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Breaking the Chains of Conflict

Conflict binds us, just like chains. No matter where you work, no matter what size and type of organization, at some point in time you are going to face conflict. You may find yourself embroiled in conflict, or you may be called upon to help resolve a conflict between others. Knowing how to prevent conflict from disrupting the flow of ...

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Capture Your Retiring Talent with a Publishing Program

Some of your best talent is heading toward retirement. There is a wealth of wisdom and experience getting ready to close their office doors, and that is a resource that no smart association executive wants to let walk away. How do you engage these retiring leaders? How do you keep them – and their valuable knowledge – in your association ...

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Engaging Young Professionals: How Your Association Can Succeed

As many of us know, young professionals are proving to be the lifeblood of any association membership. They’re ambitious. Eager to learn and eager to be taught, young professionals are looking for a place to help them hone in on their professional skills and build up their experience for future career endeavors. So, it only makes sense that associations and ...

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How to Plan Your Defense IT

According to Forbes, in 2017 two-thirds of Americans worried about having their identify, credit card, or other personal information stolen. Getting murdered only concerned 18 percent of people. According to the FBI, cybercrime in 2018 will cost Texans at least $96 million. If $96 million were being stolen from homes and businesses, and two-thirds were worrying it would happen to ...

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Backpack to Briefcase: Are You Prepared for Your Next Move?

Are you considering the next step in your career? You may not even be seeking employment when the right job comes along, so you need to be ready at all times. Here are some suggestions for you to be equipped for your next opportunity. Practice and polish your “elevator pitch.” Be ready to sell yourself no matter where you are. ...

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Quick Tips: The Business of Fun

When you take your big event to a new city, yes, you have business to tend to and objectives to achieve, but you also have an opportunity to help your members get to know an exciting, engaging destination. Sounds easy, right? Not always. While the business goals of your attendees may be similar, their predilections and preferences for leisure activities ...

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Write Your Story in Fort Worth

As America’s 15th-largest city, Fort Worth is a leading leisure destination with an eclectic cultural scene. For a truly Texan experience, visitors can stop by the Stockyards National Historic District where rich western history is on display daily, including: Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest honky-tonk, authentic Western saloons, the world’s only year-round rodeo and the Fort Worth Herd twice-daily cattle ...

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Belonging in the Association Community

Theresa Parsons, CAE, CMP 2018-2019 TSAE Board Chair Executive Director Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) I was on a plane heading to Washington, D.C., to join a handful of board members on a lobbying trip. After working for another organization for a year, my association lured me back, and this particular morning was just my second since ...

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The Gospel of Good Governance

The association executive said, “Please share the gospel of good governance with my board.” He was requesting the annual orientation of his board of directors. I had to think about the context. The definition of “gospel” is something regarded as true and implicitly believed or a doctrine regarded as of prime importance. I summarized the doctrine for good governance in ...

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Modern Media: How PR and Digital Strategy Meet

Once upon a time, public relations was a relatively straightforward part of your organization. Your association released news relevant to your members and industries or you responded to incoming inquiries around a trending story or moment of crisis. The number of media contacts seemed more finite – and the number of contacts at your association was likely one. Then about ...

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