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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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Are You Actually a Community? – Team Awesome #50Meetups

Are You Actually a Community? – Team Awesome #50Meetups

The name of the Meetup alone, Team Awesome, got me excited about the potential of meeting some really cool people. With 67 people RSVPed, I was ready to mix and mingle with NYC’s most awesome. The location of the Meetup, Barcade, was just the icing on the cake. When I arrived at Barcade, the place was packed. After making my way to the bar for a drink, and to exchange dollars for game tokens, I began my hunt for Team Awesome. Initially I was looking for some sort of signage or reserved area, but didn’t find anything. So then I began asking individual groups of people if they were a part of Team Awesome. I was unsuccessful as there were apparently several work/friend groups having gatherings at Barcade. Feeling defeated in being able to connect with anyone from Team Awesome, […]

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5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

Curious to hear the perspective of the Swift Kick team on building a great community, I asked them all a question! If you could give the SK community advice about being a better community member what would it be? Here’s what we had to say! Tom’s advice: The more you put in the more you get out. When I joined an entrepreneur’s group, I jumped right into the executive board and asked for ways in which I could help out. I quickly met a ton of people. I became known within the community. I also gained back so much more value than I was putting in. In fact, the more I put in, the more I gained. Melissa’s advice: Take Time to Smell the Roses You work hard. We know it, you know it, and your teammates know it. Every now and […]

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[Video!] Swift Kick in Disney World (Not really)

[Video!] Swift Kick in Disney World (Not really)

Melissa and I are incredibly excited to share another video where we embarrass ourselves for your entertainment. Okay, actually I am the only one embarrassing myself. Moving on… This time we [pretended] to go to Disney World. We spent way too much time researching fun facts about Disney. Then, we chose our top three to relate to building a culture on campus at or at work where everyone feels welcomed, connected, and engaged. Watch on! Hope you enjoyed that! Are there any other places or things you’d like to see us relate to building community just like we did for Disney World? Let us know below! You might also enjoy these videos… [Video] 23 Minutes and 15 Seconds Could Be Your Undoing Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]  

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Knitting Up a Community at Pints ‘N’ Purls #50Meetups

Knitting Up a Community at Pints ‘N’ Purls  #50Meetups

It wasn’t hard to spot them at the On Tap section of the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. Two ladies, of different generations and backgrounds, were happily chatting as their hands worked. The purple patterned balls of yarn sat on the table, their constant companions, as cozy socks formed at the other end of their furious needles. I approached the table and asked if they were the Meetup group, Pints ‘n’ Purls. They brightly welcomed me and I settled in, feeling slightly out of place without my own ball of yarn. Immediately, a lovely woman by the name of Judy asked me what I was working on. I explained that I was there to discover the ingredients for a really successful Meetup group, as Melissa and Tom have also been doing. An hour and a half later, I was saying […]

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Morals and Values

Morals and Values

In light of recent events, I don’t want to talk politics. I don’t want to talk about rights and laws. What I want to challenge everyone who reads this blog, is to think about values. What Drives You At Swift Kick, we have values that hold our team members accountable. These values define the purpose of our company. We all as individuals have our own morals and values that intrinsically push us to be the people we are today. These morals can be based on your parents, your upbringing, or maybe your friends. In the best case scenarios, your values align with those in your environment. They are supported, encouraged, and sometimes even challenged. Your morals act as the foundation to the person you are. Consistency In our ever-changing society, it helps to have something that tethers us to something […]

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The TRUTH About Almost Any Staff Meeting

The TRUTH About Almost Any Staff Meeting

Here We Are It’s that special time a week where you have the opportunity to come together with your staff and meet about everything that may be going on in your residence hall or in your department. Times will vary but it’s likely your staff meeting needs to come later in the day to accommodate the other meetings and commitments everyone on your staff seems to have. You may be tired from the day already and staff meeting might be the last thing you want to attend.   via GIPHY No one wants to say it, but here’s the TRUTH about your weekly staff meeting.    via GIPHY 1. You come together as a staff and talk about life until you’re all there and ready to start.   via GIPHY 2. The agenda is handed out and you’re dreading a certain […]

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How I Pageant Waved My Way to a Family

How I Pageant Waved My Way to a Family

Last week was Miss New Jersey week! For most people reading that, it will mean nothing, but for me, it’s an annual family reunion… At the age of 11, I competed in my first pageant. My sportswear outfit was magenta, my gown was teal, I tap danced to “This Joint is Jumpin’” in a red and black costume and in my interview, I was able to make the judges laugh. At the end of the night, I was named “Little Miss West Deptford 1998″ surrounded by friends who were excited about my win, even though I just competed against them. As the years progressed, I went on to represent my town and county at the teen level, then when I eligible, I started competing in the Miss America system. My mentor held the title of Miss Gloucester County and since I […]

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Having a Group Doesn’t Mean You Have a Community

Having a Group Doesn’t Mean You Have a Community

What do you do when your community doesn’t want to, well…“community”? In addition to working with Swift Kick, I am also a personal trainer. I teach a weekly bootcamp class with “The People’s Bootcamp” and get to bring together two things I like to do: exercise and telling people what to do teaching. On any given week, up to half of those in attendance are regulars; they have been there week after week and, other than the actual exercises I select, know what to expect. Recently, along with the other instructor, I have been brainstorming ideas to spruce up the class. Once armed with a few options, I went to the class to ask their feedback. Me: “Hey everyone, quick poll for the class. How do you feel about having themed classes? Here are some I had in mind: Christmas in July (wear a […]

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