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Your association: The living organism
Midcourse Corrections    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nonprofit associations: institutionalized organizations or living, dynamic organisms? Associations are not buildings. They are not organizational charts. They are more than institutions governed by sets of rules, processes and formalities. Associations are living organisms…when we allow them to be so. More

Meaning is the new money
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New technologies, most of which have appeared only within the last decade, amplify our abilities to interact simultaneously with large numbers of people. The frontier of human productive capacity is the power of extended collaboration — the ability to work together beyond the scope of small groups. But doing this successfully turns out to rub up against a number of assumptions that are deeply embedded in the ways most organizations still operate today — assumptions that are no longer valid, but are so deeply buried that we fail to question whether or not it makes sense to do things the same way. More

Ideas for creating a tenacious culture
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tenacity is one of those common attributes of most successful people. It's often one of the key missing ingredients of chronic underachievers. Truly tenacious people grab hold of an idea or a cause and refuse to let go until they've succeeded, or, until someone finds them passed out in a pool of their own sweat. You cannot teach someone to be tenacious in traditional ways, but as a leader, you can absolutely model the behaviors that cultivate tenacity. More

LBB analysis: Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost
Texas Politics via the Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs would be lost in the next two years under projected revenue and spending levels in a budget proposal approved by a House committee, according to a new analysis. The "dynamic economic impact" analysis by the Legislative Budget Board predicts nearly 272,000 fewer jobs in 2012 and 335,000 in 2013. That includes government and private sector jobs. More

The importance of in-person
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The struggling economy may have put a damper on the number of live events taking place in the last few years, but marketers that are considering deleting in-person shows from their event portfolio might want to think twice before switching to the virtual event space entirely. Despite the growing popularity of the digital event space, face-to-face still has value, as it provides marketers with a unique way to reach customers, business partners and clients. More

Marketing your event to prospects and past attendees
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Is there a difference in the way your market your event to prospects and past attendees? You bet! There's a huge difference. Past attendees have already built a relationship with you. Assuming that they had a great conference experience, they are biased in favor of your event. Your potential event attendees are skeptical about your conference. They don't understand why your conference is so different from thousands of other conferences. Make sure your marketing distinguishes between loyal participants and potential attendees. More

Culture trumps strategy, every time
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Does culture matter? Culture is all that invisible stuff that glues organizations together, according to David Caldwell, a management professor at Santa Clara University. It includes things like norms of purpose, values, approach — the stuff that's hard to codify, hard to evaluate and certainly hard to measure and therefore manage. This "invisibility" causes many managers to treat culture as a soft topic, but it's the stuff that determines how we get things done. More

Google's quest to build a better boss
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2009, statisticians at Google embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen. Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app. They wanted to build better bosses. So, it began analyzing performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards. They correlated phrases, words, praise and complaints. Finally, the "people analytics" teams produced what might be called the Eight Habits of Highly Effective Google Managers. More

51 ways to reward employees without money
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Sure, many companies feel strapped right now and may duck their head and run in the other direction at the mere mention of bonuses. But tough times don't mean that you should just forget about rewarding your employees. There are many ways that you can reward employees without handing them money. More

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