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    Leadership Quiz Night

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    Leadership Quiz Night! Leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I have learned is that you need to be able to show your work. In a job interview, that can become a very interesting prospect to have thrown at you – unaware. It’s those little questions….

    1. Show your work
    2. Show me leadership.
    3. Tell me how you perform community outreach.
    4. How many hours a day do you work in social media?
    5. How many social media applications can you link?
    6. What is content marketing for social media?
    7. While doing research did you actively engage in experimentation that provided you with factual data that could be useful to your organization or business?
    8. Training usually has some long-term benefit, plus you provide your learners with material or backup data, where do you store your assessment data?

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe. Can we thrive in a constant environment without some form of monetary benefit keeping us afloat? Probably not. Our skills are our bread and butter. We need to be able to sell those skills and sell them well. Some people don’t even know they have certain skills. Testing yourself, and really examining what you do and don’t know can help you in your quest to be in that perfect position.

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe

    Back to my initial statement, leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people. Words DO matter. Depending on the words you use, they may ultimately define your role in the working environment. They may also generate feelings, good or bad. I have learned the meaning of stress, and words that I associate with that stress are called project management and strategic planning. I’m not saying they are bad positions, but anyone who has ever been in a position where a large chunk of your daily role was finding yourself buried under a deadline, client concerns, and underperforming managers – you’ll understand. They can be fun roles also; if you like the fast and furious pace that they often take. Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Leadership verbiage is probably way over-used by many. Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor. Leadership is not teaching someone how to turn on a computer or find information, that’s training or guidance. It’s not leading a meeting where all you do is discuss the same thing over and over again – that’s training.

    Leadership is more about directing others and assuming a role of authority and taking responsibility for that position. When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is a bringing together of large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good.

    When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is bringing together large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good

    Some people may have a completely different ideology about what constitutes certain skill sets. I have an aversion to those who claim certain skill sets that are not unique to them. On-the-other-hand, I enjoy those professionals who put Customer Service or Volunteer on their list of skills.

    Basically, unless I know you personally, the only thing I can pretty much assume is that you can type. I can probably glean a fair amount of information from your writings, but there has to be more. Details tend to matter. I want to know you. I don’t want memorized words, I want you to know what you are good at.

    Leadership Quiz Night!

    Here are some fun little tools to test your skills. It’s all hypothetical of course, it won’t determine your life work. You might be a master of your craft, and end up with a weak score. It’s a reality check, but a fun one. What are you really good at? Are you too good? Can you laugh at yourself and with others when you look at your own scores? It puts you on an equal playing field with all those who work around you. A little bit of humility goes a long way in building true character.

    Have fun with these freebie tests 

    Have fun learning what you are good at. Take a good hard look at your resume. If you have done the skills, and actually understand the meaning of the skill, leave it on there. If you have tinkered with a skill, be very cautious about misrepresenting who you are and what you do. Lastly. Don’t dummy down your skills for no one.

    Don’t dummy down your skills for no one

    #leadership #quiz #management

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    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive

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    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive. Focus on the chart above for a minute. Take in what it is asking you to do. Based on what you see in this decision process – which way do you anticipate you will decide to go?

    • Will you say something or not?
    • Is the disclosure (or non-disclosure)- vulnerable or vindictive?

    Now ask yourself one more question. Did you arrive at a pre-conceived conclusion that the answer to this diagram, based only on what you see, indicates you should choose to move to the left in your decision process? Maybe the red terminator button that is partially hidden on the right suggested to you that you should decide to go left on the diagram and say “Yes”.

    Now let’s look at the full diagram.

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    You are a good person if….

    The Gossip BOX

    Well, now you KNOW.

    It is the second decision box that describes the situation you must face based on your first decision, which by now you know was only an incorrect assumption.

    Undoubtedly, I probably will have misguided a number of people to go the wrong way – deliberately. This doesn’t make you a bad person or a good person. The chances that you would decide to go in the other direction (right) would be about 1%. Another 1 or 2% may still be sitting on the fence, but the majority went left.

    Often we are suspectable to this type of misinterpretation in our everyday lives. People come at us from all directions, and many times we only see a sliver of an issue or an underlining problem. Yet people want answers – and they want them in a hurry. But if we only have a partial bit of information available to us, our decision processes can become a crapshoot real fast.

    Real life scenario’s push us to our limits at times. Having the time to attend to issues and give them our full attention can sometimes be stressful. Take for instance the following scenarios. What might you do to remedy one or two of them? Do you have enough information? What do you already know?

    • Scenario 1: Meeting with a group of professionals regarding a project that will have lasting benefits for the company. It is discovered that key individuals are not likely to work well together. Therefore information is not being shared.
    • Scenario 2: In a private meeting it is mentioned that someone may not have the necessary skills to accomplish a task. This according to one person only.
    • Scenario 3: I’m confronted by an individual that is worried that no one likes them and their key group of workers. States that it is common knowledge within the corporation.
    • Scenario 4: After complaining that a process is backed up and in serious jeopardy, a presenter demands that a system be implemented to help deal with their departments load. In good faith, people are hustling to find remedies and develop a strategy that will help fix the backup issues and restore confidence in the system. The original presenter then makes the comment that they wash their hands of the project and dump the load on the nearest worker.

    We have to remember that when we are presented with scenario’s like the ones above, that there is a lot more information that isn’t yet visible. As bad as I dislike meetings, they are a necessary evil to get to the core of many issues. You have to get all the players on the same sides again and determine What went right!

    What went right?

    We all should strive for a high moral within our working environments. Kick the guilt shaming, nitpicking, and arrogant players to the curb. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work of correcting the problem(s) yourself. You have to look at the entire picture and make sure the pieces are in the correct place. Lay a foundation of respect with those you work with and make sure that each person has a piece of that respect. If they lose your respect it should only be for something that was cruel, malicious, and negligent toward corporate values. You have to look at the whole flow chart.

    You have to look at the whole flowchart

    When you look at the whole flowchart, then you can better determine if Disclosure is Vulnerable or Vindictive.


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    Content creator & writer, blogger, social and digital media advocate. JB was born with a passion for writing and instructional design. JB is the owner of Radcliff Design.

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    Copy room manners

    Copy Room Manners

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    Copy Room Manners


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    Humility During Times of Adversity

    Humility During Adversity

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    Humility During Adversity

    Trying to remain humble and calm during times of adversity is a tough call. Especially when everyone around you is fighting mad, or suffering from some disappointment somewhere in their career or personal life.  A working office environment has emotion and life to it.  You are not immune to what goes on there.  You also are not immune to the politics inside and outside of your office. It would be nice if we could just shut out the political rhetoric – but often it seeps in when we least want it there.

    Add a political campaign cycle to an already fragile office environment and the circumstances are ripe for vindictiveness and strife.  If you don’t believe me, just turn on your television set, and come to work the next morning. Many workers are feeling the politician pressures from within and outside.  A game of tug-of-war or tug-of-wills can and often takes place.

    The tug of war within an office environment quite often only succeeds in oppressing those who are in the middle or lower level tiers.   Within this tier,  is generally the larger chunk of your workforce.  They are the ones that get hit with a wave of disenfranchising rhetoric, genuinely laced with arsenic threats and disallowances.   It is oppressing.

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    What happens within these tug of war zones,  is you get hit with lower level workers or middle management dogma.

    You deserve better, we all deserve better, but unfortunately, one side does not want to give the call – and the other side is too afraid you will call. It’s a tug of war, and you are the rope.

    Letting go of the rope. 

    As a society If we continue on the path we are headed on as a culture – pretty soon everyone will be opening up their own businesses because no one can get along.   The office environment has become way too toxic, oppressive, and controlling.  People want out, and they are leaving in droves.

    When you talk about diversity and equal rights in the workplace, that is easier said than done.  People for whatever reason – for just being born into a certain family,  have a rooted belief AAEAAQAAAAAAAAYUAAAAJDNjMzkzOThiLTEzNzQtNDc2OC1iMWRiLWE5ZDVkZGE1YWIxYw-207x300 Humility During Adversitysystem.    Thus their value systems are rooted in the very fabric of who and what they are.   It produces their attitudes and ultimately directs their behaviors.  It also tends to direct their political as well as religious viewpoints – those come out as behaviors.

    To say you can desensitize a working population into adopting a value system that is foreign to their belief system is radical thinking in-and-of-itself.

    Many workers do play the game of office politics  – just to survive.   They can walk-the-walk, and talk-the-talk, but they do not hold a common value system with those around them.  It is a game. 

    A person’s personal belief system is not the same as a company’s core value system.   Beliefs can separate us from other people, whereas values can unite us for a cause, like a business.   A business’s core values are what supports its vision, and helps to shape the culture within,  and ultimately form its identity.  That is all good – that is the way it should happen.  It is what is hidden that often stirs the pot, so to speak.

    What is Hiden?

    Political and religious views, as well as lifestyle preferences, are only acceptable at face value to some – and at a very thin surface level.  They can only be accepted as far as one’s beliefs allow. Those beliefs can vary slightly acceptable to greatly acceptable, depending on the individual.  Ripping at someone’s long-held belief system will not get you far.

    Underneath are the deeply held beliefs (roots) of the individual who may or may not adapt to your core values,  or see your point of view.  It then becomes a game of survival or tolerance.   At what level is enough – enough?

    Adopting Core Values 

    Posting an employee notice on the wall is only as good as the paper it is written on unless your core values are solid within your organization.    Some organizations have great success with their employees adopting their core values and visions. Those tend to have a higher moral and ethical workforce.   Others haven’t learned to adapt to a changing real-world environment, and the impact continues to be felt at the base. It takes time – don’t give up.

    At some point, it may become a competitive disadvantage for employers not to seek to adjust its core values.    I acknowledge that there are some businesses that need not change.  For once they change they lose their purpose, or it adversely affects their core values, as well as disrupts their belief system.  Let’s talk about that for a moment.


    1. Do your core values remain the same when you go from job-to-job?

    2. Do corporate values change? Have yours changed? Do they need too? What was the outcome of any change, or non-change?

    3. Do you expect to be rewarded for your values? What about your co-worker?

    4. Do your core values present a competitive disadvantage to your company?

    5. What core values do you see others exhibiting? What about your workforce, what do they see you doing?

    6. Does your company’s core values allow you to find a place where you feel “it works for me.”?

    7. Do you ever feel your core values might not work for everyone? How do you deal with that? What if the majority or minority disagree?  Are you open to collaboration? When do you end the conversation and give an affirmative answer – yea or nea?

    A lot of businesses are starting to understand that in a global economy you might need to adjust your core values.  The corporation itself may need to develop an attitude that is more accepting rather than directing in order to compete.

    With many companies outsourcing and setting up offices in different states, as well as internationally, you need to speak the language of business.  But that language may be different than you first thought once you factor in cultural diversity. The first step is acknowledging that cultural diversity exists and that it can be a very good thing.

    See the writing on the wall yet?

    This political year I am seeing splits within many business circles that I have never seen before; that frankly frightens me.  Conservatism is no longer conservatism, and liberalism is no longer liberalism.  These radically changing mindsets are pouring into the working lives of many. Workers are becoming agitated and depressed. They feel they are becoming disenfranchised, as the splits become more prevalent and the American culture starts to erode.  It’s not a good thing.

    There doesn’t seem to be a lot of collaborative efforts in play to help bring a common understanding of the working class needs to the table.   The right sounds more like the left in their anger, and the left strikes out with equal annoyance.   Two waves of anger do not make a positive.   Politics is a great disruptor – but at what cost to American worker? People are afraid of losing their jobs, and others just want a job.

    To the working class, the 2016 political environment has become a war zone, one created to emotionally and psychologically gain control or power over them; to disrupt and seize.   The workforce is concerned that it will become voiceless.    It shouldn’t be a battle to come to terms and find equitable solutions.  Yet, people are angry….. some in the violent sense.  We as a society need to stop fueling that type of anger.

    I hear the voices coming from  working American’s stating, “Damn the establishment!”  But what will you have after you have damned your rights into the hole?  If you can’t find some level of humility during times of adversity, you will either be confused with the outcome you sought and/or disillusioned by the choices of others.

    Trying to stay humble during times of adversity is a tough call

    No one wants to lose their job due to politics or adversity.  Sometimes remaining humble during adversity is the only thing that gets some people by.  But, when you try to put square pegs in round holes,  understand this – at some point, the game is up.

     – checkmate

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    Come to work as our favorite characters

    Come to work as our favorite characters

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    Come to work as our favorite characters


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