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Automatic renewals: Realistic or too good to be true?
Associations Now
In an ideal world, members would stay forever. Once they joined, they’d always renew, and associations wouldn’t have to spend 10 to 20 percent of their membership marketing budgets on renewals. What a wonderful world it would be. Associations appear optimistic that automatic-renewal billing could boost retention rates and reduce workloads, but a variety of hurdles may make broad adoption hard to attain.
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5 reasons why association titles make a difference
Member, Member at Large, Board, Staff, Leader, Director, and Council. Associations are a soup of titles and labels. But they exist for a reason, and nobody can deny that they’re important. What the specific titles mean varies from association to association, but let’s examine the reasons behind titles and why they’re so important to you, your members, and the rest of the world.
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10 essential tips for hiring your next CEO
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Selecting a new chief executive is critical because so much rides on a positive outcome. Is this the right person to lead the company in this particular business, at this particular time? Will he or she collaborate with the board, or fight it? Is there a process in place for cultivating, identifying, and appointing not just this CEO, but the one after that? Here are 10 principles for executives and directors to guide the executive-succession process.
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The online continuing education maturity curve
By Neil Ashiwaza
In the past decade, continuing education, or CE, has experienced a distinct trend with respect to the stages of maturity CE providers go through to bring the benefit of online CE to their members and participants. Most member organizations started at the lowest level of maturity, which was to provide in-person events that allowed participants to earn CE credits. But the use of the Internet to provide online events has sparked an evolution in member convenience and learning experience.
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  Vail Valley, Your Meeting Destination

Vail Valley, home to Vail & Beaver Creek, boasts non-stop air service to Eagle County Airport, a wide selection of dining options, as well as on-mountain group activities & teambuilding. With a Vail Valley meeting, you’ll provide an experience your attendees won’t likely forget, in a naturally inspiring environment.

Stepping up your event game: The keys to more dynamic conferences
Conference planning is one of the most challenging aspects of running a successful association. As anyone who has ever planned an event can testify, whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a multi-day conference with 5,000 attendees, getting all the details right can be challenging enough. Taking it to the next level? Even tougher. But there are certainly steps you can take to make sure your next conference, meeting or event truly takes it up a notch.
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It's time to replace not-for-profit scarcity with possibility
By Lynda Gerty
We've all heard the same news: Charities are in trouble. People are disengaged. Volunteering is on the decline. Today's generation is apathetic. I'd like to offer a different vantage point. What if I told you it isn't that people are abandoning community? What if the exact opposite is true: Community is abandoning people. What if there is a huge supply of talented people who are eager to contribute, yet a lack of (meaningful) demand for their skills and talent?
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How do you hone your leadership craft?
Lead Change Group
Doug Conant, former CEO, Campbell Soup, said it many times, and he did again in a recent interview: “Successful leaders should treat their leadership as a craft to be carefully honed and ever improving.” Leadership as a craft is an interesting attitude to adopt. Leaders need to continue to grow and develop because times change, people change and situations change. To lead through change, leaders need to adapt. To hone our leadership craft, there are many practices we can embrace. Here are five suggestions as a place to start.
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Do you know where your leaders are?
XYZ University
We’re about to experience the largest shift in human capital this country has ever seen. It’s happening within the next year. Do you know where your leaders are? Your future leaders are probably growing within your organization right now. They’re the employees who show the most drive and have strong track records of performance. They understand and can articulate the company’s vision and strategy. They’re ambitious. And because they’re ambitious, if you haven’t picked them as your future leaders yet and communicated their growth potential, they may have already turned in their letters of resignation. They might not look like leaders now, or when they’re walking out your door, but that could be your future leaving.
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