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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 You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

5 Things You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

Being a Swift Kick intern is so much more than any ol’ internship. You won’t be getting anyone coffee. (But if you did, Sabina and Melissa would love you more.) You will learn five (or more) important lessons here. Confidence in your abilities Swift Kick is a small team. That means that all the work you do  is vital. We NEED you here. While that may seem scary at first, you’ll learn that you can rock star anything. You’ll go from “I don’t know how to do that…” to “Psh, I got this, someway somehow.” Balancing work and fun We have a lot of fun. Seriously, check our quotes board. But we also get ish done. You’ll learn how to make serious progress without forcing your team to be stuffy and boring. It’s a delicate balance that will benefit you for […]

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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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Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Until I came to work for Swift Kick, I had the meeting thing down. Or so I thought. I had been taught since I was a resident assistant a specific way to run a meeting. Looking back, it’s as if all my supervisors had learned from the same place. It would look something like this… Happy/Crappy Important Dates New Business 1 New Business 2 Some small argument that takes up the whole meeting Run out of time and get nothing done There is great news! It doesn’t have to be this way. From daily check-ins and one on one meetings, to weekly meetings and brainstorming sessions, there is a better way. On March 23rd, at 12pm, we will be hosting a online training, titled Running Effective Meetings. You’ll get details on how to best run daily, weekly and one on one meetings with […]

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5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

The journey to #50MeetUps continues on a stop to a workshop about time management by Barbara, a Certified Professional Coach. It is always interesting to see to the different approaches people take to common topics, such as this one. The techniques offered were things I have heard before, but the discussions in between the techniques were more interesting for me. Besides the gentleman who snored through most of the meeting (Oops!), here are my big takeaways: 1. BE-ing vs DO-ing: It is one thing to BE busy, but it is way more valuable to DO things that lead to your personal and professional growth. 2. Self management: Time management is the phrase that has been coined, but what we’re really analyzing is self-management. Do you always say yes to things, inevitably leading to not having enough time? Things that make you go “hmmm…” […]

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How to Host an Alice in Wonderland Themed Retreat

How to Host an Alice in Wonderland Themed Retreat

On Friday, the Swift Kick team got together to plan the first quarter of 2017. It was extra special because we got to meet Dee for the first time! Melissa and I have been planning this retreat for a while now, so we are so happy that our Alice in Wonderland day turned out perfectly. Step 1: Decorate and set up snacks. Step 2: Welcome the team down the rabbit hole. You couldn’t enter the retreat room till you took your juice shot to shrink to fit through the door! Step 3: Build a Mad Hatter hat with objects that represent the team. Each team member brought something to decorate the hat with that best described themselves. Step 4: Paint the roses red for each section of the company overview. (Or it’s off with your head!) Step 5: Get all the […]

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The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

New intern? Check. Every six months, Swift Kick welcomes an intern or two into the exclusive family. The new year will start in style as we welcome Dee Dube to the family! We can’t wait to get to know her at our retreat in January. Meet Dee: A junior at Southern New Hampshire University, we met her at an NCSL conference. While studying English Language and Literature, Dee loves being involved on campus.  Here are three positions she holds now: Diversity Agent at Office of Diversity Programs Student Worker at Women’s Center VP of Student Government Because she’s so cool, hence why we chose her, here are 3 fun facts about Dee, from Dee: I’m really bad at tying my shoes. Like awful. I took a 26-hour roundtrip bus trip all by myself to Maryland the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore year […]

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Love All Ways – An End of the Year Reflection

Love All Ways – An End of the Year Reflection

As I walked by the sign, I read the words, processed it, but it took about ten steps (NYC steps, so 0.7 seconds) to interpret it. Love All Ways. Not a misspelling. Two directives that mean so much. While walking down 57th Street to get to the bootcamp class I teach, what I expected to be graffiti was a message for all those who passed by it. It was to Love All Ways. Or was it to Love Always? On my way back from class, I took a picture (and made it my cover photo of Facebook) because it’s a reminder we don’t get enough. In the hustle and bustle of NYC life, we tend to forget the basics. We schedule too much and plan too little. We give more than we can and don’t know how to ask for help. […]

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Little Letters – Jake’s Internship Farewell

Little Letters – Jake’s Internship Farewell

Dear Swift Kick Team, It feels only appropriate that my final reflection would come in the form of some little letters. To think, applying for this internship was a only a few months out of the year. It feels like this experience has stretched so much longer than just Quarter 3 and Quarter 4. Thank you for making me feel like an important member of this company and this family. I’ve learned so much from each of you and in typical Wizard of Oz fashion, I’m going to tell each of you why you’re so important to me. The team as a whole is a real life demonstration of what support and “Raising the Tide” looks like in action. I’ll never forget my Swift Kick company morals, partly because it’s in a little packet! Wherever life takes me, I know […]

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[WATCH] The Swift Kick Team Sings a Holiday Song for You

[WATCH] The Swift Kick Team Sings a Holiday Song for You

Whatever we do for this next video, I will not sing. -Melissa, 10 minutes before we wrote a parody of the 12 Days of Christmas. Clearly, we don’t listen very well to our own advice. So, for our embarrassment, and your enjoyment, our 12 [out of tune] Days on Campus, written, directed, and performed by the Swift Kick team. We chronicle the woes of the end of the semester for students and #SApros. Happy Holidays! The end of the semester might be tough, but we know you can do it!

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