Mission Statements Set the Foundation for Future Relevance

Mission statements are typically straightforward expressions of an organization’s identity and purpose. While mission statements can be very stable, they are not timeless.  Your mission statement sums up your organization for anyone who needs to understand who you are, what you do, for whom and why.  Your words don’t have to be catchy; they just have to provide a good reason for your continued existence.

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Connected Reality: A Possible Future Business Model for Associations

Could the future business model for associations depend on taking full advantage of “connected reality” to create value for members and customers? In my scanning, I am on high alert for futures research that might answer the question what will be the future business model of associations. I explain why  Connected Reality 2025: The Next Wave of Digital Transformations, a Z-punkt report, offers a potential answer.  

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Followers Have the Critical Role in Change

Most change initiatives begin with and continue because champions, sponsors and project managers get the job done. Followers are informed, and if not enlisted, managed. Or at least that was the popular wisdom. Maybe we need followers not just for their good ideas but also for their wisdom in identifying the most implementable idea.  Too often we hear all the questions followers ask as resistance to change, when they really are only test driving the changes in their situation and trying to see how they might work.

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