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Mission The mission of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE) is to serve as a forum where the association community thrives and grows. Vision WSAE is the organization of choice for association innovation and leadership. Values WSAE advances the following organizational values: Inclusion. Diversity includes multiple stakeholders and perspectives in activities and decision processes Optimal performance. Transparent, innovative and adaptive practices, using data-driven strategies to identify and provide member-centric initiatives Alliance building. Collaboration and engagement with individuals and organizations that share common values Passion. Excitement for the future and the potential for members and the profession

WSAE Blog

 •  September 11

You recruit the top talent. You invest in the latest technologies. You update procedures. Yet, you struggle to maintain your current market position. That may be a sign your culture needs modifying. Organizational culture reflects an entity’s deepest and most tightly held beliefs and values. Often, they have been shaped over years, even decades....

WSAE Blog

 •  September 5

If your organization often struggles to meet objectives, it may be time to examine your internal digital operations. The culprit can be a singular issue. Perhaps your organization over-relies on group emails or one-to-one in-person conversations. Maybe meetings are overused or non-productive. Or cross-functional collaboration tends to be limited to...

WSAE Blog

 •  March 17

It is a truism that teamwork is important to achieve organizational goals. But what makes for effective teams? Association executive John Forbes has been conducting educational programs for .orgCommunity and I am excited that he will be with WSAE during its Spring Outing presenting to its CEOs in May!...

WSAE Blog

 •  March 1

Customers today are too busy and have too many choices to invest in content that isn’t relevant or targeted for them—no matter how great the content may be. To be the valued and preferred source of information for your customers, you must develop a content strategy—and make this a priority for your organization. Oftentimes, what stands in the way...

WSAE Blog

 •  February 8

.orgCommunity has been engaging association leaders in a series of discussions regarding the evolution of associations and the need for innovation. Emerging—and as yet unseen—disrupters will require significant changes in the nature of associations, how they envision fulfilling their missions and serve their constituencies. In some industries we...

WSAE Blog

 •  September 11, 2016

We all remember learning about the famous psychological experiments in conditioned reflex performed by Ivan Petrovich Pavlov around the turn of the previous century. In simple Pavlov's Dog terms, Pavlov would ring a bell prior to feeding his dogs (his test subjects). The dogs came to associate the ringing of the bell with the presentation of the...

WSAE Blog

 •  August 28, 2016

Whenever I read a biography, I try to extract lessons that can help me in my career. And as a pilot and certified aviation geek, I’ve read a lot of books about storied aviators, the most recent of which was Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds. Robin Olds was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. He...

WSAE Blog

 •  August 10, 2016

We all know Pokémon Gois a monster hit (pardon the pun). Two days after launch, it was downloaded on more phones than the dating app Tinder. More people were using it than Twitter. Users were on it longer each day than they were on Facebook. It’s the biggest mobile app game ever in the United States. How can your association use the Pokémon mania...

WSAE Blog

 •  August 5, 2016

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present to the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives about Content Marketing for Associations. It was a topic that I had constantly had conversations with association executives about over the past few years, so I thought I'd put together a presentation explaining the ins and outs of not only content...

WSAE Blog

 •  August 3, 2016

Association management software/systems are arguably organizations’ largest technology investment. They provide membership organizations with vital functionality for delivering member services, and serve multiple business purposes—from operating as the core system of record to event and learning management, email marketing campaigns, and much...