for unlimited Internet access. Eckerd
Drugs, meanwhile, hit a steady, steep
decline in the early 21st century when
it failed to leverage technology to fill
prescriptions and track inventory and
sales. Customers only had to drive down
the block to find another pharmacy that
would quickly and efficiently fill their
prescriptions. No one at either of these
companies bothered to ask why the
numbers were in free-fall.
Admittedly, the challenge of manag-
ing and leveraging data can be daunt-
ing. It’s not impossible, however. With
the following steps, your association
can fully leverage data in order to cre-
ate a culture of discipline and curiosity
that continually delivers the best mem-
ber experience possible — Archimedes
and evolves as the staff, the leader-
ship and even the industry itself
changes. Culture, therefore, can
and should be deliberate.
1. Establish the Right Culture
It’s a common misconception that a
company’s culture is static — that
it’s as solid and inevitable as its
brick-and-mortar office building. In
reality, though, culture is organic
2. Move the Entire Ship
How many times have you watched
a division change direction because
the incoming board president has
a pet project that suddenly makes
its way into the updated strategic
plan? In a year or two, when the
gavel is passed to the next presi-
dent, the shuffle happens all over
again. The change can be subtle
or obvious, but the fact remains:
Many associations have difficulty
preserving continuity and discipline
because of the varying expectations
of volunteer leaders.
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members, roundtable leaders, speakers, and participants. We are honored to both serve
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advisor. We work for your members and report to your Board of Directors.
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