By: Kristi Spargo
For the past 832 weeks (approximately), I woke up (grudgingly), showered, dressed, drove to the office, and sat at a desk for eight to nine hours before going home. Depending upon the week, I have been content enough that what I was doing had some purpose and provided a steady paycheck. Then the summer of 2014 happened. Not only was I in the process of buying a home, but I randomly received a call from a former employer of mine asking if I might be interested in a position. The tricky part, they were in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania so I would need to work from home. Voila. My life just took a drastically different direction.
When I started telling people that I was going to be working from home, I might as well have told them I won the lottery. Continue reading “The Domestic Endeavor”
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”
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…”
By: Deborah Mandel
In our office, each employee creates a Professional Development plan 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”
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”
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 facts, 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”
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”