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Innovate with Intent: 3 Questions for Evaluating “Great” Ideas

Innovate with Intent: 3 Questions for Evaluating “Great” Ideas

All ideas are not created equal. Someone’s great idea may not, in fact, be that great when considered within the larger context of your association’s strategic goals and objectives. Even so, with the New Year well under way, most organizations want to encourage their team members to share their great, or perhaps not-so-great, ideas.

Ultimately, ideas lead to innovation, and it’s important to have a mechanism in place for employees to suggest them easily. Your method of gathering ideas might be as simple as the proverbial suggestion box in your lunch room or an online form that goes to a staff committee.

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Brainstorms, Brands, Boards and Better Meetings: Our Top Posts of 2015

Brainstorms, Brands, Boards and Better Meetings: Our Top Posts of 2015

Happy New Year! As associations reflect on last year and solidify their plans for this one, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at some of our most read blog posts of 2015. Interestingly they focus on the issues and trends that were not only relevant then, but will continue to be so in 2016.

The most read post of 2015 talks about innovation. In our work with association customers, we’ve found that this is an area in which many of them would like to see more progress. As noted, I agreed with author Dorie Clark’s assertion that each of us as unique individuals sees the world differently from anyone else. If we trust that vision, we can innovate in our organizations.

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Making Board Presentations: 3 Tips for Being More Effective

Making Board Presentations: 3 Tips for Being More Effective

The last thing you need is for your association’s board members to become bored during presentations at your meetings. The key to making board presentations more effective is careful attention to planning and identifying the goals you want to achieve.

Consider these three tips from Kip Knight at Thomvest Ventures for nailing your next board presentation:

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