HAS BEING A TWIN TAUGHT ME TEAMWORK?

By: Jill Jackson, CMP

Has having a constant companion, partner in crime and friend for 42 years taught me about teamwork or is it a learned skill? Since I am an identical and mirror twin, I believe I was born with the teamwork gene. My sister and I somehow worked together to live even though we were a month premature and not expected to make it. We made it through wearing the same outfits and being called “Twin” or “JillJoy” for most of our childhood, since no one could tell us apart. We also somehow managed to both acquire some of our parent’s abilities – sports abilities from our dad and clerical, event planning and medical knowledge all from my mom. She was an office manager for an orthopedic surgeon for many years and did catering on the side. Somehow my sister turned out to be the x-ray technologist (medical knowledge) and I turned out to be the conventions and events planner (clerical and events planning).  Pic 1 Continue reading HAS BEING A TWIN TAUGHT ME TEAMWORK?

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

My “Organized” Messy Life

By: Lauren Asbell

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Thank you to the anonymous friend who let me photograph her office, I will start organizing it tomorrow.

My mom would be the first to tell you that she never thought I would write a blog about organizing.  She loves to tell the story about cleaning my room when I was 5 and finding a half-eaten apple in the bottom of my toy box.  Yes, I was a messy child and it only got worse when I was a teenager.  My parents would bribe, threaten, and ground me just to get me to clean my room.

As an adult, I think I’ve gotten better.  Though there are still areas of my life that are not organized.  My friends often threaten to not only power wash the outside of my car, but also the inside.  Though my answer to that is if the zombie apocalypse ever happens we would survive in my car.  Of course, that’s a blog for another time. Continue reading My “Organized” Messy Life

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

THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

By: Rachel Luoma

In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.  It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it!  As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.

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My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

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