Associations

How to Cultivate a Sense of Belonging

Early in my career, I was recruited to sit on a board of directors and asked to spearhead a priority initiative for the association. I was both humbled and ecstatic to take on such an influential role. Imagine my disappointment when I attended the first meeting and the initiative was tabled. During the next several…

How to Deal with an Organization in Denial

A year ago, President Trump was under fire by experts and pundits for being in denial about the seriousness of the pandemic. In the early weeks, the President referred to the virus as a hoax, refused to issue a federal stay at home order, and hesitated to fully utilize the Defense Production Act. Unfortunately, leadership…

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How Cancel Culture Will Change Your Organization

Given the opportunity to time travel, would you choose to visit the past or the future? I was participating in a virtual happy hour when this question popped up. Some experienced professionals jumped in, sharing moments in history they wanted to visit. The conversation was bubbly; people were happily caught up in their imaginations of…

Why They Quit: How To Retain Young Talent

As vaccines are being distributed, there is hope the worst of the pandemic is nearing an end. But if research is any indication, another kind of crisis may just be heating up. As SHRM defines it, a “turnover tsunami” is brewing, with more than half of employees surveyed planning to look for a new job…

Should Organizations Worry About a Decline in Membership?

Wild Apricot turned to Sarah Sladek and two additional experts in the membership field to gather their thoughts on the challenges of growing membership and continuing to thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article here. Why do you think so many membership organizations are struggling to grow their membership?  Sarah: I’ve been researching membership…

Why Associations Need to Innovate to Survive

The global pandemic has rocked our world, and I’m gravely concerned about what this means for the future of our associations. Prior to the pandemic, research indicated the majority of associations were facing declines in membership and revenues. Why? Because many associations were resistant to change and struggling to plan for their futures. Despite social…

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