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?…

Wisdom Wednesday: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

  When it rains it pours, right? While participating in a leadership cohort this week, there were several opportunities to coach/be coached which involved a lot of on the spot self-reflection and vulnerability. I am almost always of the flip-side of these conversations. It was an opportunity to examine the following: What am I doing well? What can…

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…

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, resetting, and reaching one’s goals.   Self-reflection…

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,…

Motivational Monday (they need so much attention but we love them)

“The most important leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”- John Wooden In my job, I am continually thinking about what I can do to better lead my students.  I have many days where I need to decide if I should attend a meeting held by someone else and show my support, or…