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Don’t Get Lazy!

Putting it all together, maybe the most important thing Sohini and I learned from fundraisers as we were researching Steal Like a Fundraiser (and as Sohini has worked with them over the past two decades) is: don’t get lazy. And it’s … Continue reading

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Reduce Barriers to Entry

Just about every association I know of is struggling to recruit younger members (aka Millennials). Part of the reason for that is that we’re erecting barriers to entry rather than removing them. What’s required to be considered part of your … Continue reading

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Your Baby Is Ugly

One of the great things about being a consultant is that we get to tell people when their baby is ugly without them getting mad at us – hey, they’re PAYING us to tell them when their baby is ugly. … Continue reading

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Treat Members Equitably Not Equally

In the association world, we tend to want to treat all our members equally: nobody is more important or special than anyone else. That’s a noble impulse and helpful, up to point. After all, you don’t want your association to … Continue reading

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Steal This Idea!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 20 years, it’s that associations don’t always have all the answers. We definitely have some major advantages, not the least of which is that we are highly cooperative and collaborative, not … Continue reading

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Q&A on D&I

Did you miss the July 12 webinar my Include Is a Verb co-author Sherry Marts and I presented for the Wild Apricot Experts series on living your talk on D+I? Never fear! The recording is now available: Sherry and I got to … Continue reading

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Moving From Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

Does your organization have a compelling statement on diversity and inclusion that doesn’t seem to be reflected in your day to day operations? Don’t worry – lots of organizations face the same challenge. Join Sherry Marts (S*Marts Consulting) and me … Continue reading

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Walking Your Talk on D+I

For those of us who are “on the bus” on the value of genuine diversity and inclusion, this is the crux of the matter: how do we effectively walk our talk on D+I?  We have to work from the inside … Continue reading

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Why Do Our D+I Efforts Fall Short?

Our D+I efforts fail for a number of reasons: Beautiful statements and a handful of ghettoized programs don’t fundamentally change behavior. We create “goals” that are not actionable and have no measures attached. Every single person has implicit biases – … Continue reading

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What Makes the Association D+I Environment Unique?

In short, relationships. Most of the focus on diversity and inclusion in the for-profit world is on staff and, to a lesser degree, boards of directors (which, of course, only some for-profit companies have). The association operating environment is much … Continue reading

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