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Finding the middle ground on member engagement
Associations Now
Every member has his or her own reasons for engaging with your association, but how do you best serve diverse needs while maintaining focus on common goals?
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Meeting formats that wake and wow attendees
MemberClicks
Raise your hand if you’ve ever (almost) fallen asleep during a meeting. Hey, we’ve all been there. But meetings are a critical part of your organization’s success, and if you really want to keep members engaged, it’s important to add a little “oomph” to those gatherings.
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Identifying the key values desired in your board members
By Robert C. Harris
Board values are the guiding principles of an association's governing body. Each elected leader brings individual interests and values. It is the composition of the board that results in a set of guiding principles to advance the organization and serve its membership. Start by identifying the values or guiding principles that are most important for success.
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Promoting and leveraging your meeting content
Association Adviser
Tight budgets and growing competition are prompting associations to squeeze extra value out of their conferences. Web-based libraries of digitized abstracts and recorded sessions are dramatic value enhancers for members. As we’ll see, they yield many other benefits, too.
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How to use gamification at your next association conference
Event Manager Blog
Don’t let the term fool you. Gamification drives motivation, rewards desired behavior, and engages members, even ones who hate games.
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Unhealthy structures to your mission
Velvet Chainsaw
Is your current structure stifling your mission? Do you have metaphorical tollbooths for your staff and volunteer leaders? Those tollbooths serve as permission-withholding stops and starts where every staff member and leader must get authorization and agreement to move an idea forward. Tollbooths are usually embedded in your organization’s governance structure — the bylaws, constitution, committees and SOPs that spell out all the procedure that must be followed and enforced.
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You just got back from a conference. Now what?
Associations Now
You may be exhausted after getting back from a conference, but you can’t lose momentum. Now’s the time to review your notes, follow-up with new contacts, share what you learned, and decide how your attendance may benefit your association.
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How the most innovative companies systematically disrupt
By Dr. Min Basadur
Some time ago, psychologist William J.J. Gordon suggested that inventing and learning are opposite forces that feed each other in turn. Inventing is characterized as a process of breaking old connections. Learning is characterized as a process of making new connections stick. When we invent, we "make the familiar strange." This permits us to view old phenomena in new ways, although this can be uncomfortable at first. When we learn, we "make the strange familiar."
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Invest in your leadership abilities by becoming a lifelong learner
Forbes
“Success is a lousy teacher,” wrote Bill Gates in his book The Road Ahead. “It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” If you want to stay relevant, you can never stop seeking knowledge. The most successful leaders push themselves to grow and challenge conventional wisdom. In today’s world, where new ideas are evolving dynamically, it is crucial that leaders commit themselves to evolving with changing times. Here are some characteristics of leaders who commit themselves to lifelong training.
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