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Mark your calendars now for these great upcoming events!
Annual DFWAE Member Dues Renewal
To renew your DFWAE membership, click here and then select "Renew" from the quick links on the right. To renew a group or organization by invoice, contact the headquarters office at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Wednesday, June 19: June Luncheon Meeting
Luncheon Speaker: Linda Razzano, CMCA,
Chapter Executive Director, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Community Associations Institute
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking and Luncheon
Location: Sheraton Arlington Hotel
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Friday, June 21: Dine Around 2013
6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
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Is the association model broken?
The Demand Perspective
We are constantly hearing how frustrated association executives are with their governance models and how stymied they are about how to grow membership and serve increasingly diverse membership populations. At the same time, we often encounter puzzlement and sometimes outright resistance from these same leaders to any suggestion that involves changing either their governance or their membership models.
The mystery of attracting young professionals
The mind of the young association member: a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. In a newly published survey of one association's members, a surprising finding about its young professionals only serves to further the conundrum.
Good news for association education courtesy of Generation X
According to a recent study, Generation X is the first generation to fully embrace the need for lifelong learning and they show every sign of continuing their pursuit of quality education that will make them competitive in the workplace. More importantly, Generation X is embodying a larger cultural shift that no longer sees a linear life path (i.e. school, college, career, retirement), but is embracing a more latticed approach that weaves education throughout a life that may include skipping college for a while and working, going back to school, pursuing certifications and licensing, and changing careers a number of times. It's a more fluid approach to life that is actually more sustainable over the long term and opens up a ton of opportunities for associations.
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Start by being a leader of one
The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs to Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a little out of reach. You're just a young person with business dreams, after all. Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.
"To mistake one's course of action; to be on the wrong course; to have one's attention diverted from the intended object" is the definition of:
a. barking up the wrong tree; b. flying blindfolded; c. robbing Peter to pay Paul; d. stumbling about in the dark
The correct answer is...
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Creating an engaged community
By Robin Carver
Social media provides many opportunities each day for two-way, constant communication. This communication can act just like a face-to-face conversation you might have with a friend, family member or co-worker. Someone talks and the other person listens. While this seems easy enough, when creating an engaged community it can be hard to know if your message is being received.
Business leaders beware: Ethical drift makes standards slip
Business ethics have certainly been in the spotlight over the last couple of years — with scandals involving Libor-fixing, failing to prevent money laundering, and breaking the rules around defaulted mortgages to name a few. Recently, major organizations have been lumped with hefty fines for questionable moral practices. Are dubious morals inevitable for successful business?
What video's rapid rise means for your association
Thanks to improving internet speed, online video, once considered a clunky, unsatisfying experience has gone mainstream — in a big way. So what does this mean for your association and its members? It means several things, and several new opportunities for you.
Conferences need more focus on learning design and less on
Recent research shows that conference organizers should focus their conference education efforts more on learning design and less on delivery of information. Too often, conference organizers and meeting professionals secure speakers to present specific topics and then think their job is done. Their focus is completely on the content and the delivery of the information. Research is showing that those steps are not enough.
Recruiting new members? How's your pitch?
When you're interacting with prospective new members, you need to have a convincing pitch. Naturally, a good pitch includes a strategy for delivering it, how and when.
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