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Visionary Leadership Self-assessment

The 20 years I’ve worked with visionary leaders has led to the identification of a core set of competencies found in the most successful executives. Customized to leading in the association space, these ten competencies fit into three categories: Market Awareness Eco-system leadership Systems thinking Identifying disruptions Detecting larger patterns Association Leadership Reframing obstacles as …

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Portfolio Evaluation

 A special thank you and shout out to Henry Chamberlain, CEO of the Building Owners and Managers Association International for his willingness to let me draw from our experience as we prepared for a portfolio review, including the potential of sunsetting existing programs. Portfolio evaluation is always a challenging exercise. BOMA’s new strategic plan …

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Optimizing Your Social Systems

An association’s social systems include all the constellations of people who work together to achieve the organization’s objectives. There are two things leaders can do to optimize social systems. First, remember these groups are people. People who need to be appreciated and need the positive feedback required to make them rise up, become enthusiastic and …

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Paul Bellantone and Trust at PPAI

I had the good fortune to work with Paul Bellantone. CEO of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), to help with the association’s strategic planning. While gathering member intelligence – a critical step in the planning process – I learned that PPAI had a hidden, key asset. Trust. PPAI’s membership had tremendous trust for the organizations’ …

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Grand Challenges and Growth

We’ve spent the last few four weeks exploring three things the most successful CEOs are doing to drive growth within their associations: Investing in Your Social Systems Creating synergy between mission impact and profitability Design and deliver a grand challenge We’ve covered social systems and synergy in previous videos. Today we will discuss how grand …

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Financial Growth and Mission Impact

The most successful associations are focusing growth on mission impact, membership, and profitability. I’ve identified three things CEOs of these associations are doing to drive that growth: Investing in social systems Creating synergy between mission impact and profitability Design and deliver a grand challenge Last week, we talked about investing in social systems. This week, …

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Investing in Your Social Systems

For the last few weeks we have been discussing growth. Many of the most successful associations focus their energy growing three areas: Mission Impact Membership Profitability What is the one thing I see the most successful CEOs doing? Investing in the growth of their social systems. Social systems are groups of people with a common …

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Growth: Mission, Members and Profits

Last week we discussed the imperative to grow and evolve.  The most successful associations focus their energies growing three areas: Mission Impact Membership Profitability This week I tackle why the growth of these areas is critical to success. Watch the video above to learn: Why mission impact is the single most important area to demonstrate …

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