My husband and I enjoy watching Good Bones on HGTV. We originally started watching because it takes place in my husband’s hometown of Indianapolis, but it’s refreshing because the mother-daughter team of Karen and Mina are candid about the hard work required to renovate homes. Even though they are the stars of the show, the entire team who helps make the renovation(s) possible is shown throughout each episode. Even Mina’s favorite catch phrase is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”.
Twenty eighteen marks the twentieth anniversary of Partners in Association Management- a small business started by two colleagues in 1998 in Tallahassee, FL. As we kick off a year of celebrations we hope you join us through the story telling, memories and plans for the future. Continue reading “The Big Two-Oh Glow: 20th Anniversary Highlights”→
Facebook Live has been around for a couple years, but it’s definitely gaining popularity. Whether you have a personal business selling makeup or clothes or you are a leader of an association or company, it’s a great way to encourage new followers and gain excitement for your product or service. When the Southeastern Conference of Dental Laboratories (SCDL) suggested we do a Facebook Live video, I had to do some research!
Before getting started, what is Facebook Live? Simply put, it’s a way to stream a live video through your personal or business page on Facebook. It’s a great way to connect instantly with your audience, build your network and tell your story – your way. Another perk, especially for organizations on a budget, is that it’s free! Continue reading “Facebook Live – Why Not?”→
Many offices in today’s world have one thing in common: Diverse groups of employees. Here in our office, we have quite the mix of different people that come from different backgrounds. We have people that live in the country. We have people that live in the city. We have people who are from up North, we have Southerners, we have Florida fans, we have FSU fans, and we come from different employment backgrounds with different levels of education. Whatever we are personally, we all share a great pride that we “ARE” the Partners team, no matter our background. Continue reading “Closing the Generational Gap: Teambuilding that Can Work for Your Team”→
There’s nothing quite like the moment when I had to inform an employee that they have unpleasant body odor and needed to wear deodorant. Or the moment when I politely requested an employee to please leave their half-shirts at home and try to step up their office apparel to include pants without holes. Memorable indeed. It’s been over a decade since I worked in human resources but I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my stomach, the nerves gripping my throat, my cheeks flushing and my verbal skills deteriorating to a lot of “umms” and “yeahs” during these awkward conversations. Continue reading “The Hiring Games”→
Here at Partners in Association Management, we take team building very seriously! Not only do we usually start our monthly staff meetings with some type of icebreaker that connects us all as a team, we also have various events throughout the year, usually hosted by our social committee that are also great team building exercises. For example, this past year, we did some really enjoyable activities as a group that really tested our teamwork skills. Some of these activities included: Continue reading “Building Effective Teams”→
Onboarding. It’s something we don’t need to think about unless we hire a new employee. Right?
Onboarding isn’t just about hiring new employees – it is about understanding your organization’s culture and social norms and having a successful process in place to identify, recruit, hire, train, integrate and develop employees. Continue reading “Navigating Employee Onboarding”→
I remember reading this great blog by my colleague Will Ferguson about being a volunteer leader. In it, he provides some great tips for those looking to become involved in an association, such as selecting a volunteer position, being present, following through and knowing when to step back.
This time 10 years ago, I was preparing for what was my final time being involved in recruitment through my sorority at Florida State University. While it felt like a time consuming tradition at the moment, it taught me more than I could imagine about networking and interviewing. You see, opening up and engaging with people isn’t a natural skill for all so knowing ways to make other people comfortable and helping manage a conversation (at a conference luncheon let’s say) is a special skill.
We’ve shared several blogs about networking and how to do it properly, wearing your badge on the right lapel, preparing an elevator speech and asking questions, but we haven’t really laid out conversation starters and more importantly ways to keep the conversation going. Continue reading “Greek Recruitment Tips for Networking”→
Who wants extra work on their plate? Who wants to spend “free time” on a project that seemingly has nothing to do with their regular job function? Or even worse, who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and work on something that highlights their professional weaknesses?
Did you raise your hand? Not likely, as human nature is to stay in the comfort zone.