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Smarter tech, better board
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Imagine a world in which every member of your board of directors is dialed in, hooked up, and on the same page. A world in which email attachments don't get buried, printed board books don't kill trees, and it doesn't take seven emails to find the perfect time when everyone can meet. How much more productive would that make your organization's leadership? More

Being more innovative: Acting and thinking differently
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You can learn to be more innovative. You can learn to think differently. You can also learn to act more like an innovator. Your ability to be innovative is not only a function of your mind. It is also a function of your behaviors. If you change your behaviors you change your creative impact. And who doesn’t want to be more creative? More

Things learned from being a board member
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Eric Lanke spent two years on the board of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives after spending 13 years as in association staff positions. Thus, he has seen things from both sides of the table, and in this article explains what he has learned from his different perspectives. More

Analyze social to tell a more compelling story
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Does your association leadership get the bigger sense of social? Not just social networking or media — "doing" social such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube — but becoming a social organization? There is a Persian story that goes something like this: A group of villagers is weaving a basket together. A man walks by and asks what they are doing. The first says, "I am pushing one straw against another." The second says, "I am making a basket." The third answers, "I'm helping a man carry food to feed his family." Though they were all three working on the same project, they each saw their jobs very differently. How do your staff, members and volunteer leaders see their role in social? More

10 places where management teams misstep on strategy
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Strategy, the discussions, the decisions and of course, the execution, is hard work filled with ample opportunities to misstep. From revisiting and updating the underlying assumptions about your business, markets and competitors, to the vexing issues of deciding what to do and what not to do, it's no surprise that many management teams avoid this work and focus more on incremental operations planning and improvement. However, for those who are courageous enough to go down this important path and do the heavy lifting, here are 10 pitfalls and speed bumps to avoid during your journey. More

What does your office say about you as a leader?
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Your office says a lot about your leadership style. As tempting as it is to take the corner office with the great view, it may exact a steep toll in a time of crisis. Here are five reasons to sit in the trenches. More

Help your board avoid the post-launch blues
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It's natural for any group to experience a let-down after a key goal or milestone has been achieved. An effective chair will recognize the need for the group to catch its collective breath before diving into the next phase of work. At the same time, though, that same chair needs to make sure a brief time-out doesn't become an elongated work stoppage. Once any group's momentum stalls, it is always difficult to ramp things up again. More

Are you a dreadful leader?
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Unless you are truly blessed, the chances are you have witnessed the damage a dreadful leader can wreak on an unsuspecting organization. While bad leaders can take many forms and share many overlapping characteristics, there are five primary types from which all are derived. More

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