Feedback Makes You Better. Whining Loses Credibility.

We’ve all been there……………someone gave you feedback. You didn’t like it. Perhaps it was questioning your work? Your thought process? But even worse, they gave you no solutions. That’s whining in my book. If you’re going to tell me I need to be better I need you to tell me why. I need to know what I can improve; what I did wrong (in your eyes); and how I can do it better the next time. Otherwise you’re just a whiner.  And that my friends is feedback and advice you might want to pass along to others in your professional and personal world!

Attention HR! Look who’s training your employees! (to leave you)

So you’ve slashed your training budget. You’ve done away with some benefits. You’ve cut your workforce. You’re asking people to do more with nothing, not less. Well guess what………… Below are just some of the books that your people are reading. And guess what………….they’re probably not reading them with thoughts of how they can help your business. They’re probably reading them with thoughts on leaving you. Yes……..QUITTING. I’ve read all five of these books. Some more than once. There’s always more to grasp. The great thing about each one of these books is that they can be applied to your business; to keep your people engaged and happy while working for you. If I were you I’d read a few of these. Today. This summer. Not during the 4th quarter when intense job searches go into play knowing January brings new budgets. Or you never know……………one of these might get you inspired for …

The solution to drippy ice cream cones and your business

If you love ice cream you know that feeling when all of a sudden your hand is getting sticky. The bottom of your cone has sprung a leak. Now personally I think you just eat ice cream way too slowly; but it happens. So now you’re sucking the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone while trying to stop the top of the cone from dripping down the sides. Quite the dilemma. So then someone comes along with a solution and puts a little cone wrapper/condom around the bottom. Except now the leak sticks to the bottom of the cone wrapper and I can’t get that last piece of the cone which really pisses me off. After all that last crunchy piece is the best part of the cone, right? So while it’s a solution it is not my optimal solution. Now the folks at Nestle came up with the …

How does looking at everyone else’s happiness help you?

It’s 9 days until Recess At Work and I’ll be talking about it today on the Money Matters Radio show at 1:30PM. If you’re in Massachusetts you can listen to it on WBNW AM 1120, WESO 970 and WPLM AM 1390. Or listen/watch at But for now….. Someone asked me a question recently……..If I had to choose between good pay/benefits or a good company culture which would I choose. I responded with why do we have to choose; why can’t an organization provide both? The response I received talked about how this guy is managed by an absentee manager (who supposedly is famous), at a company who just went to a four day work week and cut everyone’s hours and pay. This manager then showed up to work with a shiny new high end SUV the next day. Clearly the guy who asked me the question was pissed. So …

It’s My Opinion. Not Yours.

This is the Ugliest Chair on the Planet!     Next time someone asks your opinion, give it to them. And don’t worry about what others are saying. If I listened to others I’d still be an unhappy accountant; not that there’s anything wrong with being an accountant. I would just have been an unhappy one.

Brenda vs. The Blackberry vs. Juana

The 14 minute drive from DFW to the hotel took 40 yesterday. It was not due to traffic. Our destination was plugged into the GPS (which Jess has named Brenda). It was also plugged into two Blackberry Map apps (since Jess commented that Brenda gets cantankerous at times). So with three navigators we headed out of DFW. 35 minutes later I got frustrated of making U-turns, sitting at traffic lights that offer enough time for someone to give birth, looking at the same buildings, and driving through parking lots in search of our hotel. So I picked up the phone, called our hotel and spoke to Juana. Juana got us there in two minutes (okay 5 – the extra three minutes was to give birth). Screw Technology! Remember maps? Stopping at pay phones? TripTiks? Amazing how we forget that sometimes getting things done faster and more efficiently requires less technology and more interaction with people.