Ma(g,n)ic Monday … You Choose

It’s here everybody.  Monday, Monday!  Will yours be MaGic or MaNic?  I choose G over N.  It occurred to me last week that we have an enemy on the prowl and it has laser vision, sensitive radar and unparalleled sonar. This enemy is on a mission to destroy anything we have that’s good and brings us joy. Take a few seconds right now and think of those things in your life that mean the most to you. If ties were severed, you would feel a demoralizing loss.  A friendship, your …

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Under New Management: How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual – Book Report

My first thought as I finished this book? Where was this management philosophy and leadership style when I was working 9 to 5? The good news is, the word is on the street that what was proven to work in the past, no longer works today. In fact, many management techniques of the past didn’t work back then either, and this generation is moving on. To be transparent here, I admit that a few of the ideas presented by author, David Burkus, are strikingly alien to me – but I …

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The winning formula for making a difference

It seems football frenzy has taken over the digital network. Have you been watching any of the games? How about that game on Saturday? You know the one. Edge of the chair, nail-biting, hold-your-breath exciting. I’m not a TV watcher and not a sports fan, so there were already two strikes against the probability that I would use up minutes to watch a football game on television, but up in the north country where TV channels are scarce, I succumbed just a little. What was so compelling about those games? Three …

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Take a poll and call me in the morning

Yesterday I took a poll.  At the time, I didn’t even realize it was a poll, but as the responses came in I realized how similar our situations even when our vocations and workplaces are unrelated.  First, I want to thank all my friends who weighed in on the question: Just wondering. Does anyone else get really tired of making enemies at work just because you do your job well?  Thank you Linda, Robbin, Chris, Jill, Sharlene, Helen, Jennie, Michelle, Melissa, Carol, Betty, Patty, Jan, Dee, Cari, Melanie, Doris, Rian, …

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In it to win it!

If you’re a Michigan fan – you’re feeling a little let down today. I had to stop watching the game with 2 minutes remaining. I didn’t want to give up on the team, but I wanted to drift off to sleep without the memory of the last moment in my head. It’s only a game – but emotion? It’s in there. For all of us who are team players and know the dependency factor of teamwork …. enjoy the benefits of being on a team today.  Cheer up!  Pass it on! …

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Refining Grace