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Singing for Our Suppers Bookmark

Singing for Our Suppers

Membership. It matters, right? Lobbying, professional development, networking, discount programs...the list of association services is endless! But no matter what else we do in associations, the work always comes back to membership - understanding the membership, growing membership, serving the membership.  

 

It was the concern most often identified by CEOs in our member survey. Given this environment of radical change, massive shifts in the industry, and changing member demographics, it only makes sense that CEOs give careful consideration to ensuring their associations remain relevant. So what is the state of membership? How are associations faring? 

Into the Wilderness Bookmark

Over the years, I have found William Bridges' work in the area of change and transition useful because it helps me think about change in terms of the people it affects. According to Bridges, things change, but people have to transition. For change to be successful, we must tend to the transition. 

 

It's no great secret that MSAE is in a period of change. We're reviewing every program, product, and service and weighing them against the actual value they create for members. These efforts, as well as last summer's focus groups and the survey that we sent out this week, are the prelude to a strategic planning session scheduled later this month. We are resolute in our commitment to reinventing the association. Cue change...and transition. 

To Sell or Not to Sell? That is the Question. Bookmark

"Is MSAE moving?" In my three weeks at MSAE, this has to be in the top five most frequently asked questions that I've heard. (It's right up there with, "What's it REALLY like working at MSAE?" and "How do you guys decide who is going to present sessions at your events?") We're grateful that you care enough to ask, so here's the scoop.

MSAE Launches New Salary Benchmarking Tool Bookmark

MSAE Launches New Salary Benchmarking Tool
MSAE is pleased to unveil a new tool for members! In partnership with the Association Societies Alliance (ASA) and Dynamic Benchmarking, LLC, MSAE is offering access to an online, real-time compensation survey and benchmarking platform for executives of professional, trade, and service-centric associations and nonprofits. The new data gathering and reporting platform is the next evolution of MSAE's Compensation & Benefits Survey. 

Pure Michigan...and Pure MSAE? Bookmark

Pure Michigan...and Pure MSAE?

MSAE's Board of Directors took decisive action this week in support of the restoration of funding for the Pure Michigan campaign. MSAE is proud to stand by many of our organizational and allied members urging state leaders to get Pure Michigan back on track before too much momentum is lost. Michigan's tourism lobby has done fantastic work in getting the message out about Pure Michigan's significance to the state's economy. If supporting this effort makes sense for your organization, they would certainly welcome additional voices to the cause...

What's Past is Prologue Bookmark

What's Past is Prologue
Twenty years ago, I found myself in quite a pickle. I'd been named chief staff executive of Michigan PTA shortly after the previous executive had decided to move the location of our annual conference but hadn't secured a new venue. The meeting was just a few months away, and I really didn't have a clue about associations or hotel contracts, or much of anything really. A supplier stopped by to introduce himself and offered to take me to lunch. I accepted - mainly because I was feeling overwhelmed and just needed someone to talk to. I'm quite sure he got an earful from me that day. Not only did he lend a much-needed listening ear, but he also gave me one piece of advice...

Advocacy Corner: Week of 04/05/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 04/05/19

April showers bring May flowers – welcome to spring!

American Associations Day, the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), and a look ahead at the potential future of your association’s membership data as U.S. “big tech” reignites debate of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, April 5th.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/08/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/08/19

Welcome to March! A repeal was introduced to combat Unrelated Business Income Tax, minimum wage advocates reignite 2018 Lame Duck debate, and Governor Whitmer released her 2019 budget recommendation.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/01/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/01/19

Advocacy Corner: Week of March 1, 2019

Updates to the national Unrelated Business Income Tax, another round of Michigan auto insurance reform, state redistricting, and more in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, March 1st.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19

Advocacy Corner: January thru Mid-February Round-Up

Michigan’s 100th Legislature, executive branch, and the Michigan Supreme Court have each seen significant movement in shaping the state public policy arena through the first several weeks of 2019. A State of the State Address, a much anticipated release of the 2019 state budget, and more are discussed below in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, February 22nd.

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