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Turn on your trend monitor
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In rapidly changing environments, one rule of thumb applies: If you don't adapt, you don't endure. That's the core idea behind environmental scanning. Definitions of the term abound, but in essence it refers to the means by which organizations gather information on changing conditions and incorporate those observations into a process where necessary changes are made. The right information, combined with the right adaptations, can determine an organization's future viability. More

Member engagement programs: Tactics and strategies
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To truly engage members, we need to communicate that the organization understands the primary needs of each membership segment and that the organization’s offerings serve those specific needs. More

The Steve Jobs formula and why it works
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What has truly made Apple successful, as a longer-range view of history will reveal, is a set of best practices, not any single gadget or an audio-cassette-ready philosophy on life. Steve Jobs learned these practices and principles through trial-and-error, though he became their most brilliant practitioner. And the fact that he and his company executed on those principles and capitalized upon them, and no other American company in any industry in the past quarter-century has done the same, is the greatest takeaway from the recent history of American business. More

Tips for managing your board development and your expectations
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As organizations ramp up for fall and a new membership or fundraising cycle, ensuring volunteer leaders are prepared for the year’s challenges ahead must be high on the priority list. For small-staff or volunteer-driven organizations, the board's role is even more critical. More

How to tap employee ideas
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Encouraging your employees' creativity can not only create an engaging work environment, but create new business. Seven experts share their tips on getting employees to share their ideas. More

Association members want movement not organizational institutions
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When a nonprofit works, it is a thing of beauty. It is uniquely able to do radical things such as helping the downtrodden, lending a hand to the underdog, assisting an industry's progress, educating the unlearned, challenging status quo, bettering our world, improving a profession. When as association falls victim to fear, institutional lethargy, political infighting and posturing, ego thumping and pride, it can destroy hope, crush dreams, drain visions, slaughter spirits and abuse privileges like tax benefits and member trust. More

The art of asking questions
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How well do you ask questions? Most managers don't think about this issue. After all, you don't usually find "the ability to ask questions" on any list of managerial competencies; nor is it an explicit part of the curriculum of business schools or executive education programs. But asking questions effectively is a major underlying part of a manager's job — which suggests that it might be worth giving this skill a little more focus. More

Virtual training beats in-person training
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Ten years ago companies thought of TV advertising as the most effective way to reach an audience, and rightfully so for 2001. But if companies had continued blindly down that path and resisted new media experimentation, they would have overlooked Google AdWords, Facebook, and Twitter. There is a similar shift in training. It's moving online and will continue to do so. More

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