These Barriers Keep You From Conference Innovation

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Things are changing faster than ever before. Conference owners used to get dominance through scale. That scale came from securing the most industry-related exhibitors, sponsors and attendees as possible for your event. Then, the conference became the industry’s go-to-place for new product announcements from exhibitors, breaking industry research, the industry’s experts and the latest, greatest information. The goal was to lock in as many stakeholders (attendees, experts, exhibitors, and … [Read more...]

Five Forces Reshaping Associations

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This past week I heard an amazing presentation by technology guru and business futurist Scott Klososky. I've been following Scott since 2007 when I first hired him to present. His presentation, "Leveraging Disruptive Innovations For Business Success," was one of the best I've seen in a while. And, it has given me a lot to consider. Technology Mastery A Must To Succeed Today Scott says that all organization leaders need to have technology mastery to succeed today. If you don't, it's a … [Read more...]

If You Really Understood Digital Disruption You Would Be Shaking In Your Boots

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Business professionals drop the word disruption in conversations today as often as they discuss the stock market. And the word digital is part of our normal vernacular. Put the two words together, digital disruption, and it adds up to much more than the sum of its parts says Forrester Researcher Dr. James McQuivey. He says that if you really understood digital disruption, it would totally terrify you. Three Sources Of Digital Power According to McQuivey, three sources of digital power … [Read more...]

Our Conferences Are In Need Of An Epidemic

Are you a virus? Let me rephrase that. Do you see yourself as an innovator, a change agent, one that pushes the envelope? If you do, you may very well be a virus. Defining A Virus A virus is an infectious agent that replicates within the cells of a living host. Viruses spread in many ways. Insects spread viruses in plants and animals. Coughs and sneezes spread viruses in humans. Contact with food, water or an object where a virus landed can spread viruses. Extending The Virus Metaphor Many … [Read more...]

The Conference Innovators DNA

The Conference Innovators DNA View more presentations from Jeff Hurt Innovation. It’s the heartbeat of today’s economy. It’s also where meeting professionals need to focus their attention, time and resources to compete in the meetings marketplace. Average meetings are planned by average meeting professionals. Yet, most conference attendees don’t want to pay for an average conference. They want a unique experience. Innovative conferences are planned by innovative meeting professionals. … [Read more...]

Four Discovery Philosophies That Lead To Innovation

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How innovative is your organization? Do your executives instill in you and your coworkers the courage to try new ideas? The Source Of Organizational Innovation Organizational innovation starts at the top. At least that's the finding from The Innovator’s DNA authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen. They researched and studied highly innovative companies and found several common traits. Innovative organizations are led by founder-entrepreneurs who excel at discovery. … [Read more...]

Six Disruptive Forces Poised To Revolutionize Nonprofit Associations

It takes courage to move out of the comfort zone! So many nonprofit associations and their boards have adopted a risk averse environment. They see little incentive to change or experiment. In the coming three to ten years, those organizations that stay the course will not succeed. Those that refuse to think differently, quickly and innovate will not survive. The traditional nonprofit approach to risk must be recalibrated to assume a level of risk tolerance. Defining A Disruptive Force What is … [Read more...]

Being More Innovative: Acting And Thinking Differently

You can learn to be more innovative! That's right. You can learn to think differently. You can also learn to act more like an innovator. Your ability to be innovative is not only a function of your mind. It is also a function of your behaviors! If you change your behaviors you change your creative impact. And who doesn't want to be more creative? Innovators Act Differently Authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator’s DNA) studied great innovators. Their … [Read more...]