Real Problems Need Real Solutions
In response to questions and requests from our customers, we’ve created new “download and go” resources. The guidelines and whitepapers are available as Microsoft Word documents to make it easy for you to customize and implement.
Epidemic / Pandemic Guidelines
These guidelines are meant to be used as part of a general external emergency response plan. The CEO or designee will make the determination if/when to engage in Epidemic/Pandemic Mode.
Scenario Planning Paper
Responding to Disruptive Events: Examples from the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
This is an eclectic gathering of ways in which associations innovated to provide information, programs and services to assist members and the broader community during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2019-2020.
Example Office Protocols for Phase 3
This document illustrates ACOEM's protocols for returning to work. The document offers guidelines for space limitations, sanitation requirements and more to ensure a safe work environment.
Virtual Business Meetings
We know there’s a lot to consider if you need to set up a virtual meeting for a committee, board or educational event. Whether you have never done this before or want to expand what you have done in the past, our article on “Considerations for Moving to a Virtual Event” will help you make the many decisions you need to take into account before going virtual.
Virtual Conference Guidebook
This 20-page guide is designed to be a starting point and a resource for helping your team think strategically about building and executing a successful virtual conference.
Virtual Meeting Vendors
We’ve compiled a list of vendors who support virtual programming, from free options — like Facebook Live that you can manage with your staff — to vendor-supported options — like Matchbox Virtual and Comm Partners, two .orgCommunity partners.
Watch Kevin Ordonez’s video about considerations when taking your annual meeting virtual.
Virtual Office Guidelines
Working From Home (WFH) is a cooperative arrangement between an employee, the supervisor, and the organization and is based on the needs of the job, teams, and the organization overall. These guidelines will assist leadership with setting policies and procedures.
Accelerating Digital Transformation
We have all been thrown into panic due to COVID-19, but it brought to the surface how ill-prepared we were to service our members virtually. The new normal will be to deliver hybrid (in-person and online) and virtual (online only) events. The need for on-demand consumption, mobile-friendly delivery, multimedia assets (video, audio, and text) will become necessary if associations are to stay relevant.
The two-part presentation and discussion experience include:
Dan Stevens, President of WorkerBee.tv, walks us through “the new normal” for associations (30 minutes).
Sherry Budziak, Founder and CEO of .orgSource, then leads a 15-minute open forum with Dan to answer your pressing questions on digital transformation and virtual events.
Getting America Safely Back to Work
In this webinar, we heard from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine CEO, Bill Bruce, about how their organization is preparing for their employees to safely return to work.
As America recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, employers will need support. Occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) physicians have special training and expertise in return-to-work procedures, including those issues that pertain to epidemiology and testing procedures needed for addressing communicable diseases. Learn about what work modifications are needed, what is essential vs. non-essential, and more.
The Impact of a Low Touch Economy on Associations
We are seeing the impact the pandemic is having on the economy and have conducted several focus groups since March to get perspectives on the longer term impact this will have on associations.
During this webinar, Sherry Budziak, Founder & CEO, and Sharon Rice, Managing Director, Business Strategy, will share the outcome of this research as well as their perspective on the longer term impact beyond the current pandemic and how to navigate it. The discussion will focus on expected behavioral shifts and which innovation opportunities they will bring as well as the base case economic scenarios and strategies for you to adopt.
Emerging from Crisis - What Associations Need to Consider in Order to Thrive in the Future
During a disruptive event such as the COVID-19 pandemic, organizational leaders must adopt a short-term time frame focused on adaptive strategies for providing value and ensuring survival. But as soon as possible, the focus must shift to how to prepare for the future, and the ability to emerge as a stronger, more resilient organization.
In this webinar, Sherry Budziak, Founder & CEO of .orgSource, facilitates a conversation with Jeff De Cagna, Executive Advisor at Foresight First, Stefanie Reeves, Executive Director at Maryland Psychological Association, and Sharon Rice, Managing Director of Business Strategy at .orgSource, about what associations should consider next.
Real Solutions to Amp Up Your Online Presence
Many of you are considering virtual events and increasing
your online presence during these uncertain times. Hear from association
executives as well as our vetted solutions providers on how to engage your
stakeholders, attract prospects, and enhance your member experience through
their powerful tools. Our vetted solutions providers shared case studies and short presentations on their solution and how it can help you now – and as you prepare for the future. Each partner received 10 minutes to share. Afterward, a 30-minute panel by association executives shared their experiences with virtual meetings.
6 Characteristics of Transformational Leaders During a Disruptive Era
Disruption is all around us today. We have quickly gone from the sharing economy to the curbside pick-up economy. Whether we liked it or prepared for it, our lives and the way we work, compete and add value has changed. In this webinar .orgSource president, Kevin Ordonez, explores examples of 6 leadership characteristics that were common in our interviews of 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs of associations and for-profit companies. We also share with you the key questions to ask yourself and your organization to become better leaders.
Remain Relevant by Becoming a Digital Leader
During this webinar, Sherry Budziak discussed how being a digital leader has never been more urgent for associations to remain relevant. Adapting an integrated digital strategy and the way you work can make the difference between business continuity and a meltdown.
Exploring Your Alternatives Using Decision Trees
There are many decisions associations will be making. Whether it is delaying dues, moving your meeting virtually, or other decisions where there are many options, using a decision tree framework can help guide decisions. Sharon Rice, Managing Director of Strategy for .orgSource, showed us how to anticipate multiple possible scenarios for how things might unfold over time using a decision tree.
Working in a Virtual Environment – Ask Your Questions
Sherry Budziak, CEO of .orgSource, and Travis Cheatham, Director of Technology Operations and Digital Solutions with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), will discuss lessons learned as they moved to a collaborative virtual environment. AACE already had some remote workers but expedited their transition to a full virtual office due to COVID-19. Bring your questions and they will answer them during this interactive session.
Leading in Uncertain Times
The Leading in Uncertain Times presentation offers valuable insights and key takeaways you can implement now to prepare for whatever is next. Get the tools and connections to achieve the best outcome possible in these unprecedented times.
The sessions are also available to view individually.
- Presentation 1- Lessons Learned from the 2008 Recession, Abe Eshkenazi, CEO, ASCM
- Presentation 2 – Scenario Planning-Preparing for Whatever May Come, Sharon Rice, Managing Director, Business Strategy, .orgSource
- Presentation 3 – Lean on Culture in Difficult Times, Kevin Martlage, Senior Consultant. .orgSource
Moving a Traditional Office to a Remote Workforce
With many brick-and-mortar offices considering going virtual for the first time, this webinar focused on how to assess your current infrastructure and its capabilities to support a remote workforce. Dawn Briskey, .orgSource’s vice president of client services, shares insights on immediate and long-term solutions to support remote work.
Articles and Resources
When we get questions from you, sometimes we just have to share the answers with everyone!
- Working from Home Tips
- For First-Timers: Ideas for Setting Up a Virtual Business Meeting
- Virtual Meetings Grow Association Communities—How to Get Started
- ASAE COVID-19 Resources
- Learn How to Improve Member Engagement with the New Member Engagement Study
- Virtual Meetings Vendors and Functionality
- PSAV Safe Meeting Guidelines
We know that the association industry is experiencing real hardships. Whether you’re managing staff working remotely for the first time, making decisions about your annual meeting, trying to put on a virtual event, or looking at the road ahead and planning for it–you’re dealing with disruption. We are experts at positioning organizations success in times of disruption and are here to help! Kevin Ordonez, .orgSource president, explains in our new video.
At times like these, the temptation to abandon the long view for the quick fixes is all-too-strong, but as .orgSource president, Kevin Ordonez explains, associations who embrace this time as an opportunity to think ahead will position themselves for success for the future.
Virtual Meeting Technology
In this uncertain environment, it’s hard to make a decision to cancel a meeting. Many organizations are adding a virtual component or going entirely virtual. In this less than two-minute video from .orgSource president, Kevin Ordonez you’ll learn the key considerations for going virtual with your event.
We Are Here to Help!
Associations are being disrupted. Digitalization is forcing even the strongest market leaders to accelerate. Traditional strategy consulting is playing catch-up. We are helping large organizations think ahead.
When we wrote the book on how associations needed to think digitally because of the disruption that would occur with Industry 4.0. Yet, the pandemic created an environment to accelerate the need for mass personalization and digitization.
Our team of experts can coach you with 6-week coaching program to help you or your staff stay on a track that will help you become a resilient organization through this crisis and into the future. You can chose any of the following programs or we can customize a program for you.
- Asset review and review of business model opportunities
- Communications strategy
- Virtual/hybrid event strategies
- Evaluation of partnership opportunities and/or mergers
- Digital transformation coaching and technology advice
Our consultants have expertise in many areas and can be available on an hourly basis as an extension to your team. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.