The Island of Misfit Newbies

By:  Kim Barclay

When you start a new job or are in a new environment, do you feel like you are a misfit on an island?  When you enter a situation that you don’t know the culture, dynamics, rules or routines; one can feel very isolated.  Most of us have been there and it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.

After I chatted with several co-workers in my office about how frustrating it was to navigate the office when we were first hired; a few of us thought if we came up with a plan for a new hire orientation, that it would assist new employees immensely and make them feel more educated about the office environment.  We presented our idea to ownership and they gave us the opportunity to develop what has become our “buddy” program. Continue reading “The Island of Misfit Newbies”

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”

So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech

By Christina Welty, MA

If you’re a fan of the show “Friends”, you’ll most likely remember the episode where Monica and Rachel make a bet that they know Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey know them.  Ross comes up with a game show and leads them through a series of questions; the last one is “What is Chandler’s job?” Monica and Rachel start shouting things like “it has something to do with numbers….and processing….and he carries a briefcase”.  Finally, Rachel shouts, “He’s a transponster!” Continue reading “So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech”

A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development

By: William Lessley 

Hello, my name is Will and I’m an introvert. It literally Fortpains me to be in a large crowd of people for too long. In the association management industry, this can be a real liability. Almost everything we do involves directly interacting with other people.

The first five years of my career were spent in the meetings department. I liked working with our members to get them registered, creating the detailed plan of the flow of the meeting, and being on-site problem solving. I did not, however, enjoy the forced relationships with my hotel contacts. This wasn’t because I didn’t like my hotel contacts – I couldn’t understand why I dreaded the interaction, honestly. Looking around at my peers, all I was sure of was that something must be wrong with me. Continue reading “A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development”

Being Part of an Organization; Benefits You…

By: Malarie Barineau

When joining an organization it’s important to ask yourself how will this benefit me personally, professionally and how can I maximize value.

I recently joined the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) and I can already say I’m looking forward to what this next year has in store for me and it hasn’t even begun yet! The organization has more than 500 members, promotes community projects to help children and families such as opportunities to succeed in school through health, self-esteem and basic needs. The membership is comprised of executives, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs and more, all women dedicated to making the Tallahassee community better.   Continue reading “Being Part of an Organization; Benefits You…”

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!”