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Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Summer, summer, summertime! We are approaching my favorite time of year – when the weather is warm hot and people are happier. There have been a few summers though, that have passed without really any significant memory. So this year, I made a small bucket list. Emphasis on small, because the more I put on there, the less I will do. Anyone else like that? Here are three things that if I get to do this summer, I will be one happy camper. (Fun fact: I don’t like camping.) Volunteer Besides talking about #TeamHuman, I live it too. Sometimes, I can get stuck in the regular “to-dos” of life and I want to take more opportunities this summer to help others. Go on at least 3 day-trips somewhere new. Learning about a new place, seeing and smelling new things…it’s just […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

Let’s just get this out of the way – yes, coffee is amazing in its own right. Seriously, I am Italian. I am pretty sure when I get a blood test, the results come back 100% espresso. Amazing things like coffee should be put to good use. This is what I realized one morning, walking through Swift Kick’s shared office space, LMHQ, coffee in hand. I rejoiced when LMHQ announced that they would start serving free coffee to members. Further, this simple gesture was a smart move on their part to make their collaborative “third space” even more welcoming to members. Here’s why: 1. Free = home. Being part of a community that has little perks for members is what turns a space into a home. When you’re exhausted and you just really need that extra cup o’Joe, being able […]

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Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about about college students and how to succeed.  I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically. Tip #1: Making friends in class It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing. Tip #2: Avoid distracting people As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too […]

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Surprising Community Building on a Sunday Morning at Church

Surprising Community Building on a Sunday Morning at Church

After a brisk walk through Brooklyn Heights, my best friend and I arrived at St. Boniface Church. The dazzling stained glass had me staring up at the windows for the whole mass. I visited Melaney this weekend and per our tradition, if I sleepover on a Saturday, we go to church together on Sunday. As with all Catholic masses, I knew the order of ceremony and therefore felt comfortable even though St. Boniface isn’t my regular church. But then the priest said something that surprised me at the end of the hour.  In an effort to build more community within our parish, please turn to the person next to you and introduce yourself. Of course, Melaney and I jokingly said hi to each other first, perhaps because we weren’t expecting the priest’s request to interact with strangers. Then, we turned […]

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