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Association Today is a blog authored by Paul Lundy that talks about the news and insights relevant to the association industry.

Avoid the Perils of Adopting New Technologies: 5 Questions to Ask

Avoid the Perils of Adopting New Technologies: 5 Questions to Ask

Change is scary for most people, and in our experience, they can be especially anxious about implementing a new technology solution. Even if the new solution will ultimately make their jobs easier, staff members may be reluctant to learn something new.

Eventually, most people are able to overcome their fears and get on board with the new solution. However, as with any new venture, there is the potential for making an already sensitive situation worse if you don’t take precautions to avoid some common pitfalls organizations encounter when adopting new technologies.

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Ideas and Innovation: You’ve Got This!

Ideas and Innovation: You’ve Got This!

If asked, how many of us would describe ourselves as innovators? Too often people with great ideas think the title of innovator is reserved for someone else.

As author and marketing strategist Dorie Clark noted in an article for Observer.com, “innovation wasn’t taught in school, so many professionals assume you can only become ‘qualified’ to innovate if you’re a professor or researcher or programming genius.”

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Boards and Bucks: 3 Tips for Creating a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Boards and Bucks: 3 Tips for Creating a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Most nonprofit organizations rely on their board members to spread the word about their work. Board members’ personal and professional networks can be a veritable gold mine for organizations with active fundraising campaigns.

Many association foundation boards actively engage in fundraising. Others may be reluctant do so or unaware of the tremendous impact they can have. A personal “ask” from many of them could mean a new donor to an organization.

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A Nightmare on Data Street

A Nightmare on Data Street

As I have discussed on numerous occasions, data-driven decision-making is becoming the norm in most organizations rather than the exception. However, there are still those organizations where members of the leadership team go with their gut rather than making strategic decisions based on staff’s careful analysis of available data.

According to Daniel Scarvalone, associate director, research and data, for Bully Pulpit Interactive, “for those of us who work in data and analytics, this is a nightmare scenario.” So what’s the disconnect? Why aren’t some leaders more impressed with the data that’s being presented to them?

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Management to Go: The Mobile Workforce

Management to Go: The Mobile Workforce

By far one of the most highly valued features of Fonteva For Associations is its built-in mobility. Our customers can access their association’s membership data at any time from anyplace. In theory, increased mobility should make teams more productive and effective. However, as manager myself, I know that it takes more than technology to ensure productivity.

In fact, leading teams in a highly mobile environment can present its own unique challenges. As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, associations need to be prepared to manage teams effectively in this new norm. A recent post to the Mobileday.com blog offered some great tips for managing a mobile workforce. These three resonated with me:

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