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Joy Strategies  
For Your Success in the Business of Life
In This Issue... 

  • The Joy of Coworking: Come to our January 21 networking event & get your work year off to a great start
  • Help us welcome ARA's new business manager
  • HBR Article - Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

Dear Friends of Allison Rimm and Associates,

More than any year, I am so excited to see what 2016 holds in store for my work life. This has been a year dedicated to building a new workplace that optimizes peace and joy along with exceptional business results.This is the vision I write about extensively and work with my clients to achieve. It seems only fitting that I work toward fulfilling that vision for my own business. It has been an experience layered with the usual challenges of renovating new space and the joys of working with a wonderful partner to solve problems and celebrate our triumphs. It is such a blessing to come to a beautiful office every day where I enjoy the autonomy of running my own firm AND the company of other extraordinary professionals.

It has been great experience in ways both predicted and unexpected. As hoped, it's been wonderful to have smart people with different expertise and experiences to bounce around ideas and brainstorm solutions to thorny problems. What I hadn't expected was that having friendly colleagues onsite would actually contribute some real balance to my work habits. Last Friday evening, Susan told me that it was time to knock off for her company's holiday party. She was not impressed with my usual reply - "I just need to finish (fill in your semi-urgent task here) and I'll be right with you." She gave me a stern look and ten minutes to get it done. She was right and we had a wonderful time. 

  Balance. Joy. Sometimes we  all need a little help getting  what  we set out to  achieve. As you look  forward  to the coming year, may  you  have the inspiration   
 and determination to bring your  own vision of success into reality. And  some caring colleagues to hold you to it.

I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, and of course, joyful New Year. Cheers to you!!   
Are you craving rewarding connections with other local professionals?  
Join us for our inaugural networking event on 
Thursday January 21, 2016    
5:30-7:00 cocktails, brief program, and light bites

Meet great people, learn something & have some fun.
Click for info & to reserve your complimentary tickets

Welcome ARA's New Business Manager, 
Allison Uthe

After a national search, I am delighted that we have found a new business manager for Allison Rimm and  Associates. Allison Uthe  (yes, we are trying to figure  out how to avoid name  confusion) has relocated  from Ohio to take on this  position.She has a strong  background in managing  large retail operations as  well as professional offices. I  am looking forward to her help making sure the business runs smoothly, strategic planning, and providing spectacular client service. Just another reason to be excited about 2016. Welcome Allison!


HBR Article: Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces                       

By Gretchen Spritzer, et al 

The coworking phenomenon is really taking off. I was interested to see that a recent study by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business confirmed what I've experienced in my own work life. They report that people who belong to coworking spaces report higher levels of thriving than employees who perform their duties in more traditional offices.

They were so intrigued by this finding that they set out to find out what makes these communal work settings so effective. They discovered three major factors: People who work in these settings see their work as meaningful, have more control over their jobs than people in more traditional workplaces, and they feel like they are part of a community.

Timeless Wisdom

"Alone we are smart but together we are brilliant. We can use the collective wisdom to do great things when we are connected."

 -Steven Anderson, Educator

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