Bring your Dog to Work Day!

By: Deborah Mandel

1. Dani at the desk

My dog, Dani, on a field trip to the office

 Have you ever worked for a company where day-in and day-out it was just the same boring routine? Do you go in at the same time, login to your computer, go through emails, and start to trudge through your everyday job responsibilities? You may be thinking, “Yeah, that’s my job. That’s how I get paid!”, but that’s also how you burnout! Continue reading “Bring your Dog to Work Day!”

6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)

By Amanda Careygrad pic 2

(A couple of close friends and me after graduation)

The best 4 (or 5) years of your life quickly come to an end when you hear that timeless graduation hymn and receive that (fake) diploma that will shortly be replaced by the real one, also doubling as your golden ticket to the real world.  College is over.  “Real life” is beginning.  The phrase you have been hearing and warned about since grade school.  Although the transition filled me with excitement and fear, I have learned valuable lessons shortly after taking a leap into this next chapter in life, and here are just 6 of them. Continue reading “6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)”

KEEP IT FRESH: The Key to Great Staff Meetings

By: Eric Thorn

Most organizations have periodic staff meetings to share information 01and keep everyone’s efforts coordinated. It is very easy for these meetings to become routine and fall into a pattern or rut over time. If things become too routine, lapses of attention and yes, even the dreaded B word, Boredom, can occur. Continue reading “KEEP IT FRESH: The Key to Great Staff Meetings”

Stress Busters, Dance of Joy, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!

By: Danielle Jessup

Stressed? Who isn’t? How can someone even ask that question? Truth be told, I’m stressed just thinking about having to write this blog.  I’m still stressed wondering if people are going to like it.  (NOTE: If you like it, please don’t forget to share it) The goal to stress management is finding something that works for you.  I used to dance my entire life. Woke up, went to school and then danced for 4-6 hours every day.  Life was good. No stress that I can recall. Continue reading “Stress Busters, Dance of Joy, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!”

Update Your Style #FixItFriday

By: William Lessley 

photo 1A small state trade association celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Many associations, upon reaching such a milestone, will blow out their anniversary year and then retreat the following year. Often, they are recovering from the amount of money they spent celebrating. This is a mistake! You spent an entire year building momentum for your association and then just stop? Did the association cease to exist after this magical milestone was passed? Then, why would you go backwards? Continue reading “Update Your Style #FixItFriday”

5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym

By: John Ricco, CAE

Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading “5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym”

Freedom Isn’t Free

By: Amy Bean Napier

In June 1944, the world was a different place.  Young men were getting ready to hit the beaches of Normandy, France (http://about-france.com/regions/normandy.htm) to fight and protect the world from Hitler’s domination.  These soldiers were 18, 19, 20 years old and were leaving their parents, wives, children, friends and family behind to head off to another country to fight the biggest evil ever known to man.

6.14.141On the early morning of June 6, 1944, U.S. troops stormed Omaha Beach, a six mile stretch of beach that was backed by a seawall 10 feet high and overlooked by cliffs that were almost 100 feet high.  Many soldiers drowned during the approach from ships offshore or were instantly killed as they neared the shoreline by German troops that were defending the beaches.  But many more trudged forward in the pursuit of freedom. Continue reading “Freedom Isn’t Free”