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Designing association business models for the network age
Canadian Society of Association Executives    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the powerful forces of cultural, demographic, economic, political, social and, above all, technological shift combine to relentlessly transform our society, associations need fresh thinking on how to successfully attract the stakeholders of the future through radical new value creation. The coming generations of potential association contributors bring a 21st century sensibility to the fundamental human experience of associating. For them, it is primarily an immersive digital experience of uninterrupted social engagement that increasingly takes place "on the go" from portable devices. This kind of diverse, real-time interaction creates a rich mix of personal and professional sharing that defies the traditional categories of conversation, collaboration and learning familiar to most associations. More

Fueling an association merger
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What do you get when you cross two nearly identically positioned Texas associations and a successful five-year joint run on the trade show floor? A very winning merger. More

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How innovative leaders maintain their edge
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How well companies leverage people, process and philosophies differentiates the best in class from the next in class when it comes to keeping innovation alive and delivering an innovation premium year after year. In this regard, the behavior of leaders matters — big time. More

Are associations about professions or about needs?
Association Subculture    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nine times out of 10 an association's entire mission is based around a particular industry or profession, or perhaps a hobby or activity. Most associations that we are familiar with are dedicated to supporting specific skills people need to succeed in a particular job as opposed to gaining basic job skills and resources that could be useful in the economy at large. Maybe this laser focus on "creating membership value" within our own industry segments is clouding the bigger question. Is it possible that associations need to be going big and niche at the same time? More

Match your innovation process to the results you want
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We are often asked whether the best way to structure for innovation is top-down or bottom-up. The answer is both, but it depends. Bottom-up approaches work well for incremental innovations. Breakthrough innovations, contrary to popular belief, need a top-down approach. More

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7 reasons you should have a minority-rich workforce
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Recruiting and hiring workers with diverse backgrounds has long-term benefits for businesses, especially considering the changing face of Americans. Companies whose employees reflect their communities and customers show a commitment to serving their clients and foster better relationships. Here are seven reasons you should have a minority-rich workforce. More

Current and future trends in e-learning
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Tagoras recently released its Association Learning + Technology 2011: State of the Sector report, assessing the state of technology-enabled learning in associations and looking at how its role may evolve in the future. Tagoras surveyed 375 organizations about how they use e-learning, the tools and techniques they employ to create and deliver the content, and the business practices that support their initiatives. Here's an overview of some of the findings. More


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