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Associations: Is Your Job Getting Harder?

Blame it on social media or helicopter parents, but members expect more of us these days. The one-size-fits-all model of association membership is dead. As Seth Godin said, “The riskiest thing you can do now is be safe. The safe thing to do is be at the fringes, be remarkable.” Doing things as they’ve always been done is a recipe for extinction.

But providing a customized member experience for everyone is hard work and one that requires resources that many associations don’t have.

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Friday Top Five: Surviving Setbacks

Posted by Sarah Hill

Pobody's nerfect. We all make mistakes, but it's how you recover from those mistakes that truly defines you as an executive, a leader, and in some ways, a person.

Sometimes, it's not even you making the error or the setback is compeltely outside of your control but it's still completely up to you to handle.

Here are some thoughts about bouncing back from mistakes and growing in the process.

Surviving Setbacks in your Association

Six strategies for nonprofits to face failure head on by the Idealist

“We’d like to suggest that getting over that fear starts with accepting that, no matter how smart, well-intentioned, and hard working we are, failure is going to happen because almost everything we do has elements of both success and failure.”

 

SXSW 3013- Social by Global: Failure is not an F-word! by Beth Kanter

“Why don’t more people who work for nonprofits embrace this “learning from failure” or growth mindset – especially when using technology?  How can we encourage this as both individually and organizationally?”

 

Bounce Back After Failure by Joan Burge

“Failure can be an opportunity to reflect, rethink values and interests, and then make positive changes. People are often better off after they’ve failed because if it hadn’t been for their missteps, they might still be in the same rut.”

 

6 ways nonprofits learn from affordable losses or little bets to improve impact: Another great blog from Beth Kanter

“Fail early and often. Don’t be afraid of failure because it often helps uncover a better idea or approach.”

 

Finally, one nice thought from Thom Singer:

"Making a mistake is not a fault of character, not being able to forgive others for their mistakes is a big one!"

 

Topics: association management, small staff association

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