5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Working Remotely

March 27, 2020

Working from home inherently has some perks that can help reduce stress. Rush hour? What’s that? Figuring out your wardrobe for the day? Who cares what you’re wearing! Temperature in the office not to your liking? Now you have complete control! With so many benefits, it is easy to overlook possible pitfalls that can negatively…

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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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Adding Creativity to Remote Onboarding

September 3, 2019

Onboarding can seem like a boring, need to go through the motions type task when bringing on new hires, but overlooking one of the first instructive experiences can detract from the goal of creating successful new employees. The lack of creativity in onboarding, particularly for remote teams, isn’t helping any of the participants in feeling…

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Technology in the Workplace: Merging Boomers and Millennials

August 22, 2019

As even the most traditional workplaces are modernizing their technology systems and creating technology-based strategies, the lines between younger and older generations are clear. Millennials were the first wave of technologists, but many people from Gen Z are also entering the workforce. Their native understanding of technology widens the gap among a workforce even more.…

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The Importance of a Positive First Professional Experience

August 12, 2019

A first job and a first boss are formative elements for a young person early in their career. At my first job in the association industry, I worked for Molly Grenn at the National Spa and Pool Association. I’d like to thank her, for as my mentor and boss, her guidance ultimately shaped my career trajectory. We should all be thinking critically…

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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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