Every morning when my favorite radio shows go to commercial, I may just switch over to another channel. Where I live, the other channel happens to be one that airs the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest Harvey fan and never really have been, but…

I have the pleasure of owning my own business. While this comes with a heckuva lot of headaches and anxiety, it does come with some inherent bonuses: I own what I do! I am committed! I am all in! I gave a presentation a few weeks ago in which I talked about my belief that employees need…

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…

Ah, fall is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere. In the U.S. that creates many opportunities (or excuses) for people to celebrate. Your favorite MLB team may have just made the playoffs (Go Tribe!), or your NFL team or college team have just started the quest for domination. Then there are the traditional fall…

Every organization has their share of them.  I am talking about the problem employee. They are your nemesis. There is so much effort in watching, documenting and reporting on all of their indiscretions. They drag others down to their level and point out all of the holes in policies and procedures.  But then one day,…

My commute to work is less than three miles, and that’s the primary use for one of our vehicles. I end up at the gas station about once a month, and oil changes are almost 9 months apart. Both of these actions generally are a time for checking the status of the car’s systems beyond…

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…

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…

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…

“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was…

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…

I had the pleasure of participating in Performance I Create’s first ever Podcast. During this podcast, the fantastic Sarah Williams used a term I got a chuckle from…the “wussification” of America’s workforce. I thought about that term for awhile…I liked it…it made me think of entitlement. The term “entitlement” refers to the belief that we deserve some…

“I’ll be your baby, I’ll be your score, I’ll run the gun for you and so much more.” “Tumble 4 Ya” – Culture Club   It’s Culture Month here at PIC, and as much as I wish it meant we were celebrating Culture Club, it actually means we are tackling Workplace Culture. So much has been…