Category: Organizational culture

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should Southwest’s Holiday Meltdown Be a Warning for Associations?

With some of the harshest winter conditions to date, many Americans were left reeling during the holiday season – particularly in the travel industry. Severe weather conditions, power outages and antiquated technology all led to over 12,000 canceled flights over the holiday weekend.  While your organization may not be charged with moving people on the busiest […]

Should You Streamline Your Association's Subscriptions?

We’ve all seen the ads online and heard them on our favorite podcasts, too – many of us are paying a lot of money for subscriptions. And this includes subscriptions for services we barely use! Apps and online services are eager to help us trim our bloated personal or professional budgets. How does this extend to […]

Can Tech Layoffs Positively Impact Association Hiring?

At a time when many people are looking ahead to holiday gift-buying and expensive travel to visit family or go on vacation, some workers – particularly those in the tech sectors – are facing disappointing layoffs. While stressful for those undergoing them, these layoffs could positively impact associations’ workforce.  The layoffs alarm bell sounded for what felt […]

Building a Board of Directors Onboarding Plan

Associations are unique in many ways, but one thing they all have in common is the need for strong leadership at the helm – more specifically – your board of directors. So what happens once you’ve recruited or appointed the best people for the job? Setting them up for success can make all the difference and it […]

9 Keys to Effective Professional Development

Professional development is standard practice in industries where certifications are required, but for associations and other businesses, this optional practice is often dismissed as an unnecessary expense. After all, you hired employees because they already had the skills you needed, right? Turns out, professional development is the best way to keep the tools in your […]

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