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May 2022 Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month, Joe Sapp, CAE, of Talley Management Group, Inc. shares his review of One Second Ahead: Enhance your Performance at Work with Mindfulness by Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts.

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Get ready for the LAUNCH of the AMC POWER INDEX: May 1 – 31!

The pilot process for the AMC Power Index was incredibly helpful to refine and shape the data collection process. AMCI and the Bâton Global research team wish to thank AH, Base Consulting and Management, EDI, MCI, Parthenon Association Management, Kellen and Smithbucklin for their participation in the pilot, making the process even easier, more concise and user-friendly for the full AMCI membership. A data cheat sheet can be found here to help your team prepare for next week’s launch. Hear what members of the pilot had to say:

“Association Headquarters was happy to participate in the AMC Power Index pilot. The industry benchmarking data that this initiative will provide is well worth the time it took to gather and report our numbers. We hope all Institute members will participate as there truly is power in numbers!” – Mike Dwyer, AH, AMCI Board Director and Amy Williams, AH VP Sales and Consulting

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April 2022 Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month, Justin Lewis of Smith Moore & Associates shares his review of Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna

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Re-Engaging with the AMC Industry

Re-Engaging with the AMC Industry

Guest Post By Carolyn Lagermasini, CAE, President, Association & Conference Group (ACG). Carolyn serves on AMCI's Community Engagement Committee.

In 2015, I attended my first AMC Institute Annual Meeting. The event was held at the Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida. At that time, my fledgling AMC had 11 clients and six employees. Walking into the Annual Meeting I felt a little overwhelmed and a lot out of place. ACG was (and has always been) a fully virtual company at a time when many AMCs remained traditional. As one can imagine, this fact raised a few eyebrows and elicited unhelpful criticisms. I went to that meeting to learn how to grow my business, how to manage some of the common challenges we all have regardless of size, how to better understand the AMC industry, and to meet my peers. I walked away disappointed, wondering if there was a place for me in the AMCI community.

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AMCI Certificate Program Aims to Elevate Proficiencies of AMC Professionals

Guest post by Mike Dwyer, CAE – Association Headquarters, AMCI Professional Advancement Committee Chair

As announced recently, the AMC Institute has recently launched the first certificate program to elevate the proficiencies of AMC professionals in a multi-client environment. It’s an exciting and long overdue effort on the part of a small group of dedicated volunteers serving on the AMCI Professional Advancement Committee working alongside the AMC staff to address the educational needs of AMC employees.

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February/March AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month, Gene Terry, CAE, IOM of Association Headquarters shares his review of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji, PhD and Anthony Greenwald, PhD

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Annual Meeting 2022 Preview

AMCI's Annual Meeting is just ONE WEEK away! We are excited to be joining over 180 AMCI members as we gather together at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Together we will be inspired by amazing keynotes, educated by our speaker peers, and we will build long lasting relationships as we network with each other. Additionally, we anticipate being filled with amazing food, desserts, and drinks, all while being in one of the most beautiful locations to hold meetings. And we haven't even covered everything that will be happening next week. For those who are attending, this will be a meeting that will be long remembered.

For those who have not yet registered, there is still a little time left to register.

If you are attending, please remember to check your Know Before You Go email for relevant information on:

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AMCI Annual Meeting Keynotes Look To Inspire, Challenge Attendees

AMC Institute’s Annual Meeting (February 16 – 18) is quickly coming up. We are excited to see many of our members in Colorado Springs, at The Broadmoor. We are also very excited to be able to share some excellent keynote speakers with our attendees.  AMCI’s keynotes this year are planning to share some very exciting, engaging conversations with you! Want to know more about the speakers and their topics? Continue reading below!

 

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New Opportunities in a New Year

This post is authored by Mark Engle, DM, FASAE, Principal at Association Management Center and Chair of the AMC Institute's Board of Directors for 2022.

Happy New Year!

Are you ready for the New Year? I’m certainly ready (as many of you are) to retire the old one. The encouraging news is, as entrepreneurs, we typically anticipate and respond well to change.

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January AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month,  Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE of Strategic Association Management shares her review of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

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2021 – A Look Back

This post is authored by Erin Fuller,  FASAE, CAE, MPA, President, Association Solutions, MCI USA, and Chair of the AMC Institute's Board of Directors for 2021.

January 6th was a day with a lot of turmoil in the Washington, DC area. And no, I am not referencing the insurrection on the Hill that day – but rather McLean, VA, where I lugged and installed two huge air purifiers in our largest conference room, so that MCI USA could safely host the AMCI executive committee retreat. Only a year before, Montreal had been generous hosts, and we huddled around dinner tables, toasting the future of our industry. Now, I was placing extra masks at each distanced place and making sure we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

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December AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month, AMC Institute's Michael Battaglia, CAE, CNAP of AMPED Association Management shares his review of Michael Jordan:The Life by Roland Lazenby.

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An Inclusive Approach to Holiday Celebrations

Make DEI-aware holidays a year-round initiative 

Guest post by Charles Scogna, Writer, Association Headquarters

November and December are widely considered the holiday season in the United States, with Thanksgiving and Christmas at its core.

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"Fighting" to Give Back

This is a guest post by Executive Director, Inc.

When participating in staff interviews with people who have a community non-profit background as opposed to an association background, we often make a point of stating that while the associations that we serve do good, we are not feeding the hungry at Executive Director, Inc. (EDI) – except for two weeks per year. These are the two weeks in December that EDI holds its “Food Fight” to raise funds for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. In a typical year, the winner is announced at the annual State of EDI celebration on a Friday in late December. In 2019, the executive director of the Hunger Task Force attended this event to communicate her appreciation of how extraordinary EDI staff’s contributions were given the size of the company.

For 28 years, EDI has held a competition among staff members (East Side of the building versus the West Side) for the coveted Food Fight trophy. A number of small fundraising events are held each day. Examples include:

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November AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.

This month, AMC Institute's Thomas Pigg, shares his review of The Servant Leader, by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.

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The Transformational Power of Psychological Safety in the Workplace

In today’s unprecedented times, creating an environment of psychological safety with stakeholders is important for all AMCs. It’s crucial to meet workplace needs in our interactions with others, whether they be team members, board members, or clients. The level of psych safety determines if individuals feel empowered to speak up, try a new idea, or are even capable of listening to you clearly.

Psychological safety is an important issue for AMCs, especially during the Great Resignation workforce era. According to a report from the Predictive Index, companies are far less likely to experience turnover when psychological safety is practiced in the workplace. Simply put, not practicing this could cause your AMC to lose top talent. 

Join the Emerging Leaders Committee at AMCI’s November Engagement Lounge on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST – 1:00 PM EST to hear Christina Rowe, MSOL, Founder of The Collaborative and Cofounder of The Remote Leader Project, lead an interactive discussion on tips to simplify the process of building psych safety with each major party involved in working with associations -- from staff to clients.

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October AMCI Book Review Corner

October AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.
Kate Temple of Bostrom, offers this month's review of How to be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown.


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Renewals Are a Great Way to (Re)connect with Members!

Although it technically began a month ago, Autumn finally feels like it is here - warm drinks in a coffee mug, crunch leaves beneath our feet, and a cool crispness in the air. Fall also means the start of member renewals.

Last week, AMCI launched our membership renewals campaign, and I’ve found that this process has been entirely rewarding. This process has been a great opportunity to connect with many of AMCI’s wonderful members. Whether helping a first-time member to activate their new membership, reconnecting with attendees I met at Annual Meeting in Orlando, or adding staff to existing memberships, I have enjoyed getting to know all our members and their needs. These connections also show me that our membership is active, thriving, and willing to engage to within our community.

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Ready, Resilient, and Rising: Reflections from Re-Engaged

After a rollercoaster of a year, ranging from re-openings and rescheduled events to the Delta variant surge, no one was sure what this Fall might bring. Would anyone be willing to take a risk to travel for a face-to-face event? And of those who might come, would they be willing to follow stricter health guidelines?       

After a very successful AMCs Re-Engaged, we can give a resounding YES! to both of those questions.  As an industry we should be proud that we are agile, adept, and responsive regardless of the circumstance. You have proven that we can have both a safe and engaging in-person event.

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September AMCI Book Review Corner

The AMCI Reading Corner is a crowdsourced resource share aimed to serve as a platform for the AMCI community to share book recommendations and reflect with personal takeaways. Starting with monthly postings, more ways to engage will be shared as the idea grows.
Richie O’Neill kicks us off by reviewing a classic, Who Moved My Cheese, by Dr. Spencer Johnson, available on Amazon here.


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