My new site is here!

Hey kids………………..I’ve launched my new site and am getting ready to get back in the swing of things of writing, posting, ranting, ideating and all kinds of stuff. Be patient. Stay tuned. But in the meantime take a RECESS abd think about this —— What’s the pic? I just came back from speaking at a couple of Leadership Academies. Did you know that gazillions of dollars have been spent on Employee Engagement initiatives over the last 10+ years and the level hasn’t changed at all? Now how’s that for money well spent, egos stroked, jobs validated? Imagine where that money could have been spent to actually create a better employee experience for everyone?  

Colin is disrespectful to America? Go look in the mirror!

I’m so sick of hearing about Colin Kapernick already. So he didn’t stand for the National Anthem. And now some of the Miami Dolphins took a kneel. And there have been others who have decided not to stand, salute, or whatever. And they’re saying their actions are grounded in racial tension, race relations and civil liberties in America – which in their eyes is a very important discussion that needs to be taking place. I agree! And millions are up in arms. Not because of the race thing. Because they believe Colin and the others “are disrespecting America.” “They’re disrespecting the flag.” “They’re showing no respect for Veterans.” Really??? Okay fine, let’s put the race thing aside for a moment and talk about respect for America. THEY’RE showing no respect? What about you? What about me? What about most people? Yes, most people! What have you, individually, done for our Veterans? Looks to me that we’re really good …

Don’t say no. Say Tell Me More.

Feel free to download, copy, and share the Tell Me More idea capturing tool. It’s time to stop saying no and saying Tell Me More when someone comes to you with a new idea! To download a PDF of Tell Me More click here    

Dear Facebook, your aches, pains and illnesses keep me biking

Dear Facebook, I want to thank you for pushing me to ride my bicycle as much as I do. Well you didn’t do it directly, it was indirectly…………………..(the overly sensitive may not want to read on) Yesterday I got asked to pray for six people I don’t even know. All six are battling cancer. Last week I saw pictures of you at the doctor’s office and the pharmacy. I read regular complaints about long waiting times, co-pays, insurance premiums, unnecessary tests and your detestation of the Affordable Care Act. I read how you don’t go to the doctor because you can’t afford it. Do you really think we want to see your inflamed foot, mouth or the blackened finger from the nail that fell off? Much less do you think I am capable of diagnosing and suggesting a treatment? You can’t seem to beat the cold that started in August………………………….of 2012! I really hope …

Maybe the key to successful training is to stop calling it that!

As I was walking across the parking lot I found myself in a conversation with a park maintenance employee. We had just finished a 3 hour Recess – the entire department of 200 people. He told me it was a lot of fun and he was walking away with some useful ideas to be a better team member. (Phew, I did my job.) But that’s not the comment that most stuck with me. The comment that most stuck with me was……………… “I wish they would do this more often; bring us together so we can see how we can help one another”   I remember having a conversation with the Chief Operations Manager beforehand; him telling me that there will be a group of people who won’t want to be there; a group that will give me a hard time, they hate training, they don’t think they need training, etc. My first request was …

Rich DiGirolamo’s RECESS AT WORK Social Media Powerball Pool

Let’s share a Billion Dollars! Join the fun!!   Rich’s DiGirolamo’s 3rd RECESS AT WORK Virtual Social Media Office Lottery Pool.   Powerball is gonna be more than $1.3 Billion Wednesday night! I guess god, karma, the stars, the secret, or whatever deity you worship knew we weren’t supposed to win the other night “for a reason” So let’s get the next Powerball pool going! Here’s how it works! 1. Powerball Tickets are $2 each. 2. You will be purchasing shares of the winnings. So, if you contribute $100 and $1000 is collected you will win 10% of any winnings; $10 would be 1% of the winnings if $1,000 was collected. 3. You should send your investment in multiples of $2 thru PayPal to rich@richdigirolamo.com 4. All monies must be received by 5:00 PM EST January 13, 2016 5. I will purchase the tickets, copy them and email/message a copy of all tickets to …

You won’t believe where dressing to impress gets you hired

He had a 10:30 interview. At 11:10 he sent me a text he was still waiting and there were two people ahead of him also waiting to be interviewed. At 11:30 he sent me a text sharing that he was getting annoyed, commenting on the way the others came dressed to the interview, and mentioning he was also cranky because he was hungry. At 11:40 I told him to tell them he needed to leave as he had another appointment (which he did) and they could get in touch with him to reschedule if they would like to meet an awesome candidate. (Yes, always let people know they are missing out on a gem!) He didn’t respond to my text. At 12:00 he called to say they offered him the job……on the spot. They made a point to let him know how impressed they were with what he was wearing to the interview and how …

Who is really the problem? The employee or YOU!

A friend of mine just became the director of a small healthcare facility. She reports to an area director, who reports to a state director, who reports to a regional director, who reports to some V.P. of Look How Important I Am. Seriously, this is the Chain of Command. My friend, Joan, has a 25-year employee on her team — a 25-year problem employee. The employee backstabs and undermines coworkers and managers. Apparently, this has been going on for most of this employee’s 25 years. Joan’s regional director used to be in Joan’s position. On the day the regional director left, she told Joan that she hoped she (Joan) could figure out what to do about things. And laughed. Joan and I were talking, and she gave me several examples of the kinds of games and backstabbing the employee engages in. What irked me most was that some of the things this …

The Late Employee Solution

The line at Starbucks was long. The woman behind me was huffing and sighing and mumbling under her breath. But one thing was clear from her mumbled words………….. She was going to be late for work……………….AGAIN! —————————————————– The manager is frustrated with the chronically late employee; even though she delivers quality work; on time. He seems to think it is a lack of respect. —————————————————– So when it was my turn to order I turned to Starbucks lady and said “You go ahead of me. You seem rushed and running late.” But after she ordered I couldn’t help but suggest to her that she may want to start leaving earlier or figuring out where a cup of coffee is in the priority list. I got an evil stare. So much for trying to be helpful. —————————————————– And as for Mr. Manager, I suggested he offer the employee a change in …

Some people just cannot connect dots

When I work with clients to RECESSitate* their teams I use a lot of experiential interactive play. The play ALWAYS has a purpose. It could be a metaphor to build a better something, be a better something or do a better something. Other times I introduce a process to open up the flood gates to applying the learning to a particular organization challenge or opportunity for growth. Some people understand where we are going. Some people don’t. In other words some people just cannot connect dots.   Those that cannot connect dots are not bad team members. They are not useless. They are just wired a different way. They may be process oriented doers. Task completers. That doesn’t mean they do not have great ideas. It doesn’t mean they have less value to the organization. I’ve had clients say to me….”Rich, some of my people just don’t get it and I don’t …