Category Archives: Leadership

The Google Search That Keeps on Giving

By: John Ricco, CAE

After hearing a recent radio story on how organizations and individuals can improve their mindset and productivity, I decided to search the web to learn more. The first two “result pages” of a Google search for the phrase “assume positive intent” turned up some very interesting and surprising results – results that that could aid any individual in increasing the effectiveness and performance of themselves, their team and organization. Continue reading The Google Search That Keeps on Giving

Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

By:  Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

If you are in the association industry, no doubt you have heard the terms certificate and certification, and often these terms are used interchangeably.  Are they the same and, if not, how are they different and which one is best for you or your organization? Continue reading Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

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

Navigating Employee Onboarding

By: Rachel Luoma

Onboarding. It’s something we don’t need to think about unless we hire a new employee.  Right?

Wrong!!

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Onboarding isn’t just about hiring new employees – it is about understanding your organization’s culture and social norms and having a successful process in place to identify, recruit, hire, train, integrate and develop employees. Continue reading Navigating Employee Onboarding

Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition

By: Meghan Brasher

From decorating trees to lighting menorahs and setting budgets to meeting deadlines, the holiday closing at the office can make for a very hectic time. The office staff members are all scrambling to complete all their work, making that “homemade pecan pie” and fitting all the holiday social events into one month!

What we seem to forget though during this stressful process is our “work family”. Continue reading Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition

Why Professional Development?

By: Ricki Sexton

 Oftentimes, when you mention a professional development budget or taking a seminar in conversation, people may look twice at you as if you are speaking a foreign language.  What?  Why would you do professional development?  That’s extra work isn’t it?

So, what is professional development, specifically?   Continue reading Why Professional Development?

Tips and Tricks for Strengthening Your Association’s Volunteer Leaders

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

I remember reading this great blog by my colleague Will Ferguson about being a volunteer leader.  In it, he provides some great tips for those looking to become involved in an association, such as selecting a volunteer position, being present, following through and knowing when to step back.

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As I read through it, I couldn’t help but think about the other side of the equation – managing volunteer leaders.  I always say that volunteers are the heart of the association and staff members are the legs.  The staff can do the heavy lifting, but the organization is dead without the heart – the volunteers.  Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Strengthening Your Association’s Volunteer Leaders