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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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    When it happens to you – reorganization

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    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.

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    Hire People with Education and Experience

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    Savvy Leaders Hire People with Education & Experience

    Frankly over my lifetime I have been through a host of interviews, talent searches, resume courses, and blah blah blah. Anyone of those companies I have interviewed for in my career could read this article and go "she's talking about me". Actually I am not. I don't have anyone or company in mind. What I have is a life time of experiences, and that is the simple truth.

    Recently a friend, whom I would say was “in the know” suggested that people need to leave their education off of their resumes. If people are getting overlooked because of their prior qualification and education, then they should leave that information off, is what he told me.

    As much as I love my friend, I probably wouldn't do that. I don’t know why anyone would need too. As a society we are trying to educate others all over the world to stand up and be accountable. What better way to do that than to list your qualification on a resume? Would you ask your daughter, wife, son or spouse to leave their education off her resume? Maybe drop some of their work experience? The very things the job description asked for?

    The very things the job description asked for?

    Unfortunately it still appears that many do find educated woman and men threatening. Truth however is that they are only threatening until you hire them. Then you learn how much you need their education and/or their experience. It’s called making your life easier.

    There is a saying “You can’t always teach a “NEW” dog old tricks”. The younger crowd tends to view experience in a way that isn’t entirely clear even to them just yet. It is simply because they haven't had those life experiences necessary to judge differently. Experienced employees aren’t necessarily looking to take your job away from you. Actually, if they are applying at your company, and you are interviewing them – you should look at it as a complement. After all they came to you. It doesn't mean they are desperate either.

    If you don’t feel safe in your own position you could feel some hesitation when you stop Hire People with Education and Experienceinterview people. STOP. Those thoughts and feelings are being reflected in the interview. Ask yourself if you are adding bias into the interview and running off good talent? Give yourself a break, and interview on days that you feel okay about your job, and give each candidate a fair chance.

    Look at it as a complement.

    I’ve interviewed all types of people of different ages, race, sex, and belief systems. Some had extensive education and skills. I admit I was intimidated by a couple of them; but I was still young. However, I was glad I wasn’t making the decision all on my own, and I had a team to help point out the positives (and negatives). We hired them, and they were fabulous. Others I’ve interviewed were just getting started on their career paths. We hired a combination of personalities stemming from many different backgrounds. We did it as a team.

    Truthfully the hiring process is a discriminatory process. As an employer, you are only hopeful that you have selected correctly. You are hopeful you didn’t let the best candidate get away, and might have to go through the process again. You are hopeful it will all work out. I am hopeful it will work out for you too. Really I am, because I have also struggled with the same issues.

    If you look even deeper into the discriminatory practice of resource management, It can only be described as "stretching bodies on the rack". No offence, but It's a painful process; a business contractual process - but still painful.

    To say that someone peaks professionally at a certain age is a myth. How can you know that? You can’t. Maybe once you have retired and you can reflect back on the many career paths you have taken over the years, you might find your peak wasn’t what you thought at all. Maybe you were in your 30’s or 60’s when it happened. Case in point, look at your politicians in their 80's. So maybe politicians aren't a good example, but you get my meaning.

    It isn’t always the money and prestige, but rather the self-satisfaction of a job well done; that is your true peak. It might even be a volunteer gig that brought you self-satisfaction. Everyone has that moment in their career where they are most satisfied. But everything in life as well as business has ebbs and flows. You might have a combination of peaks.

    If this old dog could teach a New dog, a few old tricks, it would be to go with your heart. Trust your instincts. Don’t let age, gender, or qualifications get in your way. Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason. It’s called being savvy. A good leader will use their employees skills to make themselves a better leader, and to develop a winning team.

    Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason

    You can be very smart and not have a college education. Education is something you have to apply to get a benefit out of. Some people like education just for the philosophical journey; I fall into the philosophical category. I weighed my educational options and decided I didn’t want to get an MBA. I wanted to build programs for people to learn from. I wanted to understand how people learn; so I went into instructional technology and learning sciences. I didn’t regret it. Besides I already had 30 years of experience in the workforce. I wanted to study and research something that I could enjoy. I wanted to be happy learning.

    I recall having two gentlemen who worked under me whose qualifications far out matched my own. They were the best employees I have ever had. They were 20 to 30 years my senior, but they were kind, generous, understanding, dedicated, loyal, and smart. They were just glad to be there, and I was glad to have them there. I am glad they didn’t judge me. Come to find out – they were my biggest fans.

    Women and men alike, please, by all means list what you have on your resume that is a true reflection of who you are, your talents, and your strengths. That is all you have to offer - it's who you are. If that is not good enough then you didn’t need to be there anyways. Any place that would ask you to lower your qualifications,or standards, is not the place for you.

    Celebrate your education. Highlight your professional achievements. Not all achievements come by way of education, sometimes its just hard work and perseverance that pays off.

    To the employers, all one can ask is that you give a fair assessment of the talent that will present to your organization; and then make your decisions. Decisions based on need, and not fear. If you fear education, and you have an uneducated or unskilled workforce, your fate is in your own hands. It is a fact that an educated/skilled workforce will have a higher economic standard of living, thus your community will thrive.

    I can say these things as an educator and a business woman. I am fair and honest in my assessment that education does provide certain keys to economic freedoms.


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    Put Your Busy Bully On Notice

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    Put Your Busy Bully On Notice

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    The Interview

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