Spreading Holiday Cheer

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

Holidays are a great time to show others that you care.  Whether you manage an organization of 40 members or 4,000 members, it is important to remember them during the holiday season.  We live in a world where people communicate in characters through text and emails, which are instantaneous.  Weekly, if not daily, your members are receiving emails from the association, asking them for assistance, sponsorships, etc.  To receive a note in your mailbox that doesn’t ask for anything, but instead thanks them for their hard work throughout the year and wishing them and their families a happy holiday, is a refreshing surprise.  Continue reading Spreading Holiday Cheer

New Year’s Resolution – Some Tips to Improve Workplace Culture in 2016

By: Bennett Napier, CAE 

The lifeblood of nonprofit organizations (whether they are charitable or associations) depends on the skills, passion and teamwork of the staff to execute programs and services in order to achieve mission.

Our firm recognized this fact a number of years ago and launched a comprehensive process to address several key areas: Continue reading New Year’s Resolution – Some Tips to Improve Workplace Culture in 2016

Holidays and Sales…what do they have in common??

By: Lisa Kamper

It’s that time of year (the holidays) when we are all a little more stressed than normal. I have learned that handling the holidays can be much like making a sales call.

Here are 5 quick tips to de-stress sales calls: Continue reading Holidays and Sales…what do they have in common??

A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness

By: John Ricco, CAE

If your members were asked to look 20 years into the future and pick a song to describe your organization, what tune would they pick?  Another One Bites the Dust? We Are the Champions?

The song they choose largely depends on how well your organization’s staff helps your leadership identify opportunities to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs of your members. So how do you ensure your organization doesn’t go the way of one-hit wonders like Vanilla Ice, The Knack or Gnarls Barkley? Continue reading A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness

Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters

By: Beth Evarts

As we approach the holidays,  it is a time of celebration and spending time with family, friends and co-workers.  It is a time of remembrance.

Once we stop, think and realize just what is important to each of us in life, we can plan for success.   The question is, how do we plan to get there and have we planned for the unexpected. Continue reading Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters

3 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Closure Hassle-Free

by: Ricki Sexton

Here at Partners, we are fortunate enough to have a full week off during the holidays each year. I started working at Partners last December 1st, and while I was told that December was our “busy season”, I had no idea what our busy season really entailed.  As a result, while trying to wrap my brain around my new job duties, 18 different clients, and 3 and a half new team members I had not previously worked with, I thought surely I had bitten off more than I could chew!  I had many plans in place that would keep us organized and on task, but the best laid plans often go astray while you have run to the kitchen for just one more caffeine fix.

Here are a few tips and plans that I have in place to ensure that we have a less “bumpy” ride this December, in the midst of one of our busiest client’s renewal periods, topped with the office being closed for an entire week. Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Closure Hassle-Free