Big League Chew

Stepping up to the plate. As kids, we cannot wait to take our turn. We salivate to be older, to experience what our sisters and brothers enjoy. We are not concerned about abandoning the confines of our childhood because there is adventure waiting. Eventually, we join the work world. Without much real world experience, we … More Big League Chew

Economic Indicators

Someone says the economy is doing great. What does that mean? Who benefits? Who loses? There are all kinds of people touting what makes a strong economy. Usually referred are jobs and the stock market. Trade surplus is another one. Wage growth. Interest rates. Gross Domestic Product. Consumer Price Index. All valuable to some degree. … More Economic Indicators

The Conversation

Joe just sat down to start working on compiling a financial report.  He was good at explaining numbers, they told a story and they did not talk back.  A few minutes later, Joe’s supervisor stopped by and handed him a post-it note with a room number, and told to be there in ten minutes.  No … More The Conversation

20 Years

This month I achieve 20 years of service at my job.  Twenty years at the same place.  I am quite shocked, actually. I have had several different careers, although somewhat related, but I have moved around a bit over the years.  Staying at one place for an entire career is less likely in these times, … More 20 Years

Return to Work

A month ago, my organization started reintegrating our working-remote employees, back into the work environment.  It was a phased-in approach. Only certain employees, who had work that could be done remotely, were cut loose from the office tether to work from home. For employees working in the field or part of a crew, changes in … More Return to Work

What I Miss Most

Someone asked me, what do you miss the most over the past several months from things being closed or restricted? Let me start by saying, life is different in many ways.  I don’t need to summarize all of the changes or impact on businesses, schools, families, etc.  The pandemic was a seismic shift in life … More What I Miss Most

Hair

During the past two months, hair salons and barber shops have been closed. Only recently have they reopened, with restrictions. The subject today is hair length. When the flag was waved allowing the reopening of the hair cutting establishments, people could not wait to get in line. My stylist actually called me the week before … More Hair

Night Out Against Crime: My Helicopter Ride

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a police activity that was part of a program called “Night Out Against Crime.”  Nationwide, law enforcement along with community groups were holding events to recognize efforts to combat crime.  That national campaign started in 1984 and it was exciting to be on the front … More Night Out Against Crime: My Helicopter Ride

Leadership in 2020

Some basic leadership concepts are rock solid, others are like rubber, adapting to the form and the conditions. Leadership in normal times can be challenging. Leadership under stress or prolonged crisis can cause teams to break apart. Events of this year are testing leadership strategies and strengths of good leaders. Leadership under pressure require flexibility … More Leadership in 2020