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Bridging the Education to Employment Gap

With many millennials having challenges finding the right work opportunities, associations are uniquely positioned to support them by offering education opportunities. By offering industry specific education opportunities, associations are able to address the workforce needs of their current members while also providing the knowledge to their newest potential members. A recent white paper by Shelly Alcorn, CAE, Principal, Alcorn Associates Management Consulting, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC called,…

By Justin Burniske | September 29, 2016
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Summer Cleaning Series: Database

Where has the time gone?! This year has flown by, and today marks the first day of summer! If you’re like me, you have left a lot of opportunities for spring cleaning untouched so here is our chance to redeem ourselves. Spring cleaning applies to your home but I am introducing Summer Cleaning, that applies to work and goes beyond cleaning out the piles of paper in your drawers. There are three areas that we can…

By Linh Hoang | June 16, 2016
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Excel Series: How to Check and Remove Duplicates

Happy Wednesday all! We’ve survived the long weekend and are back in the swing of things at work. As you’re buzzing by in the productivity lane today, take just a small detour and evaluate how you get your work done most days. If you caught a glimpse of the image with a white X in a green workbook and suddenly feel anxious and frustrated, get ready to turn that frown into a sly grin. Now take a peak…

By Mary Glavin | June 1, 2016
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PODCAST: Associations implementing lean startup methodology

This week I got to sit down with Elizabeth Weaver Engel (@ewengel), CEO and Chief Strategist at Spark Consulting, and Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate (@GuillermoOZ), Director, Information Systems, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, to discuss their recent white paper, “Innovate the Lean Way: Applying Lean Startup Methodology in the Association Environment.” The white paper is free to download, so check it out. We discussed what lean startup methodology is, why it’s a great fit for small staff associations, and…

By Justin Burniske | November 17, 2015
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PODCAST: Adam Thocher from AAPOR

I got to talk with Adam Thocher about his new position as Executive Director at the American Association for Public Opinion Research and what it’s like being a part of an Association Management Company (AMC). We also discussed what the “perfect” association technology would look like, what his organization is going to focus on in the near future, and why millennials should be thinking about when joining an association in their field. You can find the…

By Justin Burniske | October 30, 2015
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PODCAST: Conversation with Mark Ace about Collaboration

We got a chance to talk to Mark Ace, President of Kavi Corporation, about his recent blogpost, “Five Characteristics of High-Performing Teams.” We also discuss the ways different organizations are leveraging their technology in order to accomplish their collaboration goals, as well as some of the issues small staff organizations face with regard to technology that you should try to avoid. You can find the podcast both on Microstaff.org as well as on iTunes. Make…

By Justin Burniske | October 15, 2015
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PODCAST: Talking with Edward Grandi from the National Genealogical Society

I got a chance to sit down with Edward Grandi, the Executive Director of the National Genealogical Society. We talked about his approach to leadership, how he works to get the most out of a small staff organization, and what are some of the things front of mind for him going forward. Make sure to follow NGS on twitter @ngsgenealogy. You can find the podcast both on Microstaff.org as well as on iTunes here. Make sure to…

By Justin Burniske | October 1, 2015
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PODCAST: All about an AMS!

The Microstaff blog is launching the Small Staff, Big Impact Podcast, and our first conversation was with the creator of ReviewMyAMS.com, Teri Carden. She discusses the value of an association management system (AMS), how associations are using their AMS, and when it might be time to consider a new AMS. She also talks about her upcoming AMS Fest Event – a great place to connect with other association staff regarding their AMS and explore options…

By Justin Burniske | September 2, 2015
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