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Help me help my board
By Robert C. Harris
"Help me help my board" is a lament among association executives. The cry arises because few board members have extensive knowledge of governance. Instead they are guided by myths, stay in their comfort zone ("I won't say anything my first year") or they pattern themselves after board behaviors (right or wrong). Here are some of the pleas I often hear as I plan board orientations.
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MASAE Calendar of Events
Date Event Location
April 23 South Jersey Breakfast ClubCherry Hill, NJ
April 30 Executive Leadership Day (Register)Hamilton, NJ
June 3 MASAE 5th Annual Mid-Year Meeting: "Rules of Engagement...Enhancing Membership in Your Association" (Register)Inn at Penn, Philadelphia
Aug. 20 MASAE 6th Annual Golf OutingSea Oaks Golf Club, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Dec. 2-3 MASAE 6th Annual Conference & ExhibitionHarrah's, Atlantic City
Visit www.midatlantic-sae.org for information and to register.




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The case for training staff on governance
Associations Now
Board work is time-consuming, intellectually demanding, and often rife with interpersonal conflict. So why aren’t you encouraging your best employees to get involved in it? Your next board members likely aren’t on your staff, but you might still benefit from training them in board work.
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Turning your association into something your members can't live without
MemberClicks
Every leave the house without your cellphone? It induces a slight panic, doesn’t it? You wonder who will try and call you and what you’ll do in an unforeseen circumstance. Even the weight of your bag or pocket doesn’t feel right. Most likely you go back to retrieve it. Our phones are our lifelines, our connection to others, our communication devices, our ways to capture our days, fill in our knowledge gaps, and so much more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be as indispensable to our members as their smart phones? You can. Well, almost, following these steps.
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Time for a MOOC-like makeover
Event Garde
There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners. Since associations are nimble and can respond quickly to industry trends (much more quickly than higher education institutions can), associations are prime MOOC providers, according to a white paper from Web Courseworks.
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Putting design empathy into conference practice
Midcourse Corrections
Empathy is powerful. It plays a fundamental role in our connections, our networking, our learning, our problem solving, our innovation and our collaboration with others. According to research, when we are empathetic, we actually enhance our cognitive abilities. Applying design empathy to conference planning results in staying power.
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Strategic planning makes hybrid meetings work
Travel Market Report
While hybrid meetings — those that use virtual and streaming technologies to extend the reach of face-to-face events — can be highly effective, experts caution that there’s a whole lot more to know than just setting up a camera at the back of a room.
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How the best leaders deal with change
Business Insider
Leaders are people who don’t just learn to live with or manage change — they actually create change and help others successfully navigate it. Change is disruptive and can even be turbulent — especially when it hits close to home and plays with our emotions. But then leadership today is all about managing disruption. And disruption is an hourly occurrence. Here are three ways to come out as the victor over change.
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What Hillary Clinton's use of BYOD teaches us about the protection of nonprofits' trade secrets
Venable
With all the to-do about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's work-related use of her personal email account and server when in office, little has been said about what such use means for private employers, including nonprofit organizations. Politics aside, the controversy underscores a challenge that nonprofits face when they allow employees to use personal devices for work purposes because they must allow those employees access to the nonprofit's systems and internal information. Therein lies the challenge.
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