Transform Culture

Jan
21

Will You Take a Grassroots or Executive-led Approach To Culture Building?

Organizations becoming more intentional about how they create and sustain their culture; realizing now what a fundamental impact in has on employees’ ability to be successful. For the purpose of this article, I define culture as the traits of the organization played out in the behaviors of all employees. In my association career, I’ve approached […]

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Jan
10

Fail Forward: Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Learning happens everywhere, all the time. Opportunities for education and professional development are not limited to formal events like conferences and certifications. Thinking about learning as an anytime, anywhere activity means getting comfortable with the process not being perfect. When you are creating a learning resource for members or colleagues, start small, play with it […]

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Jan
07

How We Turned a Hacking Disaster Into an Opportunity

Picture the scene: it’s six weeks before our annual conference. Preparations are in full swing. Members are registering through our websites as usual. Then, our main site and all of its components are hacked. End of the world, or an opportunity for improvement? The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has 107 component websites hosted on WordPress, for geographic […]

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Dec
20

Lean Startup for Associations Part 2: Problem Solving!

Part One of this series introduced Peter Dudka to the ACE conversation, and looked at the basics of Lean Startup methods and tactics. The question remained: how do we apply these concepts in a real-life challenge facing associations? Back to the ACE meeting: Peter sketches out a possible path. The scenario: A trade association (with organizational membership) […]

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Dec
11

How We Transitioned From Brick-and-Mortar to a Virtual Workspace

I work with ARMA International, a completely virtual organization. In the fall of 2016, we transitioned from our brick-and-mortar office with the option for employees to regularly work remotely into a completely virtual environment. How did this process work out for us? And is the future of work virtual beyond our organization? THE STATE OF THE […]

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Dec
10

Staff Culture: More Than Just a Trend

Culture has become a hot topic as of late. It affects our workplaces and, in associations, it affects our membership. We have experienced a culture shift. When I was researching my book Talent Generation, one of the main conclusions I came to was that we have been operating for quite some time according to a 20th […]

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Dec
06

There’s a Dog Bed in my Office…

I started bringing my dog Amy into the office shortly after adopting her. Being an older dog, with a laid-back personality and an affinity for people, I had a feeling she would be a good fit with the team. To be quite honest, I had other, more selfish, reasons for wanting her with me at work: […]

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Nov
26

The Ups and Downs of Revamping Communications

What is the aesthetic and overall experience that members have with your association? How do communications play into that experience? Do you need to shake it up? At the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, we realized that while our meetings and services were of value to our members, we weren’t doing enough to make them exciting […]

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Nov
22

Digital Transformation: At The Intersection

What exactly do we mean by digital transformation? It’s clear that transformation represents a break with tradition – but this break in terms of technology could be manifested either in what we do or in how we do it. Digital transformation proper, in my opinion, happens at the intersection between the what, the how, and the technological developments at play. This […]

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Nov
05

SURGE Optimism: Know Before You Go

SURGE is our free interactive virtual conference for association professionals – and it’s happening this week on November 7-9th! Here are some things to know before you go: THE BASICS What to expect: The event consists of 15 sessions, shown over three days, from 12-5PM EST. As the sessions play, an attendee chat will run alongside. Speakers will […]

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