Blog on coaching

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 […]
June 28, 2016

I’m Putting You In Charge Of

“I’m putting you in charge of the kitchen tonight”, spoken in a gentle voice, is what my wife will sometimes say as she is serving me a lovely dinner.  Beats the hell out of “Do the dishes and make sure you wipe the counters and stove.” Would terminology like that […]
June 13, 2016

Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail Bosses love subordinates who have a plan.  Telling your boss a plan you’ve developed against a priority really makes you stand out. That does not just happen.  You have to plan that. Professional credentials- some title starting with “Certified”-getting those credentials typically requires some […]