Quick clicks: Innovation, volunteers, and technology
This week's links offer insights the skills and challenges inherent in innovation, managing volunteers, and new developments in technology. Enjoy.
Innovation. Virgil Carter recaps a Harvard Business Review article on "innovators' DNA."One of the five common skills of innovators: associating.
More innovation. Erik Lanke, CAE, shares a recent experience that illustrated exactly why innovation is so hard.
Volunteer speakers. David Patt, CAE, sums up why it's important to sign agreements with your event speakers, even if they're unpaid.
Volunteer management. Engergize, Inc., links to several stories about how the Occupy Wall Street protesters are organizing themselves and draws some lessons to be learned for volunteer managers.
Tech trends. Jeff Hurt looks forward to 2012 with a nice rundown of the top ten stategic technology trends that associations should be monitoring in the coming year.
Mobile publishing. It's hard to keep up anymore, but here's another new development in mobile publishing: Apple's Newstand feature in its newest mobile operating system is already "hitting it big with traditional media publishers"writes Christina Bonnington at Wired's Gadget Lab.
Human resources. Leslie White explains why HR pros should view social media as an opportunity for better personnel management, not a threat.
Getting unstuck. Jeffrey Cufaude offers seven questions that will help jumpstart thinking and restart conversation when progress in a group or organization is slowing or at a standstill.
Headquarters. This is an old link (from August), but it was passed along to us just recently and I thought it was worth sharing: the headquarters of ASM (American Society of Metals) International in northeast Ohio recently was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places and underwent a $7 million renovation and restoration. The building sits beneath a "cloudlike geodesic dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller"and is considered a hidden architectural gem in the region. (What does your association's building look like?)