Be Smart About Lending A Helping Hand

Ch Charles Dicken classic A Tale of Two Cities opens with the following: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light,it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some… Read More

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Are We Helping You Have A Fulfilling Life? Can You Answer This?

Well here we are at the final question for consideration; Are we helping you have a fulfilling life? Of the three (Are we helping you be effective in your current job? Are we helping you build a successful career? Are we helping you have a fulfilling life?) this is perhaps the most challenging. Why, for this simple reason, you have to consider what you want out of life and how your current job is a) helping you achieve it or b) the possibility that what you are currently doing won’t remotely get you there regardless of what management may or may not do for you. If you feel that management… Read More

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Why The Question: Are We Helping You Be Effective in Your Current Job? Is Important

In a recent post, I mentioned three questions that a manager should be asking of their employees. As a reminder the questions were: Are we helping you be effective in your current job? Are we helping your build a successful career? Are we helping you have a fulfilling life? Let’s consider the first question, helping you become active in your current job. It may seem obvious why a manager might ask this question. Logic would dictate, the more efficient you are, the more productive you would be in handling your assign tasks. However, I there may be more to it than just making you more productive. Every manager or supervisor… Read More

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When Asked: Are we helping you build a successful career? How Will You Respond?

Has your boss asked you the following question, are we helping you build a successful career? Would you be ready with an answer? You should be. Why? It is simple, that question is a good sign that management has noticed you and believe you are a keeper. So they want to know how they can assist you in your growth. If asked, how would you answer? Ideally, you should be ready with a reply. Many are not. Why? Well, people put off the things they do not want to do. To be able to answer that question there are a few things one must do in preparation. First: It requires… Read More

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Getting Rid of The Performance Review Part 2

In part 1 of a series of on doing away with the performance review, I mentioned the book Get Rid of The Performance Review by Samuel Colbert. Well, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge have also addressed this issue with their book entitled; Helping People Win at Work, which like Culbert’s book, presents a more rational way of delivering performance information. You the reader may be wondering why I am bothering to address something that is a mainstay in the corporate arena. Why would I bother to rail against something that I once participated in and even supported during my time as a manager in the business setting? You would be… Read More

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The Fallacy of The Performance Review

  What follows is a fictional discussion between a manager and one of his star employees regarding his upcoming Performance Appraisal. The manager wants to have a discussion in ten minutes and get the employee (Joe) to just sign off on the PA so he can drop it off at HR. The employee is caught off guard believing a more meaningful discussion would be held so he could provide his own input. He’s surprised because at his last PA it was agreed he would be able to do just that. Provide his own contribution along with his manager. As the discussion progresses, the manager, caught off guard with the level… Read More

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Vacation: Only For the Brave.

Looking out the window another clear blue sky and based on how the people are leisurely walking along my guess it will also be another warm day. Arriving here in Newport late Saturday was the official start of a one week vacation. My wife and I have been coming here for well over twenty years, ever since our two children were young. I always looked at it as my time to take a break and just enjoy being away from day to day. Not to mention it was just a fun time. One of the things I’ve noticed is that belief of individuals who have weeks of accumulated fail to… Read More

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Bullies In The Workplace: How To Deal With Them And Move Ahead

Seth Godin had some interesting insights on bullying in the workplace, he described it: “As intentionally using power to cause physical or emotional distress with the purpose of dominating the other person. The bully works to marginalize people. In an organizational setting, the bully chooses not to engage in conversation or discussion, or to use legitimate authority or suasion, and depends instead on pressure in the moment to demean and disrespect someone else—by undermining not just their ideas, but their very presence and legitimacy.” Seth pointed out that bullies are thieves. Costing companies’ money in productivity and employee retention. Having a bully on the work force prevents individuals from working… Read More

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You Want To Get Noticed? You Have 90 Days To Do It.

I have a question for you. You just started a new job. You have been through what passes for the company orientation. You are comfortably situated in your cubical, and you have all the office supplies you need. The folks from IT will be down later in the day to set you up on your company laptop, company mobile phone, and they will even allow you to mirror some of the company applications on your own personal devices should you decide.You have meetings set for the next several days, to meet with your team leader, supervisor, and the group manager. To say you’re excited would be an understatement. This is… Read More

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Silence Is Golden.

I’m at Panera’s attempting to write something of importance when I take a break and look up and see seated at a table a family speaking in sign language. Generally, I wouldn’t give this a second thought, but for some strange reason, I’m fascinated with what is taking place a few feet away from me. Here is a family carrying on an animated conversation that only they can understand by using their hands to communicate with each other and not uttering a sound. I’m old enough to remember the time when we used a different term for individuals who couldn’t speak which I won’t repeat here. You might ask, why… Read More

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