Wednesday, October 1, 2014

If They Can Do It Why Not Us?

One thing our politicians can learn right here at home is to try something bold like what the Germans are doing. If they really want to make the future brighter for our children make it so that they all have an equal chance of going to University.Most parents are not putting any money away for their kid's education because of the higher cost of living anyway. The student ends up crippled with school debt.

You know all we need is a forward thinking government in control. Some leader who thinks out of the box.

Sure it will cost money but the system the way it is now is already costing money and not producing the results. Kids are not going to post secondary education because of the expense.

If something is working let's send someone over there to check it out. Copy them. Same with health care. Go to Switzerland and see how a health care system is run. Copy them. Let's not try to reinvent the wheel.Other countries are way ahead of us in health care and education.

As election year approaches it would be nice to have a leader dare to dream and run on an entirely new and exciting platform of hope for the youth in this country. All one leader has to do is do some homework by checking out how it could be done and run on that one single election promise.

Get people excited and out to vote. Rather than the same old..same old.

You Only Live Once

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Move - A Tremendous 1 Minute Video

A lot of hard work putting together this one minute video but I am sure it was worth it to capture the memories! This guy is living by the motto, "You Only Live Once" for sure. Very inspiring!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Beautiful Video by Jim Carrey Someone Posted - I Wanted to Pass it Along

Kirkus Indie Review Just In on "You Only Live Once."

On Friday I received my Kirkus Indie Review. They are a very well know book reviewer and will usually tell you whether a book is good or not.

I am pleased to say it is a rather good review.

You can view it here

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How to Always Make the Right Decision and a New Video

I once spent for me what was a lot of money at the time to listen to a motivational speaker and coach talk about what it took to be a success.

Now what he said at the time probably taught me more than about becoming a success. After all a success can be anything you consider a success. It doesn't have to be financial.

He said that in order to make a decision about something,  you had to grade it at 90 or above. In other words if you were not sure and you graded it about a 60 then it would be wise to say no.

Many people make a decision to do something not rating how strongly they felt about it. If you found a penny on the ground would you walk by it or pick it up?

If it was two dollars would you pick it up? In a lot of cases we would just walk by the penny and not pick it up but the two dollars for sure nearly all of us would pick it up.

If someone ask me they want to try this dinner to see what it is like rather than the same thing all the time what should they do? I always ask them what do they really want to do. I say this dinner they want to try is really good but you like this one you always have. What do you want to do? In most cases they will always order what they had before. That is okay because I know they will be happy but one day they will order the other entree. It just wasn't a ninety or more on the scale that day.

We are creatures of habit. We stick with what we know.

If you want to make a change it has to be 90 or above on your scale. You have to be ready and excited about making that change. If it is less than 90 stick with the status quo. This way you will always be happy.

Don't change for the sake of change. Change cause you have a burning desire to change.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Always Have a Core Group

In order to be an effective leader you have to know who are the people you can count on. You cannot lead the gang all by yourself. You cannot expect loyalty unless you the leader gives the loyalty back.

The core group are the ones who are your go to people. You find out what they want and you give them what they want. These are your full timers. They are the ones who want to work 5 nights and a couple of lunches a week. Let's say there are about 10-12 of them. You do whatever you can to accomodate them. They're the ones who will get your back if you are in the deep end. What I mean by that is if you need them to work late or come in early they do it for you. In return you give them what they need. They have an urgent situation you give the time they need. They make a mistake you cut them some slack within reason. You become loyal to them and they will eat out of your hand literally.

Then you have the tier 2 group. They are the ones due to availability or whatever reason they can give you only 3 shifts a week and maybe a lunch. But they are consistent and trustworthy. You work with their schedule and pretty sure they are going to show up and do a nice job. They can count on you and because of that they are happy.

Then the tier 3 group are the ones who want to work a night a week usually your Friday and/or Saturday. They have a regular job but like to come in and make some money and stay for a beer after work or maybe just head home. You sometimes have a turnover higher in this group because a lot of the time they are busy with events on weekends etc.. Sometimes some of these people can only work the same night every week. That is okay too when scheduling.

The core group I like to call them has to make up 50% of your department. The second tier about 30% and the last group about 20%.

You find out what makes your core group tick. You take care of them financially and emotionally. You both have each other's back.

The tier 2 group pretty much the same thing. The only difference is because of their limited availability you have to favor the core group over them when it is a toss up. They probably are attending school or another part time job.

The tier 3 group are expendable but if they are dependable a good addition to any department.

Knowing your team can make schedule making a whole lot easier and put an end to interviewing for new people on a weekly basis. One of the questions I would ask in an interview would be phrased like the following; We are looking for a couple of key people on our team, what is your availability? Then depending on their answer you give them a slot. Tier 1 or core group, tier 2 or tier 3. Assuming their experience as well. They would have to have some experience working a section.

The whole point of this post is a manager has to build up that team and treat them like gold. If not everything becomes tatters.

It is like a juggling act and the manager has to manage a fluid situation at all times but knowing who your core group is what lets you sleep at night..

Steven Nicolle is the author of "You Only Live Once." His story of work related experiences.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Short History of Italian Wine

A Short History of Italian Wine

Here is a brief interesting article I came across on the History of Italian wine. Thought you may be interested.