Stay At Home Activities & Inspiration

The Loyalty Alliance® Way

The Loyalty Alliance team has been closely watching the events related to COVID-19 and has been in the thick of it in Midtown Manhattan.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the heroes in this war, including every single one of you practicing shelter-in-place and social distancing. Your efforts and sacrifices are so very much appreciated!

So, as a corporate “thank you” we decided to do our small part to lift your spirits and provide much-needed distractions for you and your family members by offering this web/social media curated selection of “Stay At Home” activities, including inspiring stories, tips, ideas, fun things to do, and other tidbits. Click the “cards” below or the menu on the right and explore!

Watch our social media channels and this page for additions/changes and please feel free to contribute and share!  We look forward to receiving your comments, contributions and thoughts.  For those who would like to reach out to our President, her email is cfields@loyaltyalliance.com.

Stay safe!

FIREFIGHTER OR PYROTECHNICIAN?

FIREFIGHTER OR PYROTECHNICIAN?

Are you a firefighter or a pyrotechnician? If you have trained and conditioned your employees to be consummate firefighters through action and praise, while verbally urging them to become better pyrotechnicians, there lies a conflict. Learn how to address it from Achieveing Beyond blogger Patrick Seaton. #leadership #business #blog #AchieveBeyond

5 Critical Success Factors for Enterprise Software Sales

5 Critical Success Factors for Enterprise Software Sales

When enterprise software deals stall, customers are denied increased efficiencies and vendors the revenue needed for growth and liquidity events. So, how do B2B companies and their technical sponsors avoid/advance stalled enterprise software deals? This post has the answers.

Back to School, Back to Work: How to Realign Your Projects for the Fall

Back to School, Back to Work: How to Realign Your Projects for the Fall

Now that Summer is on the wane, it may seem like the best thing to do at work is to go forward full speed on your projects – simply picking up where they left off a few months ago. Achieving Beyond blogger Patrick Seaton has other ideas. In fact, in this new post he’d like to offer you the following suggestion: Step Back and Review the Project. Read it and Learn! #business #blog #AchieveBeyond

What is Life?

What is Life?

This post has been written by Achieve Beyond’s Mark Cohen while his Mom is in Hospice care and questions the norms and conventions surrounding death.

Loyalty Alliance Insurance Personal Solutions

Loyalty Alliance Insurance Personal Solutions

The Loyalty Alliance team of insurance and financial professionals is united in a common goal: to use our extensive experience and vast resources to find the RIGHT solutions using the BEST products and services to address your corporate and personal needs.

Loyalty Alliance Insurance Business Solutions

Loyalty Alliance Insurance Business Solutions

The Loyalty Alliance team of insurance and financial professionals is united in a common goal: to use our extensive experience and vast resources to find the RIGHT solutions using the BEST products and services to address your corporate and personal needs.

To Change or To Be Changed?  That is the Question

To Change or To Be Changed? That is the Question

Many managers face open resistance to changes taking place in their organization. What is most important to understand is the personal reason for the resistance. Lean more about this phenomena in Achieveing Beyond blogger Patrick Seaton’s new post. #leadership #business #blog #AchieveBeyond

Loyalty Alliance Business Profit Recovery

Loyalty Alliance Business Profit Recovery

Loyalty Alliance has created strategic partnerships with individuals and companies who are experts in their specific fields and industries in its ongoing focus to best serve our clients and affiliates. Most businesses are not…

Loyalty Alliance Lending

Loyalty Alliance Lending

Loyalty Alliance provides creative and customized financing solutions from $250,000 to $500 million to businesses large and small. With funding capabilities that rival even the largest financial institutions, combined with a team of seasoned business professionals, we are…

Understanding Conversation Frameworks

Understanding Conversation Frameworks

In this short video from Achieving Beyond blogger Patrick Seaton, you will be introduced to digital, facilitator-led, collaboration tools called Conversation Frameworks. These tools can be used to address recurring situations at all levels – organizational, departmental, and employee – which, if left unattended, could turn into problems that impact performance. 

A sharecropper’s story of success

A sharecropper’s story of success

James Staton Jr. I introduce myself as The son of sharecroppers. I was born, raised, and educated in the city of Duquesne which is about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am one of nine children, the son of sharecroppers. My...

Process Analysis is not Process Improvement.

Process Analysis is not Process Improvement.

There is a way to bring improvement initiatives back into your organization. You must focus on the three Ps – the People, the Processes, and your Planning / Preparation routines. Last month we talked about People, and this month we will focus on Processes, specifically Process Analysis for an existing process.

Shopping in the Age of Zoom

Shopping in the Age of Zoom

Shopping is one of the great pleasures enjoyed by the women in my family. Shopping with my granddaughter is right near the top of my list. With my granddaughter in Portland and me in Detroit, it’s not very often we could share that experience until we started shopping on Zoom.

How Many Hats Do Your Employees Wear?

How Many Hats Do Your Employees Wear?

Learn how to improve employee productivity dramatically via a Task Management session where all department employees or team members participate in a facilitated, digital group activity called a Conversation Framework.

7 Ways To Find ME Power

7 Ways To Find ME Power

In a time of massive change in our collective worlds, feeling powerless can be all too easy. Regardless of which side of a societal, political, or familial issue you fall on, feeling like you cannot affect the outcome can be downright exhausting. In this post, Bill shares eight ways to regain ME power, regardless of external outcomes.

Six Steps to succession planning for Businesses

Six Steps to succession planning for Businesses

Transitions and change are challenging—especially for small business owners. It can be tough to wrap your head around leaving something you created and led, and even more complex if multiple people might be interested in taking over. That’s why I wrote 6 Steps to Succession Planning for Businesses.

The Foci Story

The Foci Story

It was a few days before Christmas in 2001 when I got the call. A former business partner from S&P (Standard and Poors) asked if I could help him create a web-based system for financial advisors at American Express. My role would be...

What Happened to the Empress’ Clothes?

What Happened to the Empress’ Clothes?

Fashion trends start out subtly and evolve from season to season until they become ubiquitous and fade away. Fashion expert Joanie Abraham finds the latest news in fashion a little alarming. Learn why.

Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft Power Pages

Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft Power Pages

Microsoft Power Pages is the newest module of the Microsoft Power Platform, built on Power Apps portals. Power Pages enable users to create and host customer-facing business websites quickly and easily. The embedded low-code designer and advanced customization options provide an imminently flexible web development tool.

How Hedge Funds Affect You

How Hedge Funds Affect You

Let’s look at the “Big Picture” of the “big money” to be made in Hedge Funds – and how these $$$ incredibly wealthy people – whom you have never met – are changing your life every day.

Is Dynamic Caller ID Good For Your Brand?

Is Dynamic Caller ID Good For Your Brand?

If you are like most people, you’ve become numb to the overwhelming influx of spam and telemarketer robocalls coming to your smart phone. Just think of your own behavior — how often do you pick up an incoming phone call versus letting most calls go to voicemail? The inherent problem with call tracking software and dynamic Caller ID is that it isn’t always a good choice for your brand. Learn more about dynamic caller ID in this revealing post.

Can Web 3 Apply To Your Business?

Can Web 3 Apply To Your Business?

There’s been a rapid influx of information regarding Web 3.0. But without the vast resources of a global brands, how can the rest of us navigate this new technological area? It’s complex, and this post strips away the complexity to answer the question, can Web 3.0 apply to your business?

How COVID-19 Is Reshaping The Healthcare Industry

How COVID-19 Is Reshaping The Healthcare Industry

While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be fully realized, there is no denying that it has permanently transformed the healthcare system and the way doctors, pharmacies, and hospitals do business. As we slowly creep into a post-pandemic world, how we treat patients, deliver medications, and administer healthcare will be forever changed. Amit Patel looks at these times of change and industry-wide upheavals as the perfect opportunity for transformation.

Insurance For Entrepreneurs: Affordable Alternatives To Estate Planning

Insurance For Entrepreneurs: Affordable Alternatives To Estate Planning

When creating an estate plan, entrepreneurs generally look to ensure their heirs and beneficiaries receive assets in a way that effectively manages and minimizes estate taxes, gift taxes, and other potential tax and administrative costs. This can be pretty tricky, depending upon the components of the estate, their value, ownership structure, and even the state where the assets, and the entrepreneur, are located. Learn more about estate planning and affordable alternatives.

The Data Journey: 5 Stages Of Turning Data Into Actions

The Data Journey: 5 Stages Of Turning Data Into Actions

In the last 20 years, a fair amount has been said about “big data” and how to approach it; however, what to honestly do with it and how to make it actionable is somewhat unclear. It follows a high-level – and transparent – roadmap on treating your data and making it work for you. There are five stages in turning data into actions…

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Higher Education

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Higher Education

For this article, we interviewed a wide variety of students, teachers, and administrators to get their insights on the effects of COVID-19 on higher education in the U.S. For the general purposes of this article, we use higher education and post-secondary education to refer to colleges (community colleges, technical schools, and liberal arts colleges) and universities (public and private institutions that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs).

Managing Business Risks

Managing Business Risks

I’ve been getting many questions from business owners on managing their business risks. As a result, I’ve decided to write a series of short posts to address their needs.  These are to be educational thought starters. I hope you find them...

A Pediatrician’s Day: Reflecting on Emotional Challenges

A Pediatrician’s Day: Reflecting on Emotional Challenges

No day is the same, and no day is predictable, either good or bad.  Other than pre-scheduled meetings, “zooms,” or webinars, my patient care schedule is always full of the unexpected.  As a physician, I find that my moods and emotions ricochet from feelings of endearment towards a newborn whom I examine to those of helplessness in attempting to counsel an adolescent with thoughts of suicide. 

The Dangers of Installing Apps: What You Need to Know

The Dangers of Installing Apps: What You Need to Know

Now that I’m out of the military and advising clients on information security. I’m much more in touch with the continual technology changes, and wow, is it tough to keep track. Welcome to the era of everything as a service, and every service requires an application or app – primarily a smartphone app. I contend I may be even more deliberate in making a technology change, especially when it comes to smartphone apps, because of the security concerns.

What Data Science Means to Organizations – II

What Data Science Means to Organizations – II

AI Presents Endless possibilities across all Industries and Organizations. Applications and use case possibilities are limitless. They depend on the growth stage, status quo existing data stack, priorities, and budget. Industry, organization size, and personas can segment AI Use Cases. Determining the relevant data universe and identifying models to solve a defined challenge can be alike regardless of industry.

On The Power of Doing Good

On The Power of Doing Good

Up until very recently, I have seen polarization in society that has been associated with anger, judgment, and distrust. Whereas the response and the selfless efforts of our scientific and healthcare community to the worldwide pandemic have been unprecedented, it has also suffered from unfounded criticism and suspicions of conspiracies. Through my novice blogging, I hope that I will be able to share my love of medicine and the humble honor I have in caring for children.  Through the reflections of my experiences, I will also try to engender a sense of wonder and interest in those who might consider a career in healthcare.

Tatiana Tsoir, CPA

Tatiana Tsoir, CPA

In today’s ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT we introduce you to Tatiana Tsoir, a CPA with 16+ years of experience who found her passion and purpose providing the true support and guidance with money and taxes to entrepreneurs and small...

What Data Science Means to Organizations

What Data Science Means to Organizations

In a time when AI is considered the engine that will power the next age of human progress, failure to participate is no longer a viable business option. Companies that wish to digitally transform must understand that embracing the status quo will leave them struggling to keep up with competitors that recognized the opportunity before them.

Meet Sonia Mundra – Risk Seeker

Meet Sonia Mundra – Risk Seeker

Are you a risk seeker? Our current ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT featured executive, Sonia Mundra, certainly is! She was recently interviewed for the DC Local Leaders podcast [below], where she opened up and shared her experience on...

Meet Noah Treshnell

Meet Noah Treshnell

Do the brands you buy reflect your core values?   In this issue of ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT we introduce you to Noah Treshnell who, with good friend & former colleague Wesley McCaw, created D.O.B - Date of Birth Inc. – a...

Meet Preston Brown

Meet Preston Brown

Welcome to another installment of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. It's hard not to feel empowered while watching this video on Preston Brown, brother of our own Terrell J. Brown Brown. Preston coaches high school football in his home...

Blue Note at Home

Blue Note at Home

As we slowly get back to "new normal" the news cycles are shifting to so many other issues we're experiencing. Yet, the pandemic continues and we'll do our best to keep finding activities and inspiration to share. Today we found that the...

Live Music and More

Live Music and More

If you're into music you'll want to check out Bands in Town, an app for your phone that connects to your music and location, then alerts you when bands you like are playing near you. And now, during the pandemic, it is alerting for live...

Storywriting with the Kids

Storywriting with the Kids

Though not free, this website has the coolest stories you can create with your kids or grandkids! It's called Once Upon a Pancake and it seems like a lot of fun. Check it out and let us know what you think! https://onceuponapancake.com/

A Salute to Our Healthcare Heroes

A Salute to Our Healthcare Heroes

The American Hospital Association is compiling stories from the front lines we'd like to share with you. We're doing so to honor these heroes many of whom have gotten sick, have PTSD, and who continue to save lives. Read their stories on...

United We Move – Free Workouts from Planet Fitness

United We Move – Free Workouts from Planet Fitness

If you're still shut in like we are, we're sure you need as many excuses as possible to keep moving. Well, the good folks at Planet Fitness have created a series of workouts - with new ones live streamed daily on Facebook - on YouTube....

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

If you're into Jazz, or just need a fine does of musical relief, Lincoln Center has got you covered with free, daily Jazz programming! Check out the schedule on the Center's...

9 Uplifting Stories from Around the World

9 Uplifting Stories from Around the World

The good folks at National Post have created a video featuring stories of people playing music out and about in their communities, doctors traveling to hard hit countries and more! Check it out https://youtu.be/DpbYcEkelG4

New York Botanical Garden At Home

New York Botanical Garden At Home

Here's a unique resource sent to us by one of you! The New Your Botanical Garden has created a video collection of some of their best Spring blooms and tours. As they put it "See Spring Bloom." We hope you enjoy it as much as we did :-)...

Free Group Yoga Classes Online

Free Group Yoga Classes Online

From MyYogaTeacher.com. Connect with teachers who are passionate in helping you find exactly what you need. No future obligation or fine print. https://www.myyogateacher.com/free-group-classes-online

30 Creative Activities for Kids

30 Creative Activities for Kids

Apple today has released a new “30 Creative Activities for Kids” worksheet designed specifically for those learning from home due to COVID-19. The worksheet includes 30 creative tasks for kids, ranging from photo walks to creating a comic...

These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

A fine contribution from one of our colleagues. We hope you enjoy it! Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video) Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your...

WildEarth’s safariLIVE

WildEarth’s safariLIVE

Here's a submission from our network. Enjoy! WildEarth’s safariLIVE is an award winning, expert hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home. Available on both the internet and television, this show...

Activities and Inspiration: Theatre

Activities and Inspiration: Theatre

We're scouring the web for free and low cost resources related to theatre and performing arts (like comedy, piano bars, etc...) not captured elsewhere on our site. We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and yours as...

32 Theater Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now

32 Theater Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now

While we’re not able to go to the theater right now — there are so many other ways to experience the stage and behind-the-scenes magic. The good folks at Today Tix compiled 32 of their fave theater documentaries that are available to...

Activities and Inspiration: Museums

Activities and Inspiration: Museums

We're scouring the web for free and low cost resources related to museums, We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and yours as you hunker down at home. Please let us know if you have any to share! Misc VR of Rebuilt...

Activities and Inspiration: Games

Activities and Inspiration: Games

We're scouring the web for free and low cost games. We hope you and your significant others will find these resources to be a respite. Kentucky Route 0 by Cardboard Games http://kentuckyroutezero.com/ Games on Sale from Epic Games...

Activities and Inspiration: Music

Activities and Inspiration: Music

We're scouring the web for free and low cost resources related to "all things music." We hope you and yours enjoy these! Left Bank Live - Concert https://leftbankmag.com/leftbanklive/ Streaming Daily DJing Live Stream at Nowadays...

Activities and Inspiration: Exercise

Activities and Inspiration: Exercise

We're scouring the web for free and low cost resources related to exercise. We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and yours. Home Work-Ins With Planet Fitness https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness/ Down to Earth...

Activities and Inspiration: Kids

Activities and Inspiration: Kids

We're scouring the web for mostly free resources related to "all things kids." We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and the family as you hunker down at home. Please let us know if you have any to share! Reading /...

Activities and Inspiration: Movies and TV

Activities and Inspiration: Movies and TV

We're scouring the web for low cost and free movies, TV programs and everything in-between. We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and yours as you hunker down at home. Please let us know if you have any to share!...

Activities and Inspiration: Literature

Activities and Inspiration: Literature

We're scouring the web for free resources related to "all things literature." We hope you'll find these resources to be a respite for you and the family as you hunker down at home. Please let us know if you have any to share! Audible...

Why NBA Players Go Broke and How To Avoid It

Why NBA Players Go Broke and How To Avoid It

According to Bleacher Report, [February 29, 2012], 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy within five years after retirement! Don’t be next! In our opinion, NBA Players go broke for four main reasons. First, their egos! Don’t forget,...