Management Services Northwest

Management Musings – Time for a Spring Clean Up

March 17, 2014

The season is changing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and our teams at MSNW are preparing for Spring cleanups at our client businesses and properties.  Spring is the rebirth of creation and it is a delight to see bulbs poking their heads out of the ground, colorful buds appearing on the trees, and waking to Read More…

Management Musings – I Love My Work

February 13, 2014

February is the month of love, and so I have to ask:  Do you love your work? As we spend the majority of our lives in a career, shouldn’t our work be something we love?   A recent survey sponsored by Monster.com and conducted by market research firm GFK found 22% of workers in the U.S. Read More…

Management Musings – Resolution

January 13, 2014

The New Year is here and with it many of us make resolutions.  Why?  Most likely because there is something in our life we wish to change or improve on.  I am sure that all of us can think of resolutions we have made at the start of the year:  This year I am going Read More…

Management Musings: What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?

December 16, 2013

Janelle Bruland, CEO   The cold winter winds have blown the grey skies away to beautiful blue this week, giving us a new look at the majestic mountains that surround us.  I am once again awestruck by the beauty of the place in which we have the privilege to live. As we move toward the Read More…

Management Musings – Alignment is Critical for Team Success

November 18, 2013

Leadership can be considered a privilege or a burden.  John Maxwell, who is one of my favorite teachers and authors on business says, “A Leader Knows the Way, Goes the Way, and Shows the Way”.   This can be a daunting job sometimes especially in the turbulent times we are living in, however I consider it Read More…

Management Musings – Kidnapped by the Urgent

October 9, 2013

Earlier this year my family and I visited beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and were able to enjoy the world famous Buskers Festival.  The walkways along the waterfront were filled with street performers from all over the world who mesmerized us with their comedy shows and juggling acts, and their daring feats from balancing atop high Read More…

Management Musings – How Loyal are You?

September 5, 2013

Here we are in September and many of us have just gotten our children back in the school routine, including the start of the fall sports season.  It takes dedication and hard work to thrive on the sports courts.  It takes similar effort to thrive in business and our daily lives.  For those of you Read More…

Management Musings – Every Time, Every Touch

July 8, 2013

Our local hospital, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has the vision that every person receives safe, compassionate care, every time, every touch.  Having served on their board for the last few years I have seen the leadership and staff consistently aligned around this vision statement. Consistency is such a vital part of building trusting relationships. Read More…

Management Musings – Live your One Exciting Life

June 7, 2013

All of us get just one exciting life to live here on this earth. How are we going to use it? This was our speaker, Adria Libolt’s, opening remark at my daughter’s graduation from high school last night.  Though making a difference as a teacher, Adria felt called to another vocation as a Deputy Warden Read More…

Management Musings by our CEO – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

May 3, 2013

You are probably familiar with the quote by Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, who famously said: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  In Psychology Today, Dr. Shpancer comments that this notion found life beyond Nietzsche’s–which is ironic, his having been rather short and miserable–and it continues to resonate within American culture.  One Read More…

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