them to commit to a transformative project. On an emotional level however, when it comes to implementing cultural change, your own passion can play an enormous role. If […]

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Apr
24

What’s Next? Free Membership and For-Profit Associations

I started the Association of Association Executives 10 years ago as a network and information resource, and a for-profit organisation. Coming from a business information background where I partnered with associations, I saw the lack of information and education available to them and wanted to make a change for the association community. Four years in, we expanded our […]

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Apr
23

Distributing IT Decision-making Across Departments

In most modern organizations, we’re seeing a distributed technology decision-making model. The IT department is no longer the only place where technical decisions are being made, and we are not going to regain full control (nor should we want full control). This can be a good thing. When technology infuses every corner of an association, employees […]

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Apr
10

How It All Began: Foresight Works

My passion for foresight began over ten years ago when I was Chair of the ASAE Research Committee. The ASAE Foundation’s research team was focused on producing the 200-page book, Designing Your Future: Key Trends, Challenges, and Choices Facing Association and Nonprofit Leaders. Many of my association colleagues have the book on their shelf. One particular line […]

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Apr
09

A Tale of Three Chapters

If your organization is comprised of multiple chapters, it’s a good bet that some are more successful than others. There can be many reasons certain chapters struggle while others soar. As a membership expert who has helped turn around numerous problem chapters, I’ll share three different approaches that were effective. In the first two examples, the […]

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