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.
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.
Did #NVW17 sneak up on you? There’s still time to act. Below are a few last-minute ideas. A week recognizing volunteers is nice but really showing #VolunteerLove means a commitment to your volunteers all 52 weeks a year.
Showing #VolunteerLove is a winning strategy for driving member engagement. Why? Because volunteering is the stickiest type of member engagement. We need to get beyond rewards and recognition to show #VolunteerLove. That was the message of the ASAE Membership Section Council webinar, Driving Member Engagement by Showing #VolunteerLove.
It started on a dare. Could we – a married couple with three sons to raise – open a business to create a new option for small, chapter based membership organizations and succeed? Heck why not? In January 2002, Peter and I opened the doors of Mariner Management. While I won’t say the sailing has always been smooth, it has always been an exciting ride.
A good friend and colleague sent me her latest white paper to read. Do you want to believe in associations' ability to change the world? Do you want to help be part of innovating education for all? Are you just a little curious about how a couple of associations are rewriting their approach to education?
With the new year fast approaching, our social media accounts are full of tips for tackling that oft-dreaded annual ritual – New Year’s resolutions. One topic that keep coming up on my social media thread is how to become a better steward of the environment in the coming year by following the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
This got me thinking and I thought I’d take a crack out seeing how we can apply the 3Rs concept to associations. To get myself started, I reached back into past blog posts (reuse at its finest) and pulled out what I thought fit.
Whaaat? Well researchers have confirmed what we all know to be true: we don’t keep resolutions. Shift from statements to questions, and the results are far better. Add a twist: if we adopted the principal of phrasing our association’s problems or challenges as questions, might we improve our success record?
One barrier to implementing new ideas can be a board. Not a piece of wood (although at this point many of us have a similar picture in our mind), but our board of directors. That's why I delighted in reading Mark Athitakis's post on how a shift in conversation can have a domino effect.
High on the list of things we too often burden our chapter leaders with is adopting complicated rules and procedures. One example? “Chapters should follow Robert’s Rules of Order for all meetings.”
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