Category: Organizational culture

digitalNow 2022 Day 1: AI Isn’t the Future – It’s Already Here!

digitalNow 2022 kicked off with a day focused on AI – the technological foundations that make it work, the various applications associations can start working with and the mindset shifts required to begin implementing it in your organization. While AI can seem novel and futuristic, the reality is that artificial intelligence is already a significant part […]

What Is Divergent Thinking and How Can It Benefit Your Association?

Simply put, divergent thinking applies non-traditional, creative ideas to problems and progress in all areas of life. These techniques provide a novel approach that can result in profound positive change for your association. Here’s how.  What Is Divergent Thinking? Divergent thinking is one of two mental processes required for creative problem-solving.  Convergent thinking, the first […]

When Do You Throw in the Towel on a Meeting?

In the U.S., people attend approximately 11 million meetings a day, with the average person spending three hours a week on meetings (and nearly a third spend five hours or more). While some meetings are critical, generative spaces where everyone leaves motivated and validated, most — about 71% — are unproductive and a waste of […]

The Rise of Passive Aggressive Firing and Quitting

Just when we thought we were turning the corner on the Great Resignation and a hiring and retention crisis, there’s a new term to worry about – quiet quitting. While not an entirely new phenomenon, quiet quitting is quickly gaining in popularity as professionals share their experiences on social media and shifting mindsets around work continue […]

6 Keys to Implementing Effective Professional Development in Your Organization

Professional development can be so beneficial for your organization. It increases employee retention, productivity and buy in while closing skill gaps and supporting the bottom line. But implementing a professional development program just for the sake of saying your organization has one isn’t going to cut it. So how do you implement a professional development […]

Finding Funding for Your Professional Development

Professional development may have taken a backseat to emergency management as most associations learned to navigate their way through a global pandemic, but it’s time to revisit this critical offering. Here’s why professional development is so important and how to find funding for it. Why Professional Development is Key The world is ever-changing, moving faster […]

How the School Nutrition Association Added Creativity to Their Hiring Process

In a tight labor market, how do you differentiate yourself in the war for talent? At the School Nutrition Association (SNA), we used a few innovative tactics that yielded significant returns over the last few months. On the heels of a new strategic plan and following an organizational restructure, our association embarked on a hiring […]

What Tech Layoffs Can Teach Us About Association Hiring Goals

For many organizations, hiring has been a top priority for 2022. And that trend continues with employers adding over 500,000 jobs in July alone. Yet, one industry has begun to see some cracks in its hiring strategies – big tech. According to Crunchbase, “more than 34,000 workers in the U.S. tech sector have been laid off […]

4 Strategies to Improve Committee Engagement

From handling member engagement to planning your next event, committees play an essential role in the operation of associations. However, finding volunteers and keeping them committed can often be the biggest obstacle to success. While some organizations may opt to appoint committee members, this can impact your diversity efforts and prevent new members or young […]

Why Your Association Should Experiment With Microlearning

When it comes to creating or offering professional development for your members, there is no arguing that it’s valuable and necessary. However, for many association professionals, the subsequent response is often, “where do I find the time?” Whether it’s because of shortening attention times or limited schedules, finding time for learning opportunities is tough, and […]

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