You’re in a management position because you know your stuff. You’re good, profitable, efficient, respected. But are you benefiting from having employees that are self-driven or can you actually take a little of the credit for their success? Do you have their trust? Would they run through a brick wall for you…or would they just…

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little militant these days. There’s unrest all around us. There’s hatred. There’s a blatant disregard for certain groups of people, their struggles and quite frankly their rights. It’s partially my fault though, as I watch the news before I leave for work in the morning so I drive…

I used to attend conferences and leave refreshed and energetic. There was fellowship, sharing of ideas and strategies, and optimism. I’d return to my workplace (and reality) with presentation slides, pamphlets and business cards ready to change the world, only to sit at my desk and think to myself, “That stuff will never work here.”…

My neighbor is a busy dude. Nurse by day and DIY-er (Do it yourself) by night. And when I say DIY, I mean this dude will try to tear down and rebuild anything! Being a non-DIYer, I just listen to his stories, sometimes envious because the results sound cool, other times skeptical and thankful because…

O.P.P., how can I explain it I’ll take you frame by frame it To have you all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it O is for Other, P is for People scratch ya temple The last P…well…that’s not that simple It’s sorta like another way to call something an issue Employees come in start talking need…

My father would kill me if he knew I told you this, but he’s been battling with a couple of serious illnesses for the last two years. A few weeks ago he had a hematoma in his head, which required a little brain surgery, so for the last few weeks I’ve been back and forth on…

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I binge watch. I admit it. I’m far too busy with life, work and family to watch things when they happen live. But oh, when I am desperate for a bit of mindless programming, entertainment and personal sanity, I make the time…and I’m talking…

After graduating college, my first real professional experience was in a nationwide retail-clothing store. Having worked there part-time during school, I was afforded the opportunity upon graduation to become a manager in the home store of our District Manager (DM). As an hourly associate I had heard the horror stories about the DM but I…

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You know why parties don’t pop off at libraries? Because they don’t want them to. Libraries are the epitome of non-fun, and it’s by design. When patrons go, it’s to be productive, learn and to leave. Nothing notable happens. There is no retention strategy. There are no incentives. It is what it is and those…

Mondays can suck. After 2 days of not having to respond to emails, answer off-the-wall questions and field complaints, the last thing employees want to do on their first day back to work is listen to their fearless leader blowing smoke up their tails with rhetoric, self-fulfilling agenda items and excuses for their lack of…

Perusing Facebook, I always see personality tests and posts where people brag about being either an introvert or an extravert. Some people use their lack of desire for interaction as an excuse to be standoffish and others attribute their good or bad actions to their outgoing personalities. Just last month, I attended a conference where Introversion/Extraversion seemed to…

On the way to school, my son asked me out of the blue, “Dad, if people aren’t good at their job, do they still get paid?” Having to always stay quick on my feet, I filtered my response to an appropriate, 9 year old level and said, “Yes they do, but if they aren’t good…

Companies spend thousands of dollars on consultants and subject matter experts in an attempt to define their company’s “culture”. They come up with mission statements, vision statements and elevator pitches, but forget to talk about their people and how they’re treated… how the company’s culture is ultimately determined by how they embrace all of the…