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The Comparison Trap, Part II

Our social media-driven world makes it difficult to avoid feelings of competition. It’s all about more likes, more followers, more reach. You follow someone you admire on Instagram but what started out as a genuine interest in the person turns into wishing your life could be as enjoyable and successful as theirs seems to be. It’s a vicious cycle.

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The Comparison Trap, Part I

I’ve noticed in my life that this isn’t just an issue faced by women. It’s something we all deal with on a pretty regular basis. As leaders and even as volunteers, we often run into thoughts of how we gauge ourselves against others. “Am I good enough?” “Can I do this?” Turn into thoughts of “I will never be as good at this as her.” “He’s such a good leader, I’m nothing like him.”

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How to be a better listener

Conversation is an art form. A delicate dance where each partner moves from speaking to listening, exchanging information and ideas.

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This is Why Good Leaders Tell Stories

Before you start reading, I want to ask you a question. What is the percentage of employees who know what their organization stands for?

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You’ll be Shocked to Learn Why Tension is Actually a Good Thing for Teams

Tension. I know, I know. Even hearing that word creates a tightness around my stomach and makes me cringe. We HATE it. It’s uncomfortable. It means that group members are not getting along. And it’s bad for the team right? Well, yes. And, no. There’s actually a very good reason why tension can be a […]

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Perception Misconception

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

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The 3 Types of Change Mindsets

Every once in a while, at Volunteer U, we get the chance to hear from leaders who are making a difference in their industry. This week we have a guest post from Jayne, a music teacher at a Private School, and also a doctoral student studying at Southeastern University. Enjoy Jayne’s perspective on the three […]

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The Ikea Effect

Oh, Ikea. You huge, blue and yellow home of delicious meatballs and adorable, modern furniture. Have you ever put together a piece of furniture from this Swedish megastore? You open the box to find packets of tiny screws, various sized wood, and instructions that look like they were written in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. It’s hours […]

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These 5 Tips Will Make You A Better People Person

When you work with volunteers (or if you are a volunteer) chances are, you are in contact with people. For some of us, the thousands of little interactions we have a day come naturally. However, for a lot of us, we have to focus on what we are doing, and it doesn’t always come easily. The good news is that interpersonal intelligence can be learned. All of my introverted friends, rejoice!

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Motivation Theories

How are our leaders investing in us? Are they just putting us through the paces? Sending us to one class after another to learn and telling us to read books but not taking the time to invest their time in us? A leader’s schedule can become very hectic, and between trying to help others and […]

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