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Technology isn’t going anywhere. Let’s begin embracing it.

We all know software creates efficiencies in our operations, improves our processes, shifts our policies, and has the ability to identify deeper seeded insight into our member data. But the ability to keep up and on top of all of these fluctuations can easily burn us out. So what’s the solution to the never-ending technology stack rat race? Adopting a growth mindset.

What is a growth mindset? This article from Association Trends helps define it and provide ways to embrace it...

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Data Masking Built for Success
How to avoid a rip and replace horror story

Every data security project starts with understanding your data: where data is coming from and how it is stored; plus who has access and how the company needs to use that data.   That’s what data discovery is for, and now that you’ve done that, you’re ready to enable your organization to get the most out of its data assets.

If the next step is to maximize your data assets -- to drive business decisions, enable transactions, allow for secure data sharing in a B2B or consumer scenario, or meet audit and financial requirements – then data masking is the way to go.

And it’s not just about ordinary business-as-usual enablement: data masking is central to doing business in a global world.  Without data masking, your company may have to put critical business-building or cost-saving initiatives on hold.

It’s a straightforward business case, then. 

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What’s your process for delivering feedback to employees? Do you struggle when it comes to delivering feedback to employees? You're not alone. Here's a wonderful article from Associations Now about why and how leaders need to confront their fear of feedback. 

In some ways it isn’t much different than what you’re doing in other areas of the organization. That is, you’re telling stories. You’re engaging in storytelling when you deliver a report to the board on the progress of a new initiative. You’re storytelling when you connect with members to explain the value of their joining your association.

In an article on employee feedback in the Harvard Business Review,executive coach Deborah Grayson Riegel explains that employees tend to take three negative messages from a lack of feedback.

  • No news is good news; 
  • The boss thinks they can’t handle feedback;
  • Employees might assume you think they’re incapable of change.

To read the complete article and conquer your fears, click here.


There is always something going on in the Association World and this month is proof of that! 

We invite you to browse some of these upcoming August events.

2019 IEEE PES General Meeting
August 4 - 8, 2019
Atlanta, GA

114th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
August 10 – 13, 2019
New York, NY

2019 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting
August 10 - 14, 2019
San Francisco, CA

2019 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting & Expo
August 29 – September 1, 2019
Washington, DC

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