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Graduating Senior? Read this.

Graduating Senior? Read this.

Senior class, are you ready? No? Yikes. I know it can be a stressful time, but it is also a wonderful experience complete with laughs, tears, sweat and hopefully some fun. As graduation season approaches, here are some quotes to motivate the senior in your life, especially if it’s you! Memorize them, print them out, recite them daily, whatever you need to do to know you’re not alone and that you CAN do whatever you set out to do. No matter how insane the idea may seem now. Go for it! Don’t lose sight of the things that excite you. You are awesome for all of the things that make you who are. Celebrate it, own it and change the world with it. Think big. You’ll have to compromise along the way, but act with your big vision in mind. […]

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9 Quotes About Leadership from Richard Branson

9 Quotes About Leadership from Richard Branson

Let’s face it, having limitless resources would be amazing. But so would inspiring and creating real, sustainable change in our world. Luckily, there are people in this world who do both. Richard Branson was a high school drop-out with dyslexia and now is one of the most influential people in the world. Take a look at what this billionaire entrepreneur thinks about leadership and relationships. Then, go change the world too! “A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.” -Richard Branson “From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better. -Richard Branson “When I was a kid, I had a tendency to criticize. But when I did, my mum would whisk me off to the bathroom to stand in front of a mirror. Ten minutes, never less. To […]

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Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team transition is an integral part of any leader’s responsibilities. Yes, you should be a good leader in your brainstorming sessions, during events, in meetings, in class, off campus, etc…, but especially in your transition out of a leadership role. There is a wonderful shift of power and closure that occurs during transition. Recently, I have been chatting with student leaders that I have worked with in the past and they seem to be having a real challenge in this area. They are ready to let go, yet others seem to keep holding on, asking them to run meetings or be present for certain discussions. The exit is just as important as the entrance. Here are some tricks I have learned to make an exit while preparing successors: Hold Elections Early By having elections or selection process early enough, you […]

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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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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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Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Almost everyone gets snow days. If you do not, I am so sorry. Snow days are personally my favorite days! The weather is cool, there are fun activities to do, and most importantly, NO SCHOOL!!! I think of snow days as “mental health days”. Everyone needs a day off every now and then. So just relax and don’t do work. I thought up some amazing and fun things to do on a snow day. I highly recommend taking the time and taking advantage of these tips for a fun and relaxing day. Sleep in Encourage your residents to take an extra hour or two of sleep if they seem to not get enough. It is always nice to catch up on sleep that no college student ever gets. Go sledding Ahh, the beauty of team building. Go ahead and take some […]

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Black History Month Heroes You Might Not Know About

Black History Month Heroes You Might Not Know About

Black History Month is over half way done, and there is so much learn about the influential people that changed the landscape of our country. At Swift Kick, we pride ourselves on bringing people together. We celebrate human kindness and teamwork, but we also know that there are people in the background who do not get recognized as others do. As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, here are some admirable people you might not know about: Shirley Chrisholm Not only was Shirley Chrisholm pivotal in the fight for African-American women to have roles in government, she was the first African-American woman to run for the Democratic party nomination in 1972. Thurgood Marshall His work as a civil rights lawyer helped create the America we know today. He is best known as being the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, serving for 24 […]

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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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How Many Secret Handshakes Can You Remember? Not as Many as This Teacher!

How Many Secret Handshakes Can You Remember? Not as Many as This Teacher!

Over the past few weeks, you might have seen a story about a teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina who has committed himself to community building in an innovative way. This teacher, Barry White, Jr., has individualized secret handshakes with each of his students. He takes time before each of his classes to welcome his students and take attendance by shaking hands with all of them in their unique and customized ways. Here at Swift Kick, we care a lot about community. Although it’s obvious that Mr. White cares about his students, I’ll break down some of the reasons why this kind of community building is important as well as impactful. The optimal classroom (and team!) depends on community building. Do you remember a time when you’ve survived an entire semester-long class without learning any of your classmates’ names? Has a professor […]

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Yes And…Using Improv for Team Success

Yes And…Using Improv for Team Success

Last week, I went to the zoo… Suzie: Yes, and when I arrived, I could understand all the animals’ languages… Johnny: Yes, and I heard the giraffes talking smack about the turtles… Fred: Yes, and I found out that it was because the turtles played a prank on the giraffes… See where I’m going with this? Nope? Good. Because that is the amazing, special and spontaneous thing about improv. You will never know where it will start and more importantly, you will never know where it will end. At the end of it, you can only hope for a few laughs and a really great story. In the world of improv, the “Yes, And…” technique is the foundation of the practice. It is the validation of the idea your improv team has presented and expansion of the gift they have handed you. Nothing […]

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