An Executive Director's point of view
February 27, 2015: Understand your members
But you do have to understand what your members want, why they want it, and how they can be successful at it.
So be an expert in your business - management, marketing, meeting planning, editing, etc. - and use your expertise to help your members succeed in their business.
November 10, 2014: What to do with passion
And here's what I've said about it in the past.
November 03, 2014: Acceptable mistakes?
They were neither typos nor misspellings. They appeared to be the result of fingers galloping indiscriminately over keys, randomly inserting letters where they didn't belong.
The person obviously did not proofread what she had written.
Then she did it again. Two days later, she posted another comment that displayed the same careless errors.
I wonder if she realized (or cared) how stupid this made her appear?
October 12, 2014: Online shopping carts
September 12, 2014: Just for not-for-profit staff
September 08, 2014: Empty nester women
And is the subject audience women whose children have grown and moved away or those who never had children? There's a big, big difference.
Women (and men) who have never had children may simply be continuing the habits they've always had.
August 20, 2014: Low chair
It fosters resentment on the part of the people who are forced to sit in lower chairs. It makes them feel talked down to. And it makes them less likely to accommodate the executive who is trying to dominate them.
When meeting with people in your office, do as much as possible to make them feel equal. Sit at a table, instead of behind your desk. Meet in a conference room, instead of in your office space. If you wear business attire to work, leave your jacket behind. Appear as informal as you can.
Trying to dominate a colleague, sponsor, adversary, or anybody else in this way, just makes it less likely that you will succeed. Nobody wants to be bullied, belittled, or treated in a condescending fashion.
August 14, 2014: Bad for your health?
Fifty percent of respondents rated health care companies less trustworthy than other companies, and the health care sector garnered a lower positive rating than did financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and automobiles.
Thanks to ASAE for pointing to this.
August 06, 2014: Follow directions
Well, you shouldn't wait until "all else fails."
If you are directed to register for an event by a certain date, do that. If you are asked to write no more than 150 words for a blurb, write no more than 150 words.
If you must indicate whether you want a printed or electronic newsletter, mark your choice. If you are told to use a black pen or pencil to fill out a scantron form (yes, those forms are still used) don't use a blue pen.
If you don't follow directions, whatever you are trying to do won't get done.
So get it right - follow directions.