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6 disruptive forces poised to revolutionize nonprofit associations
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It takes courage to move out of the comfort zone. So many nonprofit associations and their boards have adopted a risk-averse environment. They see little incentive to change or experiment. In the coming three to 10 years, those organizations that stay the course will not succeed. Those that refuse to think differently, quickly and innovate will not survive. The traditional nonprofit approach to risk must be recalibrated to assume a level of risk tolerance. More

Legal risks of social media
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Associations are reaping the benefits of active engagement with social media, but legal risks come with the territory. With your members and staff happily (or unhappily) blogging, tweeting, and posting status updates, is your association protected from liability? More

Don't let what you know limit what you imagine
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One of the most perplexing features of these troubled times is that so many capable people in so many fields look so lost and ineffective. Whether it's the stubborn inefficiencies of the health-care system, the ever-rising costs of the higher-education system, even the slow-motion collapse of the U.S. postal system, leaders with unrivaled expertise and decades of experience can't seem to develop creative solutions to dire problems. Why are so many smart executives so ineffective? One answer may be that all this experience is itself a problem. More

Tips to create a culture of collaboration and innovation
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Love it or hate it, the real-time Web is forcing nonprofits to change the way they do business. Organizations recognize that they must be more transparent with their successes, their failures, as well as their finances. They are also learning how to better handle public criticism of their brand and instead view criticism as opportunities to listen to valuable feedback from their constituents and to be responsive. Unfortunately, many organizations still struggle with rigid top-down management structures and teams that squash innovation and collaboration. If nonprofits want to meet their missions faster and attract the most talented staff, organizations are going to need to change the way they do business inside the office. More

Virtual meetings: It's not either/or
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Virtual meetings tend to polarize opinion. You either love them or you hate them. According to research from the University of Edinburgh, the arguers fall into one of two camps: "Virtual Meetings save so much money and time, soon we'll be all meeting that way" or "Virtual Meetings will never replace face-to-face meetings, so give us back our travel budget." More

3 key strategy questions to ask your teams regularly
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The gross majority of the dialogue in an organization is about how, who and when, and the important what and why issues are left for strategy meetings and other "high-level" discussions. While understandable in the hectic pace of the workday, the shortage of these important what and why discussions reinforces a dangerous form of operational myopia, where the underlying and unspoken assumption is: If we simply get this done, we'll be better off as a firm. More

New CEIR research released on exhibition trends
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The Center for Exhibition Industry Research has released some of the results from The 2011 Changing Environment of Exhibitions Study, which explores how the exhibition industry is evolving and provides key market insights on opportunities and threats. The findings explore the current and planned use of the full array of available marketing, communications and sales tactics; positioning of business-to-business exhibitions in this mix; current, high-priority marketing and sales objectives and perceived value of using business-to-business exhibitions to achieve them; as well as the factors that drive the decision to exhibit or pull out of an exhibition. More

Meetings 101
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How many times have you sat yawning in a two-hour meeting, only to go back to your office or cube and think, "What just happened?" In any office environment, meetings are a fundamental necessity to keep different departments and people up-to-date on various goings-on. But without proper planning, a meeting can take a turn for the worse as participants struggle to stay awake or leave feeling as if they accomplished nothing. More

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