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DFWAE: Advancing Your Career in Association Management

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Register now for the October DFWAE luncheon
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Do you know your personality style and how it affects the way you work? Speaker Stu Schlackman will discuss the Insight Spectrum Survey and show you how to define your personality style. Join your DFWAE colleagues, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 20 at the Hilton Anatole. Register Now. More

The waning days of leadership in association management
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There seems to be a pervasive cultural narrative these days about failed leadership. Is the problem with "failed leadership" at every level — public, private, local, state and federal — the result of poor execution on the part of the practitioners or are the methods themselves losing traction? Is the assumption that "leadership" concepts are universally applicable failing us as a profession and as a broader society? More

4 step plan to empower your event attendees
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"There's a sucker born every minute," is a famous phrase attributed to P.T. Barnum. Yet in today's information driven society, we don't stay suckers for very long. Today, empowered attendees, connected to the information economy, affect your conferences and events. More

5 powers that get ideas off the ground
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Getting ideas off the ground can require a power surge. Getting the credibility to reach important goals comes from uplifting actions that increase five personal and organizational powers. Achieving goals is always a matter of hard work, and success is never guaranteed. Still, cultivating these 5 powers can shift the odds in your favor. More

The duplication effect of leadership
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Whether or not you hold the formal title of "leader," there are people around you looking for someone from whom to take their cues in any number of situations. By the end of this post, you'll realize that your role in leading others is much more significant than you currently believe. We have all heard about the importance of leading by example, but the benefits are more than meet the eye. Albert Einstein spoke to this: "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means." More

The generative work of transformation
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Right now, most association leaders view the work of optimizing the status quo as the best use of their limited time, attention and energy resources. This perspective is understandable, considering the financial beating so many organizations in our community have taken over the last two years. The problem emerges when you finally conclude the status quo is not sustainable under any conditions, and trying to salvage it is a futile and wasteful effort. Unfortunately, in the year 2010, it remains disturbingly unclear whether a critical mass of association leaders has reached or is willing to accept this conclusion. More

Do you argue with reality?
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Chris Thurman wrote in The Lies We Believe, "The number one cause of our unhappiness, are the lies we believe in life." Too often, we operate apart from reality. Given a choice between reality and our version of it, we are inclined to choose the latter. It is a central tendency of human beings. The result is drama not peace. "Instead of getting the results we want," says Cy Wakeman, "we end up with reasons, stories, and excuses for why things didn't work out — leading to more drama, disengagement, judgment, and ineffective leadership." More

Applying the fisch flip to your conference model
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What if conference organizers and event professionals flipped the standard lecture presentation? What if the lecture was put online for people to view before the conference? People could then attend the session onsite and participate with the presenter and others in activities that helped them solidify concepts and ideas. They could engage in roundtable discussions with one another on what did and didn't work. More

The good and the evil of crowdsourcing conference content
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Event organizations that crowdsource conference content are learning there is a right way and a wrong way to solicit community feedback. For those groups that strike the right balance between faux authenticity and "over" empowering the crowd, the benefits are huge. More

The state of the Tchotchke
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It can be looked upon as a throwaway element, but if that’s your promotional product modus operandi, you are probably just throwing away your money. If handled properly, the stuff you give away can come back to you in the form of brand loyalty and ROI. But the promo industry is in flux, with new laws restricting giveaways and popular outcry against waste, and while going green might make you look good, it also might be less green than it is a red herring. More

Managing conflict with confidence: 7 tips for conflict resolution
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Managing conflict effectively requires clear communication around issues that are usually difficult to talk about. There are two tools for communication that can make discussing conflict and other difficult subjects easier — the ladder of inference and the behavior-impact feedback model. More
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