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How to Launch and Sustain Environmental Scans  – July 27, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: Leonard Mafrica, CAE
Environmental scanning is a systematic way of using organizational knowledge to guide strategy. Here is how to manage your scanning process to include stakeholders, gain leadership buy-in, and keep it working for you over time.

Pay What You Want: Less Crazy Than It Sounds?  – July 20, 2015 Article
Author: Joe Rominiecki
A study of U.S. synagogues that have adopted a "pay what you want" model in place of their traditional dues structures offers some intriguing possibilities for associations.

Diversity and Inclusion: Getting Strategic to Create Meaningful Outcomes  – July 16, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: Juan Amador, CAE, and VJ Mayor, CAE
What outcomes can you envision for advancing D&I in your association? To make a genuine impact, you need to get past good intentions and begin integrating diversity and inclusion into all aspects of your organization's strategy and operations.

3 Attributes to Consider and Balance When Making Financial Decisions  – July 16, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: A. Michael Gellman
ROI, safety, and confidence must all be addressed when making financial decisions for your association. Here are two examples of how those three factors can be tackled when responding to challenges.

CEO to CEO: First Day on the Job  – July 13, 2015 Article
CEOs talk about what their priorities would be during the first day at a new association. Most agree: Meeting face-to-face with staff and is critical.

From Where I Sit: Don't Delegate Everything  – July 06, 2015 Article
Author: Jay Karen , CAE
Why too much "CEO stuff" might leave you out of touch with the real work of your association.

4 Steps Boards Can Take to Clarify Decision Making  – July 06, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: Steve Scheier
Many organizations fail to be effective because they fear a candid discussion about responsibilities. Identifying unspoken fears can free both association boards and executive directors to be clearer about decisions.

Think Beyond the Typical RFP  – June 29, 2015 Article
Author: Addy M. Kujawa , CAE
Request for what? Its time to look past that old and tired request for proposal. One association executive gives a primer on several different options.

3 Tips for Priming Young Members for Leadership  – June 29, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: Mark Athitakis
Just because members are new doesn't mean they should be treated like newbies. Here are some tips for getting bright and eager new arrivals on your leadership radar.

The Positive Impact of an Association's Rebrand on Government Relations  – June 29, 2015 Members-Only Content
Author: Rich White and Aaron Lowe
Battling both a legislative and image obstacle, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association decided it was time to switch things up. The group recently rebranded as the Auto Care Association—a move that has, in just a few short months, introduced a breath of fresh air into the association's government affairs efforts.