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Pros and Cons of Remote Association Employees

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 8/9/16 1:12 PM

Upsides include cost savings and a much broader talent pool; challenges include time management oversight, coordinating communication, long-distance IT support.

If your association is in hiring mode, a key consideration is whether your employees will work together physically in a central location, or whether some or all will work remotely (also called "teleworking"). For many small or mid-size associations, having a large physical headquarters is not economically feasible; for others, it can be a conscious choice to take the remote approach or create a hybrid of the two. 

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Topics: Working Groups, Association Management, Association, Association Boards

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

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

Does Your Association Have a Private Online Social Community?

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 11/19/14 7:00 AM

The legendary Augusta National Golf Club is home to the annual Masters Golf Tournament, and it’s one of the finest golf courses in the world. But beyond the club’s reputation for world-class golf, it’s also one of the world’s most exclusive social clubs. Augusta’s 300 members include Fortune 500 CEOs, former cabinet officials and the top two men on the Forbes 400 ranking of the wealthiest individuals, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

As for the golf, some days so few members play Augusta that it’s reportedly tough to find a partner for a round of 18.

Augusta National is one of the world’s best examples of a private social community where each member has opted in and is carefully screened to enhance the experiences of all other members. Now think about the members of your association who have already opted into a community of common interests and mutual benefit. Aside from contact at association meetings and conferences, how do they interact with each other? Increasingly, it’s via a private online social community, especially if your organization has lots of millennials as members.

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Topics: Social Media, Association Management, Technology

The Long Road to Standards Adoption

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 9/10/14 2:35 PM

With its much-anticipated announcement this week, Apple became the latest and the last of the leading smartphone vendors to adopt Near Field Communication or NFC technology. The company announced NFC will be in its forthcoming iPhone 6 models and will become the enabling technology for a new mobile payment ecosystem called Apple Pay. Apple Pay will allow consumers with iPhones to pay for goods and services at some 220 thousand stores throughout the U.S.

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Topics: Standards

Happy Birthday to Us

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 7/2/14 7:07 AM

It has been nearly 230 years since Thomas Jefferson penned the original draft of The Declaration of Independence, aggregating the original 13 American colonies into a new nation separate from Great Britain.

As we mark America’s birthday, there are a few other birthdays that the team at Virtual, Inc. will celebrate this year.

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Topics: Technology, Success of Professional Associations, Association Management Company

The Paperless Association

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 6/25/13 10:57 AM

Decades after some unnamed publicist coined the term “the paperless office,” paperless association operations are at hand. At least that’s the case for many technology industry associations. For tech groups, participation by myriad stakeholders around the globe has made paperless systems for working together a necessity.

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Topics: Operations, Association Management, Technology, Communications, Board of Directors, Finance, Membership, technology industry, Association

The Safest Time in Human History

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 4/3/13 7:44 PM

This is the safest time in human history.

So says Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist and popular science author. His claim is based on a statistical analysis of deaths by violence throughout human history. Apparently we are killing each other less than we used to. A lot less.

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Topics: Technology, Membership

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