Grow Member Communities
As we wrap up a year and move into the new year, there are questions flying over on ASAE Collaborate. Like the recent exchange on Components all around chapter structure and support. We understand how benchmarking is a useful tool ... so here's a handy infographic on chapters and link to the full benchmarking study.
We do a lot work in the area of strengthening components aka chapters. So many times, we are asked to “help them do their job better”. We’ve tried – and in several cases succeeded – in helping associations shift that request to “help them create the job they can do”. Or in other words, evolve the way chapters operate. This is a tough shift – we know. And it’s an age-old challenge as Jamie Notter recounted in his latest blog post where he offered a story about competitive swimming in the early 1800’s.
How can you move members and legacy chapter systems into the future? Two associations – one state, one global – used visualization in two different ways to help evolve their models to meet their changing memberships.
Associations are tweaking, evolving and revamping their chapter programs. According the ASAE Foundation Mutually Beneficial Volunteering Relationships, 44% or associations in the study indicated they reviewed their structure and 41% added or deleted components or made a change within the past five years. Examples of this will be part of the conversation at CEX: Association Component Exchange on October 13 in Arlington, VA.
The Power of A is why we are association professionals and built our business in this transformative industry. We see the power of A throughout the year as associations programs and efforts reach individuals around the globe from setting standards and guiding regulations and legislation to innovating products and processes to extending a helping hand. The power of A is on full display as the country attends to Hurricane Harvey.
If you have chapters - geographic components of any form - join us for a full day of conversation focused entirely on how to "LeverageChapters. We're calling it CEX: Association Component Exchange. The "We" is a group of curious component relations professionals with hosts Billhighway and Mariner.
Looking for a learning event that's all about association chapters and other member communities? One where we don’t start the conversation with “why chapters?” but with “Yes, chapters …” It’s coming! October 13, 2017 #AssnCEX2017
I was leaving the gym this morning when I encountered a trio on the elevator. The young man looking down at sandal-clad feet said to me “my mother has bunions too.” His mother immediately shushed him and turned to apologize as I laughed and said and “she probably doesn’t like hers any more than I do mine, does she?” The mother said so sorry, he has autism and just says things. My immediate reaction was there’s no need to apologize or explain; the beauty of our America is our diversity.
<p>The dashboard indicator concept flashes visual signs of organizational health. See how this tool can monitor key success factors and warn of problem areas that need fixing. Based on a study of 32 associations.</p>
It’s one of the quintessential love-hate relationships. HQ and its Chapters. You may refer to HQ as “national” or “parent organization” or use a multitude of different terms to refer to your geographic partners. Regardless, the relationship is often one fraught with varying degrees of mistrust, ineffective communication and mixed signals. Here are 5 self-help actions.
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