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The elusiveness of a board's value and contribution
By John T. Dinner
A challenge facing many boards of directors is discerning the value they bring to their organization and the contribution they make to that organization's success. The pursuit of good governance and board effectiveness has tended to focus on an ever-growing list of activities to guard against any and every risk known to mankind. Conventional thinking suggests that boardroom success is dependent on implementing this endless list of inputs. You wonder whether the board's role is to serve the organization or tame the governance giant.
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Inside a 29-month membership growth streak
Associations Now
By adding key benefits requested via member feedback, the American Counseling Association has sustained growth for several years. Now it's turning to data-based segmentation to keep the streak alive.
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Too much or too little, ego undermines leadership
Management Issues
Being "nice" isn't a defining leadership capability. Neither is narcissism or a myopic sense of overwhelming omnipotence. Ego — either much or too little — is a prime leadership derailer, which is why assessing it needs to be a key component of the talent planning process.
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Association professionals and conference organizers: Embrace curiosity to avoid stagnation
Midcourse Corrections
In today's rapidly changing world, if you are not moving forward, you are falling behind. Our challenge is to keep pace with the changing tides of our profession. To do that, you have to constantly learn, unlearn and relearn. It's your job to take control of your personal and professional growth to ensure that your skill set is current.
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Your membership marketing is in trouble: The 2013 Pulse Report
XYZ University
Greenfield Services recently released its 2013 Pulse Report based on a survey of 173 association managers, leaders and executives across Canada. This year, the news is not great. Membership marketing issues are top of mind for a lot of associations, but unfortunately, many aren’t keeping up with member demand. The report is filled with disconnects between what associations know they need to or want to do and what they are actually doing.
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Email best practices for associations
Avectra
Granted, email isn't as "sexy" a topic as how your association can best leverage social to attract new members, but when it comes to users, email is where it's at. The inbox is the place you're most likely to reach the largest number of people, and while it's getting gray around the muzzle, it cannot be ignored. Without further ado, here are tips for putting together the best email strategy.
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6 ways to make your leadership and workplace fun again
Forbes
To become an effective leader in the 21st century workplace, you must do six things to make the workplace exciting again. Along the way, you will earn trust and respect throughout the organization as a courageous leader.
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  The Era of AMS is Over

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5 ways to work well with consultants
MemberClicks
Small staff associations are limited on time and money, but are often loaded up on duties. For that reason, you may find it is a good idea to bring on some consultants to help you catch up or take on a big, one-time project. A great consultant can be Heaven-sent, but the wrong consultant can waste your time and money or at worst set you back. Here are some tips to get the most out of your contract consultant experience.
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