Thursday, October 26, 2017

We All Have 24 Hours

If you currently are disorganized and your "to-do list" is longer than your day, don't despair; some of the most organized people once were among the most disorganized, including myself. This quiz is intended to help you see your strengths and weaknesses in this area.*

Keep in mind, it's not always "time"  management.... we all have the same 24 hours in a day;  energy, focus and direction play a major role in how you manage your day.

Answer Yes or No to the following:

  1. When meeting with your team or a one to one, do you always come prepared?
  2. Do you sort your work by priority.
  3. At the end of the day do you make a list of your next day priorities?
  4. Do you list recommended actions?
  5. Are you drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day?
  6. Do you start each day tackling your most immediate goals?
  7. Are you sleeping at least 7 hours a night?
  8. Are you limiting your caffeine intake?
  9. Do you spot check yourself, to be sure you are keeping on schedule?
  10. Do you commit and follow through with a structured exercise program?
  11. Do you congratulate yourself when you complete a task?
  12. Do you allow time for the unexpected, such as phone calls and interruptions?
  13. Do you have a plan for eating foods that maximize your health vs. inhibit your well-being?
  14.  Do you check items off your list as you accomplish them?
  15.  Do you help keep team meetings and one to one meetings organized and on schedule?

Total up the Yes answers. A score of 12 or more is a sign that you are on the right path to maximizing your time. A score of 9 to 11, means you get lazy like me sometimes. A score of 8 or less?.... I am thinking you may need some help.

* Teamwork notes

Sunday, October 8, 2017

BIG AL - A Look Back


The story was, you hated him, feared him or loved him…I was all three.

His name was Al. 

Al started in retail when he was thirteen and fifty years later died in action.

Al was an old school retail manager who believed that no one could be trusted and everyone should put his or her career first before family.

Al worked 80 hours a week, was a master micro-manager and believed that his day was not over until he fired someone or at least made an employee cry.

Okay, so you ask, WHY did I love this guy? Not for any of the above things, that is why I hated him and feared him. I loved him because I was able to translate his prehistoric management style into lessons that I still utilize today.

Three Lessons from Big Al

1). Al used to say, “The best and easiest recognition program is to have NO recognition program at all.”
            Translation: Employee recognition programs must be managed,  be fair and be consistent or your results could actually weaken employee morale.

2). When Al said, “Just because I’m pissed off at you, doesn’t mean you can walk around here with your tail between your legs.”
            Translation: Wear a smile and have a positive attitude; no one wants to work for a “Debbie-Downer” manager.

3). One day Al looked me right in the eyes and said, “I’m too old to change now Gambone, what you see is what you get…”
             Translation: I always knew where I stood with Al. Al taught me that leaders need to be right up front with people by providing balanced,  fair and concise feedback.

My 18 months as Al’s co-manager was very stressful, yet very rewarding.
Take a few moments to reflect on your old boss, teacher or coach…dig deep and I am sure you will find a few sunny days somewhere in that storm.