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Should your CEO be an association or industry expert?
By Maria Huntley
If you're an association board member who is thinking about hiring a new executive director, this is probably the most important question you need to answer before you start the process of searching for your next staff leader. Should your executive director be an association management professional or an industry expert? Which answer is correct? You're asking the wrong question.
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Give your meetings a competitive edge
Associations Now
There’s no harm in a little healthy competition, right? After all, competition often creates buzz and brings people together, even if in the form of trash talking. But what could it mean when it comes to your association’s meetings and events? Well, as these three examples show, adding a competitive element to a meeting could be a great way to showcase the work of your association’ industry, and it could also be a way to highlight and engage your next generation of members.
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Leadership: Nature or nurture?
Entrepreneur
Are leaders born or made? According to a study of twins published in the September 2012 issue of The Leadership Quarterly, if your biological parents held leadership positions, you have a 24 percent likelihood to inherit a predisposition to do so as well, indicating that being the offspring of leaders may give you an edge. However, the vast majority of leadership skills are developed through training over time.
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Why your professional association needs a strategic plan ... right now
Association Management Blog
What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements — including the imperative to stay current. Today’s professional associations are operating in a rapidly changing environment. It’s critical that you’re working toward a focused and specific set of goals, with metrics and accountability measures built in.
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You can't be a wimp — make the tough calls
Harvard Business Review
As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is the author of several best-selling books. In this interview, he returns to the topic of decisions and talks about what he’s learned in three decades of helping executives make them.
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White space
The Demand Perspective
For decades now, businesses passed up opportunities that did not seem to fit with what they were doing well, says Mark W. Johnson in his book, Seizing the White Space. His conclusion is that as a company matures it gets better and better at what has proven to work well. It refines systems, improves execution and organizes to produce and maintain its core business hence, ironically, becoming imprisoned in it. This is precisely the challenge facing association leaders today: How do they become something more than and different from their current membership models, products, governance structures or benefits?
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The top way to ensure your social media strategy will tank
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social media is here to stay. It has completely transformed the landscape of personal and brand communication. Yet one of the biggest impacts on social media strategy thus far was recently released in a new study from Econsultancy. The reason marketers are using social media is changing — and the new findings are detrimental to your long-term success on social media. Read on to discover the top way to ensure your social media strategy will fail — and how to avoid it. Create a social media strategy that succeeds and shines with these tips.
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Making your association a great place to work: Internal communications
Avectra
Happy employees are more motivated, and motivated employees are more productive. It seems like a pretty simple formula, so why is it so hard to strike the right balance? Perhaps by starting with some common employee gripes, associations can work to fix some of the obstacles towards a workplace brimming with morale. Improving internal communications can be tricky, depending on the size of your staff, but there are a few steps you can take toward getting it right.
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Directors and officers liability: 2012 survey of insurance purchasing trends
Towers Watson
The annual Towers Watson Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability Survey tracks D&O insurance coverage purchasing patterns. The insurance marketplace for directors and officers liability is clearly firming, as evidenced by increased pricing experienced in many sectors.
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