Empower Yourself

Feb
28

Association Happenings to Celebrate! PART TWO

In part one of this series, we celebrated the books that have been propelling and supporting our efforts towards the future for associations. This second part is a compilation of events and programs that represent a shift in the industry (yes, our own event might have made its way in here, but as a truly collaborative exploration […]

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Feb
19

Are You Productive, or Just Busy? One Word Can Help You Find Out

To work is to use resources – time, talent, expertise, energy, or a combination thereof – to create a new output. What makes work productive is when our effort has transformed resources into new output of value. If we spend half our waking hours leasing our personal resources to our employer, productivity is worth the pursuit, knowing that our efforts […]

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Feb
14

Association Happenings to Celebrate! PART ONE

Associations need to be flexible and ready to evolve to meet the needs both of their audiences and the world at large, but there’s no doubt that they are up to the challenge! It’s constantly coming to our attention that we have an industry of forward thinking professionals, and I am confident that we are well […]

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Jan
31

Work-Life Integration: The Case For Remote Careers

The phrase work-life balance has never sat well with me. The two aren’t always as separate as the term suggests.The concept gets even more vague when you make the switch from a brick-and-mortar workplace to working from your desk at home, like I did in 2017. At the association management company where I work, I am currently the only […]

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Jan
29

What Makes You More Productive At Work?

When AssociationSuccess.org gathered feedback from the SURGE community about what organizational problem keeps them up at night, the most common challenge expressed was that people have more work to do than they have time. Many associations work in a context where financial and human resources are limited, or at least perceived to be so. Self-imposed […]

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Jan
22

A Pioneer of the Virtual Frontier

For some people, remote or fully virtual work is a shock to the system.They need the separation of going from home to office and have difficulty adapting to a completely different method of working which relies on self-discipline and self-management. Not everyone is cut out to be alone most of the time, and let’s face […]

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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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