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How to Win the Battle of Good Stress over Bad Stress

How to Win the Battle of Good Stress over Bad Stress

January 2, 2016 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

You know that feeling. You look at the time and suddenly realize you are late. You feel a rush of adrenaline and spring to action. What is happening in your body as you bolt forward is a stress response. Your brain perceives danger ... read more


Exit the Email Vortex: ten best practices

Exit the Email Vortex: ten best practices

March 2, 2015 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

It was 6pm and the plane had just landed.  The man next to me opened his phone and scrolled through his email.    On one of them, he proceeded to type an angry reply, ending with "this is the best you ... read more


What the Tarot Card Reader Told Me

What the Tarot Card Reader Told Me

January 18, 2015 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

I sat down recently to have my cards read, doubtful that the young woman with a French accent could predict my future. She told me that the cards would help me with a challenge in my life. Then she said, “Depending ... read more


3 pitfalls to avoid after a loss

3 pitfalls to avoid after a loss

November 15, 2014 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

1. Catastrophizing It is possible to make too much of a bad thing. Exaggerating the potential downside of a loss may make you feel more righteous, but it will not help illuminate your strategy or give you energy for the ... read more


Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded

Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded

October 14, 2013 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

Austin Thompson b. 1986 Dayton, Ohio The first Millennial Coordinator at SEIU International is a positive force who who leads with both humor and hope based on deep roots and regular reflection.  1.     What three words describe your leadership style?  Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded 2.     What are you best ... read more


The Importance of Getting Beneath Our Common Ground

The Importance of Getting Beneath Our Common Ground

October 14, 2013 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

At two separate retreats this week I had the powerful experience – and the privilege – of being with groups as they got to know each other on a deeper level than they had before.  These were people who in ... read more


Decisive: the anti-blinking guide to decision making

Decisive: the anti-blinking guide to decision making

July 9, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · 1 Comment

I have to confess, I loved reading Chip and Dan Heath's previous books, Switch and Made to Stick, because they tell such great stories, use brain science, and offer really practical tools.  So I was really looking forward to hearing ... read more


360: Friend or Foe?

360: Friend or Foe?

February 14, 2013 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

Most of us do not have a clear or complete picture of ourselves. We know how we MEAN to act, what we INTEND to say… yet we know very little about how people actually experience us or what they REALLY ... read more


2012 is in the history books

2012 is in the history books

February 14, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

We like to say that when you work for social change, results matter.  Well, in 2012, progressives were reinvigorated and taking their case into the streets and changing the public debate.  The results we saw in 2012 not only mattered, ... read more


Creating Community

Creating Community

February 6, 2013 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

I pay attention to books that stay with me and influence my behavior for the better. Peter Block's Community: The Structure of Belonging is such a book. In it, Peter proposes that small groups are our only hope for achieving connectedness between people ... read more


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