Management Parallel: How do you make employees and co-workers feel truly valued? Is a small bonus or a certificate really going to do the trick?
My husband, a customer service expert, is adept at finding great sources of information that make very complex subjects more understandable. He recently shared “The Power of Moments” by Chip & Dan Heath, and I was struck not only by its applicability to a current nonprofit project I am working on but how it validated “Rites of Passage for Your Children.”
Many people will be blogging about this, and they will come from many different perspectives. Everything from bullying, to racism, to sexism will be pulled out, examined ad infinitum, and tossed back into the whirling chum that is our media coverage. People will display an array of emotions, and some people who would have hesitated to air negative and acrimonious feelings and opinions in the past may feel this is the time to let it all out.
Just for a moment, take a breath with me and think about the children. Continue reading
Management Parallel: Setting realistic expectations and using professional, respectful language in the workplace.
I have been writing this blog for a long time, and over the years I have avoided the word “brat,” when referring to children.
I didn’t have a specific reason for that avoidance, other than the queasy feeling I get in my gut when unilaterally grouping a large number of misbehaving children under one label. Continue reading
Posted in Birth through Pre-school, Kindergarten to Middle School, Middle School through High School, Parenting and Management
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I am working on a member survey for one of my favorite nonprofits and it has occurred to me that many times, whether in our jobs or our lives, we are asking the wrong question.
Why do we do that?
Is it fear of the answer, or is it a failure to think it through and determine what information we are truly seeking? Continue reading
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Andrew Watts’ recent article; “A Teenager’s View on Social Media” was on point, and although he is clear that these are only his opinions, much of what he says rings true to me as I watch my daughters navigate through social media.
He points out that social media has become segregated, even though he doesn’t express it with that term. Continue reading
Posted in College Years - Young Adulthood, Middle School through High School, Parenting and Management
- Tagged Andrew Watts, boundaries, communication, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, management, parenting, Snapchat, social media, Teenagers