Attention Economics – The Bottleneck of Human Thought
When he defined the concept of "attention economics" in 1971, Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon wrote that "...a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention...". 50 years later, and in a data-rich world, the overwhelming wealth of information available to us means a dearth of something else, i.e. the scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes - our attention.
The Benefits of Going Global
We're in a more global world than ever before - the world is smaller than it has ever been. However, not everyone may see internationalisation as a valuable path or a top priority, with some Associations preferring to work in splendid isolation believing that “an international outlook is not for us”.
Understanding the post-pandemic talent pipeline
They call it the "great resignation" but is it really going to turn out to be that? Certainly, as with so many professions, post-pandemic, association executives are reassessing their priorities, reexamining their career paths, and rethinking what it is that they want from work.
NLP for Association Leaders
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. It's been defined as the “users manual for your mind” because studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can affect every aspect of our lives, including in our roles as association leaders.
Feedback is a Gift
We spoke in our Birthday Episode about embracing new opportunities that help associations grow and diversify, but also how to engage and add value to our members. As we look back over the past year we have come to appreciate just how important communications are, and the messaging and narrative that you share with your membership and the broader public.
Happy 1st Birthday Association Transformation
It’s our first birthday! The podcast was born out of the chaos of 2020, but it has brought us great joy in the amazing people that we have been able to talk to on a variety of topics. We’ve loved exploring all the ideas that people have had in response to the challenges of the last year, as well as hearing about the experiences of new executives, CFO’s and all the amazing people driving the non-profit sector.
Your Environmental Response to Membership: Transition to Net-zero
We spend a lot of our time talking about the way in which associations and membership organisations can contribute to sustainable development, social responsibility and how to tackle the unprecedented global challenges that we face beyond the unprecedented challenge of pandemic.
Using less energy: The start to every net-zero journey
What exactly do we mean by net-zero? Is this something that associations should be pushing just to their members?
Any size of business or organisation can do something, and should be encouraged to take an active role in bringing about change. But how do you take those first steps? How do you make this the right time to start this conversation or advance this discussion?
The Association Re-branding Process
Associations, like any business, has a brand and that brand needs to morph with the transformation of the business. With some associations being centuries old, rebranding is a necessity to keep with the times. How can you identify when your organisation needs a paint job? Who needs to be involved in the process? How much is it going to cost? And, what are the benefits - what do you get out of it?
The Power of being an Innovative Leader
We work in an industry globally that exists in one way or another to foster safe environments for innovation, with an increasing expectation that your membership body, the professional should and can provide that safe space for creativity, the sharing ideas and problems, along with finding innovative solutions.
Virtual Strategic Planning
With social distancing measures in place, the move to digital has changed the way so many of our business processes are done. The process of strategic planning has in effect metamorphosed through the pandemic because of moving online. Andrew and Elisa explore this change and share their expert tips on how to effectively pull off virtual strategic planning.
Financial Mindfulness and Strategy
The hallmarks of a successful organisations are a Board who will listen to their Chief Financial Officer, and a C.F.O who listens to the rest of the operational team and really understands what is being said. These Boards have mindfulness at the centre of all aspects of governance, considering things such as inclusion, diversity and tackling racism and sexism from the highest level down.
Associations Advancing Goal #1 - Ending Poverty
What opportunities and influence do associations have in trying to affect change through their knowledge, expertise, and connectivity? Have associations got to grips with what is expected from the U.N Sustainable Development Goals, and do they appreciate and understand the role that they can play in addressing sustainability and social justice issues?
The Importance of Global Community & International Collaboration
It goes without saying that we have learned a lot as a sector from the continued presence of COVID-19. Many associations have realised the importance of international collaboration and the need for an extended support network with organisations around the world. Working from home, and the switch to online events has forced open a digital world that easily allows for organisations to connect and collaborate like never before.
The Urgency of Social Media
Using social media successfully and effectively is imperative to grow an organisation. The prospect of doing so is, however, a daunting one. It is difficult to know what platforms to use, how to create the best content, how much money to budget, how much content to share etc. So, what is the best way to use social media? What techniques should be used to maximise recruitment, advocacy and revenue?