- Think Big. Embrace Risk. Change the Rules.
By: Mark Athitakis Why Dan Pallotta wants the nonprofit industry to rewrite the way it does business.
- Creative Spark: Incubators and Coworking Spaces Ignite Innovation
By: Joe Rominiecki To be more than cheerleaders for innovation in their industries, associations can draw some inspiration from the successes of business incubators and coworking spaces.
The A List
- Ask the CEO: American Counseling Association
Richard Yep, FASAE, CAE, executive director and CEO, American Counseling Association, answers questions from ACA member Chris Roseman.
- New Job, Same Mission
By: Mark Athitakis Enid Borden left her association to fulfill its vision—and her own.
- A Business Boost for Returning Vets
By: Julie Shoop The International Franchise Association connects member franchisers with veterans and their families to give them a fresh start on the homefront.
- My Workspace: Go Fish
By: Julie Shoop Consultant-blogger Maddie Grant is hooked on her colorful office mate.
- Why One Board Cut Its Size in Half
By: Mark Athitakis How one organization benefited from tightening the leadership ranks. (Titled "Shrink to Fit" in the print edition.)
- CEO to CEO: Unique Marketing Tactics
Association CEOs share how they've reached out to members, and potential members, in interesting ways.
- 3 Lessons: Risk Management
For Betsy Reid, effective leadership means taking chances.
- Switch Off: Why Occasional Unplugging is a Job Requirement
By: Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE In a world of multitasking and information overload, association executives can keep their health and sanity only if they make a conscious effort to get away from time to time.
Money & Business
- Use Longtime Exhibitors to Draw New Attendees
By: Andrew S. Lang, FASAE How one organization built a win-win strategy for itself and its vendors. (Titled "Spread the Word" in the print edition.)
- The Fix: A Question of Coverage
Should independent contractors working for your association be covered by your employment-practices liability insurance?
- Five "Musts" for Employment Agreements
By: Eileen Morgan Johnson A solid employment contract for a CEO or other senior staff should include five key provisions. (Titled "Seal the Deal" in the print edition.)
- Idea Bank: Extended Member Welcome
By: Rob Stott Who says welcoming a new member has to be a one-time thing?
- Data Nugget: Desks Per Worker in 2020
In the future, fewer workers will work in a company office.
- Associations USA: Georgia
Associations are everywhere. Here's a snapshot from the Peach State.
- Vendor Etiquette: Online Community Dos and Don'ts
By: Beth Ziesenis Follow these tips to learn the art of participation rather than promotion in online communities. (Titled "Vendor Etiquette" in the print edition.)
- How Business Intelligence is Changing IT Infrastructure
By: Katie Bascuas DSK Solutions CEO Debbie King on how shifts in technology and business will affect IT staff roles. (Titled "Change Theory" in the print edition)
- I Can’t Live Without My… Snagit
This screen-capture software allows users to create images, graphics, and video out of screen shots.
- Data Nugget: Benefit of Social Technologies
Ninety percent of companies that use social technologies report a business benefit from them.
- Boost a Volunteer Base With Simple Opportunities
By: Myrta Stager The National Council of University Research Administrators shares how it doubled its volunteer base in just a few years. (Titled "Sign-up Strategy" in the print edition.)
- All Hands on Deck for a Smooth Membership-Model Relaunch
By: Joe Rominiecki When the American Alliance of Museums unveiled its new, tiered membership structure in September 2012, a fully trained and engaged staff was ready to make the transition easy. (Titled "Final Countdown" in the print edition.)
- Best Benefit Ever: Car-Buying Assistance
At the National Education Association, busy teachers get help with a major purchase.
- Data Nugget: Nonmember Markup
A look at the median percentage price markup for association products and services for nonmembers.
- Data Nugget: Component Relations Staff
How many associations have full-time component relations staff? Less than you might think.
- The Great Shirt Debate
By: Samantha Whitehorne Is matching staff attire right for your event?
- Destination: Providence
By: Samantha Whitehorne The smallest state’s largest city is filled with history, top venues, and environmentally conscious hotels.
- Books: Skills Trump Passion
By: Kristin Clarke Four new rules that challenge common career-development assumptions.
- Does Your Meeting Need to Rebrand Itself?
By: Kristin Clarke Event strategist John Parke asks two questions to help a rebranding effort. (Titled "Meetings Makeover" in the print edition.)
- Master Workplace Conflict
Advice from Pegotty Cooper, IOM, MBA, FASAE, certified leadership and career strategy coach at Career Strategy Roadmap.
- How I Got Here: Bruce Hammond
The career path from janitor to director of marketing and communications.
- GSA Fallout Remains on Senate Agenda
By: Chris Vest Last spring’s conference scandal still threatens public-private sector collaboration.
- The Benefits of an On-Campus Event
By: Jeff Waddle A high-tech, fashion-forward, center-of-it-all meeting location can be a campus as well as a convention center. Colleges in the West are sprucing up facilities and stressing what makes them special. (Titled "Back in Session" in the print edition.)