An interesting question was posed to Amy Dickinson of Ask Amy in her Sept. 2 column in the Washington Post that every association executive - volunteer managers in particular - should read. The writer, known only as Time for Change asked if there is a proper way to resign from organizations without citing specific reasons. "Time" had reached burn-out after 40 years of "volunteering countless hours."
Seth Godin's posting on "Fixing The One Big Thing" offers a simple but powerful message (but then would you expect less from Seth?): if your one big thing is really and truly part of what makes you successful, keep it; otherwise dump it. He gives two wonderful examples: Joe Biden and DiFara's Pizza in NY. Biden's long-windedness is his one big thing while 90 minutes to prepare their pizza is DiFara's. Complaints are lodged about both.
Maddie Grant continues the debate on membership pricing models in her posting More on Free is the Future with a strong 'yes' to Scott Oser's question "Would mission be as important if anyone could join just by signing up for free" posed in response to Maddie's other posting on the subject (see a pattern here?). (For those who want to read more check out Jason Della Rocca's posting on Acronym.)
Interesting post from one of my daily reads: "Is ASAE Dying?" asks Maddie Grant. She challenged us further with this question: "Assuming you think ASAE does have a value for you, what should it do as a leadership model to counteract this?"
Just had an interesting conversation with the president of one of our management clients who is grappling with the opportunity/threat of independent, self-forming networking groups.
- The opportunity?...providing a benefit to underserved segments of the membership.
- The threat?...degradation of the brand if the resulting experience fails to meet expectations.
Great conversation going on over at Acronym on how helpful are member needs assessment surveys. Katie Paffhouse started the conversation posting the question "How do your chapters determine member needs?"
Kevin Holland hits the nail on the head: "A committee should not exist solely because it existed last year." That's unspoken truth #7.
Nurses’ demands focus on working conditions, flexibility, not dollars – so says a Washington Post article (Saturday, Sept 13, 2008). Why share this article about nursing in a blog about associations? It was a sentence in paragraph three that caught my eye: “Hospitals increasingly are responding with a new recruitment and retention strategy -- giving nurses like Dimmick much more say in their patients' care.”
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