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s they continue to grapple with the disruptive impact wrought by the powerful forces of societal transformation, association decision-makers can build their capacity for effective stewardship and increase organizational resilience by actively questioning orthodox beliefs. Orthodox beliefs are the deep-seated assumptions that boards, CEOs and other contributors hold that define what their associations are supposed to be and what they are supposed to do. While all organizations operate on the basis of some enduring and largely unchallenged orthodoxies, associations are legacy organizations with an unusually deep reverence for tradition. In this context, orthodoxy becomes an even more significant barrier to the meaningful learning, generative conversation and confident decision-making that is essential to preparing associations for a dynamic and uncertain future. To minimize the impact of this threat, association decisionmakers must collaborate to nurture a shared and on-going awareness of orthodoxy in all organizational conversations. This article explains a straightforward process decisionmakers can use to identify, examine and question their most cherished assumptions with the desired outcome of thinking and acting beyond orthodoxy for the long-term benefit of their organizations and their stakeholders. 8 Ca lSAE's T HE E XEC U T IV E - SE P T E M B E R/ O C TO BE R 2 0 1 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Executive - September/October 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: By Jim Anderson, CAE
AT A GLANCE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Thinking and Acting Beyond Orthodoxy
Advancing Association Meetings by Exploring the Learning Brain
10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends
From Data to Decision: Facilitating a Critical Thinking Discussion
Is it Time for an Event Sponsorships Makeover?
ADVANCING Associations
DOLLARS & SENSE
DESTINATION Sacramento
NEW MEMBERS
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kristine Van Winkle, CMP, CASE, CTE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

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