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With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer vacation season, we’re all craving some work-free time. Whether it’s a long weekend or a full week off, a true vacation—one that doesn’t involve responding to emails or calling into the office—requires a little preparation. Before you take off for vacay, check off these three easy to-dos. That way, you’ll be free to relax and recharge without an ounce of guilt! 1. Prepare your team. A week before vacation: Put …
Because Two (or 16) Heads are Better Than One!May 9, 2013
Every day, day-in and day-out, we hear of problems and paradoxes burdening individuals, communities, countries… It is overwhelming to think about, let alone develop solutions for them. Where do you start? According to Kevin Conroy Smith, you build a network. Sounds so simple right? Guess what… it is! “I’m not going to change the world, but my network can.” With Smith’s devout belief in the power of networking, he set out to make a difference by connecting his astute social and professional circles with Habitat for Humanity International, where he sits on the Executive Board and is Chair for the International Young Professionals Board, to tackle poverty issues. Hence: The Habitat for Humanity Series. The Habitat … Read more
Your Team Will Love Working with YouApril 25, 2013
A promotion is awesome (break out the Champagne!), but with it comes extra responsibility. If you’re moving into a supervisory role, you’ll have a team relying on you. How do you become an amazing manager and make your team love working with you when you have zero managerial experience? Here are five tips to get you started and boost your confidence: 1. Get to know your team. Take some time to meet with each person who will be working under you. Find out their background and goals, how they communicate best, what they enjoy doing and what they think could be improved. Even a quick chat over coffee will go a long way! 2. Set … Read more
Recycling Those Old ClothesApril 10, 2013
You did the quintessential spring cleaning closet cleanse…so, now what? The “toss” pile is folded, ready to go and staring you down – the question is: what do you do with it? No matter what, don’t throw it in the garbage. You may have gotten the max use of your purchase, but ladies – the buck doesn’t stop here. Old clothes are the prime example of trash turned to treasure. Believe it or not, all of that “junk” could be a rich investment in the environment, your bank account or a child’s healthy future (yes – I went there!!). With that, here are a few of the friendliest ways to rid your former … Read more