Association Management Blog

What My New Apple Watch Made Me Think About Standards Groups

Posted by Andy Freed on 6/25/15 7:00 AM

I love a new toy. That’s why I was so excited to get my Apple Watch last week. And as I hit the one-week mark, a few lessons have struck me:

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Topics: Association Management, Association Management Company

Flying Buttress

Posted by Andy Freed on 6/18/15 7:00 AM

So many of the great churches of Europe are supported by massive flying buttresses. Not much to look at themselves, they support objects of great beauty and intricacy.  

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Topics: Association Management Company

Where have we been?

Posted by Andy Freed on 6/9/15 7:00 AM

I was reminded today that it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Well, it’s been quite a few months. Between client meetings, new initiatives and more, we’ve been flat out.

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Topics: Association Management Companies

Five Reasons Why Lockstep Board Leadership Succession Makes No Sense

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 5/11/15 8:00 AM

Once in a while we encounter an organization with a structured leadership succession process that makes no sense except, perhaps, to the founders who concocted it. I like to call this the lockstep board leadership succession model.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Boards

A Little Something About 20-somethings

Posted by Joan Jacobs on 4/30/15 7:00 AM

For over a decade, I have been attending standards and technology-focused events sponsored by client associations as well as forums hosted by venerable U.S. and global standards-focused organizations. These meetings are by and large fairly homogenous gatherings of standards professionals with deep experience in standards and who are skilled at representing their companies’ interests in industry alliances and consortia. For most, it’s definitely not their first “rodeo.” 

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Topics: Association Management, Technology, Membership

Eye Chart

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/15/15 7:30 AM

One of the best things about having a great staff is that I find that I’m wrong more than I’m right. Often I have a belief about something, but my team has better information.

One great example of that was recently when we were working on a client web site. I saw the design and thought that too much material was “below the fold” of the first screen. Turns out my thinking was entirely wrong. 

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Topics: Association Management

Spring Cleaning

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/10/15 7:00 AM

After more than nine feet of snow in Boston, I saw something I haven’t seen a while this week. My lawn. And it wasn’t a pretty sight. All that snow brought gravel, matted leaves, trash and who knows what else on to my property. 

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Topics: Tech Consortia, Technical Process

The Right Tools for the Job

Posted by Joan Jacobs on 4/2/15 1:51 PM

Technology associations based on standards efforts share many common goals and challenges.  Over the years, through the shared experiences of literally hundreds of such efforts, a set of best practices has emerged, including strategies on:

  • How best to set up a new association
  • What an effective organizational structure looks like
  • What programs and practices make sense as the organization moves from conception through launch, growth and ultimately through maturity and end of life
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Topics: Association Management, Associations

Mobile Messaging Wildfire

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 3/25/15 7:00 AM

One of my favorite urban legends (actually a true story) concerns my business partner’s next-door neighbor’s teenage daughter and the quiet “little party” she planned to have while her parents were out of town. Now, bear in mind that the party was completely sanctioned and pre-approved by her parents.

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Topics: Operations, Technology, Communications, Association Management Company

What happens when the magic is gone? And how to get it back!

Posted by Joan Jacobs on 3/17/15 8:00 AM

New organizations have an energy, an excitement, related to a new technology that has the promise to open up new global markets and significantly change or enhance the way companies or individuals use technology-based products or services. During the start-up phase, the founders likely have a clear vision as to the technology’s value, what benefits it will provide and a sense for how to differentiate the technology from both existing products and from other approaches being brokered by competitive coalitions. They want to build a collaborative organization that provides a role for large and small companies alike to contribute to the development of a standard(s), agree on a specification and get the word out quickly and effectively using all available communications tools. There is a sense of urgency: the more time that passes, the more likely it is that another solution could gain the competitive edge. Given a compelling message, competitors, contributors and adopters will come on board ready to write a check and volunteer resources to ensure that the technology gains maximum traction and that needed standards are in place to allow individual companies to develop and differentiate their products. The world can be a wonderful place for a new alliance or consortium.

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Topics: Association Management, Membership, Life Cycle, Membership Value

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ANDY FREED

President
Virtual, Inc.

GREG KOHN

Vice President of Client Services
Virtual, Inc.

BRUCE ROGERS

CEO
Virtual, Inc.

TERRY LOWNEY

COO, Senior Vice President
Virtual, Inc.

JOAN JACOBS

Director, Business Development
Virtual, Inc.

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