Empower Yourself

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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Sep
23

If I had 20 days to problem-solve

Albert Einstein once said, “If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would take 19 days to define it.” With this in mind, and realizing that problems are always different, I hope I can offer advice when taking the time to problem-solve. Listen Gather data by listening to those around you, whether there […]

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Sep
19

SURGE Growth registration now open

It’s no secret the association industry faces new challenges and market disruption as the world around it is made all the more complex by technological change and globalization. But did you know all of those challenges are actually opportunities? How the association industry reacts today will determine our future, and there’s only one way to tackle […]

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Sep
17

Ready to grow? 4 books to get you started

If you’ve ever picked up a copy of one of Verne Harnish’s books, you know the Entrepreneur’s Organization founder puts serious stock in habit development.  As the author of “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits” and the later update “Scaling Up: Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 2.0,” Harnish knows the value of making a plan and sticking to […]

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Sep
12

Ready for SURGE Growth? Meet the 3 keynote speakers for our digital conference

When we first started to think about what the next SURGE should focus on, we considered associations’ biggest challenges today, how there’s a need to face transitional forces coming from both inside and outside the industry and how these organizations are looking to tap into new generations coming of age and into the market.  We […]

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Sep
02

The tricky business of understanding members’ needs

In preparation for my SURGE Co-creation session this past May, I posed this question to registered attendees about Netflix: “What keeps you coming back? Do you view your subscriptions as memberships?” One response from Elizabeth Graham caught my eye: “It’s a small price to pay for a service that makes me laugh, relax, reflect, and […]

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Aug
29

The New Gold Standard in Employee Engagement is Fulfillment

What gives you a sense of fulfillment?  For me, the question evokes a lot of little vignettes before any articulate answer. It’s the feeling of progress I get when I train for a big run. It’s cooking all day to share an elaborate Italian feast with friends. It’s the thrill of working on a high-performing […]

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Aug
05

JOB CANDIDATES ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO COMMUNICATE

We often stress the importance of soft skills in the job market, and this is particularly true when it comes to a lack of communication skills affecting the employability of job candidates. As the Director of CompTIA AITP, an association for IT professionals, we talk a lot about not only the skills gap but a […]

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Jul
30

SURGE GROWTH SPEAKERS WANTED

What began as a notion in November 2017 has now confidently become a certainty: that the best, brightest, and boldest ideas come from minds meeting. Along with thousands of association professionals, AssociationSuccess.org saw this thesis in action, and over the past 2 years our free virtual conference has evolved. It’s gone from a vanguard experiment to […]

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Jul
25

LEARNING DOESN’T STOP AT MID-CAREER

As a professional in her mid-career, I certainly don’t feel like one sometimes. I’m still discovering who I am and what my place is in this world. In some ways, I could say I’m like a young professional at heart, eager to learn and explore. I’ve always been curious, and that curiosity has served me well […]

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