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I am fascinated with my dog Sita’s contributions to our family life. Yesterday my daughter and I took her to the park where we played with her, watched her cavort with other dogs, and generally enjoyed her company. That’s her above running toward me during our time together. The New York Times had this piece …

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Breaking Through – Grow or Die!

Grow or die. Blunt, but true. Many associations have grown content with a flat situation as it relates to mission impact, membership, and profitable revenues. Some have been able to spin “grow or die” into a positive: evolve and thrive. No matter how you frame it, savvy CEOs are paying attention to and investing in …

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changing your view

Changing Your View

One of my favorite books is Thomas Kuhn’s, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn dives into how new ways of thinking emerges. There’s a lot here, and it can be directly applied to any change project, including personal change. The author says that we tend to think of our current worldview as based on a …

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Science-based Research – 10 Key Elements of a Social Movement

Last week we talked about Framing the Crisis, the most critical of the 10 Key Elements to a Social Movement. This week I’ll cover the second most critical element: science-based research. Science-based research provides evidence for the change your movement is trying to make. It answers the “why’s” and illustrates your foundation. Watch the video …

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My Best Hack of 2018

Well, here it is: the day before 2019! There are so many things to be grateful for. I was thinking back over the year and asking myself, ‘What was the best new technique I learned this year to help me with my life?’ The answer came quickly. It was a morning meditation that I do …

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A Visit from St. Nicholas

This poem was called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American,” in the book, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, published in 1999. The authorship remains in dispute to this day as it was originally published anonymously and no one stepped forward until 14 years after it appeared. Most say …

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Hive of Helpers

Whenever there is an emergency a close friend of mine always reminds me to notice the helpers. The news focuses on the disaster, but in every video there are workers who are hustling around protecting children, saving animals, caring for the wounded, giving shelter to the homeless, feeding the victims. He points out to me …

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What Winning Association Leaders Do

If I had to define challenge in one word it would be growth. Recently, I’ve been working to identify the winning moves being made by leaders of successful associations. There are three elements key to growth: mission impact, membership, and profitability. In this video I discuss those elements and the three winning moves I see …

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Carpe Annum 2019!

This is the time of year to prepare for 2019. Every December I pull out my project list for the previous two years and look at the momentum I have generated and ask myself what my big vision goals are for the year ahead. I love doing this because it creates momentum and excitement for …

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