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Two Extremes Of Conference Content Capture: Bite Size Best

Two Extremes Of Conference Content Capture: Bite Size Best | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Capturing content at your premier face-to-face conferences is a must!

Capturing and sharing premium conference content serves three primary purposes.

If an attendee could not make a session, captured content gives them the Cliff Notes version.If attendees want to apply the learning to their job, captured content helps them develop their plan.For members, customers, or prospects that didn’t attend, nothing helps communicate what they missed more than a sample of the premium content — especially when it is delivered in bite-sized/shareable pieces or when social enabled.
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Some good ideas about content capture - and a somewhat surprising revelation!

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The Secret To Effective Delegation

The Secret To Effective Delegation | Organization Management | Scoop.it

While most everyone in business would agree that delegation is critical to managerial success, how often are we dissatisfied with the results of what we’ve delegated?  How often is the “product” that is returned to us not exactly what we’d hoped for?  While this is sometimes the fault of the person of completing the assignment, it’s  often the fault of the person giving the assignment.  And there’s a common root to the problem.

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The Best Way For A Manager To Start The Year? Set Clear, Meaningful Employee Objectives

The Best Way For A Manager To Start The Year? Set Clear, Meaningful Employee Objectives | Organization Management | Scoop.it

What’s the best thing a manager can do to start the new year in a constructive and productive way?  It’s nothing fancy, but it’s fundamental and foundational: Set clear and meaningful objectives for all of your direct reports.

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6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights

6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Not-for-profits continue to encounter unique measurement challenges for gifts in kind. There are a variety of approaches available for not-for-profits to value GIK, which can result in large disparities between handlings by different not-for-profits and questions about the application of generally accepted accounting practices to GIK. Other issues such as identifying the applicable principle markets and the effect of nominal fees on GIK require not-for-profits to scrutinize their GIK practices to ensure GAAP is being properly applied.

Not-for-profits must measure all non-cash contributions such as items auctioned off for charity; excess or obsolete goods given to charity to help fulfill its mission; free print or web advertising space and even radio advertisement air time. However, measuring these intangible items can be challenging, as not-for-profits who receive such gifts would not otherwise purchase or sell them and not-for-profit administrators simply may not know the fair market value of these gifts or have access to valuation information.

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Why charities must be open to mergers and collaboration

Why charities must be open to mergers and collaboration | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Companies merge to make more profit and public sector bodies are reorganised to provide better services – charities should do the same, says David White
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Mr. White asks: "Are we sufficiently bold (and committed to the best interests of our beneficiaries) that we are prepared to put aside our personal preferences and consider working with others?"

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Why Projects Fail

Why Projects Fail | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Only one out of three projects is completed successfully. Nearly half are either late, over budget or did not deliver on all of the key outputs. Almost one in four are either cancelled or left to gather dust after delivery.1 This dismal track record is only growing worse as budgets tighten and expectations rise.

What can a manager do to beat the odds? The answer is to learn from the mistakes of the past. Though no two projects are alike, the reasons for failure are remarkably consistent.

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Why Small Donations Are Priceless

Why Small Donations Are Priceless | Organization Management | Scoop.it

During an NTC session on social media fundraising someone mentioned working with a nonprofit who thinks collecting small donations online is a waste of time.

Their claim is that because it’s such a small slice of the overall pie, they would be better off spending what little resources they have on making the other slices bigger.

While on the surface this line of thinking makes sense, it fails to consider the long-term value of small donor acquisition. It throws out seeds in favor of saplings.

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Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

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Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Engagement For Millennials - frogloop

Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Engagement For Millennials - frogloop | Organization Management | Scoop.it

While members of the Millennial Generation, now the largest generation in our nation’s history, are widely known for a desire to give back to their communities or be part of large social change movements – the way Millennials define their engagement tends to be very different from the way organizations do. 

When you ask a Millennial, “Do you support a nonprofit or social cause?” The resounding answer is, “Yes!” When you follow that up by asking, “How do you support that organization?” You’re likely to hear answers like, I signed a petition, changed my avatar on Twitter, or liked them on Facebook.

Now, ask an organization if Millennials are supporting their cause, and they say, “No, we just can’t figure out how to reach them.”  There in lies the disconnect between Millennials who believe they are supporting activism versus what organizations see as truly engaged participation.

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I would say that this engagement cycle has broader application than just millennials. It describes all of us whose lives are strongly influenced by the Information Age.

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11 Tips for Making Nonprofit Press Releases Social and Shareable

11 Tips for Making Nonprofit Press Releases Social and Shareable | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Social media has forever changed how nonprofits and journalists distribute and consume news stories, yet the format of nonprofit press releases has not evolved at all. Almost every communication medium out there has been impacted by the rise of social and mobile media, but not press releases. I think that enterprising nonprofits would be eager to try something new to help your nonprofit stand out from the hundreds of traditional press releases that journalists and media outlets are bombarded with on a weekly or even daily basis. I have no proof these tips will help your nonprofit get more media coverage, but at the very least they will help your nonprofit’s press release get more exposure on the Social Web.

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Great ideas on how to adapt press releases to the Age of Social Media. Not for nonprofits only.

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What Every Non-Profit Ought to Know about Direct Mail Fundraising

What Every Non-Profit Ought to Know about Direct Mail Fundraising | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Most non-profits I know are skittish about direct mail fundraising, because it requires an initial investment of time and money.  Picking up the phone to call a donor takes courage, but it doesn’t cost money.  Sending out an e-mail is easy and free.

With direct mail, on the other hand, there are lots of costs involved, so organizations worry about whether they should use it, and if they do use it, they worry about whether or not they’re doing it right.  To answer those questions, I have put together this list of 4 things every non-profit – including yours – ought to know about direct mail fundraising

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The Nine Inch Journey to Winning the Hearts of Your Employees and Building a Strong Culture | MENG

The Nine Inch Journey to Winning the Hearts of Your Employees and Building a Strong Culture | MENG | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Motivation for employees is sagging.  Recent reports show that motivation has fallen off at more that half of all companies.  In difficult economic times, how can companies boost employee morale and drive high performance?

 

The simple answer is doing the little extras beyond compensation to demonstrate commitment to your employees.  The Green Goldfish Project examined how companies go above and beyond to create signature extras, little things that help capture the heart of your employees.  Upon reviewing the 1,001 examples from the Project, a few key themes emerged. 

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A recipe for the "journey" of developing your employees from the Marketing Executives Networking Group.

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Not-for-Profit Entities Audit and Accounting Guide | AICPA

Not-for-Profit Entities Audit and Accounting Guide | AICPA | Organization Management | Scoop.it

This guide provides assistance in the unique preparation, auditing, accounting and reporting of financial statements for not-for-profit entities. All content is reviewed by industry experts and approved by the appropriate AICPA senior technical committees.

This new edition covers:

 

the unique accounting and auditing issues for not-for-profit entitiesreporting relationships with other entitiesreporting and measuring noncash giftsexpiration of donor-imposed restrictionsprogram-related investments and microfinance loansprinciples for reporting net assets and related disclosuresaccounting for contributions and receivablesaccounting for reporting investmentsauditing net asset classification and revenue and expense recognition

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This is the authoritative guide to nonprofit accounting, newly revised.

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Using the Crowd as an Innovation Partner - Harvard Business Review

Using the Crowd as an Innovation Partner - Harvard Business Review | Organization Management | Scoop.it

To answer the most vexing innovation and research questions, crowds are becoming the partner of choice. Apple has turned to large numbers of users and developers distributed around the world to propel its growth by creating apps and podcasts that enhance its products. Biologists at the University of Washington used crowds of external contributors to map the structure of an AIDS-related virus that had stumped academic and industry experts for more than 15 years. Despite a growing list of success stories, only a few companies use crowds effectively—or much at all.

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Interesting observation: "[Crowd-powered problem solving] can operate at a scale that exceeds even that of the biggest and most complex global corporation..."

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How to give feedback that gets results

How to give feedback that gets results | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Feedback is how you let colleagues know how well they are doing their work and how their behaviours are undermining or supporting their effectiveness.

Whether you are giving motivational feedback to let someone know what they did well and why it was good or you are giving developmental feedback, telling someone what needs to be changed and how to do it, feedback can be of great value or it can be harmful.

You may have experience yourself of being on the receiving end of negative and critical remarks that undermined your confidence or at least lead to you shut down to learning and resistant to making any changes.

How can you ensure you do better when you give feedback? Here are some tips that might help. 

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How To Become A Successful Event Organizer

How To Become A Successful Event Organizer | Organization Management | Scoop.it

In recent years, the competition in the event planning industry has increased due to the rising demands from the corporate and private sectors. However, you can always use your abilities, expertise and experience to thrive in such a competitive environment. Successful event organizers never fear the competition; instead, they focus on ways to improve their skills. With experience, you can polish your event management skills and gain the creativity required to prosper in this career.

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This is the 50,000-foot overview, discussing personal qualities needed for event organizers.

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ALPHEUSC's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:08 PM

Research information is very helpful when learning new topics.

Kristen Towns's curator insight, September 22, 2013 8:25 PM

Some great input that I think I would use if I went into the managing aspect.

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Master the Fine Art of Managing Up

Master the Fine Art of Managing Up | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Whether you work in a startup or are working your way up the corporate ladder, to succeed you’ll have to learn the art of managing up.

During a performance review early in my career, my manager told me I was “good at managing up”… and I had no idea what he was talking about. At the time, I was still in school and eager. And instead of asking what he meant, I said “thank you” and asked what I could do to improve my skills.

I had no idea I’d stumbled on the top skill that would open doors of opportunity.


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Two Pens's curator insight, May 19, 2013 2:22 PM

It was a revelation when I learned that part of my job was managing my boss. Another term for it here: "managing up."

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6 Questions Your Prospects Expect Your Online Presence To Answer | Business 2 Community

6 Questions Your Prospects Expect Your Online Presence To Answer | Business 2 Community | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Online analytics can be fascinating. They can provide insight into the quality of your online content, let you know just how engaged your Twitter followers are or simply provide a timely ego boost. However, in amongst all the good news, bad news and insight, there are certain analytics that rarely change.

 

Wherever you go, from B2B service providers to fashion retailers, the most visited web pages are usually the same. The most visited page on almost every website is the “About” page. No matter what you sell, your website visitors, social media followers and online prospects all want to know about you. More than want to know, they actually expect to get information about you. There are common questions every prospect expects to have answered by your online presence....


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You can use this RIGHT NOW  to improve your Web presence!

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Tom Fair's comment, May 11, 2013 3:09 PM
Another outstanding article that we all can use. Thanks Jeff and Eoin!
Jeff Domansky's comment, May 11, 2013 3:48 PM
So glad it was useful Eventity. Comment appreciated.
Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 12, 2014 10:31 AM

 You will undoubtedly find that your company  is doing a great job answering these 6 questions if your organization is effective. Think about it.  Effective organizations have engaged employees, execute very well, are broadly aligned with their purposes and continually adapt to external conditions.  Customer service and product/service innovation will be responsive and timely,  employees will thoroughly understand what the company is all about and how it delivers on its mission; their sincere enthusiasm and dedication will make a strong case for  why customers should care....

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Getting Your Team Organized in Event Management

Getting Your Team Organized in Event Management | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Well, you have successfully secured a great event. You have gone through the part of convincing the client about your successes in holding great events and managed to get the prized contract. Securing the contract is only the beginning of a big and stressful headache if you actually have bad organizing skills!

Once you have secured the contract you will be involved with the event planning and event management stages. This means that you will have to work with set up crews, suppliers and vendors, venue owners, food and beverage  serving teams etc. All these people will be considered your team. Here you will need to be very skillful with people management methods. It is also a very stressful time especially when the event date draws near.

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Study Explores Drivers of Employee Engagement

Study Explores Drivers of Employee Engagement | Organization Management | Scoop.it

A recent study by MSW Research and Dale Carnegie Training explores  key drivers of employee engagement – and reaffirms the critical role of an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager. Employee engagement is important because “engaged employees” are more committed and productive.  The study, What Drives Employee Engagement and Why It Matters, also has some disturbing findings, noting that “only 29% of employees are fully engaged while 26% are disengaged.”


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The 3 key drivers for employee engagement are very straightforward, but are so often ignored. Read on...

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:35 AM

I am gratified to see importance of management practices in building employee engagement reaffirmed. For the past several years I have focused on a core set of practices in my workshops that enables leaders to engage employee and build organizational effectiveness.

Jenny Veach Harding's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:48 PM

Presenteeism comes to mind when considering how many disengaged employees are serving as seat fillers in the office.

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BizBash Webinar 2: Tech Tools to Transform Your Events

BizBash Webinar 2: Tech Tools to Transform Your Events | Organization Management | Scoop.it

BizBash and Eventbrite did it again with another great webinar in their Smart Ideas for Better Events series. This one was titled, “Tech Tools to Transform Your Events.” Mitch Colleran, Partner and Channel Manager at Eventbrite, covered the three major tech trends event planners should have in mind. Jeff Benish, Event Producer at Payreel, discussed a number of new (and older) tech tools that can really make life easier for event planners everywhere.

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Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog: Make Your Newsletter Shine

Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog: Make Your Newsletter Shine | Organization Management | Scoop.it

In our social media world, is a newsletter still a relevant form of communication?  It can be, if it's done well, which it often isn't.

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My favorite point is "Short and sweet"

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You have to have a reason to be on Facebook

You have to have a reason to be on Facebook | Organization Management | Scoop.it

As digital strategist people often times come to me to ask advice about some social media matter that concerns their campaign. The thing is often they have already decided on the solution before meeting with me. Why is this a problem? Well, most of the times they do not even know why they should be building a website or launching a new social profile. They have simply decided that this is the answer without considering exactly what the problem is they are trying to solve.

This is not an uncommon issue. There are countless times when I have come into departments that have started using a social media platform with little understanding of how they intend to use it and they subsequently found themselves trying to think of how they can use these tools. The existence of the social media tool has become a problem that needs resolving rather than a solution to an existing problem.

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Mr. Melbye cuts through the social media hype and makes a point that we all should consider.

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Our Favorite Tech Tools for Event Fundraising Planning | Event 360

Our Favorite Tech Tools for Event Fundraising Planning | Event 360 | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Technology for event planning has come so far over the past 10 years. Not too long ago, for instance, we'd travel with those giant, 400-page map books when scouting a site or planning an event. They were a pain to carry, and it could get tedious highlighting the event route across multiple pages! 

Here's a look at some key tech tools that allow us to do our jobs better and more efficiently.

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Making the Donor Funnel Work for Your Nonprofit - Valeo Marketing

Making the Donor Funnel Work for Your Nonprofit - Valeo Marketing | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Donations are absolutely critical for almost all nonprofit organizations. A donor “funnel” aims to do exactly that, and is comprised of a few key parts.
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6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights

6 Things Not-For-Profits Need to Know about Non-Cash Contributions - AICPA Insights | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Not-for-profits continue to encounter unique measurement challenges for gifts in kind. There are a variety of approaches available for not-for-profits to value GIK, which can result in large disparities between handlings by different not-for-profits and questions about the application of generally accepted accounting practices to GIK. Other issues such as identifying the applicable principle markets and the effect of nominal fees on GIK require not-for-profits to scrutinize their GIK practices to ensure GAAP is being properly applied.

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A good collection of thoughts to apply to the acceptance of gifts in kind, including observations on valuation, liability and discretion.

Written in accountantese, as one might expect from the AICPA. But that might make it valuable as a starting point for conversations with your own accountant.

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