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Food for People, Dogs, and the Soul on #RAK17

Food for People, Dogs, and the Soul on #RAK17

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day, folks! There have been some RAK-attackers at it since first thing in the morning. We have been monitoring all the activity on insta and twitter. Here are 3 of our favorite RAKs done so far! Food for People Food for Dogs Food for the Soul These are some great ideas. I bet a lot of smiles are happening all day. Thanks for making Random Acts of Kindness Day special! Remember to use the hashtag #RAK17 to share any RAKs you are seeing! Haven’t pledged yet but still want to?

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Helping Out on a Walk Home

Helping Out on a Walk Home

New York City. Busy sidewalks. Tourists. Baby strollers. Dogs. People down on their luck. And me.  As I was walking home from the subway last week, I saw a woman – almost in slow motion – trip over the top of the sidewalk and fall to the ground. I was too far away to catch her or offer any support on her fall. But I, along with four other people, scurried over to make sure that she could stand on her own. Embarrassed, she said, “That’s what I get for texting and walking.” Then, she hurriedly looked in her bag to make sure her wine bottle didn’t break, then to her phone to make sure her screen was intact. #Priorities #FirstWorldProblems. Once aware that her things were in place, she thanked the group of us that hurried to help her up. My […]

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How a Rangers Hockey Game Made Me Cry – New York’s Steven McDonald

How a Rangers Hockey Game Made Me Cry – New York’s Steven McDonald

Madison Square Garden, April 9th, 2017. I am wearing my fiance’s too-big Rangers jersey, standing next to a father and son in Penguins jerseys. The game has not started yet, but we are all on our feet, Penguins fans included. We are honoring the late NYPD officer Steven McDonald. Tears force their way past my eyelashes as I let myself feel the emotion that ripples from the ice all the way up to our seats in section 208. Steven’s wife sheds her own tears, as his son in dress blues speaks on behalf of his late father. Steven’s absence is felt by long-time Rangers fans. The presentation of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award to player Mats Zuccarello holds extra meaning this evening. Officer Steven McDonald is famous for a legacy we don’t often hear about – forgiveness of the […]

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F(UN-STUCK)

F(UN-STUCK)

Swift Kick recently had their Q2 retreat, and at this retreat we had a fun crossword puzzle to complete about the team members and following the theme of “Under the Sea”. Normally, I dislike crossword puzzles, but I was determined to get this puzzle completed. How off could I be? When the day came to an end I found that I had only 5 more questions that I could not answer. I was officially ready to get “Fun-stuck”. I placed the puzzle in my bag, enjoyed the walk to the fish-go-round (don’t ask) and then to dinner we went. After taking a break from the puzzle, but before handing it in to Sabina to get the final score, I decided to look at it one more time. BINGO! I figured out two more words on the puzzle. Taking a step […]

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Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Universities, companies, and teams that institute core values for their people typically include dedication among their priorities. The concept of grit takes dedication and adds the stipulation of unconditionality; through thick and thin, someone with grit will stick with it. It is a kind of courageous loyalty, a tenacity that gets excited at the notion of there being challenges ahead. Persevering through hardships is unarguably a characteristic of great leaders. But when does grit transform into desperately holding onto a flawed relationship with a team, company, or person? Do all commitments require grit? I am the kind of person who needs to stay busy. For me, that means dedicating myself to a number of organizations, offices, and projects on and beyond my campus. Some of these commitments have been life-changing, valuable, and rewarding. For instance, I have learned so much from opportunities […]

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Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

T-9 days until Random Acts of Kindness Day and we can’t wait! We know it can be tough to think of new ways to be kind to people. To help you plan your R.A.K.s, here’s a list of things you can do…anywhere! Kindness for your team: Leave compliments for each team member to find before your next meeting Treat them to a meal Have a big brainstorm session coming up? Brings them snack to share Offer to help a team member with an upcoming project Use social media to shout out your team Kindness for your family: Surprise your family with breakfast or by doing extra chores around the house before they wake up in the morning Drive younger siblings around Designate an “no electronics” rule and host a game night instead Put post-it notes around the house reminding everyone how awesome […]

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Can a Hair Stylist Save Someone’s Life?

Can a Hair Stylist Save Someone’s Life?

There are two types of people in this world – those who love dishing out gossip with their hair stylist, and those who hate hair cuts. It’s a long honored tradition, especially for women, to spill their life woes to their stylists. Their stylists, in turn, say things like, “Oh honey, you’re too good for him, nuh uh!” All kidding aside, it’s true that some of our most intimate confidantes are the people chopping our locks. That’s why a group called “Chicago Says No More” approached their local government to suggest legislature around training stylists to see the warning signs of domestic abuse. Yes, you read correctly. Hair stylists might be the next front of stopping violence in relationships. The idea is to teach them the warning signs, from bruises to casual remarks from their clients. They can find ways of […]

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3 Easy Ways to Build Stronger Communities

3 Easy Ways to Build Stronger Communities

Wanting to build stronger communities doesn’t have to be laborious. In an environment conducive to communicating, having fun, and working together, teams can build themselves naturally. I have three tips to share with anyone who wants to add some flare to their communities. Most of these things happen naturally, and none of them take specific skills or extraneous effort. Follow these easy tricks to build stronger communities with no artificiality, guaranteed. Create a playlist. Music is one surefire way of connecting people. Put on a Top 40s playlist before a meeting begins to start conversations, to get people singing along, and to ease any awkward silences. If you’re in a closed-in setting like a car (perhaps for a 12-hour road trip to Virginia for Alternative Break), figure out someone’s favorite band and start a Spotify radio station based on it. Radio apps allow variety in music […]

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Why Core Values are Important

Why Core Values are Important

Here at Swift Kick we follow 5 main Core Values. These values are brought up each week at various times. I even find myself using them outside of work! It is nice to have Core Values within your organizations to follow because you can keep each other accountable. The 5 Core Values that Swift Kick values are the P.R.O.F.S. (This has nothing to do with a professor, which is what I thought in the beginning as well). Play To Win: Maximize resources to finish what you start and exceed expectations. Playing to win is when you go above and beyond on a certain project you are working on. For example, let’s say I was expected to conduct an icebreaker for my organization that was a guessing game. I am only expected to ask questions for individuals to answer. Instead, I decided to […]

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How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

To start each quarter, we gather the team, including interns, for a Swift Kick retreat. Sabina and I are the masterminds- it used to be Tom, but he “trusts” us to plan it now. (Yikes.) Take a look our step-by-step creative process to make this theme come to life: Step One – Plan for a completely different theme. Plan a “Guess the Theme” retreat that ends in Billy Joel. Then scrap it, stare at your team member until your heads explode and at the 11th hour, awesomeness ensues. No really, that’s how it happened. For quite some time, Sabina and I had major creative roadblocks. We had two solid ideas – Superheroes and NYC Tourism – both requiring the weather to be on our side as most of it would have been outdoors. Fast forward to the day of retreat, it […]

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