This Week in Young Leaders

Offices without Borders

Sunlight. Flowers. Grassy hills. Welcome to the new age. 

As you're reading this from your 5 x 5 cubicle, imagine a work space where outdoor cafe tables abound and you could choose where you want to sit -- at least that's what architects Ju-Hyun Kim and Euno Cho want you to picture. We, Millennials, are in interesting bunch (or so we've heard). And the idea of pushing over those padded, carpeted walls in favor of green space and natural isn't too far-fetched of a concept.  more

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It's Who You Hang Around With

This week, we posted some tips on how to network with others, based on the idea that it's who you know. Well, as you're building your network of friends and ties, think about this: when it comes to your health, does who you hang around with matter?  more

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Camp Counseling: So Much More than Just Fun and Games

It struck me during orientation how well prepared camp counselors are to enter the workforce. In just one week, camp counselors learn professionalism, collaboration, and responsibility. This personal and professional development does not happen in a strictly academic setting. more

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It's Who You Know

“It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference”. - Anonymous

Are you just starting off as a young leader and want to know what it takes to be successul in your career? Did you just graduate from high school or college and need some advice for navigating the sea that is a job with endless possibilities. Perhaps you're even thinking about a career with the Y but don't know where to begin? more

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Dinner: A Photo Essay

Dinner, we all partake. Yet many young leaders today view this daily ritual much differently than generations of the past. What exactly does supper time mean to Americans across the country (and around the world). Check out this photo essay by Miho Aikawa to find out how dinner has become much more about a glimpse into our private lives, social habits, and personalities than it is nutrition and sustenance.  more

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Great Minds Don't Just Think Alike...

... they stick to a daily routine. Apparently, When Mozart wasn't writing masterpieces, he was giving music lessons during the day. Freud, no suprise here, treated patients. And Pablo Picasso famously said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” more

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Finish What You Started

Over on our runner's blog, Coach Tony Van D would probably give you the following advice: If you start a race, finish it. We happen to know this is good advice - take for instance, Mamie who would argue it's not how fast you run the race but that you finish at all. We love that. As such, crossing the finish could also apply to everything else in life, especially when we, young leaders, seem to be part of the "Now" generation: Instant access. Instant feedback. Instant gratification. At the Y, we hear some of our members' best traits are being nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming. But what about being determined? more

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Keep on Learning

One of the most impactful lessons that I have learned as a young leader is; you are never done learning. There have been many influential leaders in the world that have advice for young leaders like me. Here are some quotes that I have around my office and house that inspire me to continue learning and growing as a leader everyday: more

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