Engaging the Unengaged

By: Shelly Joines

Who wants extra work on their plate? Who wants to spend “free time” on a project that seemingly has nothing to do with their regular job function? Or even worse, who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and work on something that highlights their professional weaknesses?

Did you raise your hand? Not likely, as human nature is to stay in the comfort zone.

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Did you READ the email?

By: Kim Barclay

In this fast paced world and carrying our life on a mobile device, it is no wonder that information we try to convey or share isn’t often read with the attention it truly requires.  I think most of us have experienced the frustration of sending an email with important information, and have those recipients not follow directions or ask questions that were answered in the original email.

I have been struggling to find a way to politely relay to the readers, “PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL ATTENTION AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!”  I think I have developed a technique over the years that seems to be working. Continue reading Did you READ the email?

Are You Protected?

By: Amy Bean Napier

In today’s digital world, a virus will infect the workstations and/or server at your company sooner or later.  Employees are constantly on the internet and social media, viewing unknown websites, videos and files, opening emails and downloading attachments from unknown sources.   And even though we all have what’s marketed as the “best virus protection available” installed and constantly updated, a security breach will eventually occur.

These security breaches are usually caused by simple human error.  Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, snapchat, etc.) are prime targets and online ads are 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content that common high risk sites (Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report).  When an employee is viewing their Facebook page at the office during lunch and clicks on a pop up ad, your office could instantly become infected. Continue reading Are You Protected?

Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

My entire career in association management has been in the association management company arena. Working in the AMC environment, I have had the privilege to work with many associations, large and small, functional and dysfunctional and everything in between.

Regardless of structure or size, not for profits are a people business and outcomes (positive or negative) are achieved by the efforts of the people involved, both volunteers and staff.

Here are some useful but not original tips to consider. I can attest that if applied consistently and with conviction, they will achieve positive results. Continue reading Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations