Category Archives: Professionalizing the Field

Professional Certification Matters

In recent decades, more and more professional fields have developed internal standards for performance, professional ethics, and continuous learning (professional development), and have created criteria for certifying and recognizing those in the profession who demonstrate both knowledge and practice of … Continue reading

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Lisa Laflin of New Vineyard Honored with Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award

The Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism Excellence in Volunteer Administration category recognizes excellence in leadership of volunteers and administration of a volunteer program by a salaried or non-salaried professional who works with volunteers to provide service to others. Lisa … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning for Stale Energy

by Anne Schink “Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?” Believe it or not this was a popular song many years ago. Does it speak to the way you feel about your job today? Lately I … Continue reading

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Young Emerging Leaders

by Joely Ross We all find ourselves looking back wondering where the time went. It seems as if we started on our professional development track just the other day and upon reflection, may notice how fascinating that journey has been. … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Daniel Martinage, CAE It’s that time of the year again—with summer over and autumn in full swing many of us have a renewed sense of purpose, energy and intention. Although the New Year is most often associated with people … Continue reading

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Do You Know Where Your Career is Headed?

by Daniel Martinage, CAE This month’s message is a more personal one focused on you rather than on your organization. Let’s face it– things are bad out there and they don’t appear to be headed in the right direction. As … Continue reading

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Meeting Agendas: Parts and Pieces

by Jane Haskell If I walk into a meeting and there is no agenda, I shudder. All sorts of assumptions fly into my mind about the upcoming meeting’s effectiveness or efficiency. Most of these assumptions are negative because I am … Continue reading

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Powerful Positions Descriptions Make a Difference

by Lori Tsuruda At first glance, a position description seem like a dry, bureaucratic exercise, assigning vague responsibilities ending with “Other tasks as needed,” but position descriptions are actually among the most powerful, clarifying tools that an organization can create. … Continue reading

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Professional Associations

By Trudy Hamilton Maine is certainly a geographically diverse state. For many reasons we’ve not developed the network of AVA’s and DOVIA’s that other states have. We are blessed, however, by the fine example Karen Stephenson has set for the … Continue reading

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3 Organizational Communication Trainings that Can Add Value; Part II: Newswriting

By Sarah Ryan, Ph.D. I’ve now offered tips for meeting and interviewing trainings. This month, the topic is newswriting. While print newspapers are dying out, news is proliferating. Successful organizations now produce pithy news content for Twitter, multi-media substance for … Continue reading

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