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5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

Have you ever felt like life is bringing you down and you need a pick-me-up? If you answered yes, then I am right there with you! If you answered no, then I am extremely jealous of you but grateful that you have not had this feeling. ūüôā It doesn’t matter if you are a student, staff member, or faculty member. Everyone has this feeling at some point in their life. I am here to share with you how I kick this feeling to the curb!¬†I have a quotes board in my office that I look at every day. I would like to share with you the quotes that I have in my office. I love to fill my head with happiness and positive quotes because they help me get through the day with a smile on my face. No matter […]

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3 Productive Ways to Procrastinate that Will Make You a Better Leader

3 Productive Ways to Procrastinate that Will Make You a Better Leader

Yeah, you heard me – I said productive ways to procrastinate. I just gave you your new favorite oxymoron. Ya welcome. Look at pictures of baby animals Stop what you’re doing. Google search “baby turtles.” Then go¬†be¬†more productive.¬† The science: Apparently, looking at baby animals improves your work performance. This seems to be because browsing pictures of puppies and kitties, and the like, makes you more careful and deliberate in your tasks. Why? There are a few theories. One theory says that since we tend to talk more slowly to babies, that same¬†carefulness carries over to your work, which is triggered by seeing pictures of little ones. Another theory says that seeing baby animals triggers your need to be more careful when handling them. Once again, this carries over into your work. Why it makes you a better leader: Being […]

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How Cedar Crest College RAs Raise The Tide

How Cedar Crest College RAs Raise The Tide

As an intern with Swift Kick, I learned about the Core Values and the their importance in every-day life. During staff meetings with my RAs here at Cedar Crest, I realize how each member of our team has used these Core Values without even knowing what they are. Recently they were planning out their Building Wide. (The Building Wide ¬†is an event to which they¬†invite every resident.) This year, they decided to host it as an outdoor event. In planning and hosting the Building Wide, each member of the team exemplified the core value of ‘Raise the Tide.’ Raise The Tide On April 29th, we had our building wide program. This is a program where all of the RAs get together and do something fun with the residents in our hall. The RAs practiced ‘Raise The Tide’ by working together […]

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Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Students entering college face¬†a transformative period in their lives. Going to¬†university is many students’ first experience with completely independent everyday decision-making. Aside from¬†going to class and making sure to eat, students are also facing enormously important internal hurdles. They are asking themselves questions about their values, their futures, and their identities. During this process, some students see leadership within their realm of opportunity. In my experiences, self-doubt pervades this driven group of students the most. I don’t believe this correlation is just coincidence. On top of academics, work, and social lives, higher education vigorously calls upon its students to take on leadership roles within their peer community. During orientation programs and involvement fairs, leadership transforms from a developmental skill into¬†a mandate for a true/happy/good college experience. Want to have the best, most rewarding time during your stint at university? Lead […]

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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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Tips to de-stress at such a STRESSFUL time of the year!

Tips to de-stress at such a STRESSFUL time of the year!

You are almost there, friends! Finals are either here or right around the corner. I decided to put together some fun activities / tips to help you de-stress. I truly hope they help. In our book,¬†First Year Student to First Year Success, we talk about getting “funstuck.” In other words, sometimes when you hit a mental wall and just can’t be productive anymore, all it takes is a little break. When you give your brain a rest from a problem, it starts to work on it on its own in a much more relaxed way. When you re-focus on the task, you might just magically have your answer. Now that’s a study tip! As my good friend Sabina reminded me, ‘Deep breaths and remember that you think best when you clear stress.’ Each of these are little ways you can […]

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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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Resources for 8 Top Interview Tips and Best Practices

Resources for 8 Top Interview Tips and Best Practices

It is that time of the year! As a student leader, you have all the skills you need to secure a great position. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to to rock an interview. Personally, I always get nervous when it¬†comes time for interviews.¬†Yes, I know my strengths and weaknesses, but when it’s time for the interview, I freeze! I feel that I don’t know who I am and that I don’t remember anything successful that I have done. I have decided to make a list of the best possible tips I could find for all of you future leaders! When you are ready to go out into the world and have your first interview, make sure you look over the tips listed below. They helped me get my job, so they might help you as well! 1. Dress for […]

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5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

I’m sorry, but can you please get that paper work done? I’m sorry, but did you ever email our advisor…? I’m sorry to bother you, but do you know when you’ll have that done? Sound familiar? We have all done it. Many of us feel like we are bothering someone when we should be owning a leadership role. But apologizing for trying to be effective in your role as manager, leader, or teammate doesn’t help anyone! It diminishes your own authority, as well as the importance of the job you do. Your job is important!! But we know that to break a habit, we often need to replace it with something new. So here are 5 things you can say instead of “I’m sorry” when you aren’t. “Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.” We often say “sorry” when […]

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How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions of the word community is “similar character; agreement; identity.” Here at Swift Kick, we believe that people become better versions of themselves when they are connected to a strong community. We aren’t the only ones who feel this way…#TeamHuman         Which one of these quotes best describes your community? How can you create more empathy, connection, inspiration, and service within your organization? Pick one of the above quotes and share it with your team members as some extra inspiration this week!

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