The YMCA of the USA recently named Kevin Washington as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Welcoming a new leader is something most people in the work force are familiar with and have witnessed at least once. For the Y in particular, what traits and characteristics do you think an individual needs to lead our organization? Whethere you're a member, a volunteer, donor, or staff person, what does it take to be a leader in the 21st century?
With the Chicago Marathon coming up, it's interesting to look back at how different things were when Steve Jones broke the world record in 1984. more
Batching is a method of grouping similar tasks into designated blocks of time that can help you stop wasting time and be more productive. It's easy and you can start incorporating it today. What mom doesn't want that? more
More than just a ballerina. Life after dancing. Through the Youth & Government™ program, see how Haley stepped it up to help expand the thinking of her generation. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. more
Another study has come out that focuses on what makes excess sitting so unhealthy. Published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the study is called "Muscle Inactivity is Adversely associated with Biomarkers in Physically Active Adults." more
As I walked into the mom’s group I attend twice a month, I noticed there was a new mom at the refreshment table. After talking for a few minutes, she told the rest of us that she was the mother of a 6-week-old. She looked amazing! She had a flat stomach and far less eye bags than I remembered having. [Insert jealousy here.] "You don't look like you just had a baby!" I exclaimed. more
On Sunday Dennis Kimetto ran a historic record-breaking performance of 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon. How fast is that? It's faster than most people in the world can run a single lap around a track. more
You have a voice. And so does Sean. This is his Y. His words. His story.
Several weeks ago while sitting at the dining room table eating my oatmeal breakfast I noticed a dry oat slowly moving across the kitchen floor. Intrigued by the magically moving oat I got down on my hands and knees to offer a closer inspection only to find that this mysterious oat was being carried by a very small and very strong ant. My usual inclination would be to assist this ant in transitioning to the here after but warding off my temptation to help was the great lesson the ant was teaching me about who we need to be in community in order to see change in our community. more
It's easy to be annoyed or overwhelmed by the new duties that being a parent brings. But when life doesn't go as planned, it can be a reminder for us to cherish every moment. more
Screen-addicted Millennials? Not so fast. There's been talk that Americans, say between 16 and 35, are just as likely to visit the library than download the latest e-book. Let's face it, institutions like libraries are having to reinvent their concepts and appeal to the visitors in new ways. more