Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By Christina Welty

My husband and I enjoy watching Good Bones on HGTV. We originally started watching because it takes place in my husband’s hometown of Indianapolis, but it’s refreshing because the mother-daughter team of Karen and Mina are candid about the hard work required to renovate homes. Even though they are the stars of the show, the entire team who helps make the renovation(s) possible is shown throughout each episode. Even Mina’s favorite catch phrase is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”.

This idea made me think about our company and all of the people responsible for our successes over the years. One of the aspects our company focuses on is teamwork.  Continue reading “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”

Closing the Generational Gap:   Teambuilding that Can Work for Your Team

By: Ricki Sexton

Many offices in today’s world have one thing in common:  Diverse groups of employees.  Here in our office, we have quite the mix of different people that come from different backgrounds.  We have people that live in the country.  We have people that live in the city.  We have people who are from up North, we have Southerners, we have Florida fans, we have FSU fans, and we come from different employment backgrounds with different levels of education.  Whatever we are personally, we all share a great pride that we “ARE” the Partners team, no matter our background.  Continue reading “Closing the Generational Gap:   Teambuilding that Can Work for Your Team”

Orlando Shooting Leads to Lessons Learned in Association Crisis Management

By: John Ricco, CAE

Not in a million years did I think that I would find myself connected (even tangentially) to a major event that would grip the nation. This changed with the June 12 Orlando mass shootings. In my role as Executive Director of the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, the FCCFA membership was called upon to aid state and local governments with their process of identification and transportation of the deceased and then later to serve their families by providing funerals and memorials services. Continue reading “Orlando Shooting Leads to Lessons Learned in Association Crisis Management”

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”

Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear

By Bennett Napier, CAE

One of our association management company’s clients, is a 501 c3 organization, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology.

The group’s mission is to (http://www.dentallabfoundation.org/) advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. Continue reading “Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

Coaching Principles Applied to Leadership

By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

Athletic Coaches and Business Leaders have several things in common. Generally, they manage teams, carrying out projects, tasks or skills and they have a Coach or Leader to guide them in the direction where they can perform to their highest potential.

Just as the elite coaches of today, business leaders generally have obtained their position through experience and extensive knowledge of their industry. Athletes and employees turn to these individuals to provide them with the “how to” and provide all the answers to success. Continue reading “Coaching Principles Applied to Leadership”