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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 [...]
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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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Which Choice Will You and Your Association Make?

You Have a Choice to Make Which choice will you and your association make? We talked about the disruptive changes barreling down on the future of associations - and people in general. You can't stop the changes happening. They are in the works and many already exist. They are simply growing into their potential such as robotic systems replacing humans in many jobs. What is a leader (and an association) to do? You've got a big choice to make... Will you be a victim or a creator? Being a victim gives you a sense of powerlessness. The changes are bigger [...]
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When Age is NOT a Number

When Age is NOT a Number in Your Association Yesterday I filled out a form to volunteer for an association. It asked for my age group.I wondered why?What does age mean to an association?I get you want demographics to make sure your involved members reflect the age distribution of potential members. And you can market events better in the future if you know who is attracted to the event – but can you really?Let’s take a closer look at age...It’s not uncommon to find a 25 year old married with kids and working OR living at home with parents, periodically [...]
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What Do You Think About Ross?

What Do You Think About Ross? Did you notice his arrival - and it's potential impact on YOUR association? TEN months ago, in May 2016, an AI lawyer was hired by Baker& Hostetler to work in their bankruptcy law practice. The AI’s name is Ross and he was created by IBM. Ross sounds pretty amazing. He has internalized all law regarding bankruptcy and monitors 24/7 for new decisions too. Ask Ross what you want to know. He will think through the challenge logically. Once he has his answer, he’ll produce the legal precedents most likely to impact a court case [...]
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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 #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 #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, [...]