Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations

By: District Three
John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, William Lessley, Rachel Luoma,  CAE

In the dystopian world of the Hunger Games, all resources flow into the Capitol where the rich and powerful greedily refuse to let the resources flow back out to the 13 districts who supplied all the goods and services to begin with. This, of course, is what brings about their downfall. Surely, if Panem were run like a non-profit, they would have never found themselves in such a situation.

The staff in our office bring together resources across all areas of association management which allow us to work as one large team for our clients. The organizations we work with allow us to improve our members’ lives which, in turn, causes the members to give back to the organization. Those Capitol people were really dense! Continue reading “Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations”

10 Simple Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You Care

By: Kaitlyn Hudlow, M.S.

Now more than ever, company culture is an important factor for a successful business. It is a known fact that people will be happier to pull into work every day knowing they are a part of a team, not just another worker bee. One way to start building that “team” feeling, is by showing your co-workers you appreciate them. Below are 10 simple ways to show your co-workers you care! Continue reading “10 Simple Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You Care”

Shop for Success

By: Caroline Thomas

Imagine that you’re standing in your favorite store. What do you see around you? What catches your attention? What ultimately convinces you to make a purchase? Is the purchase you make planned or unplanned?  You make your way through a store to find you are surrounded by a variety of items and that can sometimes lead to an overwhelming feeling. I have to admit that there have been times that I have forgotten why I went to a store in the first place because of all the distractions that are present. The good news is that you can be the difference in a consumer’s experience. There are many strategies that can be applied in both the world of retail merchandising and association management that will help to achieve the goals you strive for. Continue reading “Shop for Success”

From Superhero to Superstar

By: Kim Barclay

Paper?  What is paper? How did we survive before computers, the internet and email?

Life can be frustrating.  For one, my car has been in the shop for way too long.  Second, my bad karma has followed me to my office where our office as conducting server maintenance.  This means that access to the internet and email can be sporadic..  Our IT director came around to everyone this morning and asked our whole office to log off our computers, and then told us it might take up to 45 minutes until we could log back on to the network.  Holy Interrupted Internet, Batman!  How am I supposed to work without a computer and the internet?

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6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)

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(A couple of close friends and me after graduation)

The best 4 (or 5) years of your life quickly come to an end when you hear that timeless graduation hymn and receive that (fake) diploma that will shortly be replaced by the real one, also doubling as your golden ticket to the real world.  College is over.  “Real life” is beginning.  The phrase you have been hearing and warned about since grade school.  Although the transition filled me with excitement and fear, I have learned valuable lessons shortly after taking a leap into this next chapter in life, and here are just 6 of them. Continue reading “6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)”

Let’s Go Cruising…. #Freedomoftheseas #RoyalCaribbean

By: Lisa Kamper

Cruising means different things to different people. Some people like Freedom of the Seas Full Ship 1to take a cruise to disconnect from the world, while others prefer to cruise and meet a whole new group of people who like the same things that they like. This year will be my 6th time on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. I remember the first time sailing on this ship back in October 2011. I remember researching everything I possibly could about this massive ship and what it had to offer. I spent hours on sites like Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com) chatting with other people that had been on the ship several times. These people are the ones that I classified as the experts both on this particular ship and cruising in general. I also chatted with the people like me that were new to this ship. Continue reading “Let’s Go Cruising…. #Freedomoftheseas #RoyalCaribbean”

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?”

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”

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”