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Association Growth In Sub-Saharan Africa

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I just returned from my annual trip to Kenya visiting friends and family in Nairobi and Nakuru. It was a fascinating time to be in the country with the Presidential election petition being presented and heard by the Kenyan Supreme Court (complete with references to the 2000 Bush/Gore Florida challenge in the US Supreme Court). The…

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Audit Season – TMG’s Version of March Madness

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I typically love when March rolls around each year. It signals spring has arrived and along with it, warmer weather, the start of baseball season, and of course March Madness with the NCAA Final Four Tournament. However, there is another type madness that occurs during this time – audit season! Here at Talley Management Group,…

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Employ Staff or Contract with an AMC?

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I recently saw an article on an industry newsletter that caught my eye.  The original blog posed the question, “Staffing the Association: Employ Staff or Contract with AMC?”  The post gave a great overview of the benefits of partnering with an AMC.  While not going into specifics, it hit the high level benefits that we,…

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Commentary: Sequestration Provides an Opportunity for the Meetings Industry to Get Stronger, Not Surrender

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The recent decision to allow a government sequester to take effect sent shock waves throughout agencies around the country and created ripple effects in a number of related industries, among them, those of us who work in meetings and conventions. The meetings industry, which has increasingly been under attack in recent years, will be hard…

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Who is Yahoo Anyway?

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Most everyone today has read or heard about Yahoo reversing a trend seen across the country: specifically now requiring its entire staff to work in the office and canceling any remote office arrangement.  There have been many thoughts expressed as to what caused this from more effective collaboration of teams to a ploy to trim…

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Living our Core Values: Supporting an environment where professional and personal goals are shared, encouraged, and achieved

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The importance of having a great work environment that supports development and goals is a good aspiration for any company. It can be challenging to create a culture where individuals are actively engaged and meeting goals. It has to be something every staff member embraces and the key is creating a work environment that inspires passion without…

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Gregg Talley on PCMA TV

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PCMA TV Live caught up with PCMA Education Foundation Chair Gregg Talley to talk about Foundation Day.

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Three Current Themes in Professional Certification Programs

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At a recent certification development meeting conducted for a TMG client, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the client’s testing agency, comparing notes on the current landscape for non-licensure certification programs. A few common themes emerged, namely internationalization, building ancillary products, and developing new certifications that leverage and trade on existing certifications.…

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What will 2013 look like for meeting planners?

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As we close out 2012 one question that everyone is wishing they had an answer to is “what is in store for us in 2013?”  Are we going to see a bounce back or will the economy continue to drag along?  PCMA chatted Gregg Talley, CAE, FASAE President and CEO of Talley Management Group and…

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Team Innovation

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The past few days I have watched a series on the History channel about some early American entrepreneurs,  Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt.  There was a quote from Jack Welch on innovation.  His main point was that for a company to be successful they need to innovate and that does not mean that the company needs…

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