By: John Ricco, CAE
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past decade you’ve probably read about, heard about, and seen entirely too many PowerPoint presentations about organizational culture. The articles, books and discussions focus on both corporate culture as well as the culture in not for profit (NFP) organizations. One might argue that in the NFP community, culture plays an even more important role due to the passion and “all-in” commitment of those associated with promoting their chosen industry or cause.
Partners takes culture very seriously — both ours as “the Partners team” and the way that culture integrates with the cultures of the organizations we serve. While each association has its own distinct values and beliefs, we like to think our organization’s culture infuses that of the associations we manage Continue reading “Culture is King”
By: John Ricco, CAE
After hearing a recent radio story on how organizations and individuals can improve their mindset and productivity, I decided to search the web to learn more. The first two “result pages” of a Google search for the phrase “assume positive intent” turned up some very interesting and surprising results – results that that could aid any individual in increasing the effectiveness and performance of themselves, their team and organization. Continue reading “The Google Search That Keeps on Giving”
By: Meghan Brasher
From decorating trees to lighting menorahs and setting budgets to meeting deadlines, the holiday closing at the office can make for a very hectic time. The office staff members are all scrambling to complete all their work, making that “homemade pecan pie” and fitting all the holiday social events into one month!
What we seem to forget though during this stressful process is our “work family”. Continue reading “Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition”
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
The lifeblood of nonprofit organizations (whether they are charitable or associations) depends on the skills, passion and teamwork of the staff to execute programs and services in order to achieve mission.
Our firm recognized this fact a number of years ago and launched a comprehensive process to address several key areas: Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution – Some Tips to Improve Workplace Culture in 2016”
By: Lauren Millard
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and as much as we love the food, festivities, and spending time with the ones we love, let’s just be honest for a second and say, the holidays are stressful. As if you weren’t busy enough going about your normal day to day tasks, let’s go ahead and add sending out holiday cards, buying presents, traveling, and going to 8 different holiday parties to your running to do list that is already a mile long. On top of all of that, just consider the amount of work that is piling up while you’re out of town eating your fill of turkey and apple pie. How in the world are you supposed to enjoy this amazing time of the year that you spend with family and friends? Here are some tips you can use this holiday season to try and find that balance between your work life and your personal life. Continue reading “The Holidays are Upon Us”
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: Kristi Spargo
I believe that the ability to maintain neutrality on your face regardless of whatever emotion is being felt is an under-recognized valuable skill in the professional world. There are some people that are oblivious to others and will carry on a conversation without an upwards glance. Yet there are many more people that read your body language more than you imagine. Body language speaks volumes. You may think that the ever-so-slight shift of your eyeballs in a circular motion went unnoticed, but I can promise you that somewhere along the way, someone noticed it and they haven’t forgotten. Continue reading “What’s Your Game Face?”
By: Lindsey Allbritton
“Where are you working now that you’re out of school?” I can’t count the amount of times I was asked this question just days after walking across the stage on that blazing August day. After working several part-time jobs (some good, some bad) throughout high school and college, I had one thing figured out: I was not going to accept a full-time position without finding 100% confidence and comfort in the interview. Luckily for me, this did not take very long, but how was I so sure? Continue reading “How to Effectively Become the Interviewer During Your Interview”
By: Shelly Sobol
A long, long time ago, in a cubicle not so far away, a few brave managers decided to hire a bright-eyed twenty-something in need of a job. With no association experience but a passion for customer service, they brought her on to assist with the Partners in Association Management empire… aka, their growing client base
Little did anyone know at that time, that the blind leap of faith would have resulted in a seven year journey. This year will mark seven years at this company and it’s incredible to think about how I’ve helped grow clients, become part of a wonderful team and even impressed myself. So in honor of seven years at Partners, I wanted to share seven tips to make work, work for you! Continue reading “Lucky Number Seven”
By: John Galligan
Criticism. People are afraid of this word. The definition of criticism is “the practice of judging the merits and faults of something (or somebody) in an intelligible (or articulate) way.” People are usually wary of criticism because they perceive it to be negative. However, it is important to realize that our perceptions can be wrong. Continue reading “A Critique On Critiquing”