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10 ways to make others shine
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Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT says, "Success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure." Ned Hallowell comments in his book "Shine," "While of course mistakes need to be acknowledged and, one hopes, learned from, it may be more likely, from a purely neurological point of view, that a person will learn more from a success than a failure." Showing appreciation and giving recognition is part of the "Cycle of Excellence" process he calls shine. In our busy culture it is easy to overlook opportunities to acknowledge others. Noticing the positive is a daily challenge. More

Innovation for associations: Part 2
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The "Innovation for Associations" white paper proposes four barriers to innovation in associations: diffuse leadership, low tolerance for risk, unwillingness to commit resources and complex organizational structures. While these barriers certainly exist to varying degrees in most associations, they are not the real root causes of our community's continuing struggle with innovation. More

The 4 C's of social engagement: Social media for events
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According to a recent study, 80 percent of American adults use the Internet and 75 percent belong to a social network. Our social media use is increasing and event organizers need to adopt new thinking, new directions and new strategies for event communications and engagement. More

How a CEO promotes change to a board
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It's not your job to tell your board of directors what to do, but if you're a good CEO, you probably have a strong sense of where the organization should be heading. So how do you get your board on board with an important change without infringing upon its leadership role? More

Sponsorship dollars for events climb in 2010
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For the many organizations that see sponsorships as a critical revenue stream, the news is good: Sponsor purse strings are loosening. Spending on sponsorships of association meetings and events increased 3.6 percent to $514 million in 2010 according to IEG, a Chicago-based sponsorship consulting company. Further, sponsorship dollars to festivals, fairs and annual events, which includes for-profit trade shows, climbed 3.4 percent to $782 million in 2010. Overall, sponsorship spending in North American climbed 3.9 percent to $17.2 billion, reversing a first-ever decline in 2009 when sponsorship dollars dropped 1 percent. More

The future, until it isn't
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Part of the opportunity that underlies the work of leaders is the opportunity to observe, consider and extrapolate from history, experience and current events a glimpse of what the future might hold for our organizations. Ultimately and more importantly of course is applying that hypothesis to your business or organization by creating a new product, service or establishing a new, more competitive position. More

Tuning into your conference participants so they do not tune out
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Conferences are ultimately about persuading audiences to change. It's about transforming conference attendees into powerful participants that adopt attitudes, ideas and take action. It's about moving audiences from being uninformed to informed. From unaware to interested. From ignorant to educated. From stuck to unstuck. From passivity to action. This transformation process does not happen automatically. It takes long hours spent designing the right conference experience. More

App happy: How to put your corporate meeting on attendees' smart phones
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During early planning sessions for the 2010 Hilton Worldwide Global Partnership Conference, organizers knew they wanted to make a statement. Everyone understood it would be a unique event: the first time in the history of the company that owners from every brand and every location — from a Hampton Inn in Omaha to the Waldorf Astoria in London — would be invited to the same place, at the same time. Few things in mid-2010 said "innovation" like an Apple iPad. So, with just three months to go before the October conference, Hilton executives made a strategic decision: They would give iPads preloaded with two custom-built apps — a meeting guide and a virtual concierge system — to all 2,000 owners who had registered for the conference. More
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