Building Wisdom to Face Change
We're experiencing change at an unprecedented pace, as seen with technologies like ChatGPT gaining 100 million users in just 2 months, far quicker than platforms like YouTube, Facebook, or Netflix in their early days. With shifts in commerce, climate, and public discourse, how do association leaders and futurists respond effectively? Maxime Lagace says wisdom is key. Paul Tero introduces the “DIKW Wisdom Hierarchy,” emphasising the transformation of raw data into wisdom through description and understanding processes. Harness this model to guide your organisation and adapt to our ever-evolving world.
Remote Working Challenges for Industry Associations: An Analysis of a Landmark Decision
For leaders and executives within industry associations and not-for-profit organisations, the shift to remote working arrangements has presented both opportunities and challenges. Ensuring a seamless transition without compromising on the essential functions of the organisation is crucial. The recent case of Suzie Cheikho v Insurance Australia Group Services Limited presented at the Fair Work Commission provides invaluable insights into navigating this complex terrain.
Tips for Associations When Seeking Legal Advice
Navigating the complexities of legal advice? Dive into insights from AES Legal Advisor John Crobsy. From the nuances of 'confidentiality' and 'privilege' in solicitor-client communications to the intricate landscape of legal pricing—whether hourly rates, scale costs, or contingency fees.
Email vs. Phone Call: When to Use Each
Inbox overflowing? Email has become such a large part of everyday life that most of us receive dozens of emails a day, ranging from important work information through to spam from companies and brands. Unfortunately, with such a volume of messages, it can be easy for important emails to get lost, be forgotten about, or left in the “think about it later” basket for too long. A great way to avoid your important email message getting left behind is to avoid sending it as an email altogether. We take a look at when it’s a good idea to pick up the phone.
How to Continuously Evolve to Attract and Retain Members
Membership is a central concern for every association. Growing
your membership base,
retaining members, and ensuring your members are engaged in your association’s functions and activities should all be key parts of your
strategic plan. Even associations with a large and diverse membership need to be consistently evolving and planning to offer value to their
members and to ensure they stand out from the crowd. We consider the main things to focus on when thinking about your membership.
Key Trends in Leadership for 2023
A new year is a great time for association leaders to take a look as their leadership style and reflect on how they could adopt new approaches to improve in 2023. From inclusivity and mental health awareness, to managing competition between and giving feedback to employees, we take a look at the key trends to have on your radar.
Key Trends for Strategic Planning in 2023
Are you ready to formulate and implement your strategic plan for 2023? While your association’s leadership team may be well versed in creating a plan for your future strategic direction, there could be emerging trends and considerations that you haven’t factored into your planning process. We take a look at the key trends that should be on your radar.
It’s Time to Stand Out
Humans have survived and evolved by blending in. As a species, we didn’t go to the edge of the forest and yell at the wild beasts on the savannah. We learnt to hide, to be inconspicuous. We learnt not to be different because standing out meant death. For brands and leaders, the rules are different. Being brave enough to stand up and stand out is rewarded.
Is Your Association Ready for 2023? How to Review Your Strategic Plan
With the new year fast approaching, now is the time to ensure your key documents are ready to help you achieve success in 2023. Central to this is your association’s strategic plan, which provides an overview of your goals and direction. But if you feel that your strategic plan hasn’t been well utilised by your Board this year, you need to make changes to ensure that your plan is being regularly reviewed and is working as well as it could to help your association achieve its objectives.
How to Ensure Your Association is Running at Peak Performance
Is your association operating at the best of its capabilities? For an association to be performing well, it needs to be involved and invested in a range of activities and programs that offer benefits to members and that contribute to the overall goals of the organisation. From creating a value-adding range of products and services, to hosting informative and engaging events, to working with strategic partners, there are many ways that an association can ensure it is achieving its objectives now and into the future.
How to Cultivate the Best Possible Culture for Your Association
A positive work culture achieves more than just happier and healthier employees; it increases productivity, improves outcomes, and leads to long-term growth and success. However, cultivating this kind of culture and a workplace where employees want to grow and succeed isn’t easy. With a new trend of resignations and disengagement, it is now harder than ever to keep the best talent at your association.
The Ultimate Guide to Marketing and Communications for Associations
When running an association there are many different factors that make it successful. One of the most important keys to a thriving
not-for-profit organisation is effective marketing. Marketing is the way you get your association out there. It helps you to build a large
membership base, to promote your goals and drive traffic to your website. It is also a tool for developing a strong brand identity and to
connect with potential members, sponsors and more.
The Policies and Procedures Every Association Must Have
Once you've established your association, created a constitution and elected your board members, there are several policies and procedures that should be put in place to ensure the effectiveness and wellbeing of your organisation. These policies must be carefully constructed – if you do not take the time to implement detailed procedures then your association can quickly crumble.
The Treasurer: One of the Most Important Roles on Any Board
In any organisation the Treasurer bears the responsibility of managing its finances and overseeing all financial decisions. In a not-for-profit (NFP) association, much of the success of the organisation rests in its ability to acquire and appropriately utilise funds and thus the Treasurer plays an essential role in the NFP achieving its goals.
Planning Your Conference: Devising a Theme and Speaker Topics
If you're planning on hosting a conference in 2022, choosing a theme is an essential first step. Devising a theme that is exciting, relevant
and thought-provoking is vital. Your theme will guide panel discussions and inform the topics presented on by keynote speakers.
In this article, we delve into why setting your conference theme should be an essential part of planning a conference. We also run through some tips on how to devise a theme that will help you build an engaging program
How to Deal with Member Complaints
How can you promote a positive culture within your association while dealing with a member complaint? Here are 7 points to consider before responding.
How to Use Key Performance Indicators in your Strategic Plan
Does your strategic plan utilise Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? KPIs are an important and useful planning tool that can be used in a strategic plan to provide a greater sense of purpose and to demonstrate tangible results. A successful strategic plan will include several KPIs to manage and track progress and success. When creating your Association’s strategic plan, it can be helpful to begin with the goals you want to achieve and considering them in terms of outcomes with quantifiable results.
Why Associations Need a Strategic Plan and the 5 Steps to Developing One
Why is it crucial that Associations have – and stick to – a strategic plan? A comprehensive strategic plan is the key to your Association’s ability to thrive and grow in a competitive, complex landscape. A strategic plan needs to clearly articulate your Association’s strategic priorities and how you are going to achieve them.
How to Successfully Allocate Tasks to Board Members
The Board of an association exists to guide the vision and strategic direction of the organisation. All Board members, along with the management team, are working towards this shared goal, which can sometimes make it challenging to decide who is responsibility for individual tasks. However, allocating specific roles and tasks to Board members helps to delineate between the responsibilities of the Board and those of the executive.
Understanding the Diversity of Skills Needed for an Effective Board
Creating a successful and high-functioning association Board is one of the most challenging aspects of association governance, but it is also one of the most important. A great Board will create a clear vision for the association, strategise for a successful future, mentor the executive of the association, advocate in external circles, identify opportunities and clear the path of obstacles.
Advocating to Government During a Pandemic and Beyond
Last month, Association Executive Services hosted a webinar focussed on advocacy to government, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and afterwards. The objective of the webinar was to explore traditional methods of influencing government policy, how those have changed in the last two years, and how associations can build strong working relationships as we move into a post-pandemic recovery.
AES 2021 Technology in Associations Survey: Results Revealed
Association Executive Services recently distributed a survey to Australian associations seeking information on the technology they are using, including the costs of this technology, the challenges they have encountered, and any solutions they have found. The survey also focused on how they are thinking about technology into the future, and which platforms or software they are prioritising.
How to Make Sure Your Members Renew
At this time of year, many associations are busy sending out renewal notices to members. Retaining membership numbers year to year is a vital part of keeping an association sustainable and relevant. In fact, as much effort should go into your member retention strategy as does to your efforts for member acquisition.
Association Events in 2022
After two years of cancellations, postponements, and numerous challenges when it comes to hosting and attending live events, many of us are keen to get back into “business as usual”. But although associations are planning to resume live member events in 2022, the general feeling amongst association leaders about planning events and conferences for next year is “steady as it goes.”
Association Management is Changing
Working within a COVID-19 world has forced many association leaders to rethink how they will manage their organisation in the future. With changes to the way associations can run events, engage with members, and continue to offer value, it is important that all organisations are able to be flexible and adapt.
How to Attract & Retain Board Members
Associations rely on their Board members to ensure proper Governance and to develop and implement strategies and policy. Many associations in Australia are fortunate enough to have their members seeking positions as Board members, but at the same time other associations can struggle to attract members.
Dealing with Theft by an Association Employee
Have you had to deal with internal theft in your Association? Theft can be extremely damaging to an association of any size. To prevent it, safeguards must be put in place and managers need to be aware of potentially problematic behaviour.
What is the Best Practice in Association Board Meetings?
Throughout Australia, many not for profit organisations are in the process of conducting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members. This is a legal requirement where the Board must organise an annual meeting of members.