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The conference life cycle: Where is your event in this process?
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All associations, businesses and professions must continually adapt in order to survive. Organizations, products and services go through a four stage life cycle — startup, growth, maturity and decline. Unless the organization reinvents itself, it declines and ceases to exist. The business life cycle also applies to conferences, meetings and events. Where do you think your conference is in this life cycle? More

Social media's leadership challenges
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What is the single most important driver of success for a company to turn the commercial promise of social media into solid dollars? To find out, we studied 34 organizations from a variety of industries, ranging from providers of telecommunication services, to pharmaceutical manufacturers, to temporary placement agencies, and to direct marketers of consumer goods. We found it all boils down to leadership — specifically leaders who can build communities both inside and outside their companies. More

5 new tenets for event success
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Nothing is the way it used to be. Little is the same. Not much is a sure thing. The convergence of the economy, society and technology has turned the old ways of doing things upside down. The old rules for success have changed. Your ability to learn new things and adapt mean the difference between success and failure. Today, a new set of principles drive your event success. More

Striving to be a real leader
Great Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The last couple of years have brought an intriguing quandary for senior leaders, and one that is probably here to stay. These are times when leaders have the option of keeping their heads down, staying out of the firing line, and playing it safe. The other option is to contribute to the current and future health of the organization by stepping up to be real leaders. More

Political leadership and compromise
Leadership Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Prudent flexibility, adaptability and compromise are necessary qualities for leadership. Yet we often hold in high esteem leaders who don't back down more than those that compromise their position. But a leader that will not change or even listen to the need for change can cause irreparable damage. The skill is in understanding what one can be flexible about and what one should not. More

For anyone who's ever scoffed at training
Management-Issues    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to attending workplace training, those who really need to usually don't want to. Perhaps you know the type: "I've been here a long time — what will that class teach me?" Often such words come from a seasoned manager, but it's common for all adults to scoff at training, so perhaps you've said something similar yourself. With all due respect to executives everywhere, if you're going to invest in training managers, then the executives need to go through at least a condensed version of the training. All management training needs the execs aware of — and even endorsing — what's being taught. More

7 leadership strengths are weaknesses when taken too far
The Recovering Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consider a few of the typical assets a leader may have — you'd say they're a good delegator, a good relationship-builder, results-oriented, decisive, etc. Yet any of these strengths become weaknesses when relied upon too heavily or taken too far. It's tempting to overuse what works — it's simply human nature. So it's important to catch yourself when you do that — notice when strength has become a weakness, and turn it back around to a positive. To do that, you'll need some help from those you trust, and equal dashes of humility, self-awareness, and practice. More

How to get the most from social media
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How did the American College of Cardiology generate 1,200 tweets from its Annual Scientific Sessions? By embracing social media. It's just one example cited in a new white paper from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events called, "How to Properly Use Social Media to Enhance and Promote Your Event." More

5 ways we lead ourselves below the surface
Tim Milburn    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On the surface of the water, an iceberg can appear small and harmless. But underneath the water's surface, the major portion, 90 percent, of the iceberg can pose serious threats to boats and vessels that pass too close. Many leaders are only concerned about the 10 percent that people can see and do whatever they want with the 90 percent that's below the surface. But leading yourself first means you're focused on the 90 percent, the below-the-surface part, because you know this is what effects the 10 percent that people can see. More

Leadership caffeine: Managing risk without stifling experimentation
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The art and science of management is much about coping with risk. There are few certain outcomes in business, and that's particularly true when we factor in the reality that people are darned complex and don't always act rationally. More often than not, managers and leaders look at their world through the eyes of "what can go wrong?" and basing their decisions solely on attempting to minimize those identified adverse outcomes. Also, a great number of aberrant behaviors impact the decision-making processes and risk-taking actions of managers and organizations. More
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