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Sep 04
Peggy Hoffman

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.

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Sep 03
Peggy Hoffman

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."

Blog
Sep 02
Peggy Hoffman

The importance of associations is never clearer than when they are acting on their mission.

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Aug 30
Peggy Hoffman

Jamie DeSimone, CAE, Director Membership & Chapter Relations for Independent Electrical Contractors led a off-the-beaten path conversation at ASAE & The Center's Annual Meeting last month which looked at what could be considered the "chapter-lite" model and even went a little further and talked about what is probably more appropriately consider the "anti-chapter" (meant as a compliment!). The session was titled Creating Local Community for Yourself and Your Association.

Blog
Aug 28
Peggy Hoffman

Bill Clinton is by any measure a great orator with an incredible way with words.

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Aug 27
Peggy Hoffman

Chat, Chew & Chocolate isn't your traditional association and certainly isn't your traditional chapter organization - but it is creating excitement and gathering steam. Translated that means it's building members and raising revenue

Blog
Aug 26
Peggy Hoffman

I posted only part of the handouts for this session in my original comments

Blog
Aug 26
Peggy Hoffman

Paul Chaney started an interesting conversation on The Society for Word of Mouth (a Ning Group) with his posting on How are the numbers shaking out? He asked the critical question "... once you get members into a niche social network/online community, how do you keep them engaged?"

Blog
Aug 26
Peggy Hoffman

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership unveiled the Decision To Volunteer research study at its Annual Meeting in San Diego. I'll be sharing the research and insights about this groundbreaking study as we delve more into it. Here's a great summary from Cynthia D'Amour that captures the essence of it. (You'll likely enjoy her current posting on "She wouldn't take my money" too.) As the caption says, this research really does shine the light on why people give their time and how you can engage them.

Blog
Aug 23
Peggy Hoffman

Chip Deale Head of Society Relations for CFA Institute and Kimberly Fischer, an association consultant joined me for a conversation about sharing data in ASAE & The Center Connecting 08 Annual Meeting session“Chapter & National Databases: Do They or Don’t They Interface?” on August 19. The main take-away from the session was that we can create well-organized data sharing systems and we can harness the power of data being collected at national and at the local level.

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