There was an interesting dialogue at the recent ASAE Fellows Retreat among 75 seasoned execs on the evolution of Association Management. The consensus was that really none of the basics have changed but the environment in which we do our jobs has changed dramatically.
First, the one real change that was noted was collaboration. The sense that this has become a different or more important tool to accomplish the organization’s goal. So where in the past it might have been more acceptable for an organization to figure it out on its own or develop its own “whatever”, now it’s about finding and working with the right partners to get something accomplished and leveraging core competencies.
The environment that has changed really has to do with time, technology and expectations and the relationships between each and all of those forces. Oh, and now everything is done in a fishbowl!! So we have an amazon.com and google culture with immediate turnaround and opportunity for everyone to “weigh in”. Thinking time? Gone! 24/7/365.
What do you think?