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How do associations compete with free?
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The increasing availability of free online educational resources threatens the bottom line and membership value of many associations. Instead of paying to attend association webinars, members now have a choice of hundreds of free webinars offered by vendors, consultants and other organizations. In some industries, for-profit competitors are even offering free or inexpensive courses and conferences. More

10 'next truths' of governing the 21st century association
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To inspire association leaders to embrace strategic legitimacy, Jeff De Cagna has identified 10 "next truths" of governing the 21st century association. De Cagna says he hopes to replace some of the old baggage that still weighs down board performance. Boards that choose to take these ways of thinking seriously and integrate them into their governing approach going forward will move more naturally toward strategic legitimacy, he contends. More

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What's the right size for an association board?
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Would a small board make your association more efficient? Would a big board be more representative of your membership? While it might seem like a minor facet of your governance structure, board size has a major influence on your operations. So, what's the right size?

Who's paying your dues?
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Joining is an easy decision when your company pays for it, but a rise in nontraditional careers might mean more professionals making membership decisions with their own money in mind. When your members send you their dues payments, do you know whose pockets they're reaching into? Their own, or their employers'? The answer may shed some light on how solid your membership foundation is. More

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5 ways social media is changing the way we interact at trade shows
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The ease and availability of social media has changed the way people interact with each other. Businesses should realize that they can use social media to improve the impact that they have at trade shows. More

Associations and social media: Join in, let go of control
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If your association isn't communicating via social media, you're missing out. Social media is a trend of the past; by now, your competition is already using it. You need to catch up. What's keeping you from social media? Is it fear of losing control? The time for association leaders to face fears about loss of control in social media was years ago. More

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Management is (still) not leadership
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Management is a set of well-known processes, like planning, budgeting, structuring jobs, staffing jobs, measuring performance and problem-solving, which help an organization to predictably do what it knows how to do well. Management helps you to produce products and services as you have promised, of consistent quality, on budget, day after day, week after week. In organizations of any size and complexity, this is an enormously difficult task. We constantly underestimate how complex this task really is, especially if we are not in senior management jobs. So, management is crucial — but it's not leadership. Leadership is entirely different. More

Full contact leadership
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The most effective leaders enjoy and invest time honing their skills and techniques through training and education, but mostly, they focus on getting their hands dirty on the front lines with their team members. Leadership is indeed a full contact activity. There's no book or course that will serve as a substitute for doing. Get up, get moving and, mostly, get involved. More


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