Which of the following means the most to you?
Your answer will depend on age/ generation you belong to.
While these milestones may not seem important, the experiences, ideas and values shared by people of different generations makes for a melting pot of work approaches.
Once you know where the newer generations are "coming from," you can adjust your management style to bring out their strengths.
Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (80+ million).
Generation X: Born 1965-1976 (51+ million).
The Millennial Generation: Born 1977–1998 (75+ million).
The Y Generation: Born 1980 -1995 (70+ million).
As managers, we have been given the responsibility to manage the organization or agency’s most valuable asset, the staff. So, how easy or difficult is that?
Though there is never a dull moment, my long term strategy has always been to use a lot of common sense combined with a great dose of psychology, (the study of human behavior). One must uncover what motivates them and what frustrates them? As a manager, how much do I show empathy for my staff problems? Moreover, do I make time to listen to them, to coach and acknowledge good performance accordingly? Finally, can you identify who has the talent and capacity to become candidates for the succession plan?
In order to succeed and get the job done right remember that it is all about the strongest effort of a team lead by you, acknowledging strengths and weaknesses along the way, working together towards accomplishing the mission and goals. The expected outcome will be the success of the organization or agency and the team’s satisfaction of a job well done collectively.
We all live busy hectic lives with so much to do and learn. Since there is a never ending task to know it all, we can use some tips here and there to remind us of things that we have forgotten or learn new ones.
Some Uses for Vinegar:
§ Gardeners, the use of toxic ingredients to kill garden weeds will affect the health of your family. Therefore, spray full strength vinegar over your garden weeds and surely they will be gone.
§ Drinking Glasses: Soak them in full strength warm-to-hot vinegar for half an hour and then scrub them with a nylon sponge. They will become alive again. However, if not, that means that unfortunately they are etched for good.
§ Window Cleaner: Non-toxic solution. Get a clean spray bottle and make sure it is labeled very clear. In a glass container mix equal amounts of water and household vinegar. When ready to clean your windows use newspaper and the vinegar cleaner to make those windows shine.
§ Cut Flowers: Just add two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water in the vase that you will put your cut flowers. This little effort will make you flowers look pretty for a longer time.
§ Your Coffee Maker Machine: Vinegar will remove the mineral deposits in your coffee maker machine. Just fill the reservoir with pure undiluted vinegar. Turn it on and wait until it goes through the brew cycle. Then, turn it off and wait a few minutes. Pour the vinegar in again, however, this time let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. After the waiting period, discard the hot vinegar in your sink and fill the reservoir with clean running water. Turn it on and wait until it goes through the brew cycle again, however, do this last step about 3 times.
§ Garbage Disposal: When you schedule yourself to clean your coffee maker, also do your garbage disposal to take advantage of the vinegar twice. First, pour about ¾ cups of baking soda down your sink garbage disposal, followed by at least ½ a cup of white vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, throw in 3 or 4 ice cubes, open the hot water faucet and run the garbage disposal.
I think that I gave you more than enough tips to keep you busy for a while until my next post, when I will be giving you, yes, you guessed it, more tips!
Seriously? Is that such a thing? Aren’t people just allowing us to manage them simply to keep their jobs? Why is it that workplaces frequently experience conflict, tension, disagreements and at times, resistance?
Our society follows a structure. For instance, regardless of how late you are for a meeting, you will still have to stop at every traffic light. Similar to society, at work we also have structure. Regardless of how high up you are in the office, you report to your boss, who in turn reports to someone else. The issue at stake is, if we have to go through these established layers of office structure, how can we make it work effectively and how can we manage to survive the occassional stress of the work place.
In this era of high technology, when excessive texting fills our days with crisis and senseless urgency, we must never forget that the workforce is composed of human beings that although are capable to perform the most complicated tasks, also have off-work lives that may affect performance.
Therefore, if you are managing or leading one person or a group, here is a simple guide to follow to be effective, flexible and have a productive staff working in a pleasant workplace:
“If you lead well, they will buy-in and follow accordingly”
“If you are dictatorial and insensitive they will be forced to OBEY”
Let’s make it clear from the get go, I am not an expert in parenting. However, my husband and I raised three darn amazingly successful children without any parenting guide for dummies or anyone’s help. Therefore, I want to share our experience in hopes that it may help someone looking for needed support at this time. The following are some of the favorite techniques that we implemented:
Last, DO NOT WASTE THIS PRECIOUS GROWING TIME NOW. No excuses accepted. Pick your fights with them; every situation is not that terribly bad. Let me tell you about an important reason to keep you motivated to spend time and be tolerant with your children now. One day, not too far ahead, they will be ready for college and the chances of coming back to live with you will be pretty slim. At that point you will understand the meaning of empty nesters and perhaps, God forbid, regretting the time you did not spend with them because you were too busy at work or elsewhere.
ABOUT THE Author
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