Lending a helping hand – charitable giving

Charitable giving is a great way to connect within your community and with fellow coworkers. But more importantly, charitable giving helps people that are in need for one reason or another (job loss, illness, etc.). Charitable giving by definition is the act of giving money or other items of value to charitable organizations without expecting anything in return. That’s where Circle Of Concern comes in.

Circle Of Concern Food Pantry in west St. Louis County serves thousands of people of all ages every year. Their goal is to “provide a variety of resources that empower individuals and families to become self-sufficient.” Their main focus is to provide food for struggling families, but they do more. Circle offers financial support, scholarships, job mentoring, children’s programs, and holiday events.

Mitchell Humphrey & Co. is proud to support COC with an annual food drive at the office. Collecting all sorts of canned food, boxed meals, and personal care items to help stock the shelves at the food pantry. “We feel fortunate to be able to help out in our community. Circle Of Concern is a remarkable organization that works with, provides for, and guides families in crisis. That is something we want to be a part of,” stated Kim Schaefer, CPA, President and Chief Operating Officer.  “The Circle of Concern vision is to improve every life in our community by reducing hunger and poverty. We are more than happy to help.”


Circle Of Concern. Care. Compassion. Charity. Courtesy. If you’d like to learn more or donate, visit www.circleofconcern.org or call (636) 861-2623. A little goes a long way…and can make a world of difference.

Helpful Resources

Mitchell Humphrey & Co. is always looking for helpful resource sites to share with businesses and government agencies so they can be the best they can be.

For those with financial backgrounds, such as CPA and CFO, here are a few:
Sales Report

American Institute of CPAs

Beyond BudgetingTM


Government Finance Officers Association



The links below can help provide you with useful information about various related industries and organizations.


GovCentral Government Jobs, Pay Scales and You

GovLoop Social Network for Government

International Code Council

ICMA Leaders at the Core of Better Communities

Microsoft Government Employee

Sustainable City Network

To find out more about our products, visit mitchellhumphrey.com and fasttrackgov.com.

Disclaimer:  Mitchell Humphrey & Co. and FastTrackGov® cannot guarantee the accuracy of content for these sites.

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How to Succeed, Stay Sane, and Have Fun at Work

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From Brad Schnell:

I recently attended the Washington Finance Officer Association annual conference in Bellevue, Washington.  This well organized event included great sessions for Local Public Officials.  One session that I attended was “How to Succeed, Stay Sane and Have Fun at Work”, by keynote speaker David Rabiner, owner of Rabiner Resources.   He is an excellent public speaker that combines just the right mix of humor and storytelling to keep his audience interested in his subject.  

His presentation brought to the forefront awareness and information on personality types in the work place, and as a manager of people, advice on how to work positivity and effectively with different styles.  It was a great reminder about how we all have different personalities and different ways we tackle problems and lead teams.   David took the concept of the Myers Briggs HumanMetrics testing and modified it to simplify and organize personality’s types; so employees, managers, and day-to-day people can understand and achieve a successful working relationship.   

In his session, David gave us a simple questionnaire in order to determine our type through a formula he has developed.  The questions ask about your attitude or reaction to handling conflict, relationships, workload and stress.   Then we completed a four square matrix and our personality type surfaced.  I turned up in Box 1 – no surprise to me.  Following are the 4 types of personalities: 

Box 1 
The good traits: Peacemaker, good listener, involves others, cooperative, and likes routine.  
The not so good traits: Avoids conflict, doesn’t speak up, can’t act alone, can’t say no, and resists change.

Box 2
The good traits:
 Entertainer, creative, energetic, persuasive, and fun.    
The not so good traits: Impulsive, lacks follow-thru, dislikes routine, poor listener, and easily bored.

Box 3
The good traits:
Scholar, detail-oriented, organized, accurate, and dependable.
The not so good traits: Indecisive, nit-picky, inflexible, and critical.

Box 4
The good traits:
Achiever, decisive, productive, focused, and competitive. 
The not so good traits: Steamroller, bossy, impatient, unfriendly, and aggressive.

You will probably guess which personality you are without answering the questionnaire (or maybe not).  I think being a Box 1 serves me well in my career in sales.  Being a good listener and cooperative are my biggest strengths, especially in solution selling.  I have to be able to understand the needs of my clients in order to define a solution and show them the benefits of that solution. 

Box 2 people are fun and creative in the office.  You know, the one who always has the good joke, with a great personality who is also good in sales.   Box 3 people require research and backup for every decision they make.  This is the personality type of accountants and software implementers – I work with lots of those too!  And, finally Box 4 people get things done.  You want one of these guys on your team when you have deadlines that can’t be missed.  They may step on a few toes in the process, but you can count on them to get that all important project done and on time.  The well-rounded individual has a little bit of all of these traits. 

Good leadership is understanding how your team works, and how they can best work together.  Being respectful and understanding when to encourage a certainly personality to complete a task or redirect them so they are leveraging their strengths is all important in the office culture.  When setting employee motivational goals, it is important to set those goals based on the personality type and work style of each individual employee.  For example, as a supervisor, if you’re a Box 3 and directing a Box 2,  you need to understand what motivates them so you can interpret their reactions and behaviors.  This is a good argument for managers to “think outside the box” when it comes to supervising others.

As an organization, setting goals and attaining them requires a team that is diverse and active in their individual strengths and skills.  Effective leadership will nurture and support these talented people in a fun and productive way.  To learn more from David Rabiner and view his presentations, visit his web site at www.rabiner.com

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