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How much risk is right?
Associations Now via ASAE Share
We all have our own levels of tolerance for risk, but to lead your association it's your responsibility to tackle risks head on. A healthy dose of facts and a will to face a range of emotional reactions will ensure your board maintains the right balance between inertia and impulse. More
More trends: 21 trade show predictions for 2011
You're probably aware of the major trends about trade shows: More exhibitors measuring their ROI; doing more with less, perceived competition from virtual trade shows; the shift to fabric graphics and custom modular exhibits; more interactive technology in booths. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Yeah, we know those big trends. But what other trends are happening that will affect the trade show world? More
Leadership lessons from yoga
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If you'd wandered into one of Scott Eblin's group coaching sessions after lunch recently, you would have seen 16 people stretching their hands toward the ceiling, taking three deep breaths in and out through their noses and bending from their waists and letting their heads hang loose for a minute or so. It just felt like the thing to do. They had done a lot of brain work in the morning, had an in-depth discussion with a senior exec over lunch and were getting ready for more coaching and brain work in the afternoon. It was literally and figuratively a time to stretch some different muscles and take a deep breath to clear our heads. The group had a good time with it and one leader said one of his takeaways for the day was that he was going to introduce stretching into his team meetings. More
App map: How to produce a mobile meeting guide
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The Dutch company Log On was a bit ahead of its time. In 2006 it won a meetings industry technology competition for a tool that allowed conference-goers to use mobile phones to network, view the agenda, participate in polls, and more. But that was before the iPhone redefined the smart phone, before app had made it into the vernacular, and back when Facebook had a meager 7 million users (versus more than 500 million today). A lot has changed to make the climate right for today’s tidal wave of mobile meeting guides, which, in their simplest form, aren't so different from the pioneers: They put the conference schedule and a list of sessions and exhibitors on attendees' smart phones, allowing users to create personalized agendas and connect with social-media sites. More
Are you undermanaged?
Leadership Now Share
Author Bruce Tulgan thinks that at every level of organizations there is a shocking and profound epidemic of undermanagement. That's right undermanagement. Part of the problem is that all too often people are promoted to management positions not because if their people skills, but because of their competency in one area or another. Consequently, they fail to lead, manage or supervise on a daily basis. More
6 meeting trends for 2011
Corporate Meetings & Incentives via Meetings Net Share
IMEX America, the worldwide exhibition for the incentive travel, meetings and events business, which debuts Oct. 11 to 13 in Las Vegas, recently asked meeting industry chief executives what they see ahead for events this year. Here is some of what they said. More
Are you an efficient or effective leader? 5 ways to know
Leadership Unleashed Share
"Just get it done" is the battle cry of efficient managers everywhere. While quick hit results are appreciated, sustainable achievements and organizations require effective, rather than efficient leaders. Here, David Peck, senior executive coach, explains the distinction and provides a mini-self-assessment for you to determine where you are on the efficient-to-effective scale. More
Who is the conscience of your conference?
Midcourse Corrections Share
A thin, transparent sheet of ice is how some would describe some of today’s annual meetings and conferences. The line between education, promotion and sales has blurred. That ice cracks as attendees experience conference sessions that have been sold to the highest bidder. Greed, the desire for power and ambition have blinded organizers from basic ethical standards. The conference organizers are more concerned with creating contracts between sponsors than the standard unspoken contract that they have with their attendees. More
The Leader Lab Share
In a recent interview, Henry Mintzberg said, "Micromanaging isn't as dangerous as macroleading." There's a near consensus that micromanaging is gone. Whether you pull from empowerment advocates, motivational models or just plain common sense, individual contributors most often want to be given the right resources, told the objective, and be left alone to work. The exception of course being in the early stages of a new work assignment, when supervision and feedback are needed as part of training. Micromanaging can cause decreased in performance and maybe even increases in turnover. But is macroleading even more dangerous? More