New to Working Virtually? 9 Tips for Surviving the First 90 Days

August 12, 2017

The future of work While working virtually is a monumental change for most people, there’s a reason why many industry experts are calling it the future of work. According to Fast Company, 34% of business leaders surveyed at the Global Leadership Summit said more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by…

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6 Tips for Improving Tone in Virtual Work Communications

July 20, 2017

When you first begin working on a remote team, you’ll no longer be speaking with teammates and clients face-to-face – at least not regularly. Depending on your preferred method of communication, this change might take some getting used to. Nonverbal cues and body language play a huge role in workplace relationships and business negotiations. You…

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5 Tips for Building a Strong Company Culture for Your Remote Team

July 5, 2017

People are the glue that will hold your company together. The secret to keeping them happy is not perks, it’s purpose. And with the right systems and processes in place for continually communicating that purpose, you’ll have a great chance of keeping your team’s interest for the long haul. Culture is the “vision, values, norms,…

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Five Drivers Behind Why Virtual Teams Are Becoming the Norm

May 31, 2017

Do you think an article on virtual or remote teams might not apply to your nonprofit or association just because you work out of the same office space? Think again! The year is 2017 and, in one way or another, we are ALL already remote workers: When you take a day to work from home,…

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How to Have a Successful Tech Vendor Relationship

May 14, 2017

An ideal partnership should be a win-win for both sides. In fact, you’d be best off thinking of your technology vendor as someone who is actually on the same side, or team, as you. Rather than working against each other, you are working towards a shared goal – the continued financial success of both of…

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Skills Required for Today’s Association IT Managers

February 8, 2017

The only constant in technology is change, so how are associations supposed to keep up with it all? One way is to hire the right people, but it often can be difficult to determine which job candidates have the pertinent experience and skills needed to lead associations into the future. Drawing on some of Randstad…

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Future-Proof Your Marketing Team

December 1, 2016

With all of the seismic shifts in technology, tools, and even customers, the marketing function within associations looks very different today than it did a decade ago. That means the skills required to do the job are in constant flux. Cold, outdated, gross. That’s the reputation surrounding anatomy that the American Association of Anatomists’ Board…

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Key to Successful IT Projects: An Awesome Project Charter

October 13, 2016

I was lucky enough to be invited to lead a workshop on project management tips and techniques with a long-time Abila partner, Rebecca Achurch, at last month’s Code(Her) Conference in D.C. One of the more pivotal pieces we covered was the importance of setting up a project for success from the start (i.e., how to…

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Be a Virtual Survivor: How to Effectively Manage Telecommuters and Virtual Teams

March 14, 2016

The Abila User and Development Conference (AUDC 2016) ended on a high note this year, wrapping with what was definitely the most interactive, engaging, and fun session I attended the entire week, “Virtual Survivor – Keeping Your Team Working Together After They’ve Left the Island!” Rebecca Achurch of Achurch Consulting, Kelly Hansen with Association Engine,…

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Use Data to Build Member Engagement

June 3, 2014

Associations are good at collecting data, but they’re less adept at analyzing it or knowing what to do with the gold mine of information they have. But that’s changing. As technology becomes more affordable, organizations are harnessing “big data” to improve the ways they interact with members. Read More >>

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