Cultivating Initiative…

As a manager, I look back at some of the greatest employees I have ever had, and they all share one common attribute…

Initiative.

There is no better feeling as a manager.  When you look up and your employees are moving in beautiful harmony. Everyone working together and individually to achieve our goals. Everyone taking the initiative. Taking ownership of their projects and goals. Using the tools I’ve given them, the skills they’ve learned, and the confidence we’ve grown in each other to make this branch thrive.

I have this right now. My employees all have a strong initiative gene. Not all of them came in that way, but we got there. They now lean on me for motivation, confidence boosters and support, rather than operational and procedural tasks. Yes, from time to time, I have to go there. But on a realistic level, I’m a motivator. I’m a manager that keeps us on the right path. They’re the ones powering this beast of an office engine.

I’m not fooled though. I know it won’t last forever. They will move on, as they SHOULD! And that’s ok. This was our goal. To better ourselves and our careers. These are the employees that I dreamed of having. The ones who grew. The ones who allowed me to help them grow and promote.

#management #harmony

 

Happiness vs Success

If your happiness is measured directly from your level of professional success, it might be time to reprioritize. Take the time to define personally the difference between success and happiness. To me, happiness is seeing my children grow and play; professional success is seeing them grow and play on a beach in Bora Bora with no access to email.

Three Manager Goals

I have three goals in my professional career as a manager.

1. To help my employees succeed by supporting them and helping them get what they dream for and deserve.Going above and beyond to help my employees feel valued and wanted. Never do I want a person (not an employee. Not a statistic) a person, to dread coming to work.

2. Making sure we as a group provide the most accurate, professional and courteous customer service we can.

3. Monitoring our accuracy and our high operational standards both regulatory and internally.

At the end of of the day, if I can focus on these three goals, I feel satisfied that I’ve done all I could do. Some days I fail. Some days I succeed. But I try. I try with everything I have. #go #customerservice #careermanagement #mentorship #leadership #goals #internalization

Soylent Challenge: The Final Days

Here we are, people! I did it. It’s done. I made it through this weird diet journey, and I have to say, I have never felt better. Back on day 3, I said the ultimate goal for me was to allow my body to “reset.” To flush my body of processed foods and MSG. I didn’t fully understand at the time how that goal would end up playing out. I’m here to say that it’s played out beautifully. Read More

Day 11: I’m basically just Soy now

Day 11 was met with heartburn from last night’s dinner. The morning Soylent didn’t help anything. My body was not used to real food like we had last night, so it really yelled at me this morning. All day really. I never really felt quite right unit a little after lunch. I got a few calories in me and then cruised to success after my dinner soylent.  Read More

Day 10: Another Day. Another Soylent

Well, yesterday was Valentimes Valentine’s day. One of the days of the year you can dedicate a small something or action to the one you love. Flowers, chocolate, a love letter or even a night out on the town. My mother agreed to watch our two heathens while I took my wife out to our favorite place, Abi-Haus. This is where we were engaged and where we spend every Valentine’s day. The best food in Abilene, TX, and an atmosphere unlike any other in West Texas. Obviously, we love it. Read More

Day 9: Is This Really It?

I’ve had several people, well more than the normal amount of people, today ask me how my Soylent trip is coming along. I have no new information. And I’m actually pretty proud of that. I think I did it, guys. I think I’ve done it. Three days away and I have no doubt I’ll make it. Of course, I’m looking forward to a good, hearty meal on Saturday. Good, real, juicy protein. Read More

Day 7: Solely Soylent

Today’s the day, folks. My wife just returned home. The Olympics are on. And besides having an orange, I’ve had nothing but Soylent. A drink this morning. A drink at 12:30. A third and final Soylent drink at 8:00. Read More

Day 6: The First Saturday

My two boys woke up to the smell of bacon. I got to watch it sizzle in the pan. Small spots of bacon grease speckle the lenses of my glasses. My oldest likes it medium. Not too crispy. The youngest had a warm Pop-Tart. Read More

Day 5: This Was A Down Day

This was a down day today. I tried my best to stay upbeat, but I was dragging my knuckles all damn day. Thank God I work with some awesome people, or today would have been extra rough. Read More

Day 4: I forgot to eat…

You read that right. This morning started normal. I drank the morning Soylent drink. I felt great. No sluggishness. Nothing. Just straight productivity. Today was one of those days at work when you feel like a slinky tumbling down a long flight of stairs. You just keep tumbling. One stair after another. Until someone kicks you over or the stairs end. Read More

Day 3: Positively Soylent

The mission today, if I chose to accept it, was to think positive. After the roller coaster ride of a day I had yesterday, I realized it was too early in this experience to start losing control. So today I made an all out effort to be more positive. I don’t know if it worked or not. But I don’t feel like I’m laying on a water bed during an earthquake anymore. So that’s good. Read More

Day 2: Soylent Rollercoaster

As the title says, today was an emotional freaking roller coaster. I’m up. I’m down. I’m hungry. I’m not hungry. I honestly don’t know how to feel right now. It’s day 2. That’s all I know for sure. oh! and that dinner saved my life. I promised myself I would use this as an opportunity to eat healthier, but I just couldn’t take it. With a sick toddler and long day at work, a cheeseburger really hit the spot! hmmmm…. it ended too fast. I mean, between the two drinks, I had had 800 calories today. A cheeseburger was a welcomed delight and OKAY in my book. Read More

Day 1: Soylent Experiment… I might die

If you haven’t heard of Soylent, don’t worry. It’s not very complicated. It was developed by a couple of guys in Silicon Valley, looking for a way to make eating easier. The product was aptly named in homage to Harry Harrison’s 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!, which explores the impact massive population growth could have on world resources. These two guys saw a need for a way to gain sustainance while at the same time, making time in the day for other things, like founding profitable start-ups. Read More