Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Darryl and I took a trip down to Cape Cod while we were in the Boston Area. It was stunning with white sand beaches, beautiful weather, and quaint, charming towns all along the seashore. Definitely a place you could while away some time if you were inclined to do so!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We exited the train to the smell of roasting peanuts and beer. The buzz of people gathering on the streets surrounding Fenway hung in the air much like the humidity of the day. Street vendors hawked their wares, children clung to their parents, and everywhere you looked the camaraderie of people who believed in something bigger than themselves was evident. This is baseball in America.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
We went this morning to the historic Harvard Campus and walked the grounds. We also went to Harvard Square where we had lunch in an Italian Bistro. It was really neat to see all the students arriving back for this year's classes as well as all the worried moms and dads following them around ;)
We checked into our hotel (Wyndam Chelsea) and then headed into Boston to Legal Seafoods for supper. Darryl had fish and chips and I had sea scallops and it was amazing! I don't think I have had seafood that fresh in my life - I totally recommend Legal Seafoods if you're ever in the Boston area!
On our way to Boston we drove through Vermont and New Hampshire. Vermont specifically was absolutely breathtaking. It was so heavily treed on the interstate we were driving on that I couldn't even tell there were towns to the right or left the entire time we were in the state. The hills were rolling and there were lush valleys everywhere you looked - I think this is definitely a place I would like to return some day and get better acquainted with!
After a long night of travel (we very nearly missed our connection in Toronto because of delays), we arrived in the beautiful city of Montreal in the wee hours of Friday morning. Check in at University Bed and Breakfast went smoothly and after a short sleep we hit the town on Friday.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
BY FC Expert Blogger Roberta Matuson
Mon Aug 23, 2010
If you think it's tough being a manager these days, try being an employee. Most are in the position of having to go with the flow because of the current economic conditions. But that doesn't necessarily mean they do so with a smile on their face. Here are ten things your employees wish you knew about them:
1. They are happy to have a job. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are happy in their job. Big difference. People who are happy in their jobs act a lot different than those grateful to have a job. They are highly engaged and will do whatever it takes to delight the customer. The other group simply floats along praying for the day they can tell you really what they are thinking. Most likely they will do this as they hand in their notice. That is if they even give notice.
2. You're not the boss of me. My five year old used to say this to me all the time. That is until I corrected her by telling her that actually I was the boss of her and that what I said goes. You may be the boss, but you don't own your people. The minute you start playing the, "Because I said so" card, you've lost the game.
3. Your girls don't like being called girls. I remember how shocked I was when my first client started speaking to me about the girls in the office, as he pointed to a sea of silver haired women. That should have been a sign that the problem was right in front of me. It is disrespectful to call females over the age of 18 girls. They are women. Keep this in mind when referring to female employees or you'll soon find yourself managing a team consisting of yourself. Then you'll be free to reference yourself in the manner that best suits you.
4. We are no longer going to take one for the team. That is after the senior team has just awarded the departing CEO an exit package that certainly could have been used to restore salary cuts.
5. We are tired of picking up the slack from the non-performers. We know who is not pulling their weight and so do you. Do something about it before we throw ourselves on top of the dead weight pile.
6. That was our idea you just shared with the CEO. We understand that tough times call for tough measures, but that doesn't give you the right to take credit for something that is not yours. Now go back in there and give us the credit we are due.
7. Measure us on results, not face time. Stop penalizing us for our ability to get work done quickly or we will give you what you want. More face time, and that's about it.
8. Stop wasting our time with surveys. You already know what's wrong. Now start fixing things before we find a work place that is willing to take action.
9. Stop micromanaging us. Micromanagement is a sign of mistrust. You've hired us for a reason. If you don't trust we'll get the job done then by all means, either find people who you think will, or leave us alone to do our jobs.
10. We are never going to act like business owners. Stop complaining that we don't act like business owners. We are not business owners nor are we compensated the same as the owner. And by the way, if we really wanted to act like owners we would have started our own businesses.
I'm sure there is a lot more your employees wish you knew about them. Perhaps they'll be brave enough to add their comments to this list.
Roberta Chinsky Matuson is the President of Human Resource Solutions and author of the forthcoming book, Suddenly in Charge! Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, January 2011). Visit Roberta's Blog on the Generations at Work or her Linked-in Group Suddenly in Charge! Sign up to receive a complimentary subscription to Roberta's monthly newsletter, HR Matters