Association Leadership Briefings
Aug. 22, 2011

Revenue and savings, made under pressure
ASAE
The sluggish economy has created seemingly endless problems in many industries. Associations serving niches that have been particularly hard hit have been forced to operate under increasing pressure. Many of these organizations have simply folded. Others have had to merge. But some successful associations have managed to take that pressure, apply it to their challenges, and — much as the earth applies extreme pressure to coal — create a few gems.More

Us versus them
Acronym
Think of how much more effective we could be as association professionals if we erased the us versus them. What if staff and management worked together to build a better organization, rather than misunderstanding or judging each other? What if different departments in an organization saw each other as partners instead of competitive silos?More

Virtual work in the association world
Avectra
At a workplace flexibility forum President Obama said, "Work is what you do, not where you do it." A study found that 63 million employees (45 percent of the total U.S. work force) have jobs that could be done remotely and want to do so, yet only 2.9 million of them (2 percent of the work force) work remotely. However, the virtual work trend is growing. Eighty of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies To Work For now offer it as a benefit.More

5 things you are micro-managing, but shouldn't be
American Express Open Forum
It is probably hard to not micro-manage something going on in your business. After all, it's your baby and you want to make sure that everything goes as planned, correctly, and even exceeds expectations. While all that is understandable, you may be having a counterproductive effect if you are micro-managing particular areas of your business.More

10 things about building an online community that may surprise you
Socious
Linking a private social network to your website is straightforward. However, creating a successful online customer community or member community can be difficult. It takes an abundance of customers, an understanding of your audience, staff resources, a solid strategy, and the right social technology. As with any enterprise business challenge, this complexity leads to various levels of understanding and expertise in the marketplace.More

Decoding intuition for more effective decision-making
Harvard Business Review
It turns out that intuition is not really intuition at all. Just like the invisible, inseparable quarks that underlie the protons and neutrons in the nucleus, rules of thumb are the fundamental, sometimes invisible, particles of CEO decision-making. They are the building blocks that underlie what CEOs describe as "intuition" or "gut feel."More

Leadership and blame
N2Growth
In the world of leadership, where the traits of accountability and personal responsibility are so highly regarded, what's with all the finger pointing? As a leader, anything that happens on your watch is your responsibility whether you like it or not. This level of responsibility just goes with the territory, and leaders who cannot accept this do not deserve to lead.More

The key to social media success is links, not conversation
Simply Zesty
When social media first emerged, it was a platform for communication, for sharing information and updates about our lives with existing friends and building new connections. Something strange seems to be happening however, as social platforms are emerging as a place not so much for conversation, but for sharing links.More

6 new meeting trends to watch
Midcourse Corrections
There's good news, and there's bad news, on the horizon for meetings and events. Meeting spend was up 22 percent for 2010 as compared to 2009. Yet, 66 percent of respondents say that their number one concern is reducing costs while increasing savings of both face-to-face and digital events. 44 percent plan to reduce the number of registrants and 36 percent plan to reduce the length of the event.More