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Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

Today marks five years since I launched Spark Consulting. As I look back on the past five years, I have much to be grateful for. Leading that list is all the people who’ve contributed to the success of this Big … 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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Key Concepts in Diversity and Inclusion

As Joe Gerstandt points out in his sidebar in Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion, clarity is key. We need a shared and widely understood vocabulary of “concise, clear, actionable language” in order to make … Continue reading

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Include Is a Verb

Associations know the research that the Millennial generation that is rapidly becoming the majority of our workforce and membership base is the most diverse generation we’ve ever had in the US – and that the yet-to-be-named generation coming up behind … Continue reading

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The Inconvenient Truth About Innovation

Lots of organizations talk about innovation, but few do it well. And that’s the exact problem: we talk too much and experiment too little. A week ago, I had the opportunity to attend a free webinar on innovation and culture … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

“…after forty years of intensive effort, the work-life frontier looks grim” (ouch) What do you believe? Are you willing to put it out there as publicly as Joe Gerstandt? Beware an over-reliance on numbers; they’re more fallible than you think. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Joe Gerstandt urges us to take back language around diversity. Shelly Alcorn points out that GenX’s affinity for and approach to lifelong learning presents a major opportunity for associations. A more-than-slightly pro-Google take on the differences between G+, Facebook, Twitter, … Continue reading

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What Is Your Real Mission?

Last fall, I had the opportunity to participate in The Boondoggle. Organized by Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen, it provided an opportunity for 10 people who didn’t know each other to sit in a cabin outside Omaha for 2 1/2 … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Big list this week. Hey, lots of people have been writing interesting stuff! Marketing Profs picked up Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter’s survey on new leadership skills for the social media age (and wrote a really nice article about it). … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Making a mistake is not the same as failing. Which is more important: your org chart or your organization’s networks? Want to innovate? Ask a new question. Vendors are not the enemy. Start with the most important thing. Social media, … Continue reading

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