Wisdom Wednesday: Dwell in Possibility

We all want resources. The problem is that they are finite. How do we make more with less? and when is more necessary increase the quality and depth of your work?     This is been a year of yes’s, a year of no’s, and a year of reframing my mindset. While prepping for the upcoming…

Planning for Success

I was a freshman in college and I was NOT transitioning well from a small high school of 350 students to a large university of 35,000+. No one taught me how to study, how to take notes, how to say “no” to friends when they asked if I wanted to hang out, or how to…

Jammin’ on my planner: Tools for Planning Success

“Hobbies? Organizing my agenda.  Wait.  That doesn’t sound fun.  Jammin’ on my planner!” – Leslie Knope   Summer can be a very busy time of year for people who work in any level of education.  For those in higher education, semester schools are starting up in the next couple of weeks and quarter schools have…

Part 1: Creating a “Success” Mindset

How do you define greatness? There is a difference between striving to be the best at what you are doing and being the greatest version of yourself. For most of us, there will always be someone who can be perceived as “better” than us. They can lift more weight, run faster; they make more money,…

Helping Future Professionals Find Their Way

  I have often thought about where I would donate some of my money if I ever won the lottery.  I have thought about making small contributions to the institutions (specifically their Recreation Departments) that formed who I am today as it would be great to give back to programs that gave me so much….

How Do They Cope: Helping Others Through Sudden Losses

Dealing with loss is not easy.  Helping others deal with loss can be even harder.  I am not trained to counsel grieving individuals or groups, but what I have learned is that I can still be there. When tragedy strikes, it is usually unexpected.  Our students are often away from their families, their main support…

Featured Speaker: Having Difficult Conversations (Video)

We were honored to feature Marc Falkenstein today in our first ever Google Broadcast! Check out the video to hear about his experiences with difficult conversations. Marc dives into the most difficult workplace conversations he has had, as well as tips and tricks. Click Here for full video discussion! 

Difficult Conversations: Understanding Yourself, to help THEM

As we gear up for our featured speaker next week; I will be discussing the foundations of preparing for difficult conversations in the work place. Marc Falkenstein will be featured on May 4th, discussing having difficult conversations, the do’s/don’ts and imparting years of wisdom. What is the most basic foundation of facilitating a difficult conversation?…

Motivational Monday – Age is just a number

I, Caitlin Sommers, turn 31 on Saturday!  And, I feel great about it.  I have always felt that you are only as old as you feel, and to quote one of my favorite songs from my childhood “Age is just a number, don’t you stop having fun.” – New Kids on the Block Happy Birthday….

Hey, Hi, Hello! 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships

After moving every 2-3 years during my adult life, I have quite a few workplace experiences that have shaped the why I build relationships with my staff and coworkers alike. I have written with 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships with these disclaimers in mind: Not all coworkers want to be friends. This is perfectly fine! This…

Motivational Monday- Prove Me Wrong

You may have heard the quote “you only get one chance to make a first impression.”  And although that is true, you have multiple opportunities to change that impression.   Occasionally our first impressions of employees, students, and other groups are negative based on the thoughts, experiences, and facts shared by others around us.  It…