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Call for DFWAE committee volunteers, 2012-2013
DFWAE is seeking volunteers to serve on committees during 2012-2013. To volunteer to be a committee chair or member, please email about the committee you'd like to participate in. A list of committees is available at

ASAE conference volunteers needed
ASAE needs 500 volunteers to help with their conference Aug. 11-14 at the Dallas Convention Center. Visit for the event descriptions for volunteering. Please spread the word to other colleagues and associations.

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Mark your calendars now for this great upcoming event!

Wednesday, Sept. 19: DFWAE September Luncheon
Location: MultiView, Las Colinas
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Speaker: Ruth McLaughlin, "Cyber Theft and Fraud"


Association management lessons from Harley Davidson
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Associations could learn a thing or two from Harley Davidson. Know who you are and focus on who your members are beyond their job description. Harley Davidson doesn't sell motorcycles, they sell a lifestyle ideal. How can you get beyond selling memberships to defining a lifestyle ideal for your members instead? How can you infuse some cool into your people and your activities? More

Will conferences of the future get unstuck?
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The question isn't whether most annual meetings and conferences are stuck. Just look at the data from some annual meetings. These conferences have declines in registration, participation in general sessions and education breakouts, sponsorship and exhibitors. Their growth in new attendees wanes. Their customer loyalty is steadily decreasing. The question is what it will take for conferences to get unstuck. And even more to the point, how many conference organizers and hosts have the will and courage to change direction? More

Turning lemons into lemonade: 10 inspirational examples of epic failure and resiliency
Great Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leadership development and failure go hand in hand. By its very nature, development involves trying new things, often in the form of "stretch assignments" in order to challenge yourself and learn new skills. It's inevitable that in the process of learning, you're bound to fall down and skin your knee. One of the traits of all successful people is resiliency – the ability to fail, learn from that failure, and incorporate new skills into your leadership repertoire. More

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Why listening is the most important leadership skill and how you can improve
Common Sense Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Attentive listening has been the No. 1 key to many leaders' effectiveness. And, not surprisingly, when surveying team members of leaders who were seeking to improve their leadership skills, listening was frequently cited as the needed area for improvement. While many people think that they are good listeners, they're actually not. Fortunately, listening, like all other skills, can be improved. More

Your responsibility for leading the tough discussions
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One of the biggest derailment factors for early-career or first-time leaders is the issue of conducting tough performance discussions. The following are the four critical tough discussion mistakes of first-time supervisors or managers. More

A meeting planner's guide: 4 tips on disaster preparedness
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Mother Nature has a habit of creating unexpected challenges. Unfortunately, disaster can strike when least expected, so it is vital to have a plan in place to help prepare for any circumstance. As meeting planners think about events to incent or motivate their employees or channel partners, the first thing they consider is destination. While emergency response or disaster preparedness is probably pretty far back in their minds, but it should be an important consideration. More

Extreme makeover: Leadership edition
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The fastest transition from inept to adept occurs when leaders turn the topic of change on themselves. When was the last time you changed something about you? Not someone or something else, but your thinking, your philosophy, your vision, your approach, your attitude or your development. Most leaders are quite skilled at embracing change – except when the focus of the change initiative happens to be on them. More

3 solid reasons for leadership development
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than look outward when a leader is needed, organizations should instead continuously look inward to identify candidates with leadership aptitude and invest in honing their skills with development programs. Regardless of whether you ultimately hire leaders from within, simply having a leadership development program yields important benefits for any organization. Here are reasons to do it. More

The titleless leader
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Leading without a title is about taking personal responsibility. We — the world — is in desperate need of people who will choose to lead whenever and wherever they can. More

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