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Pros and Cons of Remote Association Employees

Upsides include cost savings and a much broader talent pool; challenges include time management oversight, coordinating communication, long-distance IT support. If your association is in hiring mode, a key consideration is whether your employees will work together physically in a central location, or whether some or all will work remotely (also called “teleworking”). For many
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“Vacation Begins”

One of our core values at Virtual is “Have fun.” Well, I’m a big believer that fun (and creativity) can be found in even the most mundane of places. Like an out-of-office message. For the past few years, I’ve done “something different” for my message. You can see this year’s edition at www.andyfreed.video or see
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Tipping Point

It’s been over 15 years since Malcom Gladwell wrote “The Tipping Point.” Gladwell defined the tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” As much as it’s defined as a “point,” it’s often tough to define a precise moment of time when something tips. Except this week. You see, a
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Launching a Technical Consortium: Your Checklist for Success

You’ve just spent months navigating the formalities of incorporating a new consortium and all the associated legalities and growing pains that will allow you to work with industry peers. Now it’s time to begin the real work of identifying annual goals and objectives. Your chances for success will be much higher if you build a
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Five Budgeting Misconceptions That Will Change Your Association’s Strategy

Strategic planning and budgeting for associations is an essential part of management, and yet few experts can agree on what the term actually involves. Here’s a look at some of the common misconceptions we hear about strategic planning and association budgets—along with some quick clarifications to improve your objectives for the year. 1. Your budget
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How Your Association Can Succeed in Social Media

Done well, using social media makes all your other objectives easier. Whether your association works to build awareness, create industry standards, provide certification programs, or promote field advancements, connecting with a world of similarly invested constituents will only make your mission easier.  Here’s how to get started: Post with Purpose Social media offers a wealth
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Getting a Charge Out of Standards

I love new tech toys. Sometimes they’re just good for their own sake, and sometimes they teach a larger lesson. My latest toy is a Zolt charger. These are pretty cool—a shout out to www.gozolt.com. It’s the world’s smallest and lightest laptop charger. And it works great. But there’s a catch.You have to have the
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