Déjà vu…..Disaster Plan

By: Amy Bean Napier

Check, Implementation….Hopefully this Time!

With Hurricane Irma barreling down on Florida and possibly the entire East Coast, it’s a great time to remember how important your disaster plan is to your business.  The blog below was written following Hurricane Hermine causing devastation to Tallahassee almost exactly 1 year ago.  We’ve tweaked and improved our disaster plan and feel we are ready for Irma! Continue reading Déjà vu…..Disaster Plan

The Hiring Games

By: Kristi Spargo

There’s nothing quite like the moment when I had to inform an employee that they have unpleasant body odor and needed to wear deodorant. Or the moment when I politely requested an employee to please leave their half-shirts at home and try to step up their office apparel to include pants without holes.  Memorable indeed.  It’s been over a decade since I worked in human resources but I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my stomach, the nerves gripping my throat, my cheeks flushing and my verbal skills deteriorating to a lot of “umms” and “yeahs” during these awkward conversations.  Continue reading The Hiring Games

How to Launch a Grant or Scholarship in 5 Steps

By: Lindsey Rowan

“Congratulations! You are a recipient of the 2017 Business Association Grant!”  Working for a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides grants and scholarships to candidates for advanced education in its profession, I have the privilege of implementing the smile behind that tri-folded letter. You already have a purpose, need, and in my case, the funding – now what? Though there are a lot of moving parts, below are five summarized steps that have assisted me in launching a grant or scholarship from start to finish. Continue reading How to Launch a Grant or Scholarship in 5 Steps

Preparing for Disaster

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By: Matt King

Summer is upon us. It is a time for sun, sand and fruity drinks by the pool. However, as the June and July months come to a close, we begin to relive the frightening moments leading up to last year’s Hurricane Hermine. We are seeing storms starting to form in the Atlantic. The City of Tallahassee is instructing its citizens on where to fill up sand bags. Our minds start racing as we plan for the worst. Continue reading Preparing for Disaster

Are You a Risk Taker?

By Christina Welty, MA

You have probably heard the phrase, “The only constant is change.”  Whether you like it or not, one must take risks to stay relevant. When people think of risk takers, they think of people in the business world, like Elon Musk or Richard Branson. However, it’s just as important for associations to be thinking strategically and taking calculated risks that will help them be successful.

As leaders of an association, you may think you are innovative, but take a moment to sit down and ask the question, “What idea or change has been implemented lately?”  There is a difference between talking about taking risks and actually implementing these ideas.  Continue reading Are You a Risk Taker?

Achieving Results through Successful Committees

By: Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Whether you’ve chaired them, served on them or staffed them, you recognize that successful committees don’t just happen without some effort and thoughtful planning.   Committees play a huge role in the overall success of an organization and their ability to meet their goals and objectives.

What can we do ensure successful committees? The following isn’t an exhaustive list, but a few tips I’ve found helpful: Continue reading Achieving Results through Successful Committees

Answering to the Call of the Ding

By: Kristi Spargo

Stress.  It’s a living breathing entity.  Like a vine, it entangles itself into every element of life and the tighter it squeezes, the harder it gets to breathe and see a way out. Like many others, my stress level is directly linked to an overall sense of organization and goal achievement. Continue reading Answering to the Call of the Ding

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