Fun with Financials

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Yes, you heard me right – I used financials and fun in the same sentence!

One of the most important aspects in any organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit, is the ability to maintain strong financials.  For “type A” folks like me, just talking about financial statements gives me quite the rush.  However, no matter what your personality type is, it is imperative to fully understand your association’s financials. Continue reading “Fun with Financials”

I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…

By: Shelly Sobol

I’ve been discussing with my manager lately about really pinpointing my strengths and areas of improvement to really help develop them better. So I set off to take a strength finder test to determine what someone else saw I was excelling at. I thought I could anticipate my strengths… I was more than a little off! Continue reading “I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…”

A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman

By: Deborah Mandel

In our office, each employee creates a Professional Development Bookplan for the year. This helps us select a focus for continuingeducation and make sure we are using our time and funds appropriately to move our careers in a positive direction. In our plan, we are asked to read a book and share what we’ve learned. For my report I chose “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”, written by Peter Bregman.

Here are 5 ideas that I found worth noting: Continue reading “A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman”

My Husband Doodles in Church

By: Kristi Spargo

I have been happily married for 12 years.  For 12 years and with varying degrees of irritation I have dealt with and grown accustomed to my husband’s forgetfulness, meandering attention span and seeming inability to recall our kids’ daily schedule. For 12 years I have sat righteously in church as he whips out whatever paper he can find and starts doodling. I would watch and think to myself (because who really wants to start an argument in church) why can’t you just sit and listen for thirty minutes. Continue reading “My Husband Doodles in Church”

Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Let’s face it – if I say policies and procedures, most people will stop reading this blog, another group will yawn or shudder and a few (albeit very few) people get excited.

If you are one of those people who likes details, organization and I heart policyfacts, then this blog is for you.  If you are one of those people that prefers the big picture and doesn’t fancy structure, then this blog is a must read. Below are some things that are extremely important to ensuring that your association has crucial policies in place that will guide your leadership and staff and may help prevent issues with the IRS or other government agencies. Continue reading “Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit”

It’s Time to Take Your Christmas Tree Down

By: Kristi Spargo

Let me start off by saying that I am not a humbug. I in fact anxiously await the moment when that lazy December Saturday finally arrives, I pull out the ever-increasing bins of Christmas décor, I put on the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas CD (a childhood tradition carried over, much to my husband’s dismay) and make my house Christmas worthy. By the time I’m done, my children may as well be wrapped in red and green. Yet by the time December 25 concludes, my OCD tendencies have started to prickle me, along with the fallen pine needles now embedded into my carpet. Four days out and I’m fighting a losing battle, everything Christmas must go and my life must get back to normal again. By New Year’s Day, Christmas has been carefully preserved and stuffed in a bin, and I feel like I can breathe easy again. Continue reading “It’s Time to Take Your Christmas Tree Down”

Don’t Hound Tech Support

By: Amy Bean Napier

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Tech Assistant Sydney sniffing out the issues

Tech support is an interesting job to have.  No one understands exactly what you do and no one ever needs you until they NEED you and then they want you RIGHT NOW.  And they will keep hounding you until you stop what you are doing and help them!

At Partners, I perform many roles including tech support for our 28 employees.  I manage our server, keep the workstations running efficiently, manage software licenses, set up new equipment … and handle all technology emergencies that come up.  And with an office our size, those “emergencies” come up quite often which means I’m on call all the time! Continue reading “Don’t Hound Tech Support”

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?”

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!”