New Year’s Resolutions for Managers

Whether you are a long-time manager or a fairly new one, it’s always a good idea to re-evaluate and review any changes you want to implement or enhance related to your managerial style. With 2015 upon us, this is the perfect time to look at overall improvements you should make in order to keep your…

Opening Your World Through Reading

During the last three months of 2014, I was taking a class. With work and volunteer responsibilities, attending class, required reading and writing papers and presentations, I easily over-filled my schedule. It wasn’t the first time I’d taken up something really good only to have the requirements get on top of me, but this time…

Don’t Give Up

I wasn’t familiar with Stuart Scott in his role as an ESPN sportscaster. I learned of him through media stories about his battle with cancer. Scott died Sunday at the age of 49. In July, Scott received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, an award show hosted by ESPN. It was during…

Combating Anxiety, Building Confidence

A few years ago, I gave a presentation on anxiety. In doing research for the presentation, I learned one of the ways to combat anxiety is to involve yourself in the thing creating the anxiety rather than attempting to avoid it. Avoidance may feel better in the short run since we are not facing the…

Tips for Managing During the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so the song goes. While the holidays are often filled with get-togethers, good food, gifts, and happiness, it can also be a time of extreme stress, depression, anxiety, and frustration. For some, it’s ’tis the season to be worried instead of jolly. This can be brought…

What is the Defect of Your Virtue?

It’s an odd way to think about virtues. You don’t usually think of them as possibly defective, but isn’t it true that any good thing can be taken too far and become a bad thing? Think of the person with leadership qualities. His role is to take charge, but he can be overbearing if he…

Kindness Matters

The following is one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible – it is always possible.” When asked to name the most essential virtues in other people, we might list honesty, integrity, courage, acceptance, or a commitment to working hard. We need people to exhibit these characteristics and many others…

The Impact of Workplace Culture

Workplace culture can hit you in the face as you walk in to some worksites. In my first job as a sheet metal apprentice, the foreman was “difficult”. Once when I messed up on a job, I got chewed out so loudly that co-workers in the adjacent plumbing shop – 50 yards away! – heard…

How Managers Can Express Gratitude to Employees

“Among the things you can give and still keep are your words, a smile, and a grateful heart.” – Zig Ziglar Our company recently celebrated its annual “Co-workers Gratitude Week”, where employees filled out business-size cards with reasons they enjoy working with their co-workers, then gave them to one another. The quote above, by motivational…

What Have You Got to Work With?

In an interview, a famous singer made some self-deprecating remarks about her singing, specifically about having a limited vocal range. She was right about that. Nobody would ever call her a “belter”. She doesn’t hit the highs or the lows like some do, and never finishes her songs with a dazzling note held at length…