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Those who understand your members best aren't on your board
The Hourglass Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional boards are growing less and less in touch with their respective memberships — and the rise of online influencers is only one of the reasons why. But you know who remain in touch with their membership? Association staff. Especially staff people that navigate, either as part of their professional responsibilities or personal interests, the same open and unstructured online networks that the influencers do. More

9 things CEOs should know before reducing staff
ASAE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While laying off employees is never an easy task, if CEOs approach reductions in staff with a strategic understanding of potential legal and human risk factors, the organization may reduce the chance of adverse legal actions by former employees. Here are nine things to know to avoid the risks associated with layoffs and terminations. More

Have we lost the ability to argue?
Golden's Rules for Associations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Today, we tend to think of arguing as synonymous with quarreling, with anger as the chief ingredient," a 2008 editorial in Gilbert Magazine noted. But true argument has nothing to do with anger. Unless you are in a debating contest, the purpose of argument isn't to beat your opponent; it is to get to the truth. More

Staff meeting 24/7
Tom Morrison    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you ever been in a staff meeting and wondered how much time was actually quantifiable as productive time? How many of the people sitting in the meeting were just sitting there listening to people give updates that did not impact their day-to-day work assignments? How much productivity and labor are wasted in going over projects, meetings and committee work to make sure everyone is "in the know?" And how do we keep everyone "in the know" on the developments of the projects, meetings and committees as a staff to ensure we don't miss any details? More

Leadership and toxic work environments
N2Growth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Toxic work environments can only exist where a lack of trust and respect are present, and this can only occur in the absence of sound leadership. The phrase "toxic work environment" is code for bad leadership, because a toxic culture simply cannot co-exist in the presence of great leadership. More

The dangers of deference
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deference to authority is deeply engrained in most societies, so it's no wonder that it also shows up in many organizations. We honor our parents and are taught to obey them. We're similarly encouraged to respect our teachers, elders, community and religious leaders. Given all of this cultural reinforcement, pushing back against hierarchical authority often goes against the grain. It's made even more difficult in organizations when such push-back is implicitly (or explicitly) discouraged — either by an unwillingness of senior people to receive feedback or subtle punishment for people who speak up. More

Who is competing for your members' wallets and time?
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who's competing for your members' professional development share of wallet and time? Where is community forming around industry issues? Who are the thought leaders and influencers in your industry? Are they friend or foe? The rise of content marketing and the ease of forming online communities serve as both threats and opportunities to association membership, programs and sustainability. More

Lend a coaching hand to your first-time leaders
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yeah, I know that no one was there to show you the ropes when you were drafted into your first supervisory role. And yes, instead of sinking, you figured out how to swim. And of course, we've all heard the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Putting all of those experiences and maxims aside, the only right thing to do is to support your first-time leaders by paying attention and offering frequent feedback. More

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