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Living lean: How associations can waste less, do more
Associations Now
There is a lot of waste in associations, even though they have precious few resources to squander. The principles of lean processes, borrowed from the world of manufacturing, can be put to work to streamline the human workflows of associations, saving money, time and energy while boosting member value. In lean thinking, waste is anything that does not contribute to value, a view that takes some time to sink in. Any activity that consumes time, resources or space but does not add value to the product, service or activity is considered waste.
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5 topics your board needs to discuss immediately
CEO.com
While the size, stage, geography and industry may fluctuate, there are several essential elements that should currently concern all boards. Good governance is not static, and the challenges evolve with the times.
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How to break the mold and be an independent thinker
Entrepreneur
To come up with truly creative products and unique ideas, great business leaders need to be independent thinkers. Our brains are wired to recycle ideas we’ve already heard from others, but you can learn to think independently, or to come up with novel ideas, with a few easy psychological tips and tools.
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3 questions that will drive growth and market relevance
The Demand Perspective
In the association world the opposite of an association is a for-profit business. As categories merge, such absolute distinctions are no longer useful. The weaknesses in the conventional association model are not inherent to associations but to the bureaucratic, rigid, provider-focused management model that is still prevalent in many sectors. The fundamental challenge facing association leaders is the same facing the leaders of all types of organizations across sectors: Hierarchical, product and process-driven models are at odds with the speed and fluidity of today’s markets and call for flexibility, customization, complete solutions and continuous innovation.
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Forget digital overload: Get your association to stand out with content curation
XYZ University
We are living in an information age. There is way too much information to pay attention to all of it. If you don’t want your association to fall into the category of content that’s getting tuned out, you need to start curating the best content out there for your members; become a go-to spot to keep up to date without having to weed through any noise.
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What's in this publication for me?
Association Adviser
Advertising directly impacts the size of association publications. As obvious as this may sound, the more advertising in a publication, the more pages it can have, the more frequently it can be published and the more professional it can look.
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  The Era of AMS is Over

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What can associations learn from educational innovations?
Avectra
Associations are not the only ones figuring out how to both embrace and adapt technology. Newspapers, book stores and other industries continue to evolve in response to changes in their markets. Not only is higher education dealing with the impact of a sputtering economy, but the growth of MOOCs — massive open online courses — is causing some consternation in the lower echelons. Jeff Cobb said, “Clearly, when it comes to refreshing, retooling, and acquiring entirely new skills, associations are an invaluable — and generally undervalued — part of our education system.” Yet, how many associations watch, learn from, and are inspired by educational innovations like these?
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How and why to be a leader (not a wannabe)
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
Leadership — true leadership — is a lost art. Leaders lead us not to a place — but to a different kind of destination: to our better, truer selves. It is an act of love in the face of an uncertain world.
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