Every day when we go to work, we are performers.  Just like the performers on the stage, the movie set or the recording studio, most every day is a performance.  If the day wasn’t a performance, then it was a research day or preparation day getting ready for the next performance, or the next dress…

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…

“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…

Enthusiasm and Its Impact on Performance

We all motivate others at some point in our careers. Our methodology gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.

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…

After a year hiatus, it’s time to get back in shape and I’ve started going to the gym again. The other day my daughter asked me about the exercise journal I use: “So, does everyone at the gym carry a clip board?” The short answer was, “No.” and her question got me thinking about how…

“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…

“Talent”  & “Talent Management” These are the latest overused industry buzzwords…but what do they mean? I had a supervisor who claimed she was “managing talent” and insisted I take numerous courses on timekeeping, accounting, and finance even though it was obvious I had no aptitude whatsoever with numbers or money. The result? Thousands of dollars were spent in an attempt…

Today’s post is from guest blogger Wes Houston. You can find Wes’ bio at the bottom of the post. Employee Assessments Benefit Both Worker and Supervisor Employee assessments benefit both employee and supervisor. The employee realizes information about themselves, not previously realized and they give managers insight into the employee’s mindset. This provides a foundation…

I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music. (I’ll give you time to judge me before you read on…) The song “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes resonates with many on a personal level but in reality, it can be applied to our professional lives as well. Think of Employee Engagement and how feeling wanted is a strong motivator. Think of Employee…

Do you have employees of certain ethnicities that only seem to commune with one another at work? Maybe it’s not out of comfort, but out of necessity and fear. Ever wonder why only certain demographics don’t respond to surveys or speak up in meetings? Maybe it’s not that they have no opinions, but that they feel…

My mother died in 1991; I was 21 years old and, for all intents and purposes, I should have no longer needed my mother. The problem was, I had been a schmuck of a kid, a wench as a teenager and an arrogant young adult. I offer those depressing nuggets to suggest to you that my mind was not open for her…