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Effective associations: Beating the odds to boost your membership numbers
By Meagan Rockett
These aren't easy times for associations to try to increase their membership numbers. But with a strong message and smart strategy, you can beat the odds and be the organization that everyone in your field wants to join. We all know the challenges, and they won't be going away anytime soon. Budgets are tight, so companies and organizations are hesitant to pay for association memberships. Here's what some of the most effective associations do to keep their membership numbers strong and healthy.
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The secrets to fostering innovation
Human Resource Executive Online
Organizations should include innovation as a major competency in leadership-development plans and tie individual bonuses and/or salary increases to innovation, according to new research.
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Good conflict makes a good board
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
Anyone who has served on a board of directors can appreciate that each board has its own characteristic rhythm, social rules and level of effectiveness. Solange Charas maintains there are two kinds of boardroom conflict — cognitive and affective — with very different implications for board performance.
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The starting point of real change: From operational thinking to innovating
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The Demand Perspective
If, like many of the association executives, you are overwhelmed by myriad new options and are paralyzed by the thought of all the hurdles you will encounter, you may be sitting in a familiar no man's land — between idea and execution — for a very long time. The question most leaders ask is: Where do I start?
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Run more like a business?
Associations Now
Nonprofits need to run more like a business, it's often said. That seems obvious. After all, associations have the same need to keep the lights on and keep their customers (i.e., members) coming back. So why does this "more like a business" line keep coming up?
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Protect your assets with exhibitor liability insurance
By Robert Weber
When you sign venue contracts, you become responsible for everything that happens during your occupancy. You can significantly reduce uncertainty when you require exhibitors to carry liability insurance that includes your organization as an additional insured. But how practical is this given the amount of work and the short period involved? If you require exhibitors to provide certificates of liability insurance, you know how difficult it is to collect them and how inefficient and time consuming the process can be.
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6 things exceptional leaders do better
Inc.
Many business students believe that future leaders need a new set of leadership skills that recognize the new global economy that continues to be molded and shaped by rapidly changing technology and globalization. They aren't wrong. They are overlooking, however, the fact that fundamental leadership skills are characteristic of all great leaders, past and future. What differentiates exceptional leaders from great leaders, however, was not necessarily how to amend these characteristics but rather how to execute them better. Here are six things exceptional leaders do better.
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Leading in an age of continuous transformation
Forbes
Many people find any change uncomfortable and today's changes daunting. Yet, it's important to remember that our nation and world are filled with leaders who are very able. They are already leading organizations to unimagined achievement in this rapidly evolving environment. You can be one of those leaders.
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