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Message From the Chair: Flexibility in Today's Association
By: Holly Duckworth, CAE
As component relations professionals navigate the rapidly changing association environment and try to ensure our components evolve in an increasingly technological society, we must be willing to break old rules and create dynamic new strategies. Above all, we must be flexible as individuals, as components, and as associations.

Building a Flexible Component Model
By: Linda G. Brady, CAE
To alleviate apathy and encourage leadership among component members, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) created strategic initiative focus groups (SIFGs). These new, more flexible components have the advantage of fewer organizational and compliance requirements. SIFGs are purpose-driven groups that reside within an existing state or regional association of AHDI.

Creating a Sustainable Local-State-National Member Community
By: Peggy Hoffman, CAE, and Nadine Merker
The American Association of Diabetes Educators has implemented a new chapter model designed to ensure members feel they are part of the AADE family whether they are participating at the local, state, or national level. These components draw diabetes educators in close geographic proximity to gather, network, hold educational events, and participate in community activities. Find out how these groups were created and are supported nationally.

3 Steps to Being a More Flexible CRP
By: Jeff Kubiszyn
Component relations professionals must be open to change if their components are to succeed in this ever-changing age of technology and perpetual transitions. Your association's innovators have ideas to help you prosper during the good times and carry you through the tough times. Are you flexible enough to let them? Follow these three steps to become a more flexible CRP.

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