Choices

“It is our choices who show what we truly are, Harry, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

May 9, 2017 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

I am inspired by Tim and Alison Benford, who cancelled their retirement plans and poured their time and passion into organizing their community in Dayton, Ohio. They launched a block and street captain structure and personally recruited hundreds of people ... read more


Friedrichs Redux

Friedrichs Redux

January 2, 2017 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

The third in a series. See Time to Double Down and 4 Things Public Sector Unions Are Doing Among the many uncertainties there are about the new administration, there is one thing we can predict with confidence: Friedrichs redux. Public sector union leaders breathed ... read more


Time to double down: What the demise of Friedrichs means for labor

Time to double down: What the demise of Friedrichs means for labor

March 24, 2016 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

When Antonin Scalia died in Texas last month, public sector unions got some breathing room.  Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association - the case that was expected to overturn Abood vs Detroit Board of Ed in April – ended up in a ... read more


5 Best Tools for Online Collaboration

5 Best Tools for Online Collaboration

January 2, 2016 · by Grace White · Leave a Comment

As travel budgets tighten and the need for collaboration increases, you are probably spending more of your time on conference calls, reading emails, and feeling disconnected from your team. This does not have to happen!  There are many easy-to-use online tools for ... read more


Putting R Before T - It's How S**t Gets Done

Putting R Before T – It’s How S**t Gets Done

January 2, 2016 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

You are juggling your “usual” workday, which seems more and more hectic. The only way to get through everything seems to be with back-to-back meetings. Your head is down, your neck is tight, and you disengaged hours ago. You blindly ... read more


Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

January 2, 2016 · by Allison Porter · 1 Comment

Do you have a co-worker who brings down the morale of the team? Does your office sometimes feel like a battleground of "us" vs. "them"? Are you tired of trying to please people who fault everything you do? If you answered yes to ... read more


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


Open, collaborative, curious

Open, collaborative, curious

July 17, 2015 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

Elizabeth Bunn   In her current role as Organizing  Director of the AFL-CIO, through two terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and throughout her career, Elizabeth Bunn has been blazing a trail for women leaders and women's rights in the labor movement.  Organizing non-traditional workers into unions and fighting ... 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


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