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Should we offer non-members periodic information from the association?
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Every association offers member communications such as a newsletter, magazine or email-based publication. But should your association also be producing a publication for people who are not members of your association? The answer for your association is probably yes, for three reasons. More

Navigating the federal grant maze
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Many associations are daunted at the prospect of navigating all the paperwork involved in corralling even a small government grant. But the work is manageable and worth the effort, say American Association of University Women Director of Development Laura Stepp and Director of Research Catherine Hill. Here are a few of their tips. More

Social media equals human content and connection
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The term social media has become fused with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. But that's wrong. It is so much more than those three social networking tools. Social media and social networking is about being human. It's about moving away from corporate speak and headquarters spin to authentic, transparent communications. Social media is human content. It's about sharing content generated by the people for the people. More

Trying not to fail is not the same as striving for success
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There's a definite difference between focusing on not failing versus striving for success. When we focus on not failing, fear rents most of the space in our mind, and we see monsters in need of slaying everywhere we turn. We lose track of the original vision that propelled our actions, and the sheer act of working becomes at best a passionless exercise and, at worst, drudgery. More

Senators tend budget gap with rainy day reserves
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A $176.5 billion budget that patches some deep cuts to state services has easily cleared a Texas Senate panel after lawmakers agreed to dip into the state's reserve fund. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, told his colleagues that $3 billion would be needed from the state's rainy day fund to balance their proposed 2012-13 budget. The budget is $12 billion larger than the version of House Bill 1 already approved by the lower chamber. More

Why does criticism seem more effective than praise?
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When you coach someone or conduct a performance appraisal, where do you tend to focus? Probably on "opportunities for improvement," right? Sure, you mention some positive things, but you likely spend much more time talking about faults and shortcomings. If you do, you're only human. Paying more attention to what's wrong isn't wrong-headed or perverse. In fact, you could say you do it because, in your experience, criticism produces better results than praise. More

The multiple benefits of empowerment
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Almost all of us like to feel that we are in control of our own lives and destinies — and that's as true in the workplace as it is anywhere else. Which is why it should come as no surprise that a new study has confirmed workers who feel empowered by their employers have higher morale and are more productive, regardless of their industry, job role or even their culture. More

Managing the managers
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Studies show that organizations are not adequately preparing — if they are making any efforts whatsoever — their managers to take over new responsibilities and leadership roles. More than half of managers in one study said they had no management training at all. Yet, now more than ever, it's important for organizations to have managers who are able to retain and engage talented workers. More

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