How to Work Effectively When EVERYONE is Remote

April 10, 2020

In the wake of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many of us have gone from daily commuters to instant remote workers. Even for those who telecommuted one or more days a week prior to the “stay-at-home” directives issued by most states, the change from no one at home to EVERYONE at home has been jarring. With…

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Coronavirus: Tips to Prepare Your Association Technically and Mentally for Virtual Work

March 11, 2020

With news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) weighing heavily on many people’s minds, I have been asked by a number of my clients about how to prepare for remote work. In fact, just yesterday a client’s building was unexpectantly closed, and they were told to pack up their belongings and leave. Before something that dramatic happens…

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The Art and Science of Building a High Performing Team – Part 3

October 3, 2019

We all want to be successful. No matter what field we are in – athletics, academics, social work, or finances – we feel good when we meet goals and contribute to the wins of our overall organization.   Anyone in charge of building a team knows that feeling. The only caveat is that team leaders have…

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The Art and Science of Building a High Performing Team – Part 2

September 23, 2019

Building, leading, and sustaining teams that perform at a high level is both an art and a science… just like parenting.   Imagine you’re the parent of three young children, all between the ages of 5 and 10. You have 1 boy and 2 girls and, because you are a glutton for punishment, you decide that all three…

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The Art and Science of Leading a High Performing Team – Part 1

September 12, 2019

Some things in life are pure science…  …The distance from you to the closest grocery store.   …The weight of your first-born.   These are quantifiable facts in this world that just – well – they just are.   Then, there are things that are more complex…  …The love you have for your family.  …The feeling you get when you see a…

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Transitioning to a Remote Workplace – An Association’s Perspective

July 29, 2019

Part 3 of 3 If you tuned in to the first two parts of this three part blog series on associations transitioning to a virtual workplace, you’ve already read about why and how The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has been working to transition to a virtual workplace. In this last segment, two…

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Transitioning to a Remote Workplace – An Association’s Perspective

July 18, 2019

Part 2 of 3 As noted in Part 1 of our 3 part series on associations transitioning to a virtual workplace, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is in the midst of developing their ideal virtual work environment. In this piece, NCTE’s Executive Director, Emily Kirkpatrick, shares her experience thus far with the…

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Transitioning to a Remote Workplace – An Association’s Perspective

July 8, 2019

Part 1 of 3 Today’s work environment has evolved extensively over the last decade. In the past, having a job typically required physical presence; however, with advanced technologies and cloud-based systems that is no longer always the case. In fact, millions of people currently work from home at least part of the time and it…

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Choosing the Right Project Management Software for YOUR Team

June 26, 2019

If we were to take a poll, few would be surprised to discover that most professionals have not been formally trained in project management. When you first started your career, did you hunger to understand the best methods for delegating tasks and leading a team toward a specific goal? Doubtful. However, more and more, project…

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Starting Well: four essentials for a good project charter

June 17, 2019

Great works of literature are known for their beginnings. “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” “Call me Ishmael.” “In the beginning, God created.” Some of the most classic songs can be identified by their very first notes. Stairway to Heaven… Let it Be… Stayin’ Alive. Of course, just because…

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