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AMS Selection | Change Management

Why Every New AMS Software Project Needs a Change Management Team

By: Jennifer Barrell
December 13, 2017

Selecting a new membership management system isn’t a membership department project, it’s an association project. Colleagues from across the organization must be involved in the project from the start so they can help you select the best AMS software for your association.

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Build Business Case | Change Management

The Best Metrics to Prove Your Case for New Member Management Software

By: Jennifer Barrell
October 03, 2017

What goes through an Executive Director’s mind when you talk about the need for new member management software? “Now the membership department wants new software, geez, what department doesn’t want new software?” Or… “What’s wrong with the membership database we have now? I haven’t heard any real complaints.” Or… “Get in line. What do you think, money grows on trees?” (Mom? Is that you?) New technology is never an easy sell, especially when your department is perennially overlooked during budget time. Before you even think about approaching the C-suite, spend some time building your case for new membership management software—and make sure your case includes metrics that demonstrate not only the membership department’s need, but also the association’s need for new software.

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Change Management

How Membership Software Can Change Your Job…and Your Work

By: Tony Cavicchi
July 10, 2017

Technology is changing everyone’s job. The nature of work is changing. Oftentimes we are tempted to gin up a frenetic pace to chase every new innovation and every new “hack.”

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Membership Software Selection | software selection | Change Management | AMS Selection

How to Create an Agile Membership Team to Better Use AMS Software

By: Jennifer Barrell
June 19, 2017

1 + 1 = 3. Synergy is the purpose of an agile membership team—not budget, not friendship, and not convenience. The aggregate function of a team is to produce results greater than each individual could produce on her own. Easier said than done.

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Membership Software Selection | software selection | Change Management | AMS Selection

How to Manage the Culture Change of New Membership Software

By: Johanna Kasper
June 15, 2017

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” —George Bernard Shaw  When organizations have the notion to update or change their membership management software, the idea can often be met with skepticism or outright opposition from others in the organization. Resistance to change is human nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK.

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Change Management

3 Phases That Help People Shift Toward Association Change Management

By: Jill Beasley
January 18, 2017

If you've done a good job of communicating the 4Ps on managing transition on a new initiative, then you may be wondering why the team is still struggling to move in a new direction?

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