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Take the Headphones Off and Pay Attention

| by Bert Armstrong

Let me be clear. Snakes are #1, #4, and #7 on my top 10 list of things I fear on this earth. I get the heebie-jeebies at any mention of snake sightings, keep my head on a swivel when the neighbor mentions they found one in their backyard, and usually turn away from snake scenes in movies and…

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The Hardest Job YOU Ever Had

| by Staci Barfield

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post entitled The Hardest Job I Ever Had. I have to admit that I was unprepared for the outpouring of emails and phone calls from CEOs and EDs that followed. They told me how the article resonated with them, recounted the variety of activities they do on a d…

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The Balancing Act in the New Normal

| by April Anthony

“Imagine you are at your office, but it’s better. Breathe in. And exhale. Your office is clean. Your left eye no longer has an involuntary twitch. You don’t look like someone on the verge of stabbing the next person who says you look tired. Because you don’t. You do…

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Let’s Talk More About Being At Our Best

| by Katie Weeks

My first-grade son was recently asked to make a Venn diagram for class. I am pretty sure I did not know what a Venn diagram was until college, but I digress. One of my favorite Venn diagrams is the one with the circles representing the following: What you are good at What you love doing…

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Working From Home: A Lesson We Can't Unlearn

| by Shannon Williams

There are some pandemic behaviors we cannot unlearn. From a professional perspective, working from home tops the list. Whether you love working from home or you hate it, it is now a thing. To be fair, we all know that working from home existed before the pandemic, but not widely in the nonp…

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The Hardest Job I Ever Had

| by Staci Barfield

With respect to work, I am what author Po Bronson calls a journeyer in his book What Should I Do with My Life? For me, that has meant pursuing several different – and at the time, fulfilling – careers. These include having spent significant time as a management consultant, inform…

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Do Not Lose Sight of What Matters Most

| by Bert Armstrong

I recently reconnected with a very close childhood friend for a long overdue catch-up conversation. Things started out with the standard check-ins about kids, jobs, and who else in our friend group we had seen lately. But as the conversation went on, we moved into deeper, more important stor…

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At Our Best

| by Katie Weeks

At our best. It’s the basis of many of my favorite questions: Who are you at your best? What is this program at its best? How does our team engage at our best? What does our organization look like at our best?  If you have ever been in a staff or board retreat that I have…

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The Six Thinking Hats

| by Katie Weeks

Have you ever known that something is important, and you know you need to process it, and you just aren’t sure how? That is how I feel about this last year. So much has happened in the last year to change who we are, the organizations we are part of, and the world we live in. Have …

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Jeff Hensley Joins the Armstrong McGuire Team

| by Bert Armstrong

With the continued strategic expansion of our portfolio of services to serve North Carolina’s and the region’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Armstrong McGuire & Associates is excited to welcome veteran nonprofit professional Jeff Hensley to our team.  …

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