motivus

November 23, 2016

Managing the Millennial

At almost every step in life, we meet with young men and women for whom we anticipate wonderful things, yet after much and careful inquiry, we never happen to hear another word. The effervescence of youth and passion, and the fresh gloss of intellect and imagination, endow them with a […]
November 9, 2016
4 keys to the perfect employee

4 Keys to the Perfect Employee.

Tonight as we await the election results I retreated, and compiled a list of the four qualities found in the perfect employee, or for that matter neighbor, son, daughter, or any other role you can imagine.  I’ll hope my President has these four qualities. To start, consider this example-how pleasant can a restaurant […]
October 19, 2016

3 Rules for Managing Up

Managing Up If you were up for a promotion, whose advocacy will carry more weight, your boss’s or a subordinate’s? Is it more important to your career advancement that those above you, or those below you, appreciate your performance? I don’t think it is controversial to assert that it’s those […]
October 5, 2016

They Get Better, or They Go Away.

In reference to work relationships, I hope and believe my blog posts run toward positive and enthusiastic. Believing in people; expecting and recognizing work ethic and attitude I hope is a theme. Yet not everyone can play for the Yankees, and circumstances arise where a colleague does not fit; does […]
September 21, 2016
Leslie Zolbe

Father Time is a Gentle Parent

I got this on FaceBook Messenger a couple months ago. Hello. My name is Ashley (not real name). I hope this message brings you a smile… Summer before 6th grade my parents got divorced and I was forced to switch schools. I was not happy, but my mom told me Alki […]
September 8, 2016

Revenue is for Everyone.

Revenue is for Everyone. 1984, my first management job, and I use the term management quite loosely as I had no idea what I was doing. I was in the Lincoln room of the Key Bridge Marriott with Basil, one of my housemen. We were setting a U-Shape for 15, […]
August 23, 2016
Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

If Barney Fife had a funny older brother, he would’ve been like our Chief Engineer in Portland in the early 90’s.  I was the DOSM of a hotel there, with this guy, Curt. Curt was a wonderful old country guy. Not cut out for corporate environments. No, Curt was more […]
August 10, 2016

Set High Standards

People are rational and people are emotional. Even the most rational among us are more emotional than rational. Do you agree with that? I am very sure of it. I believe that while we are all rational in our basic makeup, we are governed even more by emotion. I acknowledge […]
July 27, 2016

A Colleague’s Expression is More Important than His Title.

What does air cover mean, in a management sense?  You have some idea? Would your boss provide air cover for you if he did not care about you?  Why would a boss give air cover? Does your boss provide air cover for the team? My connotation of air cover, what […]
July 13, 2016
PPFE

Positive, Productive, Fresh, and, Enthusiastic

Positive, Productive, Fresh, and, Enthusiastic; hereafter to be referenced as PPFE, is much on my mind lately as several of my prior colleagues handle a recent notification from their employer.  Each received a letter formally alerting them to a business dynamic which will eliminate their positions; a letter expected, yet […]