Positive Reinforcement

January 4, 2018

Only A Fool Will Expect Others to Respect His Work If He Does Not Respect His Own.

No one looks impressive holding a Super Big Gulp. Yet I do it. My substance abuse problem with Mountain Dew is unhealthy and bad personal branding to boot. When I cheerily call out “honey, I’m home!”, Woman is quietly disgusted with my cargo. Enormous sugar content, the highest caffeine of […]
December 1, 2017

It’s My Life

There is no sense addressing motivation without acknowledging there has to be a link between what you feel and what you do. You can feel that your life is important, that you’re not going to live forever, that you have one chance on this rock. Yet if it doesn’t translate […]
October 9, 2017

Philosopher or Farmer

“What does his dad do?” or “What does your husband do?” are common initial questions you might ask a son about a friend or a neighbor about her husband. Some folks disguise the intent more gracefully but just about everyone seems to search for this critical data point when discussing […]
June 27, 2017

Effective Leadership Can Dress in Many Outfits.

A great manager must eventually choose a philosophy. Core elements for the boss holding a stick approach will vary from the fellow dangling a carrot. For control freaks, the difference between filter and bottleneck can be hard to distinguish. Type A’s can be recognized by their self-assuredness; a blessing albeit […]
April 6, 2017

Endurance is the First Virtue of a Soldier

“Endurance is the First Virtue of a Soldier. “ “Valor is only second”. A Napoleon quote, and it acts as the backdrop to my theme today. Work ethic, that tenacity for acting now, is a wonderful virtue. If married with a great attitude, a world class work ethic can and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 24, 2016

Train Your Brain

Train your Brain.   What would your critics say about you? Would you be comfortable hearing what others consider your challenges?  Would you be surprised by how they describe your performance? How about your strengths?  What would others say are your strengths? Your vocabulary, what comes out of your own […]