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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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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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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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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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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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Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

When I was in second grade, I didn’t like substitute teachers. Yes, I actually cried when my teacher was out sick. We can delve into that at our next therapy session. Anyway, there was a particular substitute teacher who I thought was scary because she seemed like a grumpy old lady. One day, as an inspired seven year old, I decided to face my fear of this substitute by tidying up the pile of homework papers on her desk. She thanked me for being thoughtful, and I instantly wasn’t scared of her anymore. In fact, I thought she was alright. I didn’t know it then, but I had just employed the Benjamin Franklin Effect. What is the Benjamin Franklin Effect? Good old Ben had a sneaky way of getting someone to like him. He had a political rival that he […]

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Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Universities, companies, and teams that institute core values for their people typically include dedication among their priorities. The concept of grit takes dedication and adds the stipulation of unconditionality; through thick and thin, someone with grit will stick with it. It¬†is a kind of courageous loyalty, a tenacity that gets excited at the notion of there being challenges ahead. Persevering through hardships is unarguably a characteristic of great leaders. But when does grit transform into desperately holding onto a flawed relationship with a team, company, or person? Do all commitments require grit? I am the kind of person who needs to stay busy. For me, that¬†means dedicating myself to a number of organizations, offices, and projects on and beyond my campus. Some of these commitments have been life-changing, valuable, and rewarding. For instance, I have learned so much from opportunities […]

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3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

I wandered into the bar in Midtown Manhattan, looking for a group of people who looked politically engaged. How on earth would I find a meetup group in the middle of a bar during Friday Happy Hour? As I headed to the lower level to find the bathroom (I wanted to touch up my red lipstick to bolster my confidence), I realized I didn’t have to worry about finding them. The back corner, opposite the bar, was sectioned off with a sign and people wearing name-tags. Found them! Five minutes later, lipsticked excited, and nervous, I walked up to two people closest to the edge and asked if this was the meetup group. Immediately, they said yes and welcomed me, and then pointed me to a small, friendly looking man with the name-tag that said “Perseus.” They told me he […]

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5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

Song can be very powerful. When listening to lyrics, I found 5 specific songs that I would love to highlight with you today. While you are reading through the lyrics, take a moment to understand what the artist is saying. It’s pretty cool to see how leadership can be taught through music. So if you don’t have a leadership playlist already, well make one! Then, add the following tracks. P!NK: Try Have you ever felt like you tried and didn’t succeed? Same. I have had that feeling several times. BUT, when listening to this song and hearing Pink to tell me to try, try, try, tryyyyyy – I do. I don’t give up. I get up and try again. It doesn’t matter what the situation is. This song is inspiring me over and over to get up and try! Pharrell: […]

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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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