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Turning your association into something your members can't live without
MemberClicks
Every leave the house without your cellphone? It induces a slight panic, doesn’t it? You wonder who will try and call you and what you’ll do in an unforeseen circumstance. Even the weight of your bag or pocket doesn’t feel right. Most likely you go back to retrieve it. Our phones are our lifelines, our connection to others, our communication devices, our ways to capture our days, fill in our knowledge gaps, and so much more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be as indispensable to our members as their smart phones? You can. Well, almost, following these steps.
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Nonprofits and associations are hiring ... even in a candidate's market
Event Garde
We’re nearing college commencement season. In about six to eight weeks, excited college graduates around the country will don their caps and gowns, ready to hit the workforce with enthusiasm and a bit of trepidation. And so, once again, we’re reading a lot about hiring – and in some cases, lack thereof. But there’s good news for graduates and jobseekers in general: Associations and nonprofits are hiring. According to a recent report by Professionals for Nonprofits, nearly 60 percent of nonprofits increased their staff size in 2014 and 55 percent plan to add staff this year. And, with demand exceeding supply, salaries are on the rise.
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The case for training staff on governance
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Board work is time-consuming, intellectually demanding, and often rife with interpersonal conflict. So why aren’t you encouraging your best employees to get involved in it? Your next board members likely aren’t on your staff, but you might still benefit from training them in board work.
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Putting design empathy into conference practice
Midcourse Corrections
Empathy is powerful. It plays a fundamental role in our connections, our networking, our learning, our problem solving, our innovation and our collaboration with others. According to research, when we are empathetic, we actually enhance our cognitive abilities. Applying design empathy to conference planning results in staying power.
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How to bring your business blog to the next level
SocialFish
Your business blog is a failure; you get your team publish something there once in a while but you still have hard time justifying the cost of maintaining it. But you keep updating it because all your competitors have blogs. Sounds familiar? Many company blogs are like this: Business owners start them because everyone else does but you are not sure what to do with it. You just haven’t brought your blog to the next level. Doing so requires hard work, and a new perspective.
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4 effective ways to combat laissez-faire leadership
By Betty Boyd
According to Cornell University professor Samuel Bacharach, "Good leaders create an atmosphere of security, trust and expertise to facilitate the creative process and ensure it doesn't go off course." Leadership is a great responsibility, and one that should not be taken lightly. However, there are people within organizations who are leaders in title only. Here are four ways an organization can combat this type of "leadership."
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Strategic planning makes hybrid meetings work
Travel Market Report
While hybrid meetings — those that use virtual and streaming technologies to extend the reach of face-to-face events — can be highly effective, experts caution that there’s a whole lot more to know than just setting up a camera at the back of a room.
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What Hillary Clinton's use of BYOD teaches us about the protection of nonprofits' trade secrets
Venable
With all the to-do about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's work-related use of her personal email account and server when in office, little has been said about what such use means for private employers, including nonprofit organizations. Politics aside, the controversy underscores a challenge that nonprofits face when they allow employees to use personal devices for work purposes because they must allow those employees access to the nonprofit's systems and internal information. Therein lies the challenge.
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Building a case that attracts transformational philanthropy
By Craig Shelley
Donors are narrowing their focus and increasing the size of their individual gifts to concentrate and increase the impact of their philanthropic investments. For those organizations attracting these investments, the impact is transformational. However, many organizations that thrived in a more transactional environment are seeking to transition to a model that captures the attention and benefits of this new philanthropy. The first step in making this transition is adapting their case for support to one that better communicates impact to these investors.
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