• Cover Story: Help Your Association Change Course
    By: Don Harrison To put your association on a new track toward transformational change, you need leaders who will express, model, and reinforce new ways of doing business. Find out how to serve as a sponsor for change in your organization. (Titled "Change Course" in the print edition.)
  • The No-Excuses Guide to Greatness
    By: Kristin Clarke A decade after his game-changing book Good to Great, Jim Collins has wrapped up one of the most influential leadership research projects in the world. The final book in his series, Great by Choice, examines why some organizations thrive in an environment of "uncertainty, chaos, and luck." Good news: Leaders have more control than they think.
  • Enabled Employees Are Happier Employees
    By: Mark Royal and Tom Agnew Without the right resources and a supportive organizational structure, even your most motivated employees can become frustrated. Don't squander their energy and commitment. Draw engagement and enablement together and watch your staff take your association to new heights. (Titled "Help Your Employees Step Up" in the print edition.)
  • A Fine-Tuned Innovation Culture
    By: Mark Athitakis Innovation is too often treated as a luxury or a topic for a one-day seminar. In truth it ought to be an essential part of everything an association does. Innovation expert (and jazz pianist) John Kao explains how to move away from your "sheet music" and start experimenting.
  • Smart Planning for Sustainable Meetings
    By: Jeff Waddle Even a modest association conference can consume a vast amount of energy and natural resources. But that also means minor adjustments—from eliminating bottled water to using locally sourced food—can lead to major savings in both environmental impact and expense. If you get your destinations and attendees on board, your next meeting can be a greener one.


  • The Case for More Conversation About Diversity and Inclusion
    By: Jeffrey Cufaude Honest discussions about diversity and inclusion aren't easy. As one association professional discovered, the range of reactions can be difficult to manage, but that doesn’t mean he'll shy away from fostering those conversations. Here's a glimpse of what you might encounter when you discuss D&I.
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  • Make Long-Distance Telecommuting Successful
    By: Summer Mandell Although thousands of associations are headquartered in Washington, DC, those that aren't often station a staffer or two in the area to represent the organization on Capitol Hill. Find out how some solo association professionals make the telecommuting relationship work. (Titled "Long-Distance Connections" in print edition.)