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5 ways for associations to stay relevant
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Smartphones, tablets and laptops have made our lives easier and have even contributed to a cultural lifestyle where we can gain instant access to almost anything and everything. With all of these societal changes, business leaders of today might ask themselves, "Why do I really need to be part of an association to get ahead?" The answer lies in the evergreen benefit of creating lasting relationships that, in turn, provide firsthand education based on shared best practices. The two main reasons to join an association are education and networking. More

When satisfying member needs is not enough: Connecting with the heart
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How does an organization change the tone of its relationships with customers from distant to intimate? One approach is to accumulate more and better information about customers in order to respond to increased expectations. Another less-used approach may be to look beyond data, to the values, thoughts and motivations that make human beings tick and drive decisions. More

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Want innovation? Look at management
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There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the people who were advocating for innovation in organizations were considered a bit on the fringe. They were thought leaders; futurists. But they weren't mainstream. It's now more mainstream to be focused on innovation. Many organizations focus on innovating products, but why aren't we innovating management? We put up with management practices that haven't seen significant innovation in fifty or even one hundred years. More

9 telltale signs of a leadership vacuum
Terry Starbucker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are times when a leadership vacuum can sneak up on your organization; one that can quickly erase all the hard work and success that preceded it. It's helpful to know and understand nine telltale signs that leadership is headed into this black hole, so action can be taken before it's too late. More

Velazquez Joins JW Marriott Austin Team

The JW Marriott Austin, scheduled to open in early 2015, is excited to announce that Linda Velazquez has joined the sales team as the hotel’s Texas State Association Sales Manager. Linda was previously with the Hilton Austin as a Senior Sales Manager handling the Texas Associations market.

How 4 different leadership programs thrive
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People who are new to your association's industry are eager to learn the ropes, so your leadership program needs to offer more than busywork. Four associations show how a strong program can establish long-lasting bonds with the next generation of professionals. More

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7 must-haves for nonprofits planning to scale
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In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address social problems. "Scaling a nonprofit's programs without investing in its capacity is a recipe for failure," according Scaling What Works: Implications for Philanthropists, Policymakers, and Nonprofit Leaders, a report by Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Bridgespan Group. More

Nonprofits: Improve your budget process
Larson Allen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether your nonprofit organization educates, advocates, researches, or aids, delivery of your vital services depends on sound financial management. Connecting your money to your mission starts with the budgeting process — a critical endeavor that sometimes doesn't get the attention it deserves. More


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