Empower Yourself

Jan
15

The Pros and Cons of Evolving Workplaces

My friends were planning a get together last November at a cabin in Virginia. While we were chatting and figuring out arrangements, one of my friends said, “We can head up on a Friday, but if we do, I’ll have to work from the car. I can turn my phone into a hotspot for internet.” […]

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Nov
27

What New Members Want

Through my research into new member engagement, conducted alongside Amanda Kaiser at Kaiser Insights, we found that programs designed to welcome new members into an organization get results.They can boost member renewal rates and improve a member’s experience for the long haul. There are many ways to go about engaging new members, and focusing on in-person experiences […]

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Nov
20

Ten Marks of a Great Co-Worker

There is no shortage of literature on leadership. Being a good leader means supporting, equipping, and galvanizing a team to fulfil its potential. But given that the potential of a team is so much greater than the sum of its parts, it is strange that we rarely talk about being a good co-worker. Ernie Smith’s recent piece gives […]

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Oct
11

7 Small Steps Towards Mindful Productivity

Productivity is using your pro-activity to focus and attain your goals. Start out with a clear set of intentions and then align your thoughts, beliefs and actions to become productive. How do we integrate personal and professional productivity? Begin with personal self-care. As the mindful leadership guide, my work is helping people understand that they […]

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Oct
01

Are We All Generalists in Association Culture?

Today, I am the Director of Data Systems and Technology for ACPA—College Student Educators International. However, my career trajectory was not an obvious one. A DIVERSE CAREER PATH I became an Air Force linguist after dropping out of community college in 1997. When the language I trained in was no longer needed, I took a […]

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Sep
27

Do You Know an Innovation Pioneer?

Change might be afoot. The environment around us might be transforming rapidly, and technology might be posing all sorts of disruptions – but our associations are well-poised and well-equipped to see the future as an amazing opportunity. Our biggest asset? People. The industry is teeming with visionary people, dedicated to making change, advancing the space, and supporting their […]

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Sep
25

Association Dead Zones: How to Overcome Geographical Limits

It’s no secret – North American associations live and breathe in Chicago, D.C., New York, and other major metropolitan hubs. But whether by circumstance, choice, or necessity, there are many association management professionals working in offices and from home across the continent, from Saskatoon to Albuquerque, Providence to Anchorage. Although the nature of association work – […]

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Sep
24

SURGE Optimism Line-up: Find out what’s in store!

It is with optimism surging through our veins* that we announce to you the launch and line-up of our next SURGE virtual conference. Running on November 7th-9th, this event is themed around Optimism for the Future. The goal of our twelve sessions is to celebrate and make possible the potential of our associations. They have all […]

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Sep
18

Evolutionary Data Quality: A Response to AI Disruption

Artificial intelligence is so embedded into our everyday lives we don’t notice it anymore. We don’t see machine learning as end users, we see its major outcome: convenience. Shortcuts. Streamlined digital experiences that require less attention from us. Similarly, when we think about how artificial intelligence relates to the association space, it’s natural to focus on […]

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Sep
11

How Setting Boundaries Can Enhance Your Productivity

Productivity is an evaluation of how effectively you are able to get things done (or not). If you’re productive, you are able to produce, complete, show up and show out. What’s the cost of this productivity? If I am productive at work and people there think I’m a go-getter, what’s happening in my personal life? […]

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