It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the year and before you know it budget planning will begin. Although some may prefer to take their chances with the White Walkers rather than face another budget season, here are four tips that may help to conquer the fear of this process and help you to make it through.
“Not too little, not too big, but just right.” We can thank Goldilocks’s innovative decision-making strategies for giving us this antiquated quote. However, unlike Goldilocks, it is not just the temperature of our porridge or the softness of our beds raising skepticism. Instead, organizations are beginning to question the number of members on their board. How many board members is the right amount? What size enables an organization to acquire desired results most effectively and efficiently?
Yes, believe it or not, SPAM is still on the shelves, even with many trying to eat clean, green, carb free, protein heavy or just lettuce and water. Difference between today and 1937 when Mr. Hormel developed SPAM is that it now lives on both shelves and in inboxes.
A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in on the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR) webcast titled “How do you evaluate and develop employees without performance reviews?” The webcast was a follow-up on a case study by HBR that was created after Deloitte’s-a multinational professional services network- decision to move away from the traditional performance review. This concept directly aligns with TMG’s continuing effort to evaluate how it can best review its employees, while promoting and assisting with their own professional growth and development.
I recently moderated a webinar session for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and its Association Management Company Section Council. The session included three panelists, all who are association management company (AMC) owners. The goal of our session was to have an open discussion about the value an AMC brings to the associations it represents. It was an engaging session and one that I think can be continued through ongoing discussions as we consistently evolve as an industry and find new ways to improve our ability to service and impact associations. To kick-off a follow-up conversation on this topic, I had additional thoughts on the value of an AMC based on my personal experience within the industry and with Talley Management Group (TMG).
Part of every company’s business plan includes an overview of its sustainability, both financially and environmentally, including where those two elements impact each other. Over the past few years, TMG has taken several steps to improve our sustainability in the office. These efforts not only impact the culture and morale in the office but also improve our global footprint within our community. We’ve compiled our top three ways we’re becoming “greener,” making it easy for anyone to partake in our programs!
Start a Company Garden
Two years ago, we built a new garden that surrounds an outdoor sitting area where staff utilize during the warmer months, whether it be to eat lunch, have a different location for a team meeting or just to catch a few moments to unwind. The garden has several components that are important. First, a large food bed was created so that our team can grow and enjoy their own produce. The other planter areas include flowers and most importantly local native plants. This is great for the environment and creates habitats for our local birds and insects.
At the end of each work day, many leave the office or shut down their laptops thinking, “What did I accomplish today” or “Was I productive enough?” One thing that can cut into how productive someone was that day is meetings. Yes, they are absolutely 100% needed; they are where we share ideas, collaborate, make decisions and come together as a group to update one another on the many things our teams juggle on a daily basis. What is not needed is a meeting where time is wasted because of preventable reasons.
With over 30 years in the Association/Event management industry, Gregg Talley brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG) which he founded with his partner and father Robert K. Talley. Gregg’s repertoire also includes consulting with nations in developing business events strategies. His contributions to the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) as past Chair, to the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) as past officer and his current Board Member duties for the Meetings Management Sector of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) highlights Gregg as one of the most sought-after experts in the industry.
Six o’clock is about the time I come home from a full day of class, work and a mildly maintained social life. With a coffee in hand, I sink into my 70’s style sofa crammed against the wall of our microscopic college apartment and begin my nighttime ritual. Phone? Check. Laptop on? Check. TV on and season one of “The Office” blaring? Check. Indie rock playing from my tablet? Check. Doing homework while all of this is happening? Check. Sensory overload? Definitely check.
At the beginning of January, PCMA- the world’s largest network of Business Events Strategists- hosted its most important, influential and inspiring industry event, Convening Leaders. Each year this event brings together business events professionals from around the world. This year’s conference was held in Pittsburgh and was themed “Disrupt and Deliver,” focusing on ways to break from the old, finding new and innovative methods of planning unforgettable events.