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December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm #174619
Stewart, thanks for the great information. I knew I posted this on the right site.
December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm #174625
Thanks, Sterling! Appreciate the heads up!
December 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm #174629
Thanks! I’ll look into it!
October 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm #161228
Social media is a tool. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter – they are just tools. The only difference between a tool and a weapon is how it is used. I can build a house with a hammer; I can inflict an injury on someone’s person with the same hammer. If there are bullies, they are going to re-purpose the tools as weapons.
August 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm #167148
Our local paper quit printing in our town (Topeka) and is now being printed in Kansas City. The reporting is as thorough as a medium market paper can be, but they have to rely on “stringers” and wire services because there just aren’t enough of them around. The quality of stories has declined, in my opinion; they don’t seem to be doing as much in-depth reporting of certain issues (state budgets, drought, cuts in social services) or if they do it’s usually after the fact.
My biggest beef is with the local television stations. They are very sloppy in their use of full screens and very technically sloppy. It just feels like they don’t care; you are going to watch because “Wheel of Fortune” is on next.
July 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm #166663
The first thing I would emphasize is to maintain his professionalism. Give as much notice as is humanly possible; offer to work with whoever will have to pick up his work in the interim; make certain all contacts and archives are updated (that he is responsible for) and basically just go out as a high performer. He also needs to keep it quiet; he doesn’t need to act the part of the short-timer. If asked why he is leaving, he can simply say, “This is a good job, but it’s not quite the position for me.” DO NOT slam the department, boss, co-workers or anybody else. I had to leave a position I had for over six years and I performed highly in it as well. I kept it professional and parted on good terms. That’s it; just keep treading the upward path.
July 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm #165850
Finding motivation amongst so many distractions.
July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #64139
My first is one I use when there is a challenge thrown at me from a co-worker/family member: “Bring a friend, pack a lunch, we’ll make a day of it!” (Said in a mock-combative tone.)
“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!” – From “Treasure of The Sierra Madre”
“Do you feel lucky?/ A man’s got to know his limitations.” – both from Dirty Harry movies
I have no intention of letting you leave here as dumb as you were when you arrived.
It’s so much fun watching someone say “It can’t be done” get interrupted by someone doing it.
Work fascinates me. I can watch it for hours.
“Danger, Will Robinson! Danger”- Robot from Lost in Space
“Where’s the kaboom? There’s supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!” – Marvin the Martian
“Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” – Bruce Banner/The Hulk
“Don’t **** with eagles until you learn to fly.”
July 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm #165400
A topic for a paper that would be most useful would be the need for a more engaging website for the community to use to engage and interact at a higher level with their local government. I believe that more people want to be able to interact with their government much as they do other aspects of their life; that is, online. People bank and buy online, they meet and “talk” online, they review movies and restaurants online – why wouldn’t they want to engage with their government online? Just a thought. Hope it helps.
July 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm #165042
Change management is the most difficult type of management to undertake and/or to have buy-in. The phrase that used to always drive me insane was “It’s never been done that way before.” You have to articulate how the change makes things better and provide whatever proof you can: other instances of applications in similar settings. I like the idea of a VIP group, and it allows people to feel even more engaged in the change itself. This is an area where you need to keep selling and (to quote Journey) “Don’t stop believin'”.
June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm #165082
Our neghborhood always has a Fourth of July parade (complete with a band of local residents and their kids) and we have a group of people over to watch it on our lawn. Then, we just head over to a relatives house for food, fireworks and family. The best thing is just being with the family and being free to celebrate it. My dad and oldest brother were both in the military and I really enjoy celebrating the country on this day.
June 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm #164376
Corey, I tend to think of sincerity as ethically in some situations, but yes, I should have clarified. I do indeed mean to be ethical in all I do and to be sincere in my direct and indirect communications. I have seen people who said something just to say it, no sincerity, just words. Or as I have been known to characterize such communication, “The jabbering of shaved apes in a concrete jungle.”
June 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm #164382
This is an interesting question, as I have just attained what I consider my “dream” job (PR management) after working for 6 years in a casino. I always thought I strived to stay on the upward path, but 6 years of watching people throw good money after bad has a way of wearing on one, on all levels. The values that define me are loyalty (to my family, my faith and to the people who trust me to do my job); integrity, honesty and sincerity in my communications. I’ve dealt with more than my share of phonies (we called them “strokers” at the casino) and I never want to be one of those people.
June 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm #164547
Realizing how important point #! is. The ability to learn from our mistakes and have a positive take-away from failure is what we need to focus on. I’ve had to tell people under my supervision, “This objective wasn’t met; we need to regroup and hit it next time. What did WE (emphasis added) learn from this?” or words to that effect. It’s important to realize that the sun keeps rising and the earth keeps turning as well; sometimes you just have to look at the biggest picture and keep on keeping on.