Archive | March, 2013

I Quit!

26 Mar

I have watched many people quit, be fired and have worked with many who lost their jobs.  From this experiences come three major ideas:

  1. It’s always better to look for a job when you have a job.
  2. People usually leave because of a bad boss.
  3. All people remember about you is how you leave.

The NY Times had a splendid article entitled Grand Exits That Never Earn Applause.

For some idea about how important jobs can be in our lives GoTo: Work Makes Life Sweet.

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6 Steps To Tune Your Personal Performance

20 Mar

Now that it’s March and all our January goals have evaporated, perhaps it’s time to consider 6 ways to improve your performance:

• Become a better listener

• Give effective feedback

• Consider turning off your always-on/always-on-you devices.

• Try reflection, it improves your cognition

• Get a good nights sleep every night

• Keep your personal goals to yourself

Every topic has a link.  Pick two and begin to improve your performance today

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Online Courtesy

13 Mar

Many of these blogs have focused on the downside of electronic communications, not only is discourtesy a problem but some people are losing their face-to-face communication skills.  A recent article in Success.com suggests a set of simple rules to improve courtesy in online communications. Here are some links if you want to see the breadth of this issue.

Success.con presents a list of mobile manners:

http://www.success.com/articles/2192-thumbs-down-to-a-lack-of-mobile-manners

Research shows excessive dependence on e-coms hinders communication:

https://langhorne.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/technology-conversation-leadership/

Lots of rudeness going around:

https://langhorne.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/rudeness-online/

Be careful what you share, TMI (too much information) can damage relationships:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/jobs/sharing-too-much-information-in-the-workplace.html?_r=0

This is a high form of discourtesy and a say/do ratio (i.e. trust) breaker:

https://langhorne.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/%E2%80%9Csorry-i%E2%80%99m-late%E2%80%9D-how-texting-damages-relationships/

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Are You a Micro-manager?

6 Mar

Last summer I was invited to a HS class reunion.  Fortunately I was not able to attend (HS was not the high point of my life).  However I did contact  friends from that era and had a couple interesting conversations.  During one of these an old pal nicknamed Duff came up.  I asked for his phone number and was told he didn’t have a phone because he got angry and tore it off the wall.  Oops, he had an impulse control issue several decades ago in HS.  Turns out he was divorced, estranged from his daughters and living in a trailer house across the street from his aged parents.  Duff was a micro-manager of his life.  Consider what you want your life to be in several decades.

Here is a simple self-test and a brief discussion of the negative effects of micromanaging on the employee as well as the manager.  Consider this aphorism:  If you try to control everything, in the long run you control nothing

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