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Getting Beyond “We’ve Always Done It That Way!”

Getting Beyond "We've Always Done It That Way!" This past weekend, I had practice with my improv troupe. It had been a few weeks due to holidays and travel. Usually we start our practice with some fun warm up exercises. We reconnect with each other being silly. They get the creative juices flowing and help us get into our improv space. Our coach decided to skip that part of rehearsal and go straight into scene work because we have a show coming up and need as much practice as possible. I really needed the warm up. Going cold into scenes, [...]
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Who Defines Your Association’s Future?

Who Defines Your Association's Future? A few days ago, I took an Uber ride from my hotel to the airport. The driver was a nice guy in his mid-20s. He was chatty. (Looked a lot like the man in the photo.) I learned he had a college degree and been through three jobs the first two years out of school. He just left the last one – working in a call center – to start driving for Uber. He’s driving for Uber so he can study for the LSAT and hopes to start law school in January. I asked him [...]
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Does Your Association Have Room?

Does Your Association Have Room for Passion? A pair of members come to you with an idea to move your mission forward based on a passion they have. What they are proposing has not been done before. They are asking your board to support them financially in this endeavor so they can do it properly. The project can create extra excitement for your association. What do you do? (Select the option most likely for your board.) A.    Tell them while the project sounds interesting AND it's not part of your five-year strategic plan. If they want to try to be [...]
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The World Is Tilting

The World as We Know It Is Tilting I recently read that, within a few years, information in the world will double every 63 days. It boggled my mind. Every 63 days??? How can that be? What will it feel like? We got a taste of that speed this week.  It feels like the world as we know it is tilting... Every time I go online or watch TV, some breaking news causes a pivot of sorts - whether the latest on President Trump, the news from Elon Musk or some biotech breakthrough identifying a cure or cause of something. [...]
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How Healthy is Your Association?

How Healthy Is Your Association? Coal mine tunnels were dangerous for miners when gasses, such as carbon monoxide, collected intensely. In the early 1910s, coal miners started to take canaries down in the mines with them. The canaries were more sensitive to the dangerous gasses than humans. If a bird became sick in the mine, the miners knew they needed to get out of that area immediately. (Technology eventually replaced the canaries.) In our disruptive world, your association also has a canary indicating its health moving forward into the future. The canary is your front-line involvement for members – your [...]
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Don’t Jump So Far From Me!

Don't Jump So Far From Me! What follows is a learning-curve story. (Should help you get farther faster with your members.)For more than 20 years, I've worked with chapter leaders and presented at association leadership conferences. When I offered a free 30-minute webinar about reading the waves of change, I expected chapter leaders to jump to sign up – like they usually do.All of the disruptions and resulting change is serious stuff. The future is a great unknown. Every CEO, staff member, association leader AND chapter leader should understand at least the basics of reading the waves of change.The chapter [...]
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Find Love Reading the Waves of Change for Your Association

Find Your Mr./Ms. Right Reading the Waves of Change for Your Association You get disruptions are happening and a future-focus is a must for your association. To secure the future, you need a team of people regularly reading the waves of change for your association. The Challenge: Some of your leaders and staff aren't thrilled with learning this new skill set - even though it has the potential to make them superstars for helping to guide your association to a brilliant future. What's an association leader to do? You can't force them to learn this critical skill set - so [...]
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Earn More Money Reading the Waves of Change for Your Association

Earn More Money Reading the Waves of Change for Your Association   You may be wondering what I'm doing... Last week, I talked about how reading the waves of change can help you find your Mr./Ms. Right. This week, I'm delving into how the same skills can help you earn more. What does love and money (and even weight loss) have to do with being a successful leader in the future? The answer is EVERYTHING! The higher up you are in your association, the more you understand it is important for you to help secure the future. For those not [...]
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Humans Need Not Apply

Humans Need Not Apply I've noticed the future is barely conceptual for many. They hear changes are coming. Life is going to be different. Yet it doesn't totally hit home. Every day I scan a variety of sources as I do my own reading the waves of change. I came across this video on YouTube. It does a fabulous job explaining why the disruptions around us are different from what we've experienced before. It uses powerful analogies and makes things real. Thought I'd share here with you. (The video is 15 minutes but it's mesmerizing.) I can see the video [...]

Thriving in the Future is a Team Sport

Thriving in the Future is a Team Sport Traditionally in many associations, thinking about the future and doing strategic planning is an elitist space.Few are allowed to participate. The CEO (and possibly the chair) are the visionaries at the table. The facilitator is brilliant. The board is committed. Together they determine your association's future.The rest of your association members and staff are supposed to implement that which was determined. Members are the receivers of the brilliant strategic outputs. Ideally, members will excitedly embrace whatever was decided for them. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. Especially when the association wants to go in [...]