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  • It’s over! It’s finally over!
    Sunday, January 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    Welcome to 2021, and even though I tend to lean toward the superstitious side, it’s got to be better than 2020. Right? I mean c’mon. Unless you are 102, you’ve never lived through a year like that one!
    Well, now that I’ve said it’s got to be better than 2020, I’m busy looking for a big piece of wood to knock on. 
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  • Get discouraged at work? Why not rock on, instead?
    Sunday, July 19, 2020 4:00 AM
    Ever get discouraged at work? Ever decide it’s not worth it? Too hard?
    Do you know the story of Rick Allen?
    Allen, also known as the Thunder god, is the drummer for Def Leppard. If you aren’t familiar, the hard rocking group has been around since 1977 or so. They’ve had numerous hits like Pour Some Sugar on Me, Photograph, Foolin’ and others. If you’re not familiar trust me when I tell you that drums play a big role in their music – thus placing even more importance on the aforementioned Mr. Allen.
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  • A planned rally is lame; forge onward onto light
    Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:22 AM
    Tired of working for less money than you think you’re worth?
    Then march in to the boss’ office and demand at least, at the very least, a 10 percent raise.
    Tell them that you are not going to be taken advantage of anymore.
    Tell them that you are better than most of the clowns you work with.
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  • Joke tells tale on taking care of customer
    Sunday, March 22, 2020 4:15 AM
    Management lessons are everywhere. From the way you are treated as a customer at fast-food places to the mail you get, unsolicited as well as those nasty bills, to watching TV. We can and should always be learning.
    Sometimes those lessons can come in the form of humor. I ran across this joke the other day and it contained a pretty valuable management lesson. Please allow me to share.
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  • Bricks, building or throwing, are useful
    Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:29 AM
    OK, if you read this column last week then you know we took a break from the serious, day-to-day grind and wandered down Chuckle Ave. Maybe it’s the spring-like weather this week, but I could use a few more smiles. So, for your potential enjoyment and pleasure, here’s a glimpse at a different way to make hires.
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  • Use little humor at work to ‘lighten’ the load, mood
    Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:59 AM
    For the next few weeks we’ll share some oldies but goodies that, hopefully, give you cause to smile. As regular readers of this column know, management and work in general should not be all that serious all the time. Of course it should always be about moving forward and accomplishing goals. However, sometimes the best way to get there is to get people to relax a little – and humor can be a big help.
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  • You don’t want to turn into a weather forecaster
    Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:35 AM
    Not too long ago, it was a Thursday I think, TV weather people started sounding the alarm . . . snow, freezing rain, wind, ice. You know the drill.
    Schedules started going in the toilet. Schools, businesses, churches, everyone started canceling. Milk and bread disappeared from the grocery store shelves faster than a brownie on my kitchen counter . . . you know the drill.
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  • Take lesson from Nancy Pelosi
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:46 AM
    I am hesitant to bring up politics when it comes to a management column. It’s not that I mind having a political discussion – I actually enjoy those. But the issue is that some people are so narrow-minded that they can’t get past the point of view expressed, so they never get to the lesson.
    I know you are all better than that.
    Did you watch the State of the Union speech earlier this week? Whether you like the president or not, you probably noticed the actions coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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  • Fighting way past negativity
    Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:54 AM
    As I may have mentioned once or 12 times, I’m a nerd. Ask my wife or daughters, and they’ll back that up. Quickly.
    I tend to read lots of management books and articles. When I do sit down to watch TV, I usually end up on The Learning Channel, Discovery or one of those channels. To be totally honest, I’m very sure that five decades ago my parents would’ve been absolutely delighted if I had enjoyed learning this much, but unfortunately for them, that particular passion didn’t strike until way past the end of school.
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  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:32 PM
    Smithsonian Magazine, which by the way, is one of my favorite reads, had an article a few years back that looked at the year 1908.
    It was an exciting time. America was the land of infinite possibilities. It would seem the only thing that held anyone back was the reach of their imagination.
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  • How much time are you spending on e-mail?
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:33 AM
    Someone sent me an e-mail (which, as you read this story, is amazingly ironic) that I thought worth passing along as we roll into the New Year. So much of our time at work ends up being wasted, and it’s hard to think of too many things that waste more of our time right now than frivolous use of e-mails and the Internet. So without further ado . . .
    An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.
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  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:51 PM
    In about a week our nation will celebrate Memorial Day. Here in Indiana we’ll get fired up for the Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing. Some families will go to the cemetery and honor loved ones.
    It’s a wonderful holiday and I hope you get to enjoy it.
    So let’s use the “memorial” portion of the holiday to talk a little bit about a common mistake managers, especially new ones, make.
    They don’t remember those who came before.
    I’m reminded of the old – and less than positive saying that someone wakes up on third base and thinks they hit a triple.
    Chances are new managers are not the second coming. They may be good. Heck, they may be great. But chances are that there were good – and great – managers before.
    We’ve all seen it, right? The new manager points out all the improvements and fixes they’ve made. This can be dangerous. Many a youngster has thrown their arms out of socket patting themselves on the back to a degree that they missed work (HIPPA regulations prevent me from sharing names).
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