Tag Archives: leadership

New Year, New Focus on You!

As we begin the new year, it might be a good time to consider new ideas about how you can make some changes around your personal self-care. The key thing is that you can’t be effective if you are stressed and overwhelmed, so let’s start there. Maintaining Sanity for You! As an Association or Hospitality professional, one of the most ...

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Career Transitions: Association to AMC

Merriam-Webster defines transition as a passage from one state, subject, or place to another or – when in relation to an atomic nucleus or a molecule – an abrupt change in energy level usually accompanied by change in energy. In my experience over the past few months, the transition from a stand-alone association to an association management company (AMC) has ...

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Embrace a Culture of Innovation

Most associations tell me that innovation is important to them, and I, of course, agree. But the overall track record on innovation in the association community is not that great. Twelve years ago, some fellow consultants and I wrote a short book titled, We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change. Two years ago ...

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Speakers Spark ‘New Ideas’ at TSAE’s Annual Conference

Creativity is a muscle that you need to work out and strengthen into a tool that can build something unexpected. For artist and founder of the Frontier Project Noah Scalin, that meant taking a familiar object – a skull – and presenting it a new, creative way every day for a full year. Scalin spoke at the TSAE’s New Ideas ...

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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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What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy

Go ahead. Google the words “association advocacy” and see what pops up. I recently did the same which resulted in over 87 million hits. American Association for Justice, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National CASA Association … thousands of associations that prominently include the word “advocacy” on their websites. But what does advocacy mean? Is it something handled by your governmental relations ...

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Create a “Yes, And” Team Culture

Never say no is one of the main rules of improv comedy. While you can’t never say no in your organization, you can still create a culture of yes. Galen Emanuele with Shift Yes used the five main tenets of improv comedy to show attendees how they can build a culture where all ideas and people are respected in “Create ...

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Getting to Know Christopher Williston VI, CAE

At the TSAE Board of Directors annual retreat in early June, Christopher Williston VI, CAE, executive vice president, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chairman of TSAE. Williston has been a member since 2006 and served on the board since 2012. He has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including chairing the Magazine and Budget & ...

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