Category Archives: creative solutions

Building Effective Teams

By: Ricki Sexton

Here at Partners in Association Management, we take team building very seriously!  Not only do we usually start our monthly staff meetings with some type of icebreaker that connects us all as a team, we also have various events throughout the year, usually hosted by our social committee that are also great team building exercises.   For example, this past year, we did some really enjoyable activities as a group that really tested our teamwork skills.  Some of these activities included: Continue reading Building Effective Teams

Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices

By: Shelly Joines

I remember back when I was about 8 years old, my family did large Thanksgiving celebrations where  everyone would travel across the state to meet.  We would line up several tables to create a buffet, for a fun family feast. Some traditions are time honored ones and some we do for reasons we don’t even know why anymore – yet we still do them. Why is that? Continue reading Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices

Hitting Your Target Market… In A Special Way

By: Lisa Kamper

People know they can get general news and information from a variety of sources today, but often they rely on trade and professional publications to stay up-to-date and current in their related field. Trade publications speak to a very specific group of people. Companies and manufacturers that sell industry specific tools or products look to advertise in trade publications because they are confident their ad will reach readers who are more interested in their product.

In today’s market companies are not limiting themselves to only traditional print and web advertisements; they are looking for more specialty advertisements and ways to make their products stand out from other manufacturers who sell the same or similar products. Continue reading Hitting Your Target Market… In A Special Way

The Association Arch Nemesis

By: Kristi Spargo

There’s always one. You know who it is. Shortly after a new member joins the board everyone is up in arms. Whispers of contention ripple throughout the ranks and the battle lines are being drawn. Issues that you never even knew were issues suddenly have the potential to implode the inner workings of your association. In the eye of the storm stands: The Difficult Board Member.  As staff, it can be challenging to determine when and how to step in to keep the business of the association moving forward without getting bogged down in the personality politics. Boards are made up of professionals of many different personality types who donate their time for the good of the cause; it would definitely not be conducive to say “Nah, no thanks” to the difficult board member who wants to volunteer their service. So what’s the answer? Continue reading The Association Arch Nemesis

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.

Continue reading Engaging the Unengaged

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