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Using reinforcement well - in general, be specific
Great Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The tendency for most leaders in this situation is to mention what's good in general terms and be more specific about the faults. As in: "Overall, you did a good job on the presentation, Christine, but the first slide is really cluttered, and there aren't enough graphics on any of the slides. Oh yeah, one other thing — you need to work on your punctuation." This approach doesn't provide enough information, so Christine will be left feeling uncertain about how to improve the presentation. And even though it started with a compliment, the overall tone is negative. More

Cheat sheet for hiring and paying professional speakers
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Sometimes hiring and securing a professional speaker can feel like navigating a maze. New jargon, terms, conditions and clauses can be confusing, especially if you only secure speakers once or twice a year. Dealing with a speakers bureau or agent can feel daunting. Few meeting professionals know that it is perfectly acceptable to negotiate. More

Sam Pettway on how governance will be different
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Until recently, few people paid much attention to nonprofit board governance, and many organizations saw their boards as regulatory necessities rather than strategic assets. Today, the news is full of debacles and disappointments — board chairs and CEOs at name-brand nonprofits losing their jobs over the way pay issues were handled, an explosion of data and information matched by a decline in knowledge, and donors demanding time and reports from nonprofits that they would never expect of their corporate investments. Sam Pettway, the founding director of BoardWalk Consulting, an Atlanta-based executive search and governance advisory firm dedicated to building strong foundations for nonprofits talks about how governance is changing and what associations need to be thinking about and doing in the next five years. More

Nine essentials to keep your presentation from becoming a corpse
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Presentations are the economy of most conferences and business today. Yet most presentations are boring. A majority of them are just uninteresting. They lack humanness, life, passion and emotional connections. Today, many conference participants feel trapped by a parade of monotonous, dreary, insipid presentations. It doesn't take long to recognize a corpse. It takes even less time to recognize a conference that is a morgue of corpse presentations. More

Small staff associations: More open to changes?
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What keeps you up at night? As a small staff association professional, what are you constantly thinking about? The difference between small and large associations is that in a small organization, every staff member can be involved in crisis management. Not only is this is a great way to help younger staffers grow, but everyone will have a different perspective and opinions. More

Saving for that rainy day: Budgeting your association's reserves
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All non profit organizations should have reserves. But there is not common agreement as to how large a reserve fund should be. Often, there is not a good understanding among board members and officers as to the value or purpose of reserves. The "rule of thumb" most often heard is "keep 50 percent of your annual budget in reserves." Most associations are lucky to reach that goal, given that the pressure to spend money is always greater than the desire to save it. More

You already know how to be great
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One of the hardest things some will attempt to do is to act on what they already know to do. It's that difficulty that lies behind much of their search for the next big thing — some way to get around or make easier that which they know they should be doing. It is never easy but by applying some new thinking they can get out of our own way. More

Meeting room tips for shy people
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Always carry business cards, when entering a room walk slowly and scan the tables to see where seats are available, and if possible, select a seat facing the speaker or the expected center of attention are just a few meeting room tips for shy people. More

Ignite associations
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What if you had 5 minutes, 20 slides, and an audience willing to be enlightened? That's the promise of an Ignite event. Ignite is a fast-paced geek event started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O'Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of, formerly of MAKE Magazine. Speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame. More

Meandering magnetism
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Among the most dangerous of the many troubling features of the modern leadership movement's prescriptions is its cultivation of the idea that leadership, at its best, is expressed by individuals so possessed of the leadership persona that they simply infect "followers" with the impulse to follow them. This is most often characterized as charismatic leadership, and it retains a strong place in writing and teaching about individual leadership to the present day. More
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