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Association Day 2012 — Are you ready?
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Association Day will be held April 2, 2012, at the Irving Convention Center. This full day event is a great way to network with experienced colleagues and mentor new colleagues in your field to Learn, Lead and Share. You will have the opportunity to attend education sessions, enjoy a networking lunch and participate in a round table discussion of the latest topics to prepare you to excel, no matter what your role in association management. In the afternoon attend the trade show to meet the suppliers and learn how they can assist you in your field. Mark your calendars now for this fun and informative event! More

Putting The 'I' Back Into Individual
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Jan. 18: Luncheon

When you want to reach members are you still sending out blast emails which are not even opened by more than half of your list? Or have you mastered the basics of individually addressable communications? Is your message for the individual? Are you listening to the individual? Are you capturing everything they tell you and making sure your association picks up the conversation where the last staff member, the last committee chairman, the last person from your association left off? Or are you irritating them by making them repeat and re-educate you as to their needs and next moves?

That's what the "I" means in iPhone, iPad, iPod — individual — and business communications textbooks are rapidly changing to explain how all successful communications today are about a relationship between the "I" — the individual — and the organization that can rapidly customize every message, every exchange to talk to and with the individual. And do it in an affordable and successful way that we can measure.

The January luncheon is a conversation about this topic. It's about every individual who comes and participates in the conversation.


Recovering our leadership: 7 intentions for 2012
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While no one knows what 2012 has up its sleeve, based on my own post-executive experience working with leaders across industries over the last eight years, no one doubts it's time for a positive "pivot." My hope is that will include a new sense of executive responsibility when it comes to humanism, collectivism and capitalism with care for ethics and fairness. More

7 steps to incredible personal productivity
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Occasionally you need to go the extra mile. Sometimes you need to complete a major project, tackle a task you've put off or just knock out a ton of work in one day. Here's the best way to turn a normal workday into an incredibly productive workday. More

16 ways to show staff you care
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"We are only as good as our people." The art of developing positive staff relations can fill books, but here are 16 simple truths that we believe will foster trust and dedication, promote a shared vision and performance excellence and inspire staff leadership and creativity. More

A manifesto's unbridled power
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Manifestos ignite people into action. The best manifestos are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. The Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence are good examples. As recently as 50 years ago, an emotional speech delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial established a clear and compelling purpose for American Civil Rights. MLK's "I Have a Dream" is arguably the most inspiring manifesto of the 20th century. More

Bouncing back
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In every defeat and in every failure are the seeds of greatness. It is less about what happens to you as a leader than what you do with what happens that matters. Great leaders are resilient and know how to adjust quickly in the face of adversity. When faced with hardship it is not uncommon to find yourself in denial or disbelief. More

Leaders are keepers of the story
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Duncan Watts has a great blog post on HBR that talks about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Specifically, he has noticed how perplexed many of us are by the fact that the movement itself has no single, identifiable leader. How can it continue without someone to set a direction and lead the people there? More

Power corrupts sooner than you think
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In a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887, Lord Acton observed that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." British Prime Minister William Pitt also observed, "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it." Power is a tricky thing and we rely on it more than we should. In a study by Adam Galinsky and others, they found that when people where power primed — temporarily made to feel powerful — they demonstrated a reduced tendency to comprehend how others see, think and feel as compared with those that were primed with low power. More

Redirecting the leadership path
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The road to volunteer leadership is more open than ever, as more organizations are trying to engage diverse volunteers and position new leaders sooner rather than later. Associations are finding new ways to identify and nurture their future leaders by rethinking the traditional leadership pipeline. More
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