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6 lessons our most famous association teaches us through the Oscars Ceremony

This month I finally caught the bug. What I’d avoided for months. It was bound to happen despite all the precautions. The self isolation. The mask wearing. The blog writing. Yes, I came down with ASL or acute spring laziness. Luckily, our strategist, and leader of our newly created Hollywood and Entertainment Practice,  Nikki Golden, …

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Helping Your Leaders Reimagine the Future of Your Industry or Profession

Association Laboratory introduces a unique leadership education product that engages association component, volunteer, or other stakeholders. We produce a virtual or face-to-face leadership retreat designed to focus your participants on reimagining the future of your industry or profession. Your association reduces staff time and expense while providing an immersive, collaborative environment for participants to thing …

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Is Content Strategy Replacing Membership Strategy for Associations?

Recently, Association Laboratory conducted a workshop yesterday called Connecting Content to Relevance, on content strategy. This is one of a series of workshops we’re producing called Looking Forward Together. These workshops are based on our environmental scan of the association strategy environment, Looking Forward. Today, it dawned on me, that I talk on content strategy …

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What am I eating during the Pandemic? Everything.

Recently, I saw an Instagram meme stating that at the end (end?) of the Pandemic, you emerge as a Monk, Hunk, Chunk, or Drunk. Personas that are based on our Pandemic-based lifestyle. These personas are not mutually exclusive. In consulting we use the Venn Diagram to improve our understanding of how things are connected. #consultinglife …

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Investigating the New Future (Together): Looking Forward™ 2021

Would you like to know the most substantial issues facing your members? Assess the challenges that associations will need to overcome to be successful in a dynamic and uncertain future? Of course, you do. You can’t just spend your time drinking your way through the pandemic. A fantasy? Nope, saddle up association executives and get …

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The Emerging Impact of COVID-19 on Associations

Founded and led by  Association Laboratory Inc, the Alliance is a collaboration of nearly 20 state, national, specialty and global societies of association executives partnering to investigate, lead the discussion of and provide insight into the future of the association business model.   In July, I spoke with a group of association executives about the …

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Reimagining the Future of the Association Business Model

The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted how ill prepared association leaders were for a black swan event- an event beyond our imagining. In January, we all had assumptions about the world within which we would need to be successful. These assumptions drove our strategy and informed our leadership. Assumptions, that by April 1, just three months later, …

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What am I drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic? Everything.

It’s foolish to have a blog called, From My Seat at the Bar, and not provide insight into booze now and then. How, I as a leader of a company during this crisis, effectively self-medicate to improve moral and performance (my own).

We now know, thanks to our government leaders, that liquor stores are considered an essential service. Something most of us have known for quite some time.

Our instinctive drink choices give insight into how we cope with difficult or changing times. Why work so hard when every answer to every question can be found in your liquor cabinet?

Let’s begin.