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Scouting for Talent within Your Association Membership

Posted by Andy Freed on 12/4/13 3:41 AM

New York Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera, retired at the end of this baseball season. After all the years Rivera he’s spent in the league—he’s retiring at age 43—it’s easy to forget where he came from. But I won’t make you look it up. Rivera is a product of the New York Yankees farm system. (If you’re not a baseball fan, the farm system is a network of minor league teams that supports the major league teams—it’s where talent is developed).

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Topics: Operations, Governance, Association Management, Board of Directors, Membership, Experience, Association Management Company, Hiring an Association Management Company

Lessons in Association Management: How to Communicate Your Group’s Vision

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/27/13 3:38 AM

I recently read a great article in The New York Times about how challenging it will be for Microsoft to find its new CEO, given the diversity of businesses that the company represents. The article ends with a quote from Harvard Business School professor, David Yoffie:

“I think the fundamental question for the next CEO of Microsoft is, what is his vision for Microsoft?”

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Topics: Operations, Organizational Development, Governance, Board of Directors, Membership, Experience, Association Management Company, Hiring an Association Management Company

The Best Social Media Channels for Professional Associations and Advocacy Groups

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/16/13 5:00 AM

With everyone from your accountant to your grandmother posting status updates, it seems like the whole world has mastered social media strategy. But social media is more complicated that it appears—especially for professional associations who are trying to build relationships, not just follower counts.

Plus, many organizations feel like they need to play catch-up, when it comes to social media. As a result, they overreach,

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Topics: Social Media, Starting an Association, Technology, Launching an Association, Increase Membership, Membership, Mobile, Hiring an Association Management Company

3 Things to Do Before Your Professional Association Achieves Its Mission

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/16/13 5:00 AM

Your professional association has met and surpassed all of its original goals. Now you’re operating on cruise control, right? Not so fast…

Sometimes success can bring about unforeseen challenges. An organization that accomplishes its main mission is often faced with the “what now?” syndrome.

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Topics: Operations, Consortia, Association Management, Membership, Success of Professional Associations, Hiring an Association Management Company

Why Your Professional Association Needs a Strategic Plan…Right Now

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/2/13 5:00 AM

What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements—including the imperative to stay current.

Meg Whitman once described the evolution of eBay’s strategic mission in observing that strategy meetings went from being

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Governance, Membership, Technical Process, Association Management Company, Hiring an Association Management Company

Management Company or In-House Staff? Pros and Cons….

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/30/13 7:56 AM

When I was a kid, I was a decent swimmer, but miserably bad at many other sports. I ended my little league career for Sweeney and Meyer Realty without a single base hit. After (another) hitless game, my Mom told me: "you can't be good at everything…pick what you want to excel at and concentrate on that."

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Topics: Small Association, Association, Association Management Company, Hiring an Association Management Company

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