How's your association attitude?
You can have the biggest technology budget on the block, but if your association's culture and attitude is stuck in the 20th century, that slick AMS or online community is only going to take you so far. More
Preparing members for change
The Common Thread Blog Share
Most people, members and organizations are resistant to change. It's up to us as association professionals to come up with a plan to make sure members are not only capable of dealing with an upcoming change, but that they buy into it and see the value it will bring to them as a whole. More
Will associations become filters for digital overload?
The Huffington Post Share
They are the backbone of virtually every profession: Doctors; accountants; engineers. Even turn-around specialists have them. They are professional associations. Their members are a veritable who's who of thinkers and doers, which puts associations squarely at a powerful crossroads of content and curating. More
Is your association's culture helping or hurting member recruitment and retention?
XYZ University Share
As an association executive, you may have the power to change your association's mission with the stroke of a pen. And you may have the ability to hire, fire, promote and demote people with relatively little effort. But changing an entrenched culture is the toughest task you will face. More
As economy revives, nonprofits need better workforce planning
Nonprofits expect their voluntary turnover rates to double in 2012, according to the newly released Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey. And since the same survey shows that three-quarters of nonprofits do not have a formal strategy for retaining staff, some organizations may be sailing into danger as the economy picks up steam. Not only may they see their top talent walking out the front door, but they may also be faced with skill and competency gaps, particularly at the entry- to mid-level career mark, that can affect the organization's mission. More
Policies and strategies
Risky Chronicles Share
The association industry continues to discuss the future of associations. Some believe the social revolution has made associations unneeded or superfluous. Others think associations must undergo a massive shift with a new business model. And some believe associations are just as vital today as years ago. Perhaps the best aspect of this discussion is that associations are questioning their existence and purpose. Policy writing, when done strategically, helps an association clarify who and what it is (or wants to be) for its members and other stakeholders. More