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…

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…

Motivational Monday: Self Awareness

Recently, I have had discussions with old students of mine about Self Awareness and how that falls into responsibilities in the workplace.  It is one thing for someone to tell you you are doing something wrong that you were not aware was wrong, it is a completely different thing to view your actions from an…

From Recognition to Implementation

Self-Reflection.  We all have heard about it.  We have maybe even told others they should think about doing some.  But what is it? Oxford dictionaries defines it as “Meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.”  And it can serve as a valuable tool for setting, re-setting, and reaching one’s goals.   Self…

Demystifying Vulnerability

Two years ago I had the opportunity to do some professional development at a week long intensive “school” put on by our governing body.  This experience definitely helped me to grow in many ways as a professional.  But there was one part of that week that will stick with me for probably the remainder of…

Creating Team Culture

“Your culture is a combination of what you create and what you allow.” – Craig Groeschel   Every month I hold leadership meetings for my student leaders.  I tend to spend half the meeting reviewing procedures and policies, and allowing students to share their successes from the previous month.  The other half of the meeting,…

Goal Setting 101: Planning with Purpose

Goal setting 101 At some point in almost all of our lives, someone talks to us about goal setting.  Most often, it is a way for parents, teachers, coaches, employers to have us formulate a plan for the future.  A goal acts as a written statement showing what we are working towards.  In the fitness…