2014 Reflections

By:  Maureen Turner, Partners In Association Management

As the year draws to an end, I like to reflect on the good things that happened throughout the year, and look forward to what is in store for us in the New Year. Rather than just hearing from me, I asked my wonderful team what they liked best about this year, and what they look forward to in the coming year. Continue reading 2014 Reflections

Are you ready for the Holidays?

By: Malarie Barineau

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year if the proper steps reindeeraren’t in place. Between cooking several meals and arriving to your holiday gatherings in a timely manner, there isn’t much room for procrastination. Businesses are also in crunch time towards the end of the year, with making sure all the financials are in as well as making sure all HR documentation has been filed and completed. All of these things can be rather difficult if you don’t have sufficient time management. Continue reading Are you ready for the Holidays?

Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears

By: William Lessley

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Recently, I had the opportunity to take a break from work and recharge my batteries by retreating to the woods for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Camping is one of the few times when I can really relax and leave all the work at the office where it belongs. Shortly before the holiday, my in-laws announced they had decided to join my wife and I for our five day, four night camping trip. Five days in the wilderness with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law? I started eyeing shovels in the hardware section while my wife, in a low soothing voice, promised me everything would be fine.

Tip: When your best laid plans are suddenly laid to waste, force yourself to physically smile. Think of something happy and relax your face into an open, friendly smile. Continue reading Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears

The Island of Misfit Newbies

By:  Kim Barclay

When you start a new job or are in a new environment, do you feel like you are a misfit on an island?  When you enter a situation that you don’t know the culture, dynamics, rules or routines; one can feel very isolated.  Most of us have been there and it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.

After I chatted with several co-workers in my office about how frustrating it was to navigate the office when we were first hired; a few of us thought if we came up with a plan for a new hire orientation, that it would assist new employees immensely and make them feel more educated about the office environment.  We presented our idea to ownership and they gave us the opportunity to develop what has become our “buddy” program. Continue reading The Island of Misfit Newbies

Holiday Celebrations and Traditions – How Do You Celebrate?

By: Beth Evarts

It’s the holiday season and along with the season brings memories of Christmas /Hanukkah, treasured memories with family, friends and holiday traditions. Every culture has its own traditions to the holiday season from special foods that are only served during this time of the year to the special decorations that are homemade or have been gather over the years to represent a special time. Continue reading Holiday Celebrations and Traditions – How Do You Celebrate?

Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success

By: John Ricco, CAE

The Thanksgiving holiday begins a time of year where we often take stock of our annual accomplishments and shortcomings and generate thoughts of grandeur for the upcoming year. Thanksgiving is time to express gratitude for the blessings we have to family, friends and colleagues. There two simple ways you can use the theme of Thanksgiving which, if you commit to and are willing to invest less than 1% of your time, will pay huge dividends in 2015 and beyond.

“No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen Continue reading Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success

Procrastination – Never put off tomorrow what you can do today!

By: Lisa Kamper

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.

So we all tend to put off tomorrow what we can do today. It happens
to all of us at some point and time. Perhaps it is a project that we are not as interested in as other ones that we have to work on so we push completing it until the last minute; then rush through it to get it completed. Then we ask ourselves if this was the best we could have done? Continue reading Procrastination – Never put off tomorrow what you can do today!