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The Kiss of Death for Your Association

The Kiss of Death for Your Association After sharing my analysis and predicting more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030, I'm exploring more concepts impacting the future of associations. Today we are focusing on an association epidemic. When it comes to addressing the future, the kiss of death is the already established battle cry of, "That's not how we do things! We always do it this way!" The commitment to continuation of the ways of the past are embedded in most associations currently. For years, the commitment to repeating the past resulted in chasing away [...]
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The Power of the Pause

The Power of the Pause Have you ever read an article or an email where the author writes on and on and on? A paragraph is like a mile long - and no matter how interested you are in what's being said, your eyes get into lift off and scanning is activated. You pick up speed as you fly over the big block of copy - it's become a BLOB of gray space. If the information is important, you may chastise your brain for shifting to skim. You go back to the beginning. Start wading through copy. And, darn it [...]
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Variable #2: The Magic Bullet Called Younger Members

Variable #2: The Magic Bullet Called Younger Members Last week, we explored technology as the first of three variables I've been watching to cause me to predict more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030. Today we are going to look at the second variable: The  Magic Bullet Called Younger Members. Over 20 years ago, I started consulting in the association world. I was one of the younger consultants. Most were retired CEOs. One of the things that shocked me as a younger consultant in the mid-90s was the animosity often felt towards Generation X. Association [...]
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Variable #3: Power Turned Upside Down

Variable #3: Power Turned Upside Down Over the last two weeks we've explored variables: younger members as the magic bullet and  technology. They are two of the three variables I've watched to cause me to predict more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030. Today we are going to look at the third variable: power turned upside down. Until recently, the national (or headquarters) association was the gatekeeper and the giver of access to people and ideas their members could not get elsewhere. National provided: Fascinating subject matter experts to write and speak on thought-provoking topics. [...]
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Strategic Illiteracy May Be Your Biggest Challenge

Strategic Illiteracy May Be Your Biggest Challenge After sharing my analysis and predicting more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030, I'm exploring more concepts impacting the future of associations.The first is how strategic illiteracy may be a big challenge for your association.Strategic illiteracy is rampant in our country and the world.We come into this world filled with wonder, awe and a powerful imagination.From very early on, we traded our freedom of thought, imagination and fertile grounds for strategic thinking in exchange for survival. It was the price of being cared for. Of fitting in. Survival.Our [...]
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Variable #1: Technology and Its Big Reach

Variable #1: Technology and Its Big Reach Last week I declared more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030. This post is the first of a series explaining why I reached that conclusion - and what your association can do about it. I've followed three major variables for a few years to come to my conclusion about the future for associations. The first major variable is technology and its big reach. Technology has been regularly disrupting our lives for a while - and there's a ton more on the way. AI, robots, virtual reality, genetics, nanotechnology, [...]