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The elusiveness of good governance
By John T. Dinner
The achievement of good governance is elusive due to challenges that typically confront and often confound boards of directors. These challenges tend to be somewhat common across organizations and typically relate to difficulties with sharing power, delegating authority and group decision-making. These issues, in turn, are most often related directly to the extent to which trust and confidence exists between the various boardroom players.
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Why mission comes before membership
Associations Now
One association executive implores associations to restore volunteerism and mission as their primary pursuits and to remember that membership is merely a means to an end. He argues the future of associations rests exactly where it began, with the one quality that makes associations different from any other type of business: Their nature as voluntary organizations, formed by and for people with common interests and shared goals.
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How to turn around member relationships: Not just another project
The Demand Perspective
Your membership is declining, still imperceptibly but steadily enough to acknowledge the downward trend. You are determined to act fast and do something completely different this time because you can't get to a new place with the same old methods. Sounds good, right? Yet something we call the "cult of the quick finish" — a rigid, product-driven mentality — keeps most associations stuck at the same spot, just treading water.
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What the future holds for the association workplace
Mobile and digital technologies have changed the way we work. Think about how often you rely upon cloud-hosted apps or software, social media, online communities, Skype and Web conferencing platforms, collaboration tools or your association’s digital technology while you’re at work. As Millennials enter the workforce, more and more of your colleagues (and perhaps you too) are people who grew up with these new ways of communicating, collaborating and learning. The tech firm Ericsson calls this the "Networked Society." In their report, "Next Generation Working Life: From Workplace to Exchange Space," Ericsson identified eight trends that are shaping our future life at work.
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How to tell if a freemium model will work for you
The freemium business model (a combo of the words "free" and "premium") basically offers your core product or service for free. The hope is that people will love the free version so much, they'll be willing to pay for upgrades or additional features down the road. Here are three questions to ask if you're thinking of offering a freemium option to your customers.
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4 nonprofit board responsibilities that may surprise you
By Maria Huntley
Being a board member is an important job and a pretty big deal. Increasing lawsuits against nonprofit organizations put volunteer boards and the organizations they are serving at risk. Every responsible nonprofit should annually be providing their board with the proper education about their legal responsibilities and tools necessary to do the job. This will empower your volunteer leaders to run your organization to its fullest potential. It will also demonstrate your organization's interest in managing your constituents' financial resources with trust and transparency.
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Time to reboot your conference and event marketing
Midcourse Corrections
If your marketing materials stress the numerical features of your conference, such as how long it has been around, how many CEUs one can receive, the number of speakers and sessions there will be, the number of booths on the floor or the satisfaction rate of past attendees … Stop now and start over immediately.
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5 key elements of a successful talent development program
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Developing talent is one of the best ways to assure your organization has the leaders it will need for a strong future and pain-free transitions of power. Naturally, to develop talent, first you need to have talent. The good news is that once you have it, developing it is a great way to keep it. Talent development will help your organization stay a step ahead in the talent war. A successful talent development plan will include these five key elements.
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