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An association leader should...
Midcourse Corrections    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leadership often needs to step back from its customary role of being an agents for members and promoting members' interests. Leaders need to become stewards of the system anticipating the future, even as others enjoy the present. Each association life cycle requires leaders to act in specific ways to maintain the development of a healthy organization. More

10 things association execs need to know about mobile membership apps
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Think your association can wait to start using mobile apps to engage your members? Think again. Both consumer and enterprise mobile technology is quickly overtaking traditional online channels for certain types of member engagement. The 2011 Digital Now conference, which focused on mobility for associations and nonprofits, reminded us that membership organizations are well suited to engage their constituents through mobile devices. More

Strategic planning: Intuition isn't just about trusting your gut
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If intuition is the muse in CEO decision-making, does it make for better decisions? Quants say we use intuition because of our cognitive limitations. It is a strategy of last resort, employed when we can't use optimal weighting and computing of all relevant factors. Others believe that, in certain circumstances, implicit rules of thumb, the building blocks of intuition, can actually lead to better choices. Others believe the role of intuition may just be random. More

Strategy vs. cultivation
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Associations have value. Sociologically speaking, the deeply rooted human need to associate is not doomed to irrelevance. Humans will always have a need to socialize with their peers and to develop a sense of shared personal identity through occupations, hobbies or interests. In fact, associations — in various forms — have actually been in existence far longer than the modern form of capitalism. We need not fear that our corporate cousins will provide a better model for the future and rob us of our purpose. We are apples, they are oranges. More

Making time to glimpse the future and re-think
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As technology finally begins to catch up to our long-standing vision for how it can positively change our work lives and our businesses, it may just be time for us to rethink our stone-age approaches on how we work. More

Capitol Digest: Recent actions of the Texas Legislature
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent action in Austin included Senate Education Committee approval of a bill that would help limit teacher layoffs; House approval of a new district map for the Texas State Board of Education; and Senate approval of an increase in municipal traffic fines. More

Innovation and the readiness to do something new
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Innovation always requires a readiness to do something new. Anything new is a risk. Anything new is a distraction from the normal routine. Anything new requires commitment of some resources. For obvious reasons, many organizations do not like to try new things. More

When it pays to spend on trade shows
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although webinars and virtual online trade shows have become popular in recent years, and serve a marketing purpose, they are not replacements for face-to-face events, says Bill Sell, vice-president and general manager of CrossTech Media, a Boston company that owns and manages 20 business and professional conferences. More

In politics, size doesn't always matter
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Redistricting can change the odds in legislative and congressional races, but in statewide races, it's all about turnout. More

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