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Putting a bow on 2016 and opening the gifts 2017 will bring!

As we wind up what has been a year of change and many important advancements for our IABC, the December Leadership Forum offers a reflection on progress we’ve made along with priorities to be addressed in the new year. This month we focused the spotlight on the exciting and valuable work of our newly re-imagined IABC Foundation, and what’s in store for Leadership Institute, World Conference, certification, and more!

To begin, and as we wind up 2016, we take a moment to focus on our overarching 2016-2017 strategic priority:

This board year will be satisfaction-led and focused on achieving financial sustainability and increasing our membership retention.

Retention is one of the key areas of focus this board term and on that note I’d like to share some important updates, a progress review and a look at efforts underway to ensure we provide the IABC value that will keep our members engaged and improves member loyalty:

  • Retention continues to be one of the association’s greatest growth opportunities
  • Retention has increased by 13% over the course of 2016, and is up 21.5% over the end of 2015.
  • This is good news and means we are moving in the right direction, but does not at all mean that we do not still have a lot of room to continue improving.
  • In 2016, several initiatives were rolled out to improve member value and increase retention.  Those include:
    • Implementation of members-only content on the IABC website, which includes the creation and release of new content such as Gold Quill case studies
    • Publication of two e-books free to IABC members
    • Implementation of monthly free to member webinars
    • Implementation of a series of onboarding emails to first time members
    • Implementation, beginning this month, of a monthly email highlighting member only resources at your fingertips
  • As we look forward, we continue to examine ways to provide tangible value to members and drive an increase in retention.   Some items on the horizon include an improved online experience with the new Association Management System (AMS) being implemented in 2017, improved resources for chapter leaders via the AMS and Leader Centre, and exploration of a private social network for IABC members only – on the longer horizon.

Our very special guest for December is IABC Foundation Committee Vice Chair Sherry Boyd. Sherry is helping to lead us into an impactful new era with our re-envisioned Foundation. Sherry provided important updates about the work of the new committee and the exciting initiative of ‘Gift of Communication in a Box’ which will be presented at Leadership Institute! We are thrilled with this offering which will support our leaders by providing tools to help fulfill our IABC mission of driving communication as a force for good in business and society. This is an amazing endeavor and opportunity for all of us to work together to make a positive impact in our communities by offering our time, talent and treasure and seeing our Foundation thrive for the greater good.

Check out other important updates in the December Forum on the Leadership Institute, including a special Foundation session with our host chapter Dallas’s Heroes presentation, a mega #IABC1720 Strategy Planning session, Gold Quill and awards technology updates, reminders of some new members- only features including monthly free to members webinars and member only content including e-books, GQ case studies, videos, podcasts, and more.

Speaking of important updates, the excitement continues to build as we look forward to an outstanding IABC World Conference to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. 11–14 June, 2017. http://wc.iabc.com/

There are a number of positive changes in the conference agenda and session formats that have been designed to better align with the IABC Brand, including a daily theme that relates directly to activities and content.  Some highlights:

Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception will be at the magnificent International Trade Center in Washington D.C. – the perfect place to kick off the event with our global community.

Keynote speakers
We have a phenomenal slate of keynote speakers – three of whom have already been announced:

  • Sunday Opening Keynote: Gabrielle Dolan – an Australia native and global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She has run workshops all over Australia, in New Zealand, in Malaysia…and in many other places.
  • Monday Morning Keynote: Jon Iwata, who is SVP of Marketing & Communications for IBM and the architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms. His global team is responsible for the marketing of IBM’s product and services portfolio in more than 170 countries.
  • Tuesday Morning Keynote: Denise Jacobs, who is an author, speaker and creativity evangelist. She focuses on busting through creative blocks, cultivating collaboration and up-leveling creative productivity.
  • Stay tuned, our closing keynote will be announced in January!
  • The complete slate of the recently finalized slate of breakout sessions and speakers will be posted in January.

World Café & Speed Networking

  • We have added a World Café session on Monday afternoon which will be an opportunity to talk in small groups about topical issues that we as communication professionals are facing.
  • Additionally, there will be an optional lunch and speed networking event on Tuesday.

Super-saver deadline

  • Register by 31 December and save US$400!
  • If you know anyone considering an IABC membership, they can register and become a member simultaneously for an $800 savings!

Important reminders

International Executive Board/Committees #IABCieb

Nominations to the International Executive Board are open until 11 January. I encourage you to give thoughtful consideration to taking your dedication and leadership in IABC to the global level and apply to serve on the IEB or an international committee. IABC needs a strong team of committed volunteers to take us forward to an even brighter and more successful future. How might you be able to add your expertise to advancing our association and the communication profession?

The open call for 2017-2018 IEB nominations closes on Wednesday, 11 January at 5:00pm EST . The call for international committees will open 23 January.

Affiliation Agreements Due

As you know, IABC has introduced an updated Affiliation Agreement, which chapters should submit to headquarters by 31 December 2016. (If your chapter has already done so, Thank You!)

The Affiliation Agreement serves to provide a common understanding of mutual expectations between IABC Chapters and IABC International.  The agreement outlines the services and deliverables that can be expected of International and will serve as a mutually beneficial service level agreement.

There are not any material changes in the ways that Chapters operate under the updated Affiliation Agreement. As always, Chapters must continue to remain in compliance with the IABC Policy Manual, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics.

Certification opportunities and deadlines
Kudos to our 24 new certified Communication Management Professionals! We are so proud of all of our CMPs for demonstrating their skills and knowledge in professional communication. The next exam will be held at Leadership Institute, where we are piloting the first online exam. I hope you’ll step up to become recognized for your skills and expertise in our profession with the CMP designation.

Important certification exam dates:

23 January:  Deadline to apply for eligibility to sit exam
9 February: Deadline to register to sit exam
23 February:  CMP exam

In more important news; the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is lowering the cost of the CMP certification program.

The GCCC is adjusting the cost associated with becoming a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP) and making the following rate changes:

Application fee (IABC members): US$100
Application fee (non-members): US$400
Examination fee (all): US$400
Maintenance fee (all): US$100 annually

The GCCC adjusted the pricing structure and fees in order to reduce the barrier to entry to certification. Find out more about the program and application process. Please contact Certification Program Manager Sara Fowdy, Ed.D., at sfowdy@iabc.com with any questions.

2017 World Conference – Super-saver rate ends 31 December 2016!

You could save US$400 if you register before the end of the year.
http://wc.iabc.com/

Thank you more than I can express for your support, dedication and leadership which will make our IABC the best it can be as we move forward to a brilliant 2017!

All the very best wishes to you for a wonder-full holiday season and a year of success, joy and peace.

Dianne

Dianne Chase
IABC Chair
chair@iabc.com

Hashtags and links:

#IABC
#IABCleaders
#IABCieb -IABC International Executive Board
#IABCfoundation
#IABCLI
#IABC2017

2017 World Conference
#IABC17
http://wc.iabc.com/

GCCC Certification
https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

Leadership Institute
https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/leadership-institute/

November Leadership Forum: A bevy of opportunities and open calls

This is an extremely exciting and busy time of year for IABC, with an abundance of opportunities for shining the light on excellence, stepping up to leadership, and securing your place at upcoming professional development events.

The November Leadership Forum is packed with information about open calls and nominations; it’s that time of year! We also have important updates from our terrific treasurer, Ginger D. Homan, ABC.

First, some kudos.

Congratulations to the October Member Month winners! We had a fantastic Member Month in October, with many new and special perks and prizes. Thank you to everyone who helped make this Member Month a success.

The small, medium, and large chapters that experienced the highest percentage of growth during Member Month will each receive one complimentary registration to the 2017 Leadership Institute that is taking place from 23–25 February in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations go to these winners:
Large chapter
Australia (VIC): 3.17% growth

Medium chapter
Wellington: 17.57% growth

Small chapter
Gulf: 13.33% growth

Congrats and see you in Dallas!

Leadership Institute (#IABCLI)

Speaking of LI: Registration for the 2017 Leadership Institute is now open! As you likely well know, LI is one of the most important and valuable experiences IABC offers to our leaders. We make a significant financial investment in LI every year because we want to ensure we provide professional and leadership development and support to you, our amazing leaders.

Make sure to register soon and mark your calendars for February 23–25 2017 at the Sheraton Dallas. The Council of Regions (COR), working with our excellent chapter relations manager, Micayla Felicion, has crafted a superb agenda and the COR is working on confirming speakers for the sessions. They’re also looking at how a framework for the Gift of Communication can be shared with leaders in a special session involving the newly relaunched IABC Foundation. Stay tuned for more updates.

Some important reminders about the special recognitions which will take place at LI:

  • The Chapter Management Awards submissions period will close on 5 December.
  • It’s also time to nominate for Chapter and Region Leaders of the Year awards. The deadline is 12 December.

See everything you need to know about submitting an award-winning entry and leader nominees on the Leader Centre.

Executive board nominations (#IABCieb)

Nominations to the international executive board (IEB) open on 21 November!

As IABC leaders, please reflect on taking your volunteer leadership forward in IABC and consider serving at the international level—on the international executive board or on an international committee.
The open call for 2017–2018 IEB nominations begins Monday, 21 November, and closes on Wednesday, 11 January, at 5 p.m. EST
The open call for international committees will open 23 January.

IABC Fellows

The time is now to nominate an exceptional IABC leader for our most prestigious award: IABC Fellow. The nomination deadline is Friday, 9 December at 5 p.m. EST.

I encourage you to nominate an IABC icon who has made outstanding contributions to our profession and our association. This is IABC’s most prestigious award, aimed at recognizing individuals who make a positive and lasting impact. There is a new online application form that makes the process more “user friendly.”

IABC Gold Quill Awards

We’re also in the midst of Gold Quill Awards entry time!

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? Share your best work by entering the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spotlight the excellent work you’ve done and get well deserved recognition at what will be a fabulous Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference.

World Conference (#IABC17)

Speaking of World Conference: The conference Program Advisory Committee is pulling out all the stops to secure a not-to-be-missed World Conference in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact.

The website is up and registration is open so I hope you’ll be among the first to secure your spot for the global event for professional communication. Save the dates (11–14 June 2017) and secure your registration and hotel room today!

Among the keynotes will be IBM Senior Vice President Jon Iwata, who will offer expert insight into future global trends.

At #IABC17, our speakers will:

  • Focus on leading communication that makes a real impact in our organizations.
  • Build on the best of what we’ve learned about outstanding communication.
  • Aim high to capture the newest knowledge and ideas in the profession.
  • Lead innovations on how to reinvent our communication practice.
  • Offer new tools and techniques that foster innovation.

Strategic planning: #IABC1720 strategy

The latest session in our 2017–2020 strategic planning process was held at the IABC Africa regional conference. This was the largest session yet with more than 75 participants who offered their insights, which will go toward our next three year strategic plan. I want to say a huge and heartfelt “thank you” to Daniel Munslow, past IABC Africa Chair and executive board member, who co-led the session with me. What an incredible group of engaged, enthusiastic and enlightened communicators at the session and the annual conference. Kudos to all!

The next strategy sessions will be coming up in the Gulf chapter, Asia/Pacific and Canada. We’ll have a “mega” session with leaders at LI. This is an important opportunity to have input in planning for a successful future for our IABC. Many thanks to Sharon Hunter, who as vice chair is leading #IABC1720, along with Treasurer Ginger Homan, ABC.

Save the date!

The next LEADERSHIP FORUM will be 14 December at 2 p.m. PST.

In the meantime, do stay in touch and let me know what I may do for you. Let’s keeping creating connection and engaging to excel. Together we can do great things for our IABC!

With much appreciation for your support and all you do for our IABC,

Dianne

#createconnection

Helpful links

Financial and budget planning –https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/resources/finance/annual-documents/

IABC Fellow Award

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/awards/fellow-award/

Certification (exam to be held at LI)

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

IABC Leader Centre (CMAs /Leaders of the Year)

https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/

IABC Gold Quill Awards

http://gq.iabc.com/

IABC World Conference

http://wc.iabc.com/

2016 IABC Annual General Meeting – in brief

The meeting in brief:

Also, at the meeting the 2015 AGM Minutes were agreed, the revised IABC Policy Manual was noted and the IABC financials were discussed – including the 2015 Audit Report

Annual Report

2015-16 Chair’s remarks in brief

1000+ leaders around the world put their shoulders to the wheel in the last year. It is thanks to these hard-working practitioners that the association, and our shared work for the profession, has moved forward. So if you meet an IABC leader, please stop and say thank you. They’ll appreciate it.

In addition to the progress reported in the Annual Report

RECOVERY

We’re returning to growth and we’ve overcome the show-stopping issues.

We have conducted the comprehensive portfolio review we promised at last year’s AGMand this has enabled us to:

FOCUS

First and foremost on Strategic Advisors – the strongest segment in the IABC Career Roadmap – because we can’t be all things to all people. This was further to a global consultation (Council of Regions, Regional Conferences, and LIs etc.). And it has been validated by the recent survey (results literally just in!).

Which in turn means we’re now obsessing about:

VALUE

A member wall is kicking in just after World Conference – increasing membership value overnight + the Membership Task Force has made further huge strides (stand by for survey insights for chapters and regions!) – and a pricing review under way working with the Finance Committee.

Which in turn leads us to our secret advantage as an association:

LEADERS

We clarified and aligned Who Does What and our Theory of Change – and a re-designed Leader Centre is on the way. We have also reaffirmed the continual investment in leadership – including our commitment to a competency-based Open Call – and much much more…

All in line with our brand platform… and our commitment to be:

OPEN

Regular quarterly reports, annual report + board blog with 70+ updates in the last year – and a GuideStar Gold Star rating for organisational transparency.

In conclusion: thank you leaders. You made it happen. You created connection like never before.

Here’s to the 2016-17 board – and our 1000+ leaders around the globe who will take things to the next level. Stand by for much much more on the year ahead from Dianne and the team.

But first: #IABC16. Let’s make it heard around the world.

Michael Ambjorn

P.P.S. If you want to do a deep-dive, you may also want to check out some of the other posts on this blog. Here are the key categories and what you can find within them:

#IABCieb Notes & Queries

Notes from IABC International Executive Board meetings.

IABC Leadership Forum

Q&A and more from the 2015-16 Leadership Forums.

Annual General Meeting

Notes from the Annual General Meetings.

Field Notes

A range of reflections – some examples:

Guest posts

Does exactly what is says on the tin. We always need more of these.

The Weekly Venn

It is all about the intersect…

 

Use the brand framework as a model for reflection

As we come up to World Conference in New Orleans, leaders across the world are taking stock.

Here’s a perhaps unusual idea which we introduced in the most recent quarterly report: the brand framework can also be used a reflective model for where we’re at as an organization.

Characteristic Behaviour – what it means Bringing it to life at the board level
Accessible Collaborative, supportive, consultative
Open Transparent, direct, open minded
  • Concise notes from meetings published
  • Monthly Leadership Forum calls with open Q&A
  • Fast response to all organisational questions raised on the IABC LinkedIn groups, Twitter etc.
Lighter Fun, friendly, welcoming
  • This is a given wherever you are in IABC!
Contemporary Current, leading-edge
  • IABC sets the global standard for professional communication
  • The sponsorship of the Global Communication Certification Council is
Professional Effective and efficient

Why not have a go as you reflect on your own path in IABC the last year?

I would love to hear your thoughts – tweet me @michaelambjorn – and be sure to come to the Annual General Meeting at #IABC16 in New Orleans to share your biggest success as an IABC leader this past year.

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

P.S. Here’s the most recent report in full – in case you want to flick through it again.

September ’15 Board meeting

The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its fourth board meeting of this term and here’s a quick recap of what was on the table in addition to the usual reports from the Chair; Vice Chair Dianne Chase (with a specific focus on the work of the Council of Regions (#IABCcor); Financials from Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last definitively but not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:

Portfolio Review & Organisational Alignment

At the 2015 AGM I talked about the commission of a comprehensive review of our portfolio of programmes, products and services to ensure that each and every one of them makes a return. Whether in the form of impact in line with out mission, or financially, to fund impact elsewhere.

Ginger Homan ABC
Ginger Homan ABC

I am extremely pleased that thanks to the hard work of our Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and our Executive Director Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE

Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE
Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE

this work has now been completed.

The IABC Executive Committee recently convened in San Francisco to review this and we brought our findings to the full board for an initial generative discussion. The Council of Regions is also being asked to give input.

The board will convene one more time this month to focus in on this topic further with the aim of making IABC more than the sum of its parts.

Gold Quill

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The Weekly Venn: Why lead?

I sometimes get asked why I do what I do for IABC and the answer is simple: it sits at the intersect of what I enjoy doing (work with great people), what I am reasonably good at (I hope) and finally, a vision, mission and purpose I believe in (absolutely).

To make that come a bit more alive, I’ve also shared it in the form of a brief story: a 62 word sestude in line with this storytelling challenge (do take it too – you’ll be in good company).

Why lead? Don’t just take my word for it

Getting on Board infographic the benefits of board level volunteering. Click the image to download.
Getting on Board infographic the benefits of board level volunteering. Click the image to download PDF.

We’re an international association – and whilst I recognise that there is invariably some variation across countries, I did find this dataset from UK non-profit Getting on Board on the value of board-level leadership experience compelling (check out the infographic on the right):

It’s official – being a trustee makes the UK’s professionals happier, more confident – and perhaps even richer.

Note: whilst the term trustee/trusteeship is used here, I believe it is interchangeable with board-level leadership – and I also believe that similar results would come out of a geographically broader study. Agree/Disagree? Comment below.

Also worth noting from the study:

The results reveal that for job seekers, trusteeship is more important than ever. 92% of trustees who are currently out of work said they felt being a trustee was building their professional skills and boosting their motivation. 73% of respondents said that a role on a charity board boosted their confidence.

For ambitious workers, board level volunteering could provide the next step up the corporate ladder. Trusteeship has taught vital skills to 100% of respondents aged 18-24, with 65% of all trustees stating that a board volunteering role has improved their CV. A quarter of respondents (22%) even went so far as to say that they received a promotion as a result of trusteeship. Trusteeship can also be an important weapon in cultivating female leaders. 74% of polled women improved in confidence thanks to being a trustee, and 38% had new leadership aspirations as a result.

Board-level volunteering is doing wonders for UK employers too. 85% of bosses said trusteeship is an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills. 62% of bosses believe that firms that encourage trusteeships among employees positively raise their corporate responsibility profile.

Need more to justify the time to yourself or your employer?

Continue reading The Weekly Venn: Why lead?

#IABCieb Notes & Queries: August ’15 board meeting

Dianne Chase
Dianne Chase
Ginger Homan ABC
Ginger Homan ABC

The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – just closed out its third board meeting of this term and here’s a quick recap of what was on the table in addition to the usual reports from the Chair; Vice Chair Dianne Chase (with a specific focus on the work of the Council of Regions – aka #IABCcor); Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last definitively but not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:

Awards

Cindy Schmieg ABC
Cindy Schmieg ABC
Monika Lancucki ABC
Monika Lancucki ABC

Cindy Schmieg ABC, board liaison to the Gold Quill Committee, shared an update on their work: it is well underway with planning for this year’s awards cycle.

I hasten to bring your attention to the opportunity to serve here: are you the next Vice Chair of Awards? You’ll be working with Monika Lancucki ABC who is looking to take the awards work to the next level in line with the board’s priorities for this year.

If you want to see how the Gold Quill framework can be used off-season too, check out this earlier post.

Academy

Theomary Karamanis PhD
Theomary Karamanis PhD
Sharon Hunter
Sharon Hunter
Ron Hansen PhD
Ron Hansen PhD

The board also had an update from the IABC Academy – one of the perhaps less exciting roles of the board (yet essential) is reviewing terms of reference to ensure clarity of roles, responsbilities – and ultimately alignment with our purpose, vision, and mission. Big thanks to Academy Chair Theomary Karamanis (and congrats again on the recent move to Cornell) as well as board liaison Sharon Hunter for their work on this with Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE and Ron Hansen, our Education Director on staff. This work forms an essential part of the #IABC1417 strategy, specifically in consolidating gains from the 2011-13 strategy cycle.

Meet the full IABC Academy Committee and check out the upcoming workshops and webinars that can help you stay sharp in a competitive environment.

World Conference

Preston Lewis
Preston Lewis
Natasha Nicholson
Natasha Nicholson
Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE
Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE

Carlos, our Executive Director, took us through the comprehensive report on this year’s World Conference – big thanks goes out to Preston Lewis who chaired the #IABC15 Programme Advisory Committee and helped feed into the analysis work led by Natasha Nicholson, IABC’s Director of Content. All that after they had delivered a successful conference too! ‘No rest …’ as the saying goes.

Stacy Wilson ABC
Stacy Wilson ABC

I’m super excited to be working with Stacy Wilson ABC on #IABC16. We’ve had a tremendous response to the Open Call to serve on the 2016 Programme Advisory Committee. Great to see so many leaders from around the world looking to step up and serve.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to New Orleans.

Here’s a sneak peek – do help spread the word:

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