What is association management? That was the main question today asked of students within Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Joe Sapp, of Talley Management Group and Kyle Fernley of Fernley and Fernley, representing the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE) presented to a classroom of students about what association management is, how they can find a career in the industry and how MASAE can be an organization for the them to engage with.
The past few days I have watched a series on the History channel about some early American entrepreneurs, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt. There was a quote from Jack Welch on innovation. His main point was that for a company to be successful they need to innovate and that does not mean that the company needs some big bold idea every time, but they need to continue to find better ways to deliver a product or to improve the services they already provide. This has been a topic I have had on my mind over the past few weeks and something I had brought up during a few staff meetings about team innovation. What got me started on this topic was an article on FastCompany.com by Soren Kaplan "4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers."