June

Features

  • Cover Story: The Truth as a Leadership Imperative
    By: Jamie Notter Are the staff at your association telling you the truth? Or are important things being left unsaid, glossed over, or avoided? If you suspect the latter, you have work to do. Read on for some direct and practical advice on how to build a culture based on truth. (Titled "The Truth is Out There" in the print edition.)
  • The Little Things That Lead to Excellence
    By: Interview by Gerry Romano, CAE Achieving true excellence in your association may seem like an big, audacious goal, but according to management guru Tom Peters, it's actually all about the little things. In a conversation with Associations Now, Peters shares his advice on how organizations can do great things by focusing on what matters most. (Titled "Excellence Broken Down Into Bits" in the print edition.)
  • The Right Path to Association Partnerships
    By: Bryan Ochalla There are plenty of good reasons to partner with another organization, but the process can still generate anxiety. Are you giving up too much? Is your agreement flexible enough to adapt to inevitable changes? Here's how a few associations handled the balancing act. (Titled "A Wise Connection" in the print edition.)
  • The Power of Collaborative Learning for Associations
    By: Marsha Rhea, CAE The traditional image of learning is of a single teacher sharing his or her wisdom with a group. But today's education experts are turning that image inside out and unlocking the learning potential of collaborative communities. (Plus: A breakdown of 10 collaborative learning methods with tips and techniques for each.)
  • Breaking Bad Finance News
    By: Whitney Redding CEOs are eager to go into the boardroom if they have a pretty financial picture to paint. But when the picture is less than attractive, having a good strategy in place will help turn the conversation into a problem solving session.
  • 4 Global Operating Structures for Associations
    By: Steven M. Worth If your association wants to expand into international markets, you need to have an organizational structure that's ready and able to support international operations. The author of The Association Guide to Going Global describes four models that might work for you and how each of those models can apply in different types of overseas markets. (Titled "4 Global Structures to Build On" in the print edition.)
  • Who Do You Serve?
    By: Lisa Junker, CAE Can you go too far in the quest for excellent member service? In this month's Associations Now case study, a manager tries to find a way to balance his employee's desire to serve with the day-to-day demands of her job.
  • Help Your Hotel Help You
    By: Jeff Waddle Developing an open and honest relationship between a hotel and a meeting planner is crucial to creating a successful and profitable meeting for both parties. Here's a look at ways to build and nurture that relationship.
  • Hands-On AMS
    By: Jake Buehler The American Society of Radiologic Technologists built its own association management system in house from scratch. Learn how the two-year project was executed and how it helped put control back into the organization's hands.
  • The Numbers Speak for Themselves
    By: Joe Dysart How associations are using analytics to optimize their websites and engage members.
  • Environmental Connections
    By: Al Rickard The forces of nature and some interesting creatures are helping to green up destinations and meeting venues.

Departments


Horizons
  • Lessons From the Road: Training 1,000 Volunteers in 10 Weeks
    By: Cynthia D'Amour After traveling across the country to host several leadership training sessions, Cynthia D'Amour says association volunteers and chapter leaders are hungry for guidance and training that can help them help their associations.
Ideabank
  • Compete for Better Member Service
    A competition to retain and gain new members taught staff at one organization the ins and outs of membership.
Intelligence
  • Summer Reading Recommendations
    Six books to surprise, inspire, and entertain you.
  • Health Insurance Reform and Your Budget
    By: James A. Woehlke, CAE Will the March 2010 healthcare reform legislation change your association's health plan?
  • Postcards From a Volunteer Leader
    By: Patsy Phillips An up-close-and-personal look at the life and learnings of a volunteer president.
  • Revitalizing Existing Revenue Streams
    By: Andrew S. Lang How one healthcare association increased its operating revenue 31 percent with a smart look at existing programs and services.
  • Secrets of a Public-Savvy Website
    How the American Library Association built a site that benefits the public while successfully promoting the power of libraries.
  • Supplier Diversity Program Boosts Competition
    The California Water Association is increasing competition and supplier diversity to its members' benefit.
  • Tweet Tools for Fundraisers
    By: Steve Drake Ten tips for turning tweetups into fundraising and engagement engines.
  • Why Three-Word Taglines Don't Work
    By: Tate Linden The right tagline can create passion and involvement. Here's some expert advice on how.
  • The Favorites Game: The Sport of Leadership
    By: Interview by Kristin Clarke, CAE CEO and athlete Mariah Burton Nelson shares her favorite motivators and more.
Small scale
  • Buyers' Guide 2.0
    By: Eric Hill Learn more about the Enterprise Wireless Alliance's newest nondues generator and membership recruitment and retention strategy: an online buyers' guide that's more than listings.
Community now
  • CEO to CEO: Putting Members First and Required Reading
    Helping staff put members first and assigning staff-required reading.
  • Power of Partnerships Extra
    By: Interview by Mark Athitakis The Power of Partnership, a collaboration between ASAE & The Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has a wealth of information about partnerships. Read about the book's key takeaways and how to partner better.
  • Don't Miss The 2010 Annual Meeting!
    Adding up the ROI of attending the ASAE & The Center Annual Meeting & Expo.
  • Building the Association of the Future
    By: Chelsea Killam ASAE & The Center members are participating in the Association of the Future project. Find out how you can get involved.
  • Mentoring Relationships 101
    Tips on how to start your mentor or mentee relationship on the right foot.
  • Knowledge Center FAQs: Hiring Practices
    Better hiring practices mean better employees. Read more about hiring the right people.
  • Partner Corner: Real Estate Savings
    By: Brad Wilner Maximize your organization's real estate spending during a downturn.