Technology in the Workplace: Merging Boomers and Millennials

August 22, 2019

As even the most traditional workplaces are modernizing their technology systems and creating technology-based strategies, the lines between younger and older generations are clear. Millennials were the first wave of technologists, but many people from Gen Z are also entering the workforce. Their native understanding of technology widens the gap among a workforce even more.…

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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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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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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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