Archive | August, 2009

Best Advice

19 Aug

BNET sent me this link to an article by Steve Tobak on the best advice he’s gotten and how he remembers them so distinctly. http://blogs.bnet.com/ceo/?p=2677&tag=nl.e713

Got me thinking about some of the best advice I have received and how I remember them.

  1. “Your not doing a very good job” – My very first boss. He was right, I wasn’t working very hard and didn’t realize how that manifested itself. Needless to say that’s the last time I ever heard those words. Probably the single most important feedback I ever received.
  2. “We call that job security” – my former boss Debbie Josephs said that one on a call one day in response to a coworker stating how busy they were. I never complain if I am busy.
  3. “Don’t rehearse worry” – Another Debbieism. Takes a lot of the stress out. Work hard and do your best, that’s all you can do.
  4. “Be sincere” – Advice on the most important management skill I could have by a long time mentor of mine Brian Kane. He gave it to me when I first became  a manager. Applies to so many siutatuions.
  5. “Go directly for your terminal degree” – advice about education from a psychology professor. I don’t remember his name or anything else he said that semester, but it made so much sense. Education is great, but go straight for the degree that will help you get a job first.

I hope to remember some more and post them.

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Top 50 Best and Small Companies in the US

11 Aug

Saw this on SHRM
Best Small Companies to work for

Some of the criteria used to assess:

  • Succession Planning Programs
  • Employees Paid for Volunteer time
  • Health Care Premiums Paid
  • Employee Referral Bonus

I dont get that. My company is a great company to work for because they pay me to volunteer? I get a bonus for referrals?

What about:

  • I find my work meaningful
  • I understand the company strategy
  • I have room for advancement

Since when did criteria for a great company become that they pay you to volunteer? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s very nice, just not mission critical.