Leadership: What makes a great leader?

By: Ricki Sexton

We’ve all had them.  That dreaded “B” word – the boss.  We’ve also all had bosses that are memorable for one reason or another 01– either they were a great boss, or they were a poster child for the movie “Horrible Bosses”.  I have certainly had my share of both – and one of the most memorable moments of my career was one in which my “Horrible Boss” threw a stapler at me!  I will never forget that boss – it may not be because said supervisor was a great leader, but because he was a prime example of how “not” to lead your team.

But what makes you a GREAT leader? Continue reading “Leadership: What makes a great leader?”

What Happens Here Stays Here

By: Amy Bean Napier

This week, many of our staff will be traveling to Las Vegas to work an annual trade and management conference for a national client.

For the past 10 years, Las Vegas has utilized a number of variations of the marketing phrase “What Happens Here Stays Here” including the most popular “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas.”  This usage of this marketing iconic phrase has made people laugh but has also resulted in increased tourism rates.  In 2015, Las Vegas is expected to welcome more than 40 million visitors, a record high for the destination (visit www.lvcva.com for more statistics and information.)01

At Partners In Association Management, we have also had success in encouraging our staff to live the phrase “What Happens Here Stays Here” during work hours. Continue reading “What Happens Here Stays Here”

Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears

By: William Lessley

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Recently, I had the opportunity to take a break from work and recharge my batteries by retreating to the woods for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Camping is one of the few times when I can really relax and leave all the work at the office where it belongs. Shortly before the holiday, my in-laws announced they had decided to join my wife and I for our five day, four night camping trip. Five days in the wilderness with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law? I started eyeing shovels in the hardware section while my wife, in a low soothing voice, promised me everything would be fine.

Tip: When your best laid plans are suddenly laid to waste, force yourself to physically smile. Think of something happy and relax your face into an open, friendly smile. Continue reading “Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears”

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”

Thank You: Gratitude to our Military

Although those 2 words never seem enough as you say them, to a veteran- it’s one of the most honest and genuine things you can hear. On this Veteran’s Day, our staff members would like to share with you a veteran that they would like to recognize and thank for their service and commitment to our wonderful country.     Continue reading “Thank You: Gratitude to our Military”

51 Shades of Gray (Hair)

By: Amy Bean Napier

One of the associations that we work with celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2014 at their Annual Conference and Trade Show.  After the big 50th Anniversary Extravaganza blowout in 2013, staff had to work hard to ensure that the 51st Anniversary was just as exhilarating, so that we harnessed the positive momentum moving forward.  While we were successful in making our 51st Anniversary Conference effective and exciting, we also noticed a trend that we may have been purposely overlooking.  Continue reading “51 Shades of Gray (Hair)”

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”