Lessons from Maggie
Fun is a big part of my day. As you might imagine, I take my fun breaks seriously. I work pretty hard at them, too. And I make sure that our whole office (i.e., me and Pam and Sid) take fun breaks throughout the day. Continue Reading
Boss Imajerk is reviewing the work of a new employee and finds that he didn’t turn in a report at the end of the day as mandated by policy. He calls the NewKid in to correct him.
Imajerk: “NewKid, you didn’t turn this report in yesterday! I told you to finish this report and turn it in at the end of the day. What were you thinking? Now finish it and turn it in to me! (He thinks: What a snot-nosed brat this kid is and who does he think he is not following his direction? There are such problems when the reports don’t get turned in at the end of the day! This is a waste of my time and I’m going to let you know it!) Continue Reading
Ever wonder why there are some people you just “click” with and others you can’t seem to connect with no matter how hard you try? You treat both people the exact same way, but what worked for one doesn’t even come close for the second. It doesn’t make sense. Unless, of course, you’re aware of the concept of behavioral styles. Then you would know different things motivate people, and if you can tap into the different needs of people, you can tap into the excellence inside every person. Behavioral styles research is nothing new. It’s been around in various forms for years. You know, you might be Driver or an Analyst, a Green or a Yellow, or Conscientious or Steady. It all depends on which instrument you use for measurement. Continue Reading
If you’re familiar with the latest television lineup, you’re also well aware of a popular trivia show’s famous admonition: “You ARE the weakest link: Goodbye. ” Prior to this statement of doom, participants work individually, with their efforts also enhancing the group reward. At regular intervals, group members decide who isn’t performing up to standards, and after a few well-placed barbs, the offending team member is required to take the WALK OF SHAME and leave the game. Of course, the drama is enhanced by the up-close-and-personal interview immediately following the contestant’s departure. There, for the most part, the contestant whines about the other players and the injustice in the votes that eliminated him or her from the competition. Continue Reading
“Live for Today: Gen X Women Focus More on Shopping Than On Investing.” That was the title of a May 18, 2001 article in the Insider Business Daily. The gist of the article is that young single women between the ages of 21 and 35 significantly lag behind their married counterparts and men in financial planning and investing. According to a study conducted by the Sutra Foundation and Oppenheimer Funds, 53% of these women live paycheck to paycheck, have credit card debt, and wish they had better control of their finances. In fact, two-thirds of the respondents said getting rid of credit card debt was of higher priority than finding a spouse or having an active social life. Continue Reading