Management Services Northwest

Management Musings – Take Time for Summertime

June 30, 2014

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine…it’s summertime!” Kenny Chesney has it right – summer days are here and it seems to brighten everyone’s mood. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we look forward to summer when the days get warm and long, and we can end our evenings with unmatched sunsets.  Read More…

Management Musings – Am I Ready to Take Responsibility?

May 22, 2014

I am currently a student in the SmithBucklin Leadership Institute led by Henry Givray, CEO of SmithBucklin where we are studying the qualities and characteristics of effective leadership.  Henry speaks of earning leadership’s invitation as it must be invited not forced.  When we have earned it, it is a high honor and great obligation we Read More…

Management Musings: Upstairs Downstairs – Everyone Matters

April 29, 2014

I am sure I am not the only one who watched only one or two episodes and got hooked on Downton Abbey. It is mesmerizing to go back in time to the early 1900′s and experience along with the Downton family the excitement and challenge of this period. What it must have been like to Read More…

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…

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