Happy Friday and Welcome to the Weekly Wrap Up! The weekly wrap-ups are a great resource for associations to find interesting articles, blog posts, upcoming events, fun facts, and provide up-to-date news and tips found throughout the association space each week. We will also pull quotes and topics from the #assnchat and other relevant chats during the week on Twitter and other social media sites, to provide our members and industry thought leaders with content they can use today or save for later!
Favorite Articles of the Week:
1) Quick Glimpse of the Generation Gap in Your Office by Sarah Sladek
Over the next five years, we will be a part of an unprecedented generation shift as Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers in the workforce. Today’s post is a quick visual glimpse at the breakdown of what your office may look like generation-wise in the next five years. Are you prepared for this shift?
2) Social Media is Changing Leadership (Data) by Maddie Grant
We surveyed 505 individuals about social media and leadership, as part of ongoing research related to the concepts in our book Humanize: How People-centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World.
The survey questions gathered data on their perspectives about social media implementation in organizations, particularly related to leadership and how leaders are leveraging social media for organizational results. The results of the survey, completed mostly by individuals who work in organizations that are actively using social tools, provide some interesting insights about the deep ways in which social media has become a disruptive force in our organizations.
3) Is Your Presentation Like Facebook or TV? by Jeff Hurt
Is your presentation a one-way monologue for listeners?
Or is it an invitation for listeners to enter the conversation?
If you want your listeners to remember what you said, then your presentation needs to be more like Facebook than TV. Why? The best learning occurs in a social context not in a passive listening experience.
4) Playing the Part of Leader by Alan Derek Utley
“Don’t just act like the character. Be the character.” I’ve heard these words from theater directors many times, and so have countless other actors and actresses on stage and screen. The best actors are the ones who cause you to forget that you’re watching a movie or attending a live play, who can convince you that what you’re observing is real. They are the ones who believe in and lose themselves in their characters, truly feel what they are portraying, and bring their authentic selves to their roles.
5) Three Levels of Trust – Where Do Your Relationships Stand? by Ken Blanchard
When it comes to trust, not all relationships are at the same level. Based on the context of the given relationship – professional, personal, family, social – each one can experience a different level of trust.
There are three basic levels of trust. The first level isdeterence-based trust, or what I like to call “rules-based” trust. This is the most fundamental, base level of trust in all relationships. Deterence-based trust means that there are rules in place that prevent one person from taking advantage of, or harming another person. In society we have laws that govern our behavior in personal and business settings. When we engage in business we have contracts that ensure one party can trust another to hold up their end of the bargain. In organizations we have policies and procedures that provide boundaries for how we interact and treat each other, and if we violate those rules, usually there are consequences involved.
6) Influencing People in the Digital Age by Jeremy Quittner
Mention Dale Carnegie or his best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, to your colleagues and you’re likely to encounter cringes and knowing, semi-sarcastic smiles.
Perhaps it’s the general ambience that surrounds Carnegie today, evoking images of Babbittry, good-natured guffaws and glad-handing, the perpetual American boosterism, that provokes these reactions.
7) Using Tech to Help Workers Break Down Barriers by Paul Baribeau
Technology is the lifeblood of business and commerce, running entire organizations and keeping employees in touch with one another in real-time, every day. Digital connections in particular are vital in the workplace, as they prevent common problems like verbal miscommunications and lost paperwork.
Aside from their valiant ability to transcend mumbling and papercuts, tech-enabled connections also quickly get your workforce on the same page for projects, campaigns, and other goals.
8 )How Content and Thought Leadership Can Build Association Value by Steve Drake
Those attending last week’s St. Louis Institute for Association Leadership (STIAL) meeting got a personal look at the strategies and tactics of the Composite Engagement Score system.
Matt Van Cleave, Senior Vice President of Aptify, shared the details of the Composite Engagement Score system and encouraged participants todownload his presentation and an ebook with more details on the system.
9) Do Association Members Ignore Your Signs Too? by Shelly Alcorn
So here’s the lesson for today kids. (and the link for those who can’t see the embedded video).
This video is hilarious! It is a recording of a woman who called in to a radio show to tell folks that on three separate occasions she has hit deer on the highway immediately after seeing a deer crossing sign. She wanted to complain that the transportation department keeps putting up “deer crossing” signs on busy highways instead of in rural areas and less trafficked roads since those roads would be much safer for deer to cross.
Yes. Let that sink in for a minute. (By the way, this is a true story. There is a follow up video where she calls back into the show and says once the reasons for those signs were explained to her it “made so much more sense.”)
10) 10 Signs That Your Employees Really Love What They Do by Derek Irvine
One blogger in the HR space I’ve enjoyed reading for years now is Alexander Kjerulf (aka, The Chief Happiness Officer).
I just received through my feed his post celebrating 10 years of blogging (a feat I hope to accomplish someday) in which he highlighted his 10 most popular posts.
Near the top of the list was his post Top 10 Signs You’re Unhappy at Work. While I agree with everything in his post, it got me thinking about the signs you’re happy at work. In the usual frustrations that come from working with other human beings, sometimes it’s easy to miss these signs that we really do love what do every day.
That’s it for this week’s weekly wrap-up! Have a great weekend! – Holly