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Nov
14

SURGEcast: Listen to the whole interview with Safi Bahcall

Couldn’t make it to SURGE Growth in November or just loved what “Loonshots” author Safi Bahcall had to say so much that you’re eager for more? That’s exactly why we created SURGEcast, a podcast dedicated to delivering the full interviews from our SURGE keynotes. While our free virtual conference gives us an amazing opportunity to […]

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Nov
12

Feeling stuck? Moving on is actually quite simple

Being able to simplify something complicated is not easy or intuitive.  In an overly complex world, simplifying our personal and professional lives is fast becoming a foundational value that cannot be ignored. Just look around: Companies that simplify our lives are thriving.   Unstable complexity is the enemy I have a friend, Rod Graber, who owned […]

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Nov
04

What Lady Gaga can teach your association

Nearly a decade ago, Lady Gaga fans were introduced to Jo Calderone.  Calderone, a striking Italian-American from New Jersey, was in a kind of love affair with Gaga. When Calderone wasn’t appearing in a menswear fashion spread for Vogue Hommes Japan or heading to Bikram yoga classes, he was tweeting at Gaga, giving interviews, walking […]

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Oct
24

Why your association needs an operating system

When most of us hear the phrase “operating system,” what first comes to mind is likely something your phone did while you were sleeping. You woke up in the morning, sleepily reached a hand over to silence a buzzing alarm clock and realized that things looked a little different.  At first, you might feel a […]

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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 […]

By Jessica Johnson | Engage People
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Sep
26

How to make sure ‘crazy’ ideas get a chance to succeed

In September 1922, Leo Young and Hoyt Taylor set up a radio transmitter on the edge of the US Naval Air Station outside Washington, D.C.  The pair were testing out whether high-frequency radio could help ships communicate, but instead they accidentally discovered a new way to detect enemy ships on the water. In a letter […]

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Sep
24

What 1 association learned from launching its first LMS

In my first few days at LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit aging services providers, I was googling “what is an LMS?” I had been hired in a new role to assist in growing LeadingAge’s “distance” learning offerings.  I had worked at smaller aging nonprofits, none of which had a robust online learning platform. I not […]

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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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