Begin With the End in Mind

As they say – measure twice, cut once. Plan ahead so you don’t waste time and materials when you have to redo something because you messed it up the first time. It makes sense for most tasks in life, but what about life in general? On your eightieth birthday, you can’t go back and try … Continue reading

Three Leadership Keys I’ve Learned

Leadership can be viewed as a complex concept. Most people learn the traits and themes that help create a great leader but seldom do they live out the concepts they’ve learned in their day-to-day life. By breaking down a few basic leadership concepts in this article and providing “real world” examples I hope to lay … Continue reading

Finding Your Strength

Have you ever been faced with a leadership opportunity yet turned it away out of fear or shyness? As college students, we are continually faced with the challenges of stepping out of our comfort zones. When it comes to taking on the responsibility of a group, many times students turn down these roles. The reason … Continue reading


The Superheroes, Strengths, & Leadership Conference was a FANTASTIC experience! Here’s a picture of the Yellow Team in front of their finished K’nex Challenge at the end of the day.

Beefing Up Your Resume

When was the last time you took a look at your resume? Last year… last month… two years ago? Resume writing and building need not only happen when you are looking for a job. An annual review of your resume provides you an opportunity to update and identify “holes” in your experience that, if filled, … Continue reading

Just Say NO! (what to do when your schedule is overwhelming)

Just Say NO! Sometimes one of the biggest time management challenges student leaders face is the ability to just say “NO.” You will be offered many opportunities, feel like others are relying on you and simply want to accept invitations to be further involved. However, in order to be the most effective leader you have … Continue reading

Agreeing to Disagree

“We can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down.”  ~ President Barack Obama – University of Michigan Spring Commencement 2010 When President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech to the 2010 graduating class at the University of Michigan, the message he shared with young people entering the “real … Continue reading

A Time Management Tune-Up

 “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One  man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”  ~ Charles Richards  Time marches on – sometimes much too quickly – … Continue reading

Nipping Negativity in the Bud

They are tough things to listen to: whining, complaining and negative feedback! You have put a lot of time and energy into building a positive group or team. If you have some people who are pes­simistic or always complaining, their negative energy can spread throughout the group. This can be very frustrating as you strive … Continue reading

Listen Better

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill You have probably considered some personal skills you would like to develop or enhance through your leadership experience. For many leaders, learning how to better communicate is an area they want to … Continue reading