November 20, 2014
I’m a cat person, so I was kind of “against” the dog. But the 11 year old did everything we asked, and has really stepped up to care for her. And she adores him.
I’ve come to learn some life lessons from our four legged family member.
She’s always happy to see you.
It doesn’t matter if we’ve been gone for five minutes or five hours, she is excited to see us.
Companies and organizations should treat their customers like friends. Be genuinely glad to talk with your customers and listen to them. A little cheerfulness can go a long way.
There’s always something new to see (or smell).
Our dog takes walks daily and we usually take the same routes. It’s nothing she hasn’t seen before. Yet, she is always anxious to get outside to see if there is anything new. Sometimes she goes to the other side of the sidewalk, or even in the street. She checks everything out again, even though she has walked this sidewalk a hundred times.
We usually do the same routine in our work and home lives. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but how about looking at a “same old” project with new eyes? You’ve done it before, but is there something different you can do?
Reward good behavior.
When our dog sits and stays, we reward her with a special treat. That makes her want to do it again, so she can get the reward, a big hug and our praise.
A little praise can go a long way. And I’m not talking about a treat. When was the last time you publicly praised your team for a job well done? A few kind words and a “job well done” is all it takes.
November 3, 2014
I don’t like politics.
I don’t like to talk about politics.
Half the time, I don’t even understand politics.
But what I do know is that it’s the day before Election Day and I’ve received six “robocalls” from political candidates asking for my vote. My neighbor said she received nine phone calls.
This election season has been one for the record books. I’ve never seen so many television ads, received so many phone calls or seen so many direct mail pieces. Granted, we have several interesting races this election, but here’s the deal: A television ad or phone recording is not going to sway my vote. In fact, it’s irritating and exhausting. So much so it makes me NOT want to vote. Which is bad.
What if candidates were only allowed to say what THEY were going to do to better life in Kansas? What if they weren’t allowed to call households with their cheesy recordings?
I don’t want to hear what your opponent did or didn’t do…I want to hear what YOU are going to do.
And don’t spew out statistics and studies because we all know you choose the numbers that make you look good and your opponent look bad. Why wouldn’t you?
And do you really think sending your people to my doorstep is productive? You think I’m going to say “Oh wow…thanks for giving me this information. I will for sure vote for you now.” You know what? If I want to know something about you, I can find the information myself.
I jokingly posted on Facebook about starting a “Voters against Robocalls”…but it’s not a bad idea.
[END OF RANT] –> Now go vote!
October 16, 2014
The good news is…we are not here anymore:
And don’t have to have literature like this:
Typical statistics say women make 77 cents for every one dollar a man is paid. Those numbers include the fact that women tend to have lower paying jobs than men. But dig deeper and there is still a gender salary gap.
According to the New York Times post Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs: “ …in the majority of the pay gap between men and women actually comes from differences within occupations, not between them.”
So even if all things are equal, women still make seven percent less than men…doing the same job, with the same qualifications and the same years of experience. Why?
Women have to work harder and smarter to prove we are just as qualified as a man. But often, this type of behavior is seen in a negative light…being too aggressive…while a man is seen as a leader.
In a recent article in The Atlantic “The Confidence Gap,” researchers show that if two co-workers (one male and one female) are essentially acting at a high level of confidence, the man is usually rewarded for his assertiveness and great ideas, while a woman is seen as bossy or worse…bitchy.
And this Women in the Workplace Bias study by ABC News, showed us first hand our bias toward strong women. The study showed two job candidates (one male, one female) with identical resumes, who said exactly the same thing in their interviews. People (men and women) then rated the candidates. Even other women rated the female candidate as aggressive and unlikable, but the man seemed confident.
Why this double standard? Women entered the workforce almost 70 years ago now make up about half of it. Why are we still fighting this? How do we change it? What does this say to young girls now?