By: Deborah Mandel
My dog, Dani, on a field trip to the office
Have you ever worked for a company where day-in and day-out it was just the same boring routine? Do you go in at the same time, login to your computer, go through emails, and start to trudge through your everyday job responsibilities? You may be thinking, “Yeah, that’s my job. That’s how I get paid!”, but that’s also how you burnout! Continue reading Bring your Dog to Work Day!
By: Amy Bean Napier
In June 1944, the world was a different place. Young men were getting ready to hit the beaches of Normandy, France (http://about-france.com/regions/normandy.htm) to fight and protect the world from Hitler’s domination. These soldiers were 18, 19, 20 years old and were leaving their parents, wives, children, friends and family behind to head off to another country to fight the biggest evil ever known to man.
On the early morning of June 6, 1944, U.S. troops stormed Omaha Beach, a six mile stretch of beach that was backed by a seawall 10 feet high and overlooked by cliffs that were almost 100 feet high. Many soldiers drowned during the approach from ships offshore or were instantly killed as they neared the shoreline by German troops that were defending the beaches. But many more trudged forward in the pursuit of freedom. Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free
By: Rachel Luoma
In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it! As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.
My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association
By: Sigrid Hazelwood
Working in the member and customer service department I get a lot of phone calls from potential members who are usually pretty confused and hesitant about joining an association. They’re not sure if it’s a good fit or if they’ll get what they want out of the relationship with the association. It reminds me a lot of the situation I had when I first adopted my rescued German Shorthaired Pointer, Esther.
Continue reading From Hesitant to Happy
By: William Lessley
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For a long time I used the phrase “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…” to explain the reason for having documentation that outlines everything I do. Apparently this phrase makes some people nervous so now I’ve changed it to “If I win the lotto tomorrow…”
Working for an Association Management Company (AMC) has taught me many skills I hadn’t even thought of when I worked as part of a captive staff association. While our AMC has different departments, so much of what we do bleeds over and through every person who works here. Keeping not only members happy but also our clients happy is the job of every single person – no matter what their position. I think we’ve all been the victim of an out of date procedure manual at some point in our lives and it is not a fun place to be. Continue reading Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document
By: Kaitlyn Hudlow
It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting at a small staff meeting, or at a conference with hundreds of people, we’ve all been there where you look out into the audience and you realize maybe about 20% of the people are actually giving you their undivided attention. Continue reading Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
Outside of having a strong membership base which is the life blood of any nonprofit, having an effective elected volunteer leadership team is crucial to the long term success of an organization.
In today’s association management environment, it is more common for volunteer board members to seek leadership opportunities that require less time for “ladder progression” to officer positions. In addition, volunteer leaders generally speaking, want to serve on a board where meetings are run efficiently (whether it be in person meetings or virtual – web and teleconference). Time is at a premium in today’s society, and association’s that have a format that does not respect or address the time expectations of leadership candidate’s risks losing potential talent. Continue reading Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness