Leadership Development

He’s Making a List, Checking It Twice

| by Nevin Daryani

There are a lot of debates about when it is acceptable to begin playing Christmas songs. Am I right? I have certainly been around some heated conversations about this subject. After discussing this topic with my household, we have a family agreement that there will be no Christmas music unti…

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More Than a Bonfire and S’mores

| by April Anthony

This past weekend we gathered our neighbors and roasted s’mores over a bonfire. We met some new neighbors and got to know old neighbors better. Conversations arose naturally about ideas for neighborhood improvements, safety, and future gatherings. New neighbors were asked for their tho…

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Not That Special

| by Mendi Nieters

I think I might have stepped out of line a bit lately. In our role as strategic advisors with Armstrong McGuire, we get the honor of partnering with a variety of nonprofits, staff, board members, and volunteers as they navigate change, set vision, or strive to build capacity. Sometimes they…

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The Courage Zone

| by Margaret Brunson

“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Roy T. Bennett  Over the past 18 months, we’ve all been shoved out of our comfort zones by rapid change.  We’re living and working through some of the most difficult times of our lives. Not only are…

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A Snapshot in Time

| by Beth Briggs

I love hiking in Umstead State Park early in the morning. Trees shade the path, and the recent rains turn the leaves and undergrowth a deep green. Woodpeckers drum in the distance, birds sing, and squirrels scurry among the branches. The trail I follow winds along a gurgling creek and a slig…

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Why I Need a Vacation

| by Staci Barfield

I’m going on vacation next week – YIPPEE! It’s not anywhere fancy, just the beach (though the North Carolina coast is pretty incredible), but this will be the first time I have taken off more than two continuous business days in a year. And I am pretty darn excited. Each ye…

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| by Shannon Williams

Being prepared crosses all parts of life in small “Do I have my mask?” “Am I off mute?” ways and in big “Do I have the necessary supplies for the approaching hurricane?” ways. Last weekend our oldest son moved into his first adult apartment. This was a pr…

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Cause for Celebration

| by Staci Barfield

Yesterday was my dear friend Amy’s birthday. Since her special day is on the first, she has appropriated all of September as her birthday month, celebrating accordingly. Personally, I’ve never been a big birthday person, and acknowledging my own has become less and less important…

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Fear Will Not Win

| by Bert Armstrong

Recently I wrote a blog story reflecting on a hilariously terrifying encounter with a self-diagnosed medical condition of mine – ophidiophobia. For what I am sure was a very small handful of readers who missed this article due to vacations – or for the medically uninformed &…

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