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Entries in IHRSA Institute (4)

Tuesday
Aug192014

Don't let legal issues put you in a difficult spot

Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of Global Public Policy.Educational sessions at IHRSA events are a great way to help you with almost every part of running a health club. Sales, membership, programs, marketing, social media and more are offered at almost every convention or gathering run by IHRSA.

It is also a chance for us to delve deeper into some of our offerings. As the organization that grows, protects and promotes the health and fitness industry, IHRSA, too, has many offerings that can help in running a gym or club.

Helen Durkin, executive vice president of Global Public Policy, and Tom Richards, senior legislative counsel, hosted an education class during the IHRSA Institute earlier in August to explain some of the bigger and more prominent legal issues for clubs. They went over specific scenarios their department often runs into while also taking questions from the crowd, providing the best answers.

Read on to see what they talked about and some sample issues.

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Thursday
Aug142014

Innovate in order to advance in your organization, the industry

The final keynote of the 2014 IHRSA Institute was Prof. Christopher Bingham’s Entrepreneurship Session on innovation. He stressed the importance of innovation in the health and fitness industry as a way to succeed and not become passé. 

Areas covered in “Capturing New Opportunities for Growth and Profitability” included why innovation is so important and how innovation can add new members, help make fitness a lifestyle, keep staff motivated, and how to deal with competition by using innovation.

Innovation can be simplified in four areas of what he called the Congruence Model – structure, culture, people and tasks – and when done correctly they work together and off the other.

Read on for Bingham's breakdown of his Congruence Model and innovation.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Attendees have hard time describing impact of IHRSA Institute

IHRSA Institute attendees got a lot out of the education sessions.IHRSA can write stories, blow up social media and get countless testimonials, but until you attend an event you can’t comprehend the breadth of the learning, networking and commiserating. 

This may not be any more true than during the IHRSA Institute - part because there is nothing like it anywhere in the industry, but also because it’s been five years since it was last offered.

The IHRSA Institute was held last week, Aug. 5-8,  at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“It was fan-tastic,” said Missy Moss, who paused for effect. “I am having a hard time finding the one word that can describe the entire week.”

Keep reading to see more Institute testimonials, favorites parts and more.

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Tuesday
Aug122014

What motivates your employees?

Motivation is no stranger in the health and fitness industry. It is used in many different ways on the gym floor and during classes in order to get clients to achieve goals and make changes to live a healthier lifestyle.

But what about motivation in order to get your staff to work harder? Essentially what managers are hoping for is no different that what clients hope to achieve - hit goals and live a healthier work lifestyle (which, really, is be more effective).

The IHRSA Institute’s first Leadership Session, by University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Alison Fragale, looked at how managers can use motivation to get better production out of their teams.

Read on for more on motivation of your staff.

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