Leadership

21 06, 2018

Calm Your Busy Mind

2018-06-21T14:45:32-07:00June 21st, 2018|

It’s 8 a.m. on Monday morning and you have settled in at your desk to prioritize your day. With your top three important tasks clearly outlined, you dive into the first project. Before you even realize it has happened your mind has wandered away from what you are working on. You find yourself thinking about the school function you need to attend this evening and you can’t forget to leave  Read more »

26 04, 2018

The DISC Assessment, More than a Personality Test

2018-04-26T11:52:04-07:00April 26th, 2018|

When I received my certification in the DISC assessment, I learned it was much more than just a personality test. The DISC assessment has the power to enhance productivity, communication, and understand our own strengths and how it interacts with the workplace. The concept is simple, there are four quadrants: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness.  1. Dominance personalities place emphasis on accomplishing tasks with an eye for results. They place focus on  Read more »

15 03, 2018

How Do You Build Your Team?

2018-03-27T16:06:11-07:00March 15th, 2018|

Every year around this time college basketball participates in what America has lovingly named “March Madness.” We are big basketball fans in my family. Not only do we cheer on the college players as they give their all in the tournaments, we support our local teams as well. It takes many things to make a successful team, both on the basketball court and in business. First, to have a successful  Read more »

21 02, 2018

Do you love your work?

2018-02-25T18:24:56-07:00February 21st, 2018|

February is the month of love, and so I have to ask:  Do you love your work? As we spend the majority of our lives in a career, shouldn’t our work be something we love?   A recent survey sponsored by Monster.com and conducted by market research firm GFK found 22% of workers in the U.S. said they loved their jobs so much they would do it for free, 15% of  Read more »

25 04, 2017

Time for a Spring Clean Up

2018-02-22T15:16:39-07:00April 25th, 2017|

The season is changing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and our teams at MSNW are preparing for Spring cleanups at our client businesses and properties. Spring is the rebirth of creation and it is a delight to see bulbs poking their heads out of the ground, colorful buds appearing on the trees, and waking to the music of happy birds. One of the gifts of Spring is that it seems  Read more »

14 03, 2017

Leadership Lessons – The Power of TEAM

2018-02-22T14:58:00-07:00March 14th, 2017|

Every year we choose a new theme at Management Services Northwest, and in 2017 our Corporate Theme is “T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Accomplishes More." This year we want to work together to be a high functioning, highly effective team with a laser focus on our mission to be the company of highest reliability. This season I have been observing what makes teams successful from watching young high schoolers play basketball.   Read more »

16 02, 2017

How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?

2018-02-22T14:45:54-07:00February 16th, 2017|

Just two months into the New Year and approximately 75% of us, according to a recent health poll, have already given up on those New Year's Resolutions we made for 2017. Individuals make resolutions as they desire change.  However, when it comes down to the commitment and hard work required to accomplish them, most people don't have the bandwidth and consequently drop out in a matter of weeks. Below are  Read more »

19 01, 2017

Leadership Lessons: Make 2017 Your Best Year

2018-02-22T14:52:42-07:00January 19th, 2017|

I always enjoy entering a New Year. It is a time of beginning, a fresh start. Our management team has a ritual of coming together at the beginning of each year to reflect on the positive and growing experiences of the last year, and to set a theme and goals for the coming year.  We do something similar at home, however my teenager rolls her eyes and says, “Mom, I  Read more »

9 12, 2016

Leadership Lessons – Finding Peace this Holiday Season

2018-02-22T14:57:11-07:00December 9th, 2016|

It seems everywhere you go in December, people are rushing around in a frenzy to get ready for the Holiday season.  People ask, "Are you ready for Christmas?" I don't think they are asking about the real meaning of Christmas, meaning instead "do you have your Christmas cards out; is your shopping done yet; are you set for your parties?" Why are we so busy being busy? You have heard  Read more »

13 10, 2016

4th Quarter Reset

2018-02-22T15:04:19-07:00October 13th, 2016|

A friend of mine posted on Facebook, "I am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." I have to agree, as Fall is a lovely time in the Northwest with crisp foggy mornings, warm afternoons, and the trees shouting their beauty in vibrant colors of orange, yellow and green. It also is a time where we are coming off summer vacations and getting back into school and  Read more »