CHFA is proud to be the voice of the natural health industry. As CHFA President, I am proud to be our organization’s voice. From the latest updates on issues affecting our industry, to my personal insights on professional life, my blog, "The Long Story", is a collection of thoughts and ideas that will give you a unique perspective into our industry.
On September 1, 2016
One of the hardest things about my role at CHFA is keeping up to date on the latest trends and best practices in leadership. There is a wealth of resources through what I like to call the “association associations.” Information is distributed through electronic newsletters, magazines, websites and conferences. There are new webinars and books seemingly every week that talk about trends in association management world.
But that’s not all — they are also full of information on the best new resources and risks. From association management software to cybersecurity and membership engagement to event venues, there is something for everyone in the association management world. And something about everything as well.
And then there’s the information that comes from the business world, that’s far broader, in vast quantities and even easier to access. Every day there is a new tweet or article or email that shares the best way to manage your team or promote collaboration or achieve greater financial success.
As an association leader, you really have to take advantage and stay aware of both the association and the business opportunities. For example, hiring trends and people management best practices cross both worlds. And surely you want to get the best solutions and ideas from both if you can. The reality is that this creates such an abundance of information that it’s difficult to navigate all of it.
So how do you stay on top of the changing landscape and the information overload? Well, it’s not easy. And while I don’t claim to have solved the problem, here are a few things that I like to do.
I’ve been extremely lucky in my time with CHFA to have worked with many of our industry’s leaders and influencers — those people who are innovative and creative and who set the bar in our industry; people who have mentored me and worked with me over the years. So, to all of them, thank you. And if you’ve got something new that I might need, be sure to let me know.
Yours in health and happiness,