4 Tips for Running More Effective Conference Calls

December 14, 2017

A new report showed that U.S.- and U.K.-based businesses waste a lot of time and money on conference calls, but one association consultant offers four tips that may mitigate those losses. Sometimes conference calls feel like a big waste of time. And now a new report validates those feelings. According to LoopUp’s Enterprise Conferencing: User…

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How to Determine Your Remote Work Communication Style

October 31, 2017

Your work communication style typically refers to the way you communicate. For example, are you a more direct or indirect communicator? Many organizations use a tool like DiSC or Myers-Briggs or Strengthsfinders to help employees figure out their preferences, and those of their teammates, in the workplace. While those same principles apply to remote work,…

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Managing a Virtual Team: How to Engage and Motivate Remote Employees

September 25, 2017

Managing a team, regardless of size, can be difficult for even the most experienced professional. Every day there are thousands of books purchased and millions of Google searches made on this very topic. Degrees are earned and studies performed solely focused on the question of how to effectively manage groups of people. Yet the fact…

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7 Tips for Making Better Technology Decisions for your Association

September 6, 2017

At the ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto I had the honor of speaking with a few of my colleagues and friends, Gretchen Steenstra, Moira Edwards, and Rene Shonerd, on making strategic technology decisions. As organizational leaders some of the most critical decisions you make involves the technology that your association or nonprofit uses. A good…

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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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