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How the best leaders build trust
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Almost everywhere we turn, trust is on the decline — in our culture at large, in our institutions, and in our companies is significantly lower than a generation ago. Most people don't know how to think about the organizational and societal consequences of low trust because they don't know how to quantify or measure the costs of such a so-called "soft" factor as trust. For many, trust is intangible, ethereal, unquantifiable. If it remains that way, then people don't know how to get their arms around it or how to improve it. But the fact is, the costs of low trust are very real, they are quantifiable, and they are staggering. More

Use social media to enhance your event
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Using social media to enhance events might seem like a no-brainer, but many conferences — even social media ones — fail to take full advantage of the low-hanging fruit that social platforms offer, like ways for attendees to communicate with each other, broaden their participation, share information and have fun. If you’re planning a conference, here are some ways to incorporate social networking into your big day. More

What to do about the holiday office party
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It's that time of year again. Time to start planning for gifts, employee vacation time and don't forget, the holiday office party. What does this mean for company leadership? Although the holiday office party may be an annual company tradition, it may not be what some companies need most this year. While holiday parties often boost morale, they can have the opposite effect if they are unwelcomed or even resented by the workforce. More

Lessons learned from recession to recovery
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The trade show landscape is perpetually shifting — with new shows launching and growing and existing shows changing direction or shutting down altogether. That was especially true in 2010, as venerable shows such as the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo shut down after almost 30 years, and ENK's Brighte ended after seven years in Los Angeles. Newcomer GlobalTex, launched two years ago in Los Angeles, also closed this year. And yet other trade shows charted new territory in 2010, including Designers and Agents, which launched a Paris edition; Messe Frankfurt, which this year launched the International Apparel Sourcing Show and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, and the OffPrice show, which opened a new Taste of OffPrice show in Los Angeles. And there are more changes and expansion plans on tap for 2011. More

Bookblogging: Creativity or stewardship?
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While we all can probably enhance our ability to generate great ideas and being more creative, innovation requires us to not only have the idea, but also to successfully implement it so that our members and stakeholders experience enhanced value. So often we seem to be looking for the breakthrough idea that will transform our organization or lamenting our seeming inability to be more innovative. But stop for a second and think about you. Think about your organization. Are you really short on ideas? Is the association community really running on low on creative thinking, new insights, alternative approaches? More

Simple steps to greening your meetings
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Whether your organization is large or small, profit-centered or charitable, there are affordable options for green efforts in your face-to-face meetings with customers and employees. The only requirement is some new thinking. With a recent study from Experian finding that 29 percent of US adults — more than 62 million people — claim to be green-aware, it doesn't take long for consumers' wants and preferences to move up the business ladder and into the world of B-to-B marketing. So, if organizations are going to be greener, it makes good sense to include your B-to-B interactions — such as meetings, conferences, trade shows and sales efforts — in your green initiatives. More

What associations can learn from the Reinvention Summit 2010
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Shelly Alcorn, a former executive director, writes about a few experiences she had at the Reinvention Summit that she feels should be replicated in other online conferences. "Like many association professionals who specialize in conferences and professional development, I come to any educational experience with some pretty high expectations. On any given day I am either the bombard-ED or the bombard-EE in terms of planning, executing, attending, presenting at, marketing, developing, celebrating and/or lamenting this thing we call "conference." So, not only is it hard to get my attention in the first place, you can lose me at any number of points along the way." More

Events rebound, advertising declines - monetization, anyone?
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According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, exhibitions broke their nine consecutive quarters of revenue declines to post a 5.6% quarter-over-quarter increase in the third quarter of 2010. This is great news for associations which host or collaborate in large conferences and trade shows. However, at the same time, American Business Media, one of CEIR's partners, reports that B2B print advertising pages and revenues both continued to fall in 2010. Associations that successfully combined events and advertising to publish the largest annual issue of their magazine and to sell premium-priced sponsorship packages lost a non-dues revenue opportunity. In this glass half full/half empty scenario, social media is supposedly the answer. More

The benefit of shifting from presenting to participating
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What is the benefit from shifting from one mindset to the other? It benefits the participants' learning. That's our goal, isn't it? To help the learner. Learning is fundamentally social. True learning is an act of participation. The depth of our learning depends on the depth of our participation. Who learns the most from presenting? Typically the presenter, not the audience. Thus the depth of our learning depends on the depth of our participation. More

Can introverts lead?
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Francesca Gino, associate professor at Harvard Business School recently conducted research showing that extroverted bosses can sometimes be a liability. In the following video, Gino explains how quiet bosses with proactive teams can be highly successful. More
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