Category: Leadership

Inspiring Associations to Embrace the Possibilities of Generative AI

Despite the significant benefits of generative AI, many association leaders are telling me that they are hesitant to embrace this cutting-edge technology due to various factors – including a history of having challenges using new tech. When airplanes first took flight, some looked up in awe and were inspired to think big. Others looked away […]

Sidecar Water Cooler: Workplace Trends to Know for 2023

Have you ever heard people talking about "the future of work," particularly in the wake of the pandemic?  Well, guess what? The future has arrived, and associations need to be aware of the shifts and trends that are shaping the workplace in 2023 and for the coming years.  Welcome to the Sidecar Water Cooler Show, […]

7 Tips on Planning for Last-Minute Event Attendees

It’s a fact of life – things can change at the last minute, including your association’s event attendees list. Rather than fight it – embrace it; expect the best but prepare for the worst. You need not panic if you find yourself in a position where you’ve just been informed of last-minute event attendees. With these seven […]

10 Ways Association Leaders Can Build Their Emotional Intelligence

Association leaders have a litany of skills and experiences that ensure they’ll succeed in their role – from knowing how to retain members to business acumen that generates non-dues revenue.  However, that’s only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to a successful association career. The other half? The emotional intelligence that allows leaders to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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