Empower Yourself

Apr
17

Keep Your Eyes Open: Unorthodox Learning

Learning is everybody’s job. Five or ten years ago, people at work might have thought, I’m just a cog in the wheel, done their job, and survived. However, that attitude is not viable today. The world is changing too fast to rest on our laurels. Without ongoing learning efforts, organizations (and people) become stagnant and suffer. Everyone has […]

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Apr
03

Association Board Leaders: Move Gracefully Off the Scene

Grace (ɡrās). Noun. A way of moving that is smooth and attractive. A controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving in social situations. ————— As a former association leader, you need to move gracefully off the scene. You have played a leadership role at your association. Maybe as the President, or Treasurer or Member of […]

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Mar
06

Evaluating Our Leadership Styles

I recently published an article about authentic leadership, directing people’s attention towards the leadership structure of their organization in order to feel its social, economic, political and environmental pulse. The experience of being interviewed provoked me to reflect on my personal leadership style, the leaders around me, and what authenticity means for the way we organize our […]

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Feb
27

Demystifying AI: Q&A with Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate

Editor’s note: Associations everywhere are using AI to make their processes more efficient. We’ve all heard by now of the radical potential of AI, but it can be hard to connect the dots from these big ideas to small practical steps. We want to demystify AI to make it accessible to techies and Luddites alike! Recently, we […]

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Feb
19

My Music at Work: Why Sound Matters In Your Office

In our experiences, we tend to focus on looks before sound. We ask, Have you seen the new Stars Wars? – but the movie theatre uses dozens of speakers to immerse us in the environment of a single projected image. Similarly, articles focus on visual aspects of an office: should there be many desks or no walls or […]

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Jan
18

Volunteers Vs. Staff: Overcoming Different Perspectives

One thing that associations all have in common is a sense of purpose.A vision of a common good is the axis upon which the internal workings of an association spins – or at least should spin. This distinctive aspect of the industry is disturbed by the fact that associations are also unique in their design: […]

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Jan
08

Winning The Work at Home Game

During your commute, while you are sitting in traffic or wondering if public transportation will ever get you to the office, you start daydreaming about working at home. You think to yourself, “Oh, it would be so great. No commute and look at all that time I’d save. And it would be SO much less stressful. I […]

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Jan
03

The Biggest Trends in Learning are Here

AssociationSuccess.org thrives in experimentation mode. Our size, reputation and supportive community gives us the flexibility to take risks and try out new formats for our content. That’s why we decided to try a particularly exciting experiment with SURGE, the interactive virtual summit we held from November 7-9th. The whole goal was to capitalize on collective knowledge, […]

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Dec
28

The Most Impactful Articles of 2017

The original plan for this particular publication was to round up our most popular articles of 2017 and write curated blurbs on them, just like we did last year. Easy enough, right? This information is ready available à la analytics by looking for the most clicked articles. But I was challenged by a community member: “Click rates don’t […]

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Dec
18

How to Strike a Work-Life Balance

Let’s talk about the elusive work-life balance. When was the last time you took a vacation? I mean a real one, where you disconnected from your phone and ignored your email? What about at weekends – are you the first to leave on a Friday or do you stay in the office until the cleaner comes […]

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