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Between us we’ve been there, done it, got the t-shirt: membership, mergers, boards and leadership, advocacy, and education - nothing is off limits on Association Transformation: The Podcast. Any subject that effects non-profits, their survival or their success is up for discussion.
Andrew is both a seasoned project manager and podcaster. Since establishing Consort Strategy in May 2016, he has worked independently in the not-for-profit sectors, managing a wide range of projects focused on organisational development and business growth. He is co-host of Good Enough for Jazz, a weekly podcast focused on leadership and business. In addition, he is co-host of Association Transformation, a bimonthly transatlantic podcast that explores trends in association leadership and business development.
Elisa Brewer Pratt
For nearly 20 years, prior to consulting, Elisa served as an impactful senior staff member for several national trade and individual membership associations. Her focus has always been on engagement, whether grassroots advocacy or the development and advancement of regional chapter affiliates domestically and internationally. With a unique background in advocacy and activism, membership and stakeholder relations, as well as association management and operations, Elisa’s diverse expertise and makes her a valuable partner and adviser to both non-profit and corporate clients.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in the media industry, Andy has worked for many of the top brands around the world. A graphic designer by trade, Andy built a successful design business before moving into the film and TV world as a director/producer. He now heads up AM&C Media, a London-based agency specialising in creative digital communications, including podcasting.
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The Equity Equation
It is fundamental to the principles of ESG that governance can and should be used to leverage positive, sustainable change; and as focal points of civic society, through their governance action, professional membership bodies can work to realise significant cultural change. Elisa and Andrew are joined by first-time Board member, Leanne Antoine, who as a newly appointed member of the Council of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
The (not so new) need to know your audience
Have you ever been in a meeting with someone who is clearly giving you the same presentation they've given before to other audiences? There are some telltale signs: a generic set of benefits, little anticipation of objections, a lack of details that speak to your specific situation. Chances are that you tuned out somewhere along the way because you didn’t feel connected to what they were telling you.
Futures literacy - an essential competency for the 21st century
UNESCO describes 'futures literacy' as "...a universally accessible skill that builds on the innate human capacity to imagine the future, offers a clear, field tested solution to poverty-of-the-imagination." FL is a capability that allows people to better understand the role of the future in what they see and do.
Winning strategies for Olympian CEOs
Andrew and Elisa undertake an Olympic discussion of gold, silver and bronze competencies. In advance of the IAL releasing its leadership systems map, this week we explore the changing and emerging skills required of gold medal CEOs and how to employ and frame competency outlines in general.
Feedback is a Gift
How would you score in a communications audit? Shannon Powell Rodocker joins Elisa and Andrew in exploring the impact of good (and bad!) communications and introduces us to the process and value of routinely auditing, investing, reviewing, and refreshing association communications.
With a guest list that reads like a who's-who of global association specialists, we've enjoyed an incredible first year of insights, debate, and banter. Join Elisa and Andrew as they reflect on their first 12 months of transatlantic conversation and look forward to what the next 12 months has in store.
Financial Mindfulness and Strategy
Money is on our minds in this week's episode of Association Transformation. Andrew and Elisa are joined by Graeme Copestake, Director of Crossley Third Sector. They discuss reserve policies, how to depoliticise financial conversations with the board, creating and achieving both financial targets and strategy.
Governance as Leadership
As an association executive, you know that poor board leadership could be detrimental to the reputation of your organisation and its members. This is why identifying it early, understanding how to address it and stop it from growing is imperative to an association's success.
No R&R for Recruitment & Retention
The pandemic caused a massive change in the association sector, as it did for all the sectors and communities that associations represent. Value propositions had to change, membership offerings had to adapt, and how organisations reached prospect members had to adjust to this new normal.
Associations Advancing Goal #1 - Ending Poverty
We love nothing more than investigating what associations are doing to advance their social responsibility and their members' social responsibility. We genuinely believe that membership organisations have the power and the reach to make a positive difference in the world.
The Search for New Association Leadership
In this week's episode, Elisa and her guest Jamie Pratt co-founder of Spano Pratt Executive Search, delve deep into best practices for associations looking to hire a new senior executive and how someone looking for an executive role can most effectively.
The IAL Strategic Plan 2021-24
Andrew and Elisa are joined by IAL Chair, Sarah Poulter to discuss the new strategic plan. This episode is being released to coincide with the launch of this new plan as they discuss the process, the plan itself, and what the exciting future holds for the IAL.
The Social Responsibility of Associations
Andrew and Elisa are joined by Richard Collins of CSR-A to discuss what associations can do to address their social responsibility. They delve into what social responsibility means in the context of associations, what creating a standard of social responsibility actually looks like, and how associations and their members can realise these standards.
South Africa's Association Transformation
We are dedicated to hosting guests from all over the world to share with us their organisations' innovations and this week, Elisa and Andrew invite three specialists from South Africa to discuss their organisations' successes and setbacks of the year just gone and what 2021 can look like for them.
The Urgency of Social Media
Using social media successfully is a business imperative. The prospect of doing so can however be a daunting one. It's difficult to know what platforms to use, how to create the best content, how much money to spend, how much content to share. So, what is the best way to use social media? What techniques should be used to maximise engagement, recruitment, advocacy and revenue?
It has been an unfathomably tough year for everyone and so in the final episode of 2020 we welcome Aliyah Horton and Christina Garneski, who join us to discuss the imperatives of self-care so that we avoid burnout and instead enhance our abilities to be compassionate, empathetic and emotionally intelligent leaders.
The Necessity and Potential of Board Training
Within the voluntary environment of association governance, it can be difficult to find time, resources or suitable avenues for personal development, and yet for directors to be successful as effective leaders, a commitment from associations to their directors’ continual professional development is critical.
The Inextricable Link between the Events & Association Sectors
What does the loss of in-person events mean for associations? Our research demonstrates a definite economic impact on associations following the crash of the events industry but interestingly, that impact has not only been negative.
CF-oh no! Financial Leadership during Disruption
Covid-19 has brought many unprecedented challenges upon the association community, the most prominent being financial. Navigating this uncertain economic landscape successfully requires creativity and innovation which, in turn, requires strong and effective leadership.
Lifting the Lid on Governance
In this week's episode Andrew and Elisa start lifting the lid on governance as an opportunity for association transformation. In conversation are Monica Million, Immediate Past President of NENA, Nicola Rylett-Jones MInstLM, trustee of the The ILM and Caroline Bovey BEM, Chair of the The British Dietetic Association.
The New Breed of CEO
We all know starting a new position, no matter what it is, comes with its challenges. Becoming a c-suite executive for the first time is no different. Today, Andrew and Elisa chat to two first-time chief executives about what it has been like to lead an association for the first time, especially in these turbulent times.
The IAL - The Next Generation
The IAL has decided to start a new chapter in its life and joining Andrew and Elisa on the podcast are the people making it happen. In today's episode they talk guests about the organisation's evolutionary process, why they decided to take on the challenge and what they hope for the future.
The Power of Partnership
Does today’s environment make partnerships more appealing? What are the pros and cons of these cross-organisation relationships? What does each side bring to the table and expect in return? Are there economies of scale and opportunities to share costs? How do you balance egos and measure impact?
Nonprofit Networking in the New Normal
Remember that connecting is universal. Connecting is a human necessity even in a time of pandemic. It spans industries, age groups, levels of career, and its need is even greater in a post-COVID world especially with in-person meetings on hold. So what are associations to do to serve their members and deliver the expected networking value?
The New Breed of CEO
In contrast to purposeful abandonment, how can association leaders use COVID to trigger, fast forward, or fast track innovation and initiatives. What are those things you wanted to do anyway or that were in progress or stalled and how did the impact of COVID help or allow associations to finally act and act quickly?
Engaging the Senses: The Case for Investing in Immersive Experiences
As non-profits continue to cancel in-person meetings, virtual events are now a mainstay in the association space. Following the largest virtual conference yet (14K registrants, with nearly 8K attendees spending more than 10 hours on the platform over the course of 3 days), we discuss key takeaways, lessons learned, and “unmute”.
Who is your member of 2030?
For the first time in modern history, we have five generations working together. Baby Boomers are leaving however taking years of experience with them. Generation X are replacing them, moving up the hierarchy; but the majority of the workforce are Millennials, and by 2025 75% of the workforce will be Millennial.
Sponsors & Exhibitors: the Missing Piece of the Virtual Event Puzzle
Given the disruption to global travel and consequently to the convention, conference and business meeting experience, we want to better understand the impact of these events on the sponsors and vendors. From their perspectives, what has been the shift in focus and the impact on their ability to get in front of and serve their clients in the non-profit space.
Leveraging Purposeful Abandonment
We’ve all heard the quote “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Has the current crisis provided your association an opportunity to sunset an expensive, out of date, or burdensome product, program, or service? Have you been able to leverage these challenging circumstances to discontinue that pet project or stale committee?