Transform Culture

May
07

ATTRACTING AND KEEPING YOUR MASTER LEARNERS COMING BACK

(a Two-Part Series on Master Learners) How do you know people (staff and members) are Master Learners? In order to get them to come to you for their education needs, and to come back for more, you have to know the attributes of a Master Learner. In Part One of this two-part series on Master Learners you […]

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May
06

HOW TO RESUSCITATE YOUR EDUCATION

It’s no secret that traditional lecture-style educational sessions are no longer the most effective way to educate.But how do you overhaul outdated learning techniques for interactive and engaging sessions, especially when you’re working on a budget? It starts with lots of pre-planning. Your conference teams, committees, speakers and anybody else who is working on your […]

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Apr
23

CULTURE CLUB

It might be defined; it might not. Either case, it’s still there—your company’s culture. More than foosball tables, vending machines and flex schedules, organizational culture hits to the personality of a company. It defines the environment in which employees work, including—but going beyond—company mission, values, ethics, expectations and goals. When talking about corporate culture, it likely […]

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Apr
22

HOW ARE YOU CHANGED BY CULTURE?

“But we always did it that way!” If you are like me, that phrase is like fingernails on a chalkboard. How an organization embraces change and evolution has a huge impact on culture. At my last association, the culture had a great balance between tradition and change. I was solidly on the change side for […]

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Apr
11

MAKING SENSE OF YOUR CULTURE

Culture change, innovation, and experimentation are all hot topics. But before you go about making changes, you need to have a good grasp on what your culture truly is, not simply what you think it is. As a culture consultant, I encounter a lot of confusion around this topic. What is culture anyway? In a previous article, I’ve defined it to […]

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Apr
08

ALLEVIATING THE CULTURE OF CONFLICT BETWEEN FUNCTIONS

What I love about the association world is that we all wear so many hats and develop such a diverse set of skills. However, the roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities are often blurred. In the corporate world I believe there to be a natural state of cultural conflict between Marketing and Sales. In the Association world, I […]

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Apr
04

CULTURE CHANGE: IT TAKES POSITIVE TO ACHIEVE POSITIVE

I suppose I’ve always been a catalyst for change, but it took me a long time to realize that it places me in the ranks of the minority. Everyone wants to grow and excel and I’m just helping. Right? However, the reality is that most people don’t want to change, especially in a setting and culture where they’re […]

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Apr
02

Maddie’s May Culture Picks

ONCE A MONTH, I’LL ROUND UP SOME LINKS TO POSTS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET ON OUR TOPIC OF THE MONTH. HERE’S THIS MONTH’S READING LIST FOR YOU ON BOARD CULTURE. How important is culture to your nonprofit board? (New.org) – A nice roundup of points to kick off this list. “Nonprofit boards are groups. All groups […]

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Apr
01

Book of the Month – April 2019

Editor’s note: Every month, we interview a different author who has valuable insights that are relevant to professionals within the association industry. From widely varying perspectives and specializations, we hope to provide our dedicated audience with quality reading to continue fostering growth and inspiration! In a world of lightning-fast technological advancements, ever-changing economic, social and […]

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Mar
26

The association business model: It’s time for a massive overhaul

Most associations professionals would agree that meeting member needs is at the heart of every decision made. Yet over the last 40 years, most professional associations have been adopting a product-line business model. In addition to membership, we create and try to sell access to products like newsletters/publications, research, online education, meetings and conventions, certifications, […]

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