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Why Associations Need Futurist-Minded Leaders

As AI tools like ChatGPT, Web3 applications like Decentraland and cryptocurrencies like (the unfortunate) FTX continue dominating the headlines, it can feel as though new technology trends are coming out of nowhere and at surprising speeds.  And while there have been many notable advances of late, it isn’t as unprecedented as most people think – so […]

What ‘Break Point’ & ‘Drive to Survive’ Can Teach Associations About Attracting New Members

If you've been on Netflix recently, you may have noticed a new docuseries – Break Point. From the producers of Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Break Point gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the tennis world and its up-and-coming stars.  And while I was immediately sold – I've been a huge tennis fan since I […]

Sidecar Water Cooler: Burnout

Is quitting ever a good thing? Can it be a smart decision for a leader to quit or is it always a sign of weakness? In today’s episode of Sidecar Water Cooler, we’ll be tackling just that – burnout.  I just read on the news that the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern unexpectedly announced her […]

7 Must-Haves in Your Membership Renewal Letter

It’s that time of year again. That time when you worry about your member renewals in hopes that your churn rate continues to stay low. And while you can offer the best resources, member benefits and community around, declining membership in professional organizations is still on the rise.  So how can associations take an active […]

Want a Successful Mentorship Program? Do These 3 Things

As associations continue to look for ways to add value to membership, prioritizing member growth and support should be top of mind. While you can offer professional development and cohort groups, the thing your members often need to hear most is advice from professionals further along in their career path – particularly for those just entering […]

7 Skills & Qualities You Need for a Successful Career in Associations Work

Lately, there’s been a rash of layoffs, particularly layoffs in the tech industry. Companies like Meta, Twitter, and Amazon have seen substantial layoffs. While job loss can be scary and frustrating for those who experience it, the cutting of these jobs from prominent tech companies may have a positive impact on other sectors, including the […]

How Do You Assess the Emotional Intelligence of Potential Leaders?

Emotional intelligence, often abbreviated as EQ, is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and those around us. While everyone can take advantage of this skill, it’s particularly important for those in leadership roles. Not only can it help with managing a diverse team with different personalities and goals, but in the […]

Should Your Association Still Bother with Twitter?

Even if you’re not involved with producing your association’s social media content, chances are pretty good you’ve at least heard that things have been a little — ah — interesting at Twitter headquarters in the past few months.  If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Entrepreneur and social lightning rod Elon Musk infamously purchased the social […]

3 Unique Challenges for Global Membership Associations

Running a global membership association is a unique opportunity. The potential for growth and impact is enormous as you can connect people from all over the world and help them achieve their goals. However, because of the nature of global membership associations, leaders are also required to navigate some unique challenges.  So what are these […]

Why Associations Should Look for Leadership at Every Level

In general, organizations depend on staffers at the top of the org chart to set strategy and lead – and associations are no different. While this traditional leadership structure has worked for generations, as the demographics of our organizations and members continue to change, this structure may be holding you back.  Whether you’re dealing with young […]

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