Three Different Takes on the Virtual Office By:Gayle Bennett Moving to a completely virtual office can provide flexibility, dramatically cut costs, and improve efficiency and productivity for a small-staff organization. But managing a mobile workforce and maintaining team cohesion can be challenging. We explore three very different virtual office models.
When Chapters Go Rogue By:Melanie D.G. Kaplan Think one (or more) of your organization's chapters is veering away? You might be right. Learn how to spot the warning signs and what to do when chapters go rogue.
The Merger That Unified a Dozen Associations By:Joe Rominiecki How do you get one alliance of five national associations, six regional associations, and a research consortium to reinvent itself as a single association? Years of consensus-building, for one. Learn from the tale of SHAPE America and the mother of all mergers.
United Fresh Gives Kids Healthier Choices in the Lunch Line By:Rob Stott The United Fresh Produce Association was honored with a Power of A Summit Award for its "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" campaign, a program that helped underfunded school become compliant with new regulations under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Summit Broadens Horizons for Indian Associations By:Katie Bascuas Now in its fourth year, the India Association Congress provides a platform for change as well as international perspective for Indian associations, which are undergoing a bit of a renaissance.
Use Video to Prep Your Board for Its Next Meeting By:Mark Athitakis You won't win an Oscar or even YouTube viral fame. But short, simple videos highlighting key issues and agenda items for your board meeting will help members show up prepared and keep them focused on meeting day.
3 Lessons: Parting Words
After 20 years as CEO of the Vinyl Siding Institute, Jery Y. Huntley has learned a few things about leadership. Her key lessons: You can't lead effectively without good decision-making processes, open communication, and a commitment to serving others.
More Business for Members, More Revenue for You By:Samantha Whitehorne The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) partnered with Floodbroker.com to bring a tool to its members that helps them generate leads and sell flood insurance. The exclusive access for PIA is proving to be an attractive new member benefit.
When Do Associations Need to Collect Sales Tax? By:William Scarborough State sales tax laws are all over the map. So how do you know if your organization needs to collect sales tax in a certain state? Here are two important questions you need to answer.
Winterize Your Facility Costs
Don't get caught in the cold this winter. Use these tips from energy guru Kathy Kiernan to keep your utility expenses down.
Work Smarter, Not Harder With These Tech Tools By:Layla Masri Do you dream of seamless workflow and painless project management? Here's a list of tried-and-true technology solutions to keep your office and teams running more efficiently and effectively.
What To Know Before Launching Video Teleconferencing
Todd Tolbert, senior director, information technology, at the Internet Society, and Chris Parks, senior director, information technology, at the American Health Care Association, talk video teleconferencing.
The Power of a Renewal Date Reminder By:Joe Rominiecki When one association added a small renewal date reminder box to its weekly email newsletter, it became the most clicked link in the email. Without sending yet another separate email, the association is seeing enhanced engagement and renewal rates.
Idea Fair Gets Chapters Engaged With Membership Development By:Joe Rominiecki In a one-hour, speed-networking-style event, chapter leaders at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry shared ideas for member recruitment, engagement, and renewal and sparked discussions for their two-day leadership conference.
Destination: San Diego By:Samantha Whitehorne California's second-largest city boasts great weather, a waterfront convention center, and lots of outdoor spaces that could make it a perfect location for your next event.
Books: Learning Beats Knowing By:Kristin Clarke Three books offer a look at how inexperience isn't a bad thing, a fresh take on networking, and how IT can drive organizational innovation.
Don't Be Afraid to Talk To Strangers By:Kristin Clarke Author Alan Gregerman is urging professionals to break an old childhood habit. Nearly all new ideas and insights come from people we don't know, he says.