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Tuesday, Nov 5: "App Swap" Mixer – Join us at one of 3 convenient locations!
We are swapping the best apps that make our lives easier! Come prepared to share your favorite business, social, trendy or cool apps. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories, so bring your electronics with you. There are 3 locations to choose from. Appetizers and drinks are on your own. RSVP your location by Monday, November 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 p.m. — 7 p.m. for all locations
- Fort Worth: Grace Restaurant, 777 Main St, Fort Worth 76102
- Las Colinas/Irving: The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Fwy, Irving 75039
- Plano: The Ginger Man @ Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Rd, Plano 75024
Wednesday, Nov 20: November Luncheon Meeting
“Productivity Apps: No, Seriously. Which Ones Do You Really Use?!”
There’s an app for that. And that. And that! But which ones are really worth the time and effort it takes to adopt them to your daily practice? Find out from your tech savvy colleagues during this interactive presentation.
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Location: Dallas Arboretum
Wednesday, Dec 11: December Holiday Luncheon
Networking, entertainment, food, fun and an opportunity to provide vital school supplies for Children’s Medical Center!
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Adolphus Hotel
Monday, Apr 7: A-Day 2014
Many Associations Declare "A-Day" a Holiday! There’s something for everyone, so plan on closing the office and bringing the entire staff!
8 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites DFW Airport North / Outdoor World (Grapevine)
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Should your executive director be an association or industry expert?
By Maria Huntley
If you're an association board member who is thinking about hiring a new executive director, this is probably the most important question you need to answer before you start the process of searching for your next staff leader. Should your executive director be an association management professional or an industry expert? Which answer is correct? You're asking the wrong question.
You can't be a wimp — make the tough calls
Harvard Business Review
As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is the author of several best-selling books. In this interview, he returns to the topic of decisions and talks about what he’s learned in three decades of helping executives make them.
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Why your professional association needs a strategic plan ... right now
Association Management Blog
What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements — including the imperative to stay current. Today’s professional associations are operating in a rapidly changing environment. It’s critical that you’re working toward a focused and specific set of goals, with metrics and accountability measures built in.
Give your meetings a competitive edge
There’s no harm in a little healthy competition, right? After all, competition often creates buzz and brings people together, even if in the form of trash talking. But what could it mean when it comes to your association’s meetings and events? Well, as these three examples show, adding a competitive element to a meeting could be a great way to showcase the work of your association’ industry, and it could also be a way to highlight and engage your next generation of members.
Leadership: Nature or nurture?
Are leaders born or made? According to a study of twins published in the September 2012 issue of The Leadership Quarterly, if your biological parents held leadership positions, you have a 24 percent likelihood to inherit a predisposition to do so as well, indicating that being the offspring of leaders may give you an edge. However, the vast majority of leadership skills are developed through training over time.
The top way to ensure your social media strategy will tank
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social media is here to stay. It has completely transformed the landscape of personal and brand communication. Yet one of the biggest impacts on social media strategy thus far was recently released in a new study from Econsultancy. The reason marketers are using social media is changing — and the new findings are detrimental to your long-term success on social media. Read on to discover the top way to ensure your social media strategy will fail — and how to avoid it. Create a social media strategy that succeeds and shines with these tips.
The Demand Perspective
For decades now, businesses passed up opportunities that did not seem to fit with what they were doing well, says Mark W. Johnson in his book, Seizing the White Space. His conclusion is that as a company matures it gets better and better at what has proven to work well. It refines systems, improves execution and organizes to produce and maintain its core business hence, ironically, becoming imprisoned in it. This is precisely the challenge facing association leaders today: How do they become something more than and different from their current membership models, products, governance structures or benefits?
Making your association a great place to work: Internal communications
Happy employees are more motivated, and motivated employees are more productive. It seems like a pretty simple formula, so why is it so hard to strike the right balance? Perhaps by starting with some common employee gripes, associations can work to fix some of the obstacles towards a workplace brimming with morale. Improving internal communications can be tricky, depending on the size of your staff, but there are a few steps you can take toward getting it right.
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