career path and a slippery slope

Possibly a misleading title for this article. However, I imagined the interview question over and over again… I continued to replay it in my mind and each time it felt like skiing down a cliff but instead of land ahead – the bottom fell out and well, you can imagine the rest.

I once interviewed for a supervisory job at a competitor. I was still a new supervisor at the time and wanted (desperately) to move to Wisconsin. There were a lot of non-professional reasons and my haste was probably unprecedented. I was only 24 at the time, so I was not mentally mature. By stating that, I am not saying at 24 you are or are not as a general statement. I am indicating that my mindset had a bias and I had convinced myself that an illogical solution was the best for my family (and me).

During an interview I was asked a question that I had never

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history and a predictive productive future

The thing about work, is well, we tend to be our own worst enemy. You have heard that before, haven’t you? I assume there was no big surprise when I said that. I also assume when I say – we should study the history to help the future – your eyes may have rolled and again you will assume that I am stating the obvious. Yet, I beg to argue, if we truly understand what we have done, where we have been then we would not repeat the same things… over and over…

At most employers there is a substantial turnover, which may be up or out, but regardless, the positions and people change which lead to gaps in the <a class="zem_slink" title="Information str

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Quotes. Business + Life + Help?

  1. Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  2. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters. – Seth Godin
  3. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin
  4. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time. – Unknown

There is no encrypted message here. Just a couple of good quotes that I identified while looking at a site (listed below).

Coutesy of: <a href="http://www.servend

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improvement or diminishment

Consider that everything has a state. Think of a ball and gravity – once it is tossed in the air there is a point when the incline reverts to a decline. At one point, for a very brief moment, it will pause at transition. The moment, however, is so brief that you may not even realize it. Continuous improvement is the same way. Processes do not stay idle long – the status quo will falter and begin to erode. It is either in a <a class="zem_slink" title="Systems engineering" href="; target="_blank" rel="wi

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More 5S, 6S needs 5S’d & engagement vs. dictation

So, over a year ago I dug into 5S. Well, I have been participating for some time – but I drafted a blog entry about it. Recently, I gave a whole mess (pun intended) of training, 101-sessions. They were refreshers for most, but new people as well. In either case, the presentations went well but the audience was not expecting the message that I delivered, or perhaps, the way I conveyed it.

6S has too many S’s. Converting 5S to 6S by adding <a class="zem_slink" title="Safety (American and Canadi

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Thanksgiving & 40 Ways to Say Thank You at Work – Courtesy of

The article below was identified while researching ways to say thank you. It is the holiday season, and a good reason for you to make an excuse to thank the employees, if not a normal part of your routine. I have found that words of encouragement get better results, more engagement, and longer lasting effects than any monetary or dietary reward. When you hand out checks over the next couple of weeks take a moment to shake some hands and say “thank you.” Some will find it cheesy – but the majority will appreciate it. It is not about you, it is about them – the value adders which do the <a class="zem_slink" title="Working time" href="

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