Transform Culture

Jan
09

Why the CEO is the Key to Innovation

I am very American in that I believe in the underdog (or maybe this is less about being American and more about being a product of the 80’s?). I would like to think that what it takes to succeed is the will, the grit, and the tenacity to get to the end. As a staff […]

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Dec
14

The Word With The Bad Reputation

The focus of many frustrations, the spurring of many strategies, and the point of much discussion and despairing, “silo” has become a bad word in the association space. But we should remember the role they fulfil in team-building, and consider the importance of fostering connections within an organization. Should we, in fact, be asking different […]

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Dec
07

Building Value: How Associations Can Leverage the IKEA Effect

You’ve been working for hours on your new IKEA wardrobe. First you unpacked the flatbox into meticulous piles on the bedroom floor. Then you opened the instructions and set carefully to work, tapping wooden dowels, twisting bolts, and holding random screws up to the page to make sure you weren’t using the wrong one. At times, […]

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Nov
30

Alexandria Brown Bag: Listening in Action

The Alexandria Brown Bag, founded by Talisa Thomas-Hall, ACB ALB, is a networking group for association professionals hosted by Marketing General, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. Meeting monthly, their remit is to connect for the purpose of sharing best practices and professional development, as well as networking and collaboration opportunities. Talisa Thomas-Hall is President and Chief Strategist […]

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Nov
23

Lean Methodology: Before and After

I first read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries in 2013. It was a lightbulb moment to see thoughts that had been percolating in my head over the years be articulated in such a way. Since then, I’ve been implementing the methodology with my team at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) where I work […]

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Nov
14

How work with feedback

Picture the scene: After facing a problem at work, you have a brainwave of a solution to end all solutions. After a couple days of hashing out plans in your head and talking to a couple of close co-workers about it, you take the idea to your boss. They listen. Then they hit you with […]

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Oct
30

How going Lean can steer you in the right direction

Lean startup is an innovation system developed by Eric Ries that came out of his experiences with lean process improvement, which is all about reducing waste and defects and working more efficiently and effectively. Ries had an insight: It doesn’t matter how quickly you’re moving if you’re headed in the wrong direction. Lean startup methodology […]

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Oct
26

The benefits of micro-credentials

Education comes in a wide variety of forms. As associations, we recognize the value of certifications as a means of proving education and often offer such programs to help members climb the expertise ladder of their industry and prove their worth to employers. This proof of skills and knowledge through certifications does not come cheap […]

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Oct
19

Why your team may actually need cliques and silos

Do you know why cliques and silos form in your team or organization? It has nearly become cliché to hear from organizations that “our sales staff cannot stand to work with those service guys,” or “we have people inside our department who just won’t communicate!” Many teams struggle with situations where different departments, or even […]

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Oct
18

What is the workforce crisis?

We live in an era of disruption. The workplaces and career trajectories we took for granted in the past no longer exist. Due to changes in technology, the economy and changing needs of generations from Baby Boomers to Millenials, the shape of the labor force must be reimagined in order to survive. This applies to […]

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