Association Management Blog

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.

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

Think QUICK for Better Board Members

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/11/15 7:00 AM

I’ve written before about how Boards need to be willing to drop bad members from the Board. Deadwood can kill a Board.  But what makes a good Board member? Think QUICK. 

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Topics: Association Management Companies, Association Boards

Nonprofit: Just a Tax Status

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/5/15 12:35 PM

If there’s one thing I’d like to change about working with nonprofits of all kinds, it’s the belief that nonprofits are somehow the “minor leagues” of organizations—that it’s ok for them to have deficits in leadership, operations or strategy that you wouldn’t see in a for profit corporation.

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Topics: Organizational Development, Association Management Company

Agenda Setting

Posted by Andy Freed on 2/10/15 7:00 AM

Ever really think about the agenda for a meeting? Often, agendas aren’t created with a lot of thought, they’re just a list of things that an association or consortium needs to cover in its meeting. But a properly structured agenda can be the difference between an effective meeting and one that drifts.

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Topics: Meeting, Associations, Association Boards

Demonstrate member value by frustrating your members

Posted by Greg Kohn on 2/4/15 7:00 AM

You’re right, that title seems really counterintuitive. Let’s be honest, it’s really never a good idea to frustrate your members. Ever. But a recent experience on my home front brought that concept to mind. Let me explain. 

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Topics: Association Management Companies, Membership Value

Keep your Board members off email (at least during your meetings)

Posted by Greg Kohn on 1/21/15 12:50 PM

Are your in-person board meetings the ideal environment for your directors to do their email? (Or, worse, play the latest Angry Birds release?) Does your Board struggle to be conversational around critical or strategic topics? While every board is certainly different, below are some methods that have moved the needle within some of the most engagement-resistant groups: 

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Board, Association Boards

What’s next after CES?

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/7/15 8:55 AM

This week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This is a massive show—covering 2 million square feet of exhibit space. For those keeping score at home, the Chrysler Building in NYC is about that size. That’s big.

Every year, CES is a showplace of the latest gadgets: TVs, mobile devices, and more.

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Topics: Technology, Technology Standards, Standards

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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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