Motivation

February 1, 2017

Your Career Lifecycle in Three Stages

The career lifecycle a college student can anticipate upon graduation goes like this: Title- you will chase this first as it seems so validating. Money- you develop a need for true self-sufficiency of all needs and most wants. Security- you embrace patterns. When you first graduate, you measure yourself against […]
December 7, 2016

3 Clever and Ravenous Interview Tips

I’ll outline 3 clever and ravenous interview tips. I’ll get to them tout de suite, but first let me alert you they are not designed to keep you out of HR jail. This does not proscribe a process to ace a HIPPA audit or to diminish disparate impact. These steps […]
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 […]
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 […]