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Your Moment of Virtual Tech Zen

worldatiltThe flurry of tweets, blog posts and video streams covering ASAE and The Center’s 2009 Technology Conference have provided an invaluable source of information and useful insights for those not able to attend or participate in the entire event.  Okay, so it’s not surprising that a gathering of tech-heads and those with curious interest would use technology to share ideas, insights, and information.  Duh!  What’s fantastic though is the steady stream of minute-by-minute insights and the overall collection of both subtle detail and grand perspective throughout the event and beyond.  If you couldn’t be there, here are a couple of places to learn from those who were:

* Take a look at #techo9 on Twitter.  Don’t have a Twitter account?  It’s worth setting one up just to read the comments.
* Visit with Jamie Notter’s blog.  He’s done a fabulous job of capturing the big ideas and providing links to other participants sharing their own perspectives.
* Get thyself to Acronym.  The blogging tag-team at ASAE and The Center have captured so many ideas—as one participant said—“it makes their head hurt”.

One final observation.  The sheer volume of chatter, on-line video, and commentary arising from ASAE and The Center’s 2009 Technology Conference has illuminated the essential need to re-think the immortality of trade shows and other large-scale gatherings.  With a strong, citizen-based media, openness on the part of sponsors (kudos to ASAE and the Center on this count) and a strong selection of web-based tools to handle the distribution workload, we are all witness to a remarkable new value proposition for associations, event and meeting planners and the audiences they serve.  Is it too much of a stretch to imagine a strictly on-line virtual conference or event in which bloggers, citizen journalists, members and other observers are asked to participate virtually using tweets, IMs, blog posts and other “real-time” online tools to comment, criticize, give props, or rave and rant about the speaker’s content, ideas and value gained by participating in the non-event, event?  Before you answer, take a close look at the instructive lessons from ASAE and The Center’s Tech 09.

Copyright © 2009  Kerry C. Stackpole, CAE IOM   Visit the original article at:  http://www.neoterica.com/blog/2009/01/your-moment-of-virtual-tech-zen

The Coming War of Wages & Words

HearNoSeeNoSpeakNoIn the “it’s starting to get ugly out there” category comes a news report from Ad Age Daily News that a disgruntled former employee may be responsible for issuing a fake e-mail message purportedly from the CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) Jeff Haley.  The fake e-mail message  announced the lay-off of five employees and complained about salaries and alleged sexist behavior according to the article
RAB Defends Itself Against Hoax E-Mail
written by Andrew Hampp.  With unemployment rates rising and Congress demanding wage concessions from union autoworkers as part of the auto industry bail-out, the likelihood of continued downward pressure on salaries in the association community will no doubt create controversy and foster difficult discussions around non-profit Board tables for some time to come.  Stay tuned.

Heavy on decisiveness. Weak on judgment.

When it comes to damning weak leadership, this pretty much sums it up.  Most of us prefer a decisive leader who brings the benefit of experience, reflection, analysis, and judgment to those difficult organization moments.  The leader who prefers to inflict the latest management fad on their organization or seems more comfortable with following the direction of the wind-sock in place of decisive action or thoughtful judgment do more damage to the psyche and morale of staff and managers than they ever seem to understand.

The core skills of compassion, vision and deliberateness demanded of leaders have not really changed all that much, although the focus, nature and complexity of leadership itself has undergone dramatic evolution and has sharply steepened the learning curve.  If there’s a secret to success for leaders, it is in reminding ourselves to forever keep our focus outward—on members, vendors and customers, on the new ideas in the marketplace and on the ways in which disparate events, technologies and activities will change the future.  It’s not about how you might use Twitter or Facebook or Linked In, it’s about how your members will use it now and in the future.  As a leader, it can never be about us.  It’s always and forever about those we serve.