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Oct
22

Identifying opportunities to automate

When we start talking about automation or artificial intelligence, people often recoil a little. That might stem from a fear of change, or a belief that it will bring drastic change and completely disrupt the way we work. But if we pay close attention, it becomes evident how automation is already impacting various areas in […]

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Oct
21

Bigger isn’t always better

We are a small team at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, currently comprised of five full-time employees and 4 remote, flexible or part-time employees. Despite our size, we serve about 1,200 members. As a team, we are doing a lot better at accepting that bigger or more isn’t always better; better is better.  We […]

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Oct
16

Want creative solutions? Then get creative about finding them

It can be pretty hard to ask for help.  But what if, every time you needed it, you got to ask a room full of the smartest, most creative, eager-to-help friends?  That’s exactly what some organizations are doing through open innovation.  Consider an example laid out by SURGE Growth keynote speaker Safi Bahcall in his […]

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Oct
15

Planning with small teams to meet big expectations

I’m part of an incredible team, small but nimble, with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). By working in this environment, it has allowed us to stay constant in our communication, ensure staff flexibility, and reduce the departmental silos inherent in larger organizations. The small dynamic staff has enhanced our ability to work […]

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Oct
14

Don’t let ‘perfect’ stand in the way of solving a problem

As great as it would be to take the time to really dig deep into the complexities surrounding a problem and all its possible solutions, watching our budgets and the pile-up of other issues is usually enough to force us to act quickly. Actually, it’s not really a matter of the money. In today’s business […]

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Oct
10

3 problem-solving elements to find new solutions

We encounter problems every day in our personal and professional lives. It’s nothing new, and certainly nothing to be afraid of. Imagine if every time something unexpectedly bad happened, we just panicked and froze. It wouldn’t get us anywhere. Instead, we need to stay positive and work the elements to deal with our problems. Element […]

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Oct
08

What worker co-ops can teach us about the engagement ecosystem

M. Night Shyamalan published a book on the American education system in 2013. Yep, that M. Night Shyamalan, director of such irrefutable classics as “The Sixth Sense,” and such irredeemable stinkers as “The Happening.” Titled “I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education […]

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Oct
07

Why you need to be intentional about culture

There’s a quick way John Spence can tell if an organization’s culture is effective: Are people smiling when they get to work? Are people actually happy to be there?  It may sound a little strange — after all, it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the day to day: There are emails to […]

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Oct
03

Keeping it fresh in problem-solving

Association professionals don’t often have the luxury of time to ponder problems for too long. In a fast-paced world and with limited resources, there’s always something else that takes priority. Still, if we do have the opportunity or intentionally create the opportunity to spend more time defining a problem rather than making a snap decision […]

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Oct
01

10 habits you need to grow your organization

The world has changed quite a bit since John D. Rockefeller went into business.  The self-made co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, who was responsible for hundreds of millions of philanthropic donations before his death in 1937, never had to worry about a social media strategy, nor did he have to consider disruption from a […]

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