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    Worker Bees

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    Worker Bees

    Thought for the day

      I went to buy  my coffee this morning and  I forgot to grab cash.  It’s 5:00 am and I'm really wanting coffee bad.  All I had were checks and a credit card in my little fanny pack. The coffee shops  credit card machine was down and they didn’t take checks.  About this  time  an older woman  approached the counter and offered to buy my coffee for me.  She said to me “I’m just paying it forward”.    I didn’t argue with her – I let her buy my coffee for me -and I gave her a hug.   Now it’s my turn.   I understand – it is about personal satisfaction. 

    Being able to see the little guy, the worker bees as human beings that matter and have value – that is priceless. Worker bees   are the heart and soul  of an enterprise.  Sometimes we put too much emphasize on the big guy  and we forget that  those under us are actually the ones turning the wheel  that keeps our doors open.  

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL7AAAAJDgwMzU5YTEzLTYwNzktNDlmMS1iYTQ0LTMyMTU4ZjkwZDdmOA Worker BeesFor instance, what good is administration without teachers.  Or how about  corporate executives without secretaries to provide a level of organization.  You need cooks and waitresses and dishwashers to run a restaurant.  It also helps to have certified electricians to run a power company.   You need tellers at the windows of the bank, and nurses to tend to sick.  The worker bees – they are at heart and soul  of your business, institution, or nonprofit.  They are your most valuable asset and should never become a liability. You need them. 

    In reality, we are all worker bees.  Even those of us who own our own establishment or online practice.  We are answerable to someone, somewhere; could be a bank, shareholders, or the marketplace, etc.  Thus our  work goes on, one worker bee at a time.

    None of us can say without a hint of uncertainty  that we have 100% of every process down, and that the margin of error is so small that nothing could go wrong.  Of course you know the minute you state that, it’s as if Murphy’s Law kicks in and all hell breaks loose.

    How do you combat Murphy’s Law?  First off, except it as fact.  Things happen that are unexpected.   There is a philosophy that moves away from Murphy’s Law and acknowledges that  things will go wrong regardless of how well we plan.  The challenge is of course to make those things that go wrong  part of the plan.  Another idea is to pay it forward.  How do you get coffee without cash? Pay it forward! 

    How do you get coffee without cash?   

    Find a solution, find a work around, be flexible, and ask your worker bees what
    they know.  You will be surprised how often those worker bees understand your organization from a different angle, and possibly enough to save your bacon when the economy begins to move in a direction not in your favor. 

    bee Worker BeesEducation is not a sure fire way to protect yourself against the hardships of this world either.  While getting an education doesn't hurt, it won't mean anything unless you put it into practice. If you never put it into practice it is just a piece of paper on the wall.  

    As well, all the money in the world cannot, and will not take the place of the human connection.  You need to have people in your  life that you trust and rely on - like worker bees.  Building those relationships is key to how successful you will be in your life time.  I'm not talking financially as much as I am in the realm of personal satisfaction.  You can have all the money in the world and still be a miserable old cuss.  People are what make us who we are - especially those worker bees. 

    Been burned?  It’s part of the plan.  Been given the ax?  It’s part of the plan.  As hard as it may sound to do, you have to take  those rough moments in your life and make them part of the master plan.  It’s like learning to roller skate, you AREgoing to fall on a very delicate part of your body and it will hurt.  But, you get back up and do it again, until you are proficient enough to stay up for longer and longer periods of time. 

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL7AAAAJDgwMzU5YTEzLTYwNzktNDlmMS1iYTQ0LTMyMTU4ZjkwZDdmOA Worker BeesGetting back to our worker bees.  With their help our organizations, and businesses are supported by their skills and knowledge.  When you have worker bees who are trained and understand that  everything is connected, you have a much stronger work environment .   You rely on them, trust them, and need them.  It really is in your best interest to be available to your worker bees.  Make the time to be with your worker bees.  Build in those incentives that keep the bee colony happy.   There is always Murphy’s Law that is quick to remind you of just how valuable your worker bees really are. 

    ..and the buzz is all about Personal Satisfaction. 

     

     


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    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

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    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJiAAAAJDQyYjcxOWQzLTA4MzItNGY5Yi04ZGY5LWFhYTJkYjI2YjI5MQ Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

     Migrating from bureaucracy  or meritocracy  to the world of free commerce is a journey of  new learning, and that learning curve is steep. You quickly learn that the blue collar/white collar tags are real.  The way business is handled within both sectors is uniquely different as day and night.

    Within your institutions you have departments and policies and procedures that govern your everyday operations to a fine line. Job subsidies and cushiony benefits hold  many employees in their place.   In the world of free commerce you have a business plan, and expectations in meeting your next payroll.    Your staff is made up of people from various backgrounds; some from corporations and institutions, and the remaining have never seen  a mission statement or walked the halls of education.  Fed up with the bureaucracy many often  are attempting to take their lives back in a meaningful way.  Through exploring new career paths and innovation, Americans want more than to be spoon fed tasks day in and day out.

    Where we as a society decide to take our country is contingent on the free will of the people to keep bureaucracy at bay. While a cushiony office with the many perks may sound like the ideal dream job,  it’s not without its downside.  When overwhelming policies start to absorb the very creativity of your work force, you end up with corporate zombies.  Those same policies and procedures often bastardize individuals against one another, splitting relationships that were once solid into many pieces.  Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel – and many rats turn upon its squeaky wheel.

    Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel 

    There is a lot to be said about the free market and those who work in that arena.  They still provide this country with a fair amount of innovation and “guts”.  The “guts” to get out there and change the structure of the market with   new ideas and concepts.  Bureaucracy on the other hand wants to own all your ideas and hand those ideas out to others who really have made no contribution.  It’s like writing an essay and giving the guy In the next cubical part of the credit.  It doesn’t work.     

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.   Bureaucracy is not necessarily American.  It is socialist in form, and tends to batter the little guy with its strength.  Money can’t fashion the heart muscle, it can only corrupt it.  When bureaucracy becomes too large, it is used as a weapon to hurt others, all in the name of power. 

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.

    Helping small businesses to succeed – that is the real dream . If you want to put your money somewhere – put it into small business.  Bureaucracy is bloated and needs to get its hands out of the working mans (and women’s) pocket.


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    The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

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    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAV_AAAAJDY0Y2Y4OGMxLTZiMDAtNDhjNC05YTNlLWY0ZGRiNTg4YWYwOA The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

    The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

     

    There is a fairly large gap between academia and the business world. What you are taught in college is not necessarily going to equate to real world settings.  Life is not a pre-defined scenario.  Rather, it is more like a jungle of pandemonium; or simply organized chaos.  There are those in academia that tend to struggle with the concepts of business and social welfare when confronted with honest debate about current affairs.   

    An unfortunate turn for students attending college or a university is locking horns with a tenured professor who has not worked in the business or social realm for decades.  Their views often can be harsh and demeaning toward anyone who is not willing to see things the way they do.  Their stances is, " You either see it my way or its the highway". 

    You either see it my way or the highway.

    As harsh as the above statement is, by not following it - it can equate to a student not getting a passing grade or a working recommendation from a department or dean.  The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium.  You may gain from learning about certain ideologies,  but  unless you have put your practice to the test, an ideology it shall remain.    The business world waits for no one; and is in constant change.

    The business world waits for no one, and is in constant change.

    What I have found from my own experience is that  professors who have held positions in the business economic sector, tend to be better versed in their styling and presentations.  They speak from knowledge they have gained while working in an active business environment.  They also tend to be more conservative in both speech and demeanor, and often have more engaged students.  Their lectures are rich in culture and diversity, and filled with real-world experiences.  

    We all have our past university professors that have either encouraged or inspired us.  I have to acknowledge a few from the Logan and Wasatch Utah areas:  Dr. Scott Allred,  Dr. Dwight  Israelsen, and  Dr. Ronda MenLove.   While there were many others professors in the technological field in which I  was involved, that is another story.   

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    It is hard to find instructors who have a strong background in business, as well as  social, economic or political backgrounds. What we have to fear from academia are those professors whose ideologies  have taken a more progressive stance, and refuse to adhere to common sense rules, and sound foundations.  They often try to put the horse before the cart,  by injecting too much of their own opinions and biases.  Students miss out on valuable learning processes due to these inadequacies.  While change is inevitable, teaching from a podium filled with one’s own personal opinions, while leaving out key concepts,  defeats the purpose of academia.   

    There is a big difference between experience and opinion.  We all have opinions, and we need to form them.  But first we must be taught the smaller concepts so the horse doesn’t run us over right out of the chute.  

    Some things to consider while you are preparing your students to enter the chute of life:

    • Practice discipline in oneself, and think before you say it
    • Practice listening to your students, and not your own thoughts
    • Try not to make up your mind before you have even heard what someone has said
    • Your opinion is just that – an opinion. Until it is proved otherwise adhere to the tried and true
    • Don’t destroy your students careers because you do not have the same viewpoint
    • Don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong, and you will be wrong
    • A cushiony environment where you control all the elements – doesn’t necessarily equate to a happy environment.  
    • Listen to your staff.  They are in the trenches, they report to you
    • Remember, you are also expendable
    • Respect differences, but don’t draw negative or positive attention to them
    • You are not a student, it’s not your learning experience, it’s theirs. If you learn something in the process, you are probably an excellent instructor. 

    Your students.


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    The Power of Words

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    The Power of Words

    The words we choose to get our point across can be mighty in their delivery or conveyed in the simplest of form. Whether mighty or simple it’s the actions behind those words that make them effective or ineffective.

    Words are meant to convey something or prompt action. Those words could be power selling, resume words, inspirational words, words that hurt, mind blowing words, healing, moral, ethical, or inspiring words, etc. When we combine lists of power words with the use of social media in the work place, who benefits the most from their usage? This is a question that a lot of organizations struggle with today. Who is going to monitor the network? How much power are we really talking about when we hook everyone up to the network? Who gets to be the word police?

    When working under a global network within an organization, there is usually a standard set of keywords that are unique to that network. The more educated or experienced someone is within the network, the more words they will have available for usage; thus, potentially more power to influence others. When constructing organizational networks for global usage, there needs to be a set of checks and balances for guiding operational use. In the most recent past I have heard rumblings from some about setting up a social system and putting everyone one on it at the same time. Weeeeeeee…look at us.

    setting up a social system and putting everyone one it at the same time. Weeeeeeee…look at us.

    I believe in keeping the entire organization in the loop when it comes to communicating with employees, middle management, as well as administrative and executive branches. However, how that communication is broken up and what communication is delivered to each department is critical to manual operations as well as research and development, marketing, HR, financials, etc. Words are powerful, and words can be quickly misunderstood and emotional at best. Words change communication within an organization, and can present unforeseen internal challenges. Challenges can be good, so can change. It’s how much change that is taking place at any given time that needs direction. Being able to guide words that are producing change, that requires positive focus on everyones part.

    There is any number of communications within an individual department that really doesn't need to be shared with others. “How” information is shared is more the point. The security of information or intellectual information (or technology) must be protected. Not everyone has a need to know.

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    It is possible to use interactive video conferencing, desktop meetings, and a host of communication systems to communicate within an organization and its departments. What is not always known is how much information each should share with the other. As well, when do we reach a communication/meeting overload with digital media? It is possible to find yourself in interact conferencing meetings and remain unproductive all week long. Words can also produce non-productively. Words can affect your bottom line. Hint: Lighten up on the meetings okay?

    Lighten up on the meetings okay?

    To counter balance all these lists of words, we formulate and set up committees, and develop templates for examination and analysis. Employees are given access to certain levels of communication systems (list serves). We tell our employees that this group gets this list of words, and that group gets another set of words. Words can be powerful within your scope of expertise.

    We need to keep our employees in the loop about the overall well being of our operations, but only as it relates to the overall productive state of our work environment. Social media tools are great to speed up communication across the distances. But, reality tells us “less is more”.


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    When it happens to you – reorganization

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    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAITAAAAJDM1ODQ5OTQ4LTZhOWQtNDJlNy04ZDUyLTYyNzVlNWNhYmIxNw When it happens to you - reorganization

    Having suffered through the loss of a job that I thought I would end up retiring from was a blow. It was one of those knockdown moments. I understand the need that some have to correct for the wrongs. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I did no wrong. In fact, I was too good. Just to set the record straight. I'm not being conceded. I was good at my job. I enjoyed it too.

    You have to continue to do right. You have to stand on your principles. People will gossip about you, attempt to find the hidden dirt (which there isn't any). The truth is you can't control corporate reorganizations, but you don't have to let it control what happens with the rest of your life.

    When this happened to me, everyone around me knew I was a good employee. I still to this day have first rights to interview. Many didn't know that. I did not want to transfer out either. I wanted to stay in my community.

    I have nothing negative to say about what happened to me. Didn’t like it of course, but it happened. I loved the people I worked with and for. Our economy on the other hand - took a swipe at the bow internally of our organization.

    The truth is that it is easier to find a job when you are already employed, than when you are not. I wish I had some indication that it was coming so I could of prepared, but it wasn't to be. What measures can a person take to try to explain a reduction of force due to reorganization to a prospective employer. It’s a tough cookie. I know I'm not alone in that endeavor.

    Many professionals I have found do not understand the difference between money accounts within large corporations and/or schools. You have internal operations (salaries, things like that), then you have a different set of money which is for infrastructure. These pools of money do not cross one another, or at least they shouldn't legally. Thus sometimes you will see companies still expanding with bricks and mortar, yet letting 100's of people go. It would be nice if the accounts could cross over, but unfortunately that is regulated by the US government.

    So the upside of the story is. It's okay. Life goes on. You get by. Stay positive and positive will follow. Principle and integrity are genuine attributes that others will admire you for in the end.

    If you stick with your resolve you will come out on top, and probably much better than before. You will have grown in areas of your life that you didn’t know needed growth.  I understand  it is tough to wait on that new dream job – but keep your positive attitude up and it will happen sooner than you know.