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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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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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It’s the Final Exit! – Healthy Skepticism

It’s the Final Exit! – Healthy Skepticism

As we were climbing the stairs to leave the gym, I saw a sign near the floor pointing to the door that said, “Final Exit.” I thought to myself, “Well, that’s a bit dramatic. This is clearly not the last time I will exit this building, let alone anything ever. There’s still two more doors to get out of the building!” Needless to say, I overthink things. It clearly means it is the final exit for that particular stairwell to the outside. But there are still some interesting questions to be pulled out of my over-analysis. Do you just accept things people tell you? Or, do you analyze them with some skepticism? Do you do your own research to develop your own opinion and/or understanding? Deep thinking, I know. Do you question things people tell you? Or, analyze them with some skepticism? […]

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Can I Be Real A Second? [Open Doors, Open Hearts Style]

Can I be real a second, For just a millisecond? -George Washington, Hamilton First, this post is a personal one, stemming from a core value here at Swift Kick, Open Doors, Open Hearts, so I hope you can relate. Second, yes, I am still obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. Now that we have that settled, I’d like to ask one question. Do you ever feel like you have to be good at EVERYTHING? Over the weekend, I went to closing night of a friend’s show One Funny Mother and she told her story of being a mom. She talked about always feeling like she had to be a good mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc… and I started thinking about my life and all the places I have to be good at everything. Growing up, I felt like I had to be a […]

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Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Happy International Day of Peace! Throughout time, in song, scripture, music and books, the call to action around community has always existed. No matter your sex, religion, education level, political affiliation or ability, you can’t do it alone. Here are some quotes, old and new, that mark how important it is to be on #TeamHuman. Humans Need Humans. It’s not just a hashtag; it’s a sentence.   To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that need assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. Carrie Chapman Catt, American Women’s Suffrage Leader   A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen, Poet   We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for […]

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Top 5 Tips For Starting & Ending An Internship On A Good Note

Top 5 Tips For Starting & Ending An Internship On A Good Note

At the time of writing this, I am about to end an internship where over the 6 month period the individuals I have worked with have become like a family to me.  So how did that happen and over just a 6 month period? Here are 5 tips for starting & ending an internship on a good note:  Go out of your way  Go out of your way… to get to know the other members of the work community you will be working with. Go out of your way…through being open enough for your fellow community members to get to know you. Go out of your way… to help others finish a team tasks. Put In 100% Put in 100%… into every task that comes your way. Put in 100%… into every piece of work that you do. Put in 100%… into […]

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What does your personality mean to you and your community?

What does your personality mean to you and your community?

My sisters and I were recently sitting in a cafe and I was discussing potential educational icebreakers that I could organize for the group of resident assistants that I will supervise this upcoming year.  A bunch of different icebreakers were brought up, but the two that stood out to me involved discovering the different personalities within a group of people.  These common personality tests are known throughout many communities as the Myers-Briggs and True Color tests. These two icebreakers stood out to me for two reasons: 1. I have taken both while working within a team. 2. I felt that both of the tests would be a good way for all the individuals to be provided an initial and quick understanding about both themselves and the other members of their team. So why is having an initial understanding of other members […]

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Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

During a short car ride home from the gym with my father, he started to share about what he had been thinking about during his workout. He shared that through his life experiences he has learned that leadership is not always about making sure others are following you, but more about being willing to go where others are not willing to go. Specifically, leadership to him is standing up for what you value as being right even if you are standing up all by yourself. This made us begin to think about leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and where would we be if he had not been willing to initially stand on his own for what he believed was right? I was given an important reminder by my family member that the most needed forms of leadership are […]

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It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

A few days ago I went to the store to find one of my undergraduate friends her graduation present.  Since my friend’s graduation is a big milestone in her life, I decided that I had to find her the perfect, meaningful graduation gift. Fast forward a few days, today I get a text message from a mutual friend of ours saying, “You are the sweetest person I have ever known. Your graduation gift to our friend is so cute!”  I was shocked by this kind statement from our friend because I had no idea how she could have known what the graduation gift was.  After this text message I proceeded to log onto to Facebook where I found a picture of the gift with the following lovely statement: “Once again, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I have the greatest and […]

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When the Team Leader Lets Go

When the Team Leader Lets Go

The hallway was dark and narrow as we wound around the inside of a restaurant towards our table. At any given moment, I expected a Ninja to pop out and scare us…after all, we were having dinner at Ninja New York. My dinner experience was one of many unknown moments I had through the day during our Q2 strategy retreat. At the start of every quarter, our team has a strategy retreat to prep for the next three months. Typically, I’m the one who sets the agenda and activities for the retreat and keeps it a surprise for everyone else. This time however, Sabina and Melissa were in charge. Despite my general nervousness about not being the one driving the boat, having them develop the agenda for our quarterly retreat was perfect for four main reasons: Ownership – I was […]

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