Author Archives: Seth Kahan

Successful Strategy: Why it’s a Social Thing

Consider who needs to be on board for success. Your board of directors? The senior leadership team? Particular committees? Indispensable coalitions like these have the potential to create the kind of zeal that trickles down to all participants, large and small. Igniting this flame is key to successful execution. Understand that it travels socially, between individuals and through morale. The investment must come through the coalition’s social web.

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Content and Process

Bennington College

Which is more important to get right, content or process? Is it better to do the right thing or do things right? Well, there are plenty of times where one or the other is most important, but in the vast majority of cases you have to get both right or you will suffer.  This weekend I am visiting my son, ...

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Association Leaders Must Innovate in a Disruptive Marketplace

Right now there are innovators in Silicon Valley building apps that will capture membership to create frictionless, renewable revenue for their organizations. It is a threat all association leaders should take seriously. Some of these savvy innovators are household names—LinkedIn, Facebook, and Meetup—and there are hundreds of others, lesser known or unknown players, tomorrow’s biggest names in tech.

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The Axis of Vulnerability

Last week I was in Tampa with a group of colleagues. We meet every five months or so to help each other with our business strategies, all solopreneurs like myself with advanced practices. Almost as soon as we gathered we created a visual that we called the Axis of Vulnerability to describe our work at its best. It resides at the intersection of four attributes:

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Is Your Business Silly or Innovative?

We get used to silly, nonsensical things... or do we? I am flying out of Phoenix tomorrow and received an email from American Airlines to remind me to check in. Click here, the message says and I do. It tells me that I have come to the wrong website and the flight is being managed by their recently merged partner US Airways, so I have to click to go to the US Airways website...

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