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The 'Association Spring' — time for provocative change
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Associations are losing their ability to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, not because of a lack of innovation and creative capacity, but through a wholesale adoption of language and management techniques more suited to the purely corporate goal of product production, not experience creation. Shelly Alcorn says it's time for an "Association Spring," where we look at shaking the status quo to allow the organizations and members to have the freedom to continue to exist and prosper. More

Transparency is the new leadership imperative
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What kind of leaders do we need today? Steve Jobs — mysterious, charismatic, intriguing — is often cited as one of the recent greats, and there are clearly benefits to his style. A recent study showed that leaders like him — those perceived as having an almost magical aura — are seen as visionary. But that kind of leadership also has its limitations. More

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The future of planning for the future
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When it comes to preparing an association for the future, few tools are relied on more than strategic planning. But is this time-tested exercise still as valuable as it once was? After all, many of the internal operations of well-managed associations have evolved in ways that senior executives couldn't have imagined 15 or 20 years ago. More

An association success story: Earlier registration and booming membership
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The American Institute of Steel Construction has an annual conference that has been very successful over the past few years, but has caused exhibitor angst because of late registration. This year, they are projecting a 5-10 percent growth in attendees, but, they were able to significantly increase how early people registered by having registration fees increase by $10 per week. More

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Is volunteering worth it? The economics of generosity
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Independent Sector recently released its 2011 estimate for the value of an hour of volunteering — $21.79. It is a number used widely in the field to estimate the scope and impact of volunteering in our communities, but not everyone agrees we should be reducing the hope, inspiration and goodwill of volunteering into dollar and cents. More

Bringing innovation to life
Jamie Notter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Innovation implies change, and change often pushes people's fear button. It's not that they fear change, mind you, but change often makes people afraid that they will lose something — power, comfort, familiarity, a feeling of competence, etc. So fear gets activated. The antidote? Courage. More

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5 simple ideas for supporting young nonprofit professionals at work
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Even though we know that Millennials want to be supported in the workplace, most nonprofits seem to view professional development as a burden on their already limited resources. But what if we began to re-frame the conversation about nonprofit leadership development? Yes, it's an essential part of cultivating a new generation of leaders, but it doesn't have to cost a ton of money. Here are a few strategies that nonprofits can implement to support their younger staff. More


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