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Is the association model broken?
The Demand Perspective
We are constantly hearing how frustrated association executives are with their governance models and how stymied they are about how to grow membership and serve increasingly diverse membership populations. At the same time, we often encounter puzzlement and sometimes outright resistance from these same leaders to any suggestion that involves changing either their governance or their membership models.
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Start by being a leader of one
Inc.
The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs to Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a little out of reach. You're just a young person with business dreams, after all. Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.
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Good news for association education courtesy of Generation X
Associations Now
According to a recent study, Generation X is the first generation to fully embrace the need for lifelong learning and they show every sign of continuing their pursuit of quality education that will make them competitive in the workplace. More importantly, Generation X is embodying a larger cultural shift that no longer sees a linear life path (i.e. school, college, career, retirement), but is embracing a more latticed approach that weaves education throughout a life that may include skipping college for a while and working, going back to school, pursuing certifications and licensing, and changing careers a number of times. It's a more fluid approach to life that is actually more sustainable over the long term and opens up a ton of opportunities for associations.
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The mystery of attracting young professionals
Associations Now
The mind of the young association member: a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. In a newly published survey of one association's members, a surprising finding about its young professionals only serves to further the conundrum.
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What video's rapid rise means for your association
Association Adviser
Thanks to improving internet speed, online video, once considered a clunky, unsatisfying experience has gone mainstream — in a big way. So what does this mean for your association and its members? It means several things, and several new opportunities for you.
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Creating an engaged community
By Robin Carver
Social media provides many opportunities each day for two-way, constant communication. This communication can act just like a face-to-face conversation you might have with a friend, family member or co-worker. Someone talks and the other person listens. While this seems easy enough, when creating an engaged community it can be hard to know if your message is being received.
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Business leaders beware: Ethical drift makes standards slip
Forbes
Business ethics have certainly been in the spotlight over the last couple of years — with scandals involving Libor-fixing, failing to prevent money laundering, and breaking the rules around defaulted mortgages to name a few. Recently, major organizations have been lumped with hefty fines for questionable moral practices. Are dubious morals inevitable for successful business?
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Conferences need more focus on learning design and less on
information transfer

Midcourse Corrections
Recent research shows that conference organizers should focus their conference education efforts more on learning design and less on delivery of information. Too often, conference organizers and meeting professionals secure speakers to present specific topics and then think their job is done. Their focus is completely on the content and the delivery of the information. Research is showing that those steps are not enough.
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