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What’s on your mind? Getting organized.

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What's on your mind? Getting organized.


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Have You Ever Fired Yourself?

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Have You Ever Fired Yourself?

Have you ever come home and "fired yourself"?  Somedays are like that, and it takes us a long time to unwind from those moments that are a dig to our self-confidence.  Rebounding from those moments of self-disclosure are important.

In a working environment, I'm to the conclusion that if you aren't in on key decisions and one of the movers and shakers - the fault may lie with them. “Them” being those in power, or above us in rank - someone else in the know. I’m not necessarily challenged by authority unless it has proven to be less than scrupulous.  So if the fault has to find a home, I hope it is with them, the movers and the shakers.  

But what if I am one of the movers and shakers? First, I don't want someone else's mistakes.  I want to start fresh and correct my own mistakes.  It's a difficult task to jump into the middle of a project and take ownership.  Rather, it requires research and time; plus a sense of humility  as you begin to deal with people who have no loyalty toward you at first.  You have to build those relationships and prove your worth.   Let others praise your work - there is greater value in that  than praising yourself.  Humble yourself and you will be lifted up.

Secondly, there are those who would like nothing better than to sit back and talk about opposing issues, and add roadblocks to your designs, inventions, and other such handiwork. To those, I would refer to an old saying, “what other people think is really none of your business”.

“What other people think is really none of your business”

Somedays we have to just go home and fire ourselves.  That is such an awful word “fire” when used in the  context of someone's livelihood.  No one wants to lose a job - or asks to lose a job.  But it happens, for good or bad people get fired, laid off,  or suffer a reduction in force.   When you are the boss, the only person who can fire you is YOU!   That isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you are the boss.  Letting go of pieces of a project and learning to allow others through delegation to complete a task can be rewarding.  For one, you get rid of the stress, and two, you increase the value of one of your employees.  

Firing yourself doesn’t mean you can’t come back the next day with a better attitude.  Usually when you get to this level you are ready for a change, a good swift kick in the you know what, to mend those attitudes of displeasure.  Your own attitudes.

When you walk into the door at work tomorrow give some thought to some valuable points when you do:

  1. You have a job
  2. People like working in a positive environment
  3. Money won’t buy you the thing you value most, respect of others
  4. Talk to the janitor - they know more than you think
  5. Be the janitor!
  6. Smile
  7. Shine it on
  8. Compliment someone who has earned a compliment - be sincere about that compliment
  9. Delegate if you can - but make it worthwhile to the delegatee.
  10. Rehire yourself

It’s how you approach your life.  Not how others approach your life.  You make the final decision on how happy or successful you will be.  Success is measured in happiness.  

"Success is measured in happiness"  

 


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The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right

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The Way Forward Starts Here - What Went Right

The title would better read “the way forward starts with you”.  We often find ourselves bewitched with words.  As Sigmund Freud once stated in a lecture in psychoanalysis in 1915 “Words were originally magic and to this day words have retained much of their ancient magical power”.

With just a simple twist of words, we can motivate or provoke a person or group of people into action.  If you add a list of positives words into your speech, over a short amount of time you will begin to see the subtle hints of change in the attitudes and behavior of others around you. When people no longer think you are out to get them, they will feel more at ease with you when discussing matters.     As an example, you might consider changing references to individuals or groups by applying a few of the following:

Positive Affirmation   (Empathy)                 Negative Affirmation (Sympathy)

  • I am glad you told me                                      At least you had….
  • Look for a solution                                           Talk about the problem
  • Your input is valuable                                      Yes, but…..
  • Everything is a process up                              Failed again I see
  • Working together                                              Not open to change
  • Allow others to have an opinion                    Discredit the opinions of others

 Using words to gain cooperation from others is the opposite of expecting opposition.  Even though some people may  have repressed feelings or thoughts due to prior experiences - you can begin to implement change by  breaking  through with positive reinforcement  statements.   Those reinforcement statements  need to be sincere in their delivery.   

Just saying nice things isn’t the same as the meaning and context behind those words.  Were the words earned, were they just, did they pivot one group over the other?  There is a lot to think about. Immediate solutions start with acknowledging the positive.  What went right.

Immediate solutions start with acknowledging the positive.  What went right.

The way forward depends on your ability to get started. It also depends on your ability to want positive change.  You need to seek out solutions and focus a lot less on the problems.  Chances are everyone knows the problem - but does everyone know what went right?  

Learn to focus on the positives that you know work.  Make sure you document thoroughly what went right.  Don’t lose your best resources while  searching through problems that may never be resolved, or even existed.  Sometimes you have to build cooperation  by helping others learn to change. Change doesn’t have to be hard if you explain what went right.  

What went right.   


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But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses

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But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses

Not that anyone would notice, but I kind of like my rose colored glasses.  Ten years ago maybe not, but  today - you bet.  I look at the world around me and I find myself at times wanting to shut it out.  Being a normally happy-go-lucky person, saying I want to shut the world out is a big statement for me.  

I think age changes how we spend our free time, and who we choose to spend it with.  While a few of my friends could still be accused of running around with a lampshade on their head,  a larger number of them have graduated to being a bonified home body. I find myself stuck in the middle of my friends -   I'm not a wild child, nor a doormat.  But when the two sides get to be over-whelming for me - out come my rose colored glasses.  Glasses needed to be able to fit all those around me into that neat little mind box.

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Glasses needed to be able to fit all those around me into that neat little mind box. 

Age (and my glasses)  makes  tolerance for others easier.  It also makes me more aware of the little things that often get overlooked.  But with my rose colored glasses that is all I am searching for anyways - the little things

From Monday to Friday, or whatever the workweek looks like - finding those spare moments to look at the positive and not focus on the negative aspects of the job are important.  It is okay if you take a peek through your rose colored glasses if you need a pick me up once in a while.  What they help you understand is: 

1. You have a job 

2. Maybe you have a great position or work with others on a wonderful project

3. Maybe you have the ability to do what you want on the job, and people trust you. 

4. Maybe you are the employee morale builder. 

Whatever your circumstances, see number one above if you on the bridge of your nose and look forward.  I don't understand how people can be so dissatisfied with just having enough.  Maybe until people begin to  understand what it is like to not have enough -that  they will begin to see things through a different lens.  

If you have something, something you earned - then life is good.  If you have nothing, and you haven't earned anything, make personal changes in your life.  Do whatever it is to help yourself feel satisfied.  Not too much, not too little, just enough to afford a set of rose colored glasses.  You'll need them. 


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Down the Rabbit Hole

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Down the Rabbit Hole

As teens, we all needed validation for our actions. Especially those actions  that lead to some form of academic success.  The truth, if fully known, was that as a teenager, that path was often riveted with rabbit holes. Many times in the process of learning, our foot would slip and down we would go.  The best thing we could  hope for was  a caring/forgiving teacher  waiting for us at the end of that hole, to help us get back up on our feet again. We also hoped our parents would be there to support us as we tried again to master the tasks we were being asked to do.

 The real teaching starts at the bottom of the hole.  It begins when you have a student or group of students who have given up.  Given up on education; the system that is supposed to be there for them.  They have given up on attempting to better their place in society.  Some have even given up on their families because the home environment is so toxic.  That is where the real teaching begins.  I want to put this out there:   validation – kids you are worth it.

 Validation – kids you are worth it

You cannot plan for a student to fail - not unless you are a monster.  There is so much going on in a students  world that helps contribute to the process of failing, flunking out, acting out, and not caring about how their behavior affects others.   Sometimes their behavior is off the charts – but a good teacher will not react.  A good teacher knows that you have to slowly bring your student(s) back up the rabbit hole.  It is okay if you  spend a little extra of your time to help them dig out – those kids need your time.  That is what they are missing “time”.

 That is what they are missing “ time”.

 With time comes consistency.  With consistency comes knowledge.  Each student will have a different perspective when it comes to learning.  As with discovery learning which  utilizes the techniques of a variety of instructional methods.  For example: just using the basic terminology of Problem Based Learning (PBL), Discovery  Learning (DL), and Inquiry Learning (IL) you have to have some type of a knowledge base for your student(s) to  start from.  

 Direct instruction or step-by-step learning is good in many cases, but if the students already have a solid knowledge base, then a constructive learning environment with some scaffolding tools can become an effective learning environment.  You have to meet your students where they are. Some are stuck in a rabbit hole, and they keep digging deeper.  It is your job to help them turn back up the hole. 

 Not all learners will be same.  A good instructor and/or designer should be open to the differences and adjust methods accordingly.  You need a good knowledge base within a constructive learning environment for  your students.  A beginner  student, can and will run into cognitive overload very quickly if  they don't have a good knowledge base. That overload is subject to  increase exponentially when the student has already experienced education in a negative way.  

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Students who have experienced  overload, can and will form a pack – a disruptive pack if left to their own devices.  Students  will act out alone and/or together, and you will find your classroom out of control because of it.  

So what can you do to help  as a teacher,  to stop your student from  running down a rabbit hole?  The first thing is to admit that you might have something to do with the problem.  Once you can admit that - then you can start looking for what went right.  That is  the answer - what went right.  When we start to examine the things that went right, no matter how small, that gives us a starting point. What went right  is your strength. 

I am not a collaborative learner by nature.  A lot of students I know aren't either.  I prefer to work from my own little sphere; minimal collaboration is best for me. But, at the same time I have learned to work with others and collaborate very well.  It took time, and  I didn’t change overnight,  I wouldn’t expect my students to change overnight either. 

Cognitive overload is such a real concern for me - but if left alone I discover what needs taken care of - and I do it.  Sometimes we need to give our students time to figure out the problem(s) too.  Time – it’s what it takes.

 The scaffolding techniques that I use are of course - are the computer and the internet.  Everything is online. I need to have access to terminology and quick reference definitions. I have to understand what I'm reading.  Take for instance the three basic constructive learning models.  Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Inquiry Learning and Discovery Learning.  One could take a cursory look at these and assume they are the same, but they are not.   Our  students cannot tell the difference  either,  yet many instructors attempt to make them do so right off the bat.   Our student, are all uniquely  different.  They can fall within any  combination of all the learning models listed above. The can also fall down a rabbit hole. 

 Problem-based learning attempts to provide the learner with self-directedflexible knowledge,  and fundamental incentives.  The outcome of PBL is to have students learn the process and content together.   Whereas, Inquiry Learning, which includes PBL, is often a facilitated approach to the investigation of problems or questions dealing with research or projects.  Discovery learning utilizes the techniques of a variety of instructional methods.    The learner already has a knowledge base from which to pull from, and they use that base in more of an experimental capacity to explore and manipulate data or objects.  

They use that base in more of an experimental capacity to explore and manipulate data or objects   

Not all environments need to be highly controlled.   Minimal guidance learning environments can be just as effective, especially if given the right scaffolding tools  with the student learned knowledge base.

While all the models proclaim to do basically the same thing – some models contain more built-in guidance, than the other.    Direct instruction is not always best over PBL, IL or DL.  Scaffolding can make tasks easier, reduce the learners cognitive load, and helps to point out complexity.  A lot still depends on being able to examine the context and students whom you are working with.  Each will have a different perspective.  

 As we begin to help our student climb back out of the rabbit hole – we need to make sure we are back-filling  that hole with a strong knowledge base.  Sometimes back-filling means we have to try a different approach and give it time, while examining what went right - and keep doing it. 


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What’s on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed?

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What's on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed?

Watching the grandchild learning a new word and then trying to put meaning to that word was an experience that left me wondering.  How fast our minds rationalize thoughts, and place information into neat little containers of knowledge, is a miracle in and of itself.  Have you ever thought about a thought? Explain a thought to a 6 year old. I dare you.  I double dare you. 

Have you ever thought about a thought?   

As we grow older being told something isn’t right, or learning we will have to do something differently isn’t generally what we want to hear. Change sucks.  I know many of us have gotten so busy that we just tend to do things all by ourselves.  Maybe someone else could of made a process easier for us, maybe not.  But we won’t know because letting go of a situation or work event isn’t something we are used to doing.  Let’s face it, our day planners are full.     We go a little zombie like,  and then we don’t know how to climb out of that mode.  

Learning is a different process for everyone.  Some are just faster than a whip with everything they lay their hands on. Others like to take things one bite at a time.   You can’t force the unwilling to learn, and nobody wants to listen to the know it all's.    People need to be motivated to learn or change.  As I’ve aged, motivation I have
cc What's on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed? discovered is in short supply.   Those who once motivated me, now sound like a broken parrot “right”, “you know what  I mean”, “right”, “right”.  Ugh! 

Age  changes  how you learn.  I find that I’m just not interested any longer in those ideas I thought were so cool in my younger days.  Those items that used to be on my  ole bucket list have  already been checked marked off.  Sure there are things I want to do – but not the things I wanted to do ten or twenty years ago.  My bucket list looks more like a shopping list for a leisurely day at the pool -rather than a vacation to some far away resort.  Although I would go to the resort if someone buy me a ticket.  Please buy me a ticket.  But then I regress.

I sat down with my grandchild to try to discover if I could see into the mind of a 6 year old and come up with an answer to my lack of motivation, and my empty bucket list.  What I forgot to notice until after she had gone home with her family was how much she motivated me just to want to stay in one place.  I like peace and quiet.  I was motivated to get back to that - the stillness of the day.  In our search for items to put on our bucket lists, don’t leave off peace and quiet.  Those really are motivating factors to help you gain a better perspective on life. 

Bucket List Items that might not be on your list, but could be:

  1. Fall in love again
  2. Grow a plant and not kill it
  3. Burn your day planner (you can burn your bra too – but by that age who cares)
  4. Seek peace and rest
  5. Read a book, heck read a couple book, a whole library of books
  6. Save some time to draw stick figures on the concrete with a 6 year old
  7. Say you are sorry to someone who would never see it coming
  8. Be there when you say you will be – and watch someone’s eyes light up
  9. Dream again
  10. Sleep with no clothes or more clothes on – what ever you want
  11. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – worst someone can say is no
  12. And number twelve, volunteer. Give of yourself and your bucket will always be full

I am off to draw stick figures on the side walk.  We have to draw a full scale ranch with horses and cows.  Could take up to four or five concrete sections.

My bucket list is full


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What Ever Happened to the term “A Gentlemen’s Agreement?”

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What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"

HONOR

There was a day when men shook hands and agreed a  gentlemen’s agreement between two.  A man’s word was his honor.   Nowadays attorneys draft up legal documents that  are crafted to look for deception and deceit.   Where has honor gone? pop What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"Speaking the truth should never be hard to do.  Many preach about truth and justice, yet they drag out an attorney when the truth is directed at them.

RESPECT

Along with honor comes respect.  Respect for your fellow man or woman.  Meeting a call to justice to help someone in need.  Believing in others, and relying on a friendly hand.  Honor, respect, and  dignity, are the strength  and the armor that uphold  strong men and women. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAREAAAAJDM1YzI1YTI3LTQ2MjMtNDk2Ny05YmQwLTAzOGQ4MTlmOTAwNA What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"

INTEGRITY

Integrity - the truth. Integrity is becoming a rare thing.   Yet it is something worth fighting to hold on to.  No matter how weak your voice may be,  you may be the only voice someone else has.   Injustice can overwhelm an individual soul quickly – but  with many there is triumph as they come together.  Speak the truth.  Value integrity above all.

Not every argument can be won in a court of law.  Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed.  Waging war over trivial pursuits never ends well, if at all. 

Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed.

What is important is that you stand up and your  voice be heard.  Speak about those passions you hold dear inside.  Especially when others would keep your voice from being heard if they could.  Don't let fear or intimidation keep you from doing what is right.   Your voice might be all it takes to change an empire, regain a friendship, mend a broken heart.  But unless you stand up and let your voice be heard – others will steal the soil out from under your feet - the very ground you walk upon. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAMCAAAAJGRmY2IyZmNjLThhMmQtNGFmZi04MzUwLTYzN2FlMzBhZmUzZA What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"

INTEGRITY, RESPECT, HONOR

Rise up, ever so weak – yet strong because you decided to take a stand. Integrity, respect, and honor – there really isn’t any amount of money that can buy those attributes.  As human as these attributes are, they will give you a greater sense of value about life, and grace you with a  peaceful mind.  Without them – anxiety, crippling envy and stress take the very life from your own hands.  What are your gains if you aren't around to enjoy them, or can't feel satisfaction for the things  that you tried to build?  Fake friends will praise you in the morning, and damn you in the night.  

Life is simple.  Live with a giving hand, a kind shoulder to lean on, and stand up when integrity demands a voice.  Stand up, let your voice be heard.AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKvAAAAJDY4NjFmYzA1LThhMDUtNDRmNi1hMGI5LTE0MmY2ZWM5YmZkMQ What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"


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When Happiness Catches Your Eye

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When Happiness Catches Your Eye

Taking life one beautiful step at a time, and allowing happiness to catch your eye - what a great way to live.  We have to pull away from those moments of doubt and confusion and focus our thoughts on our true purpose.  

We have to allow ourselves to be generous, kind, and forgiving.  When we really search out those things that give us joy we find a new meaning, a new purpose - a reason to go on. 

When happiness catches your eye, linger on the moment without jumping to the next moment.  Spend time relaxing and drinking in the calm.  Live in the moment. 

Live in the moment

We have to practice happiness.  I found this video on  the surprising science of happiness - something to ponder on.  

 

 

 

 


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Integrity or Disruptive Employees?

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Integrity or Disruptive Employees

Letter writing is an art, so why would anyone  leave their  company reputation in the hands of an unskilled letter writer?  Don't allow  someone who will cause you to look small and loss the respect of others within your organization,  to write your professional correspondence for you.  Check everything! Check it twice! 

  • Here is a Good Example:   When you have a potential hire with years of experience, education, and a successful background in the area they  are applying for - and you the employer  turn around and  list their  skill sets and qualifications in a rejection letter, as a reason for overlooking them.  It is pretty obvious you didn't read the candidates information.  This sets a very unprofessional precedent for your companies, it's  reputation, and your ability to lead effectively. 

Breath!  Usually these letters are written by someone with NO skill sets in the area they are writing about.  Either that, or they are deliberately writing  to demean and lower your standing in their personal point of view.  Trust me, it has nothing to do with your experience nor your successes.  Your skill sets are probably just fine.  
AAEAAQAAAAAAAAVqAAAAJDI4NmU2ZjE1LTA5YWMtNGQwOS1iNTMwLTZiY2JiNDZhYzgyMw Integrity or Disruptive Employees?Unfortunately letters like this generally come from lower level directors of operations who do  not  have a high enough experience level  to write a letter,  that is both professional, and allows the participants some level of integrity.  

Trust me, it has nothing to do with your experience nor your successes.

Customer Satisfaction

Increasing  customer satisfaction should  always be a top priority, we all know that.  Even when you are looking to hire new employees, customer satisfaction still matters.  New employees can also be viewed as  your customers.  It begs the question however, when did appeasing management over the customer concerns become the new norm?  

Some managers and/or lower level  directors of operations are  masochist who thrives on stress.   We have all seen them, or know one personally.  They never turn off - they are on  24/7.   These  are your disruptive employees. 
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In truth that mentality  is zombie in nature.  What they do is bring that attitude of superiority  back into the office  day-after-day, and that attitude  is exhausting to everyone around them.   To compound the matter, when  administration or other positions of power allow these masochistic employees to write letters to people on the outside, it potentially sets the company up for failure.  

Tracking  when your directors of operational management  get in the way of progress might be something you need to consider in your business if:

  • Do they demean potential new employees by crafting letters with negativity? 
  • Are they always going after the new guy?
  • Constantly bringing up old issues? Why? 
  • Can you link your customer satisfaction to key management decisions that have been the target of some internal personal issue?  
  • If your top management team isn’t doing a whole lot of work-and your regular employees are supplying most of the data and putting in the work load – who is taking credit for that work? 
  • Are your directors of operation forwarding along other employees hard work  as their own work; and then complaining about those employees who  actually did the work?
  • Does your organization have that disruptive employee environment  from too many derogatory attacks on the general public, potentially new employees and current ones? 
  • Do your operations look like a high school gossip hit squad? 

No one is able to navigate and survive, let alone negotiate the  business channels under any of the above unnecessary circumstances.   With that type of disruptive environment - expect  the loss of potentially  new and current valuable employees - and the knowledge they possess.   That can, and will affect your bottom line. 

Management Revolving Door

If you are  trying to hold on to the staff you have - then you  better be listening to them.  Their  feedback can make or break certain possess. But  If you are constantly throwing  ambiguous tasks (like scraps of meat)
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That type of management style is both exasperating   and non-sustainable.   Like a revolving door, these types of directors of operation  use up people for what they can take from them and pass that information  along as their own.  

Work-Life Balance

Your employees understand  that there needs to be a  work-life balance, and if not, they will leave - especially the good ones.  Setting up an environment that is free of negativity is mandatory if you plan on surviving in the real world. Sometimes the answer is as simple as “leave your employees alone and let them do their job”.  But provide them with the necessary tools to do those jobs. 

Look long and hard at your employees  concerns:

  • Where do your employees go to get answers to questions  that might be needed for projects or communication with real world clients?
  • What grief will employees get for asking questions?
  • Do you play favorites with your employees?
  • Do you allow your current operational staff to craft  letters concerning someone's qualifications on the outside of your organization? How about the inside? 
  • Do managers harass and threaten employees  to choose sides in an organization?
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  • Is integrity written into your plans for operations or have disruptive employees  kind of taken over  the place?...and not in a good way.  

The Big Idea

When you begin designing and implementing new processes and procedures, are you thinking in the long term or is the matter a short term “let’s try it out and see if it works” type of process?

A word of caution:

  • New interviewees will quickly pick up on your lack of organization and decide your  total operations is little more than a deception  designed to sink people into positions that don't have much substance. 
  • Changing up the office landscape and dumping in changes that are made to look  long-term , but really are not,  make  people nervous. 
  • If your company isn’t turning a profit, lofty long-term plans  never feel comfortable to anyone.

Office Politics

 Everyone wants to feel of value.   But when you have a group of  aggressive employees each with an edge in their own field and you put them into an environment without built in processes, you might find yourself  in a predicament  of being  a stone’s throw away  from a coup. Especially if your employees have already been approached to choose sides by operational managers or directors.  This type of  political maneuvering  is generally introduced quickly, sometimes as early as the interview stage.   Your ship might already be sunk before you get to set sail. 

Have your employees been asked to choose sides by a manager or director? 

When your managers are constantly throwing changes into the mix, and  hinting of uncertain futures,  unsurprisingly you  will get people stabbing each other  in back and running the bus back and forth over each other.  Regaining control is hard, and winning back over the trust of those  employees that relied on you is an uphill climb. 

Moving The Needle

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Risk Takers

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Risk Takers

Risk Takers

How long has it been seen you have felt the Adrenalin pumping through your veins as you landed your first big deal,  sold that property, or made the biggest financial score of your life time?  What risks do you remember taking?  Would you take them again?  Would you advise others to take the same risks? 

Risk Takers

 

I happened upon a group of young adults  this past weekend who were enjoying themselves by swinging off the walking bridge that spans the width of the Colorado River, just outside of Moab Utah.  With nothing more than a rope and true grit, each young man took their turn toppling off the side of the bridge holding onto a rope about 8 to 10 feet long.  The rope they were swinging from wasn't a bungee cord either, so once  their bodies weight hit the end of the rope, their shoulders would have to take the full force of the blow. But the thrill - it'll get yea, and that is what these young adults were after.

But the thrill - it'll get yea.

Risk takers, thrill seekers.  As their bodies are swinging in  mid-air, there is the additional thrill of knowing you have to let go of the rope and drop your body into the wild and muddy Colorado below you.  Then you will need to swim out of the river and hope you don't get caught in an underwater eddie.  Then there is the potential that the cops will be called and your mom will have to pick you up at the police department.  Putting caution to the wind - you take that risk anyways.

..you take that risk anyways.

Some opportunities in life and in business don't come along very often.  Even when they do, we forget to take those risks, and instead favor the easy route - or easy chair.  Age refines us,  and defines us.  We no longer want to jump in feet first without seeing the bottom of the pool.  If  you want to see whats at the bottom of the pool, that is perfectly fine.  It just means you've learned a little along life's highway. A good dose of business savvy has set it's mark upon your life.

You may no longer be that dare devil you were in your early years, or that  thrill seeker who just couldn't stop to ask "is thing safe?"  But It is still very important to make sure that you never allow yourself to be defined by others.  There are still some risks out there for you.

The risks you take now days depend on your level of physical and mental preparedness.  We know how fun it is to win, but our journey through life teaches us lessons.  Lessons that help us define our own character and balance our daily living. I do have to admit, that if I were years younger I would be joining those very same young men for a dive into the river.  I'd be crazy not too!

Let the young be young - even in their 50's, 60's, and beyond.