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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Thank(less)

Ben shares a simple way to give immediate feedback, and reminds us why it’s important to stop and say, “Hey, you know, this place looks great.”  Video transcript available below: So you know there’s a lot of jobs out there that people work hard at, but they don’t receive a lot of recognition. I…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Ben reflects on the importance of community.  Video transcript available below: It’s almost Thanksgiving and the first thing I want to say is thank you to my family, friends, and to the folks I get to work with every day, it’s been a real pleasure. I’m also thankful to…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Own Your Space

Ben shares his favorite way to “own” a space during an association, professional society, or non-profit event.  Video transcript available below: One of the things we think works best when you’re having an event is to own the space. We do that in a lot of different ways. One of our favorite ways is…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Real-Time Takeaways

Ben recently traveled to Malta for an association meeting where he learned an easy way to give attendees real-time takeaways.  Video transcript available below: I’m here at an ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) meeting in Malta, and I saw something that I haven’t seen before. While each speaker was speaking, someone took down all…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Red Gate

Before winter swoops in, Ben takes us back to one of his favorite memories this Summer. Learn how our team works to inspire the next generation and build community in this week’s tip.  Video transcript available below: I’m here at the Red Gate Farm in Buckland, Massachusetts. It’s a place where young people come,…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Staff NSYNC?

Don’t go tearin’ up any hearts. Ben shares 3 quick questions he asks at the start of strategic planning sessions to see if staff are in sync. Learn more about establishing goal congruence in this week’s tip:  Video transcript available below: I’m honored to be able to facilitate strategic planning with organizations of all…

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Does Your Association Need a New Management Model?

If your association is struggling, you might be thinking about changing the program offering or dues structure. But what if the issue goes deeper, to the very way you run and operate the organization? There are four main models of association management, from volunteer-run all the way to full-service management from an association management company…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Lessons From My Dog

Ben shares 3 things he’s learned from having a dog. Stay tuned for Ben’s bonus tip at the end!  Video transcript available below: Mac, our border collie, is one-year-old today, and I thought I’d do a tip about what I’ve learned from having a dog in our family. First of all, I didn’t have…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Motivate Volunteers

Managing trade associations and professional organizations has taught us 3 keys to help motivate and engage volunteers.  Video transcript available below: I was interested to read a blog that Tessa O’Sullivan, one of our Senior Account Managers, wrote. You can find it here. Tessa’s blog describes 3 ways on how to help motivate volunteers.…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Change Hearts & Minds

When trying to lead change, remember WIIFM.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: You Decide!

Ben shares how he empowers his team to get results using four decision levels.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Maximize Your Next Board Meeting

Ben shares 4 ways to help lead effective Board meetings from his experience sitting on both sides of the [Board] table.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Show Up

Ben shares how you can be a better leader by showing up as yourself every day.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn. Video Transcript Available Below: My coach Michelle says that you show up as yourself every day whether you want to or not. What that…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Secret Strategy

Ben shares why strategy shouldn’t be a secret and how to leverage it to lead your team.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn. Video Transcript Available Below: So one of the mistakes I see too often is that organizations keep their strategy a secret. They spend…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Pigs Can’t Fly

Ben shares the best way to focus your coaching efforts and empower your team.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn. Video Transcript Available Below: So here’s a phrase I learned from Jennie, “Don’t try to teach a pig to fly. It doesn’t work, and it annoys…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Get Your Move On!

Collaboration can be simple. This week, Ben shares an investment-worthy tool that keeps his team running smoothly. Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Magazines Have Issues

Ben shares why it’s best not to confuse problems with issues. Watch now:  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: A Crystal Ball for Leadership (Almost!)

In this week’s tip, Ben shares one of his favorite tools for hiring and coaching. Learn more about how we overcome problems and improve team dynamics at The Markens Group.  Connect with us! Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.