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…

Kizmet It means fate, luck, providence, chance or divine will. I give up all sweets for Lent because it is very difficult for me to do so; over half of my consumed calories on any given day come from Hot Tamales, cakes, pies, cookies, jams or frozen desserts of some kind. My Girl Scout cookie investment showed…

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…

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that I watch a couple classic Christmas movies every year: Christmas Vacation and Scrooged. Come January when it’s time to put away the Christmas tree, I always fit in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. If you are not familiar with this movie, get familiar, it…

I have a 10 year old son, and this affords me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills. A recent situation with my little guy served as an excellent example of managing what I like to call the “Three Buts of Performance Problems.” I have a rule in my house that clean clothes are to be…

Many people I know were happy to say goodbye to 2016. The top complaints seem to be: The loss of “too many” celebrities or artists (actors, authors, musicians that inspired them) and in some cases, people and family who we love and are close to The crazy US election, and a result that feels intolerable to…

Seven or so years ago, I was asked to teach a course for a client regarding discrimination and harassment prevention. They had offices outside of  Alaska so I researched EEO issues in those states in order to update my workbook materials. My research quickly revealed an addition to my list of protected classes: Political Ideology When I saw…

It’s the mean season in America. We’re entering the meanest season in politics as both left and right hurl insult, innuendo, invective and idiocy at each other in a futile attempt to look more presidential. Every four years around this time our major parties (both in need of an intervention check with reality) swear they…

Trust only goes so far where it pertains to employee and employer. It’s not a whole-hearted trust, but more like an “I trust you for now” sentiment. I personally have experienced the strangest culmination of trust issues in the workplace.  My issues with one of my employer’s began at the intersection of trust, insecurity and…

Bosses who claim they don’t have favorites are lying! They’re lying to you and they’re lying to themselves. I don’t know why they bother lying; I believe having favorites is perfectly acceptable. Please note, “having favorites” and demonstrating “favoritism” are not the same thing. Giving an employee unfair preferential treatment at the expense of another is rude and wrong, and you…

Young, curious, kind Very wise beyond her years Carolyn Kinzie Carolyn is my daughter, and while she has given me some grief during her teenage years, she has also given me little windows in which I feel quite proud. The Haiku above and this post is a reflection on a conversation we had years ago that…