Association Charrette – Lassoing in on Association Challenges Though Self-directed Peer Collaboration

April 2, 2019

February I registered to attend a 3-day retreat for association professionals known as Association Charrette. The event provides an environment for colleague collaboration to openly examine actionable pathways for association industry success. While it sounded like a great idea, there was no predefined subject matter on the agenda. I’d never attended anything like that before…

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Why your Association Needs a Data Strategy

March 26, 2019

Associations and non-profits fall into one of three categories: Anti-data. These organizations trust their gut. They are like gamblers who keep spending money because something in the atmosphere feels right. Fence-sitters. Most associations are here. They appreciate and occasionally make decisions based on a recent collection of data. Sometimes, they use research to inform their…

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Appreciation–Going Beyond “Thank You”

February 7, 2019

Carl, a freelance web developer, had just a few extra minutes to stop by the post office before picking up his daughter from school. He was expecting a check from a job he had completed the month before. Carl quickly grabbed the envelope and stuffed it in his pocket to get to the school on…

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Here or There—Decision Making and Remote Work

November 1, 2018

Have you heard of the Heath brothers? No, they are not a singing group or a new comedy duo. They are two brothers, one a businessman and the other a college professor, living on opposite coasts who collaborate on great business books. Decisive, their book on decision making, holds insights for the world of remote…

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8 Processes You Need to Increase Technology Adoption

January 29, 2018

It’s a scenario we’ve seen time and time again: Organization leaders have gone through the difficult and necessary work to update and evolve internal technology systems. Within a few months, enthusiasm for the new systems has dwindled. Within a year they’ve seen little improvement in their team’s productivity. And within a few years, so many…

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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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