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marissa-paine-balls-droppingWelcome to the Everyday Management (EM) Blog sponsored by yours truly, Marissa Q. Paine and our Painefree Consulting Team.

“Management happens”!

It happens in our homes, our communities, and of course, our workplaces…oh, our workplaces 🙄 !

I created the EM Blog to offer leaders like you a place to access honest, informed advice, fresh perspective and moral support as you navigate your real world life in business and organizational leadership; because I know firsthand that the difference between extremely painful and excitedly productive leadership is often closer than we think!

Happy Reading!!!!


 

When Being In Charge Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

When Being In Charge Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

There’s a myth out there in the business world that the view’s always better from the top. It’s the corporate version of “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” We work so hard to climb the ladder in our careers. To do […]

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Three Things You Must Determine Before Announcing Your Next Retreat

Three Things You Must Determine Before Announcing Your Next Retreat

We’re almost at the new year, which means it’s time to start thinking about your 2017 leadership retreat. (music cue) Dun dun DUNNNNNNN. Now I’m a social worker so I like getting messy. I love getting away from it all and facilitating those “elephant in the room” […]

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The #1 Way to Sabotage Your Next Organizational Change Initiative

The #1 Way to Sabotage Your Next Organizational Change Initiative

Whether you’re realigning job duties because your treasured right-hand assistant recently left, you’re transitioning to a new and improved database system, or you’re restructuring to create better alignment with your long-range goals…managing change is challenging. As the saying goes, “better the enemy I know than the one […]

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How to recover when your right-hand person resigns

How to recover when your right-hand person resigns

Every leader dreads the day when their beloved, right-hand employee walks into their office, avoids eye contact and hands them a resignation letter, right? Let me start by saying if you’re going through this right now, my condolences! I know what it feels like to finally reach […]

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Workplace Referee-ing: Tips for Navigating Workplace Drama

Workplace Referee-ing: Tips for Navigating Workplace Drama

Dear Marissa, I recently had to break up a workplace argument between two of my best employees.  After things calmed down, we discussed the situation and I was surprised by how different the accounts of each person was.  It was as if they were describing two completely […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Why Doing Things Because You “Should” Won’t Change a Thing

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Doing Things Because You “Should” Won’t Change a Thing

Dear Marissa, What advice do you have for someone that has a history of making resolutions and not keeping them?  There are so many things that I should be doing, but every year, I struggle to actual get it done. Signed, “Desperate”   Dear “Desperate” So often […]

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Passionista Running Out of Steam: Five Secrets to Enjoying A More Balanced Life

Passionista Running Out of Steam: Five Secrets to Enjoying A More Balanced Life

Dear Marissa, I exert a significant amount of passion and energy in my 3 worlds: business, family, and personal. However I’m unbalanced because I become easily drained by one area that the other two suffer; then it goes in cycles with the subsequent areas. I want a […]

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“GIVING TUESDAY”: A NEW WAY TO LAUNCH THE GIVING SEASON

“GIVING TUESDAY”:  A NEW WAY TO LAUNCH THE GIVING SEASON

We have a day for giving thanks, and then earlier and earlier each year, the emphasis quickly turns to commercialism rather than the true spirit of the season.   Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Debt. Stress. Misplaced Emphasis.   Thankfully, this year there’s an opportunity to interrupt that […]

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Board Member Blues: Is Our Mission Statement Helping or Harming Us

Board Member Blues: Is Our Mission Statement Helping or Harming Us

Dear Marissa, Our Board recently approved a new mission statement. I think it’s too vague. What are your thoughts? Signed, A Little Concerned Dear A Little Concerned, To preserve your organization’s identity, I’ve withheld the mission statement you sent me and will instead offer some practical advice […]

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So You Want To Start A Nonprofit: Five “Not to Be Skipped” Steps to Boost Your Chances For Success

So You Want To Start A Nonprofit: Five “Not to Be Skipped” Steps to Boost Your Chances For Success

Starting and sustaining a nonprofit is serious BUSINESS. It takes careful planning, strategy, skill, time and resources (i.e. money!). Like any business startup, many new nonprofits fail. Actually, many established nonprofits are merging or closing their doors as well; so in the spirit of Harlem’s famed Apollo […]

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