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“Fake it till you feel it” and “Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly” made it on Gretchen Rubin’s list “10 ways to be Happier” in the October 2008 issue of Real Simple. Gretchen’s list is the outcome of what she calls a systemic study of happiness which included a year of test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study she could find.
Starbucks, Apple, and Amazon jointly headlined an article in the Washington Post (Sunday, Sept 14, Business Section) last weekend. They were named SAGA companies.
A group of association executives gathered for our monthly networking luncheon in suburban Maryland to talk about the Decision To Volunteer study by ASAE & The Center (read my earlier post). A small group gathered at an ASAE & The Center Idea Swap yesterday as well. In fact there are lots of groups gathering to scratch their heads over the research.
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?"
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.
Over the past couple of years, we've been working with a number of associations on the issue of how to address the struggles of the current chapter.
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?"
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.)
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