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…

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: 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…

Motivation Monday – Bucket Lists

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey Last week, Richelle and I both wrote about the inspiration we drew from Ben Nemtin’s Opening Session Keynote at the NIRSA annual conference.  And although I think both of us have had information and tips surrounding Goal Setting hammered into…

Motivational Monday (It’s Going Up, on a Tuesday)

  “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paul Coelho After all the changes we have seen already in our country, on top of my firm belief that leading by example is one of the top characteristics of great leadership, this quote went up on my office whiteboard this week….

Foundations of Building Community: Making It More Than Just A Job

Written By: Richelle Harvey When does a job become more than just a job? After 12 years of working at various pools in vastly different cities, climates, and cultures, I tend to reflect on each of those individual experiences in completely different manners. I mean a lifeguard is just a lifeguard right? Wrong. The leadership, attitudes, and…

Feedback to Move Forward

At the start of Fall Quarter 2016, I started a new job at a new school. This quarter was going to be a transition period for myself, my program area, and the students I would be working with over the next year