Expectations Of God

Expectations Of God

Job 24:1

“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,

    and why do those who know him never see his days?

Job is responding to the accusations of his friends.  They are telling him that he has committed some sort of sin to incur the wrath of God.  They believe the tragedies that Job has suffered were not just a random act.

Job who is a righteous man has lost his wealth and his family.  His friends have come to console him but they end up chastising Job for not admitting to the sin they are sure he has committed. Continue reading

Expectations Of God

Expectations Of God

Job 24:1

“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,

    and why do those who know him never see his days?

Job is responding to the accusations of his friends.  They are telling him that he has committed some sort of sin to incur the wrath of God.  They believe the tragedies that Job has suffered were not just a random act.

Job who is a righteous man has lost his wealth and his family.  His friends have come to console him but they end up chastising Job for not admitting to the sin they are sure he has committed. Continue reading

A Manager Must Be A Teacher

A Manager Must Be A Teacher

A good manager must be a teacher.

I wrote that note after watching a manager from another department come into the sales department and proceed to lecture a worker.

The manager was being critical of the person’s work in their usual condescending manner, telling them what was wrong with how they had performed their job.

Now the worker kept pushing back, explaining why they did what they did and how it was the correct decision at the time but the manager would have none of it.  The worker tried to explain how another department had assisted and directed them in doing what they did.

The worker suggested they should get together, the manager, the worker and the person from the other department and discuss this matter so they all three can understand the situation, get it right and make it acceptable for all parties.

The manager gruffly responded saying, “No, you two work it out and get me what I need.” Continue reading

Can’t Please Everyone

Can’t Please Everyone

As an ex-manager no longer cocooned in my own office, now working everyday in the cubicle world, it’s interesting to see the reactions to change in the organization by my fellow cubicle dwellers.

After I stepped down my successor was let’s say less than enthusiastic about dealing with the mundane tasks that all managers have to deal with.  Tasks such as scheduling and handling subordinate’s time off.

Some people would put in time off requests and then hear nothing back.  They would have to go into the manager’s office the day before their requested time off to make sure it was approved.  They never saw or knew who had requested off what days, so they couldn’t be sure if there was a scheduling conflict.

They griped and complained (rightly so) about the lack of communication and effort their manager was putting into managing paid personal time off within the department. Continue reading

Chain of Walls

Chain of Walls

When I started out in the business world we typed our memos and letters on a typewriter, used whiteout to correct errors and either hand carried or used the United States Postal Service to have our letters delivered.

Then faxes came onto the scene and we would go down to the local print shop and for a small fee fax any urgent documents.  At least that’s what a small business did that couldn’t afford to own their own fax machine.

As I watched email evolve I remember thinking what a great communication tool this is.

Being a manager I was excited about being able to instantly send memos and information to employees, suppliers and customers around the world.

I thought how efficient this tool is and how much more efficient it will make this company and the communications within this company.

Now it’s some 20 years later. Continue reading

This Job Doesn’t Define You.

This Job Doesn’t Define You.

I made an observation the other day at work.

Sometimes as you go through life and have experienced a number of years, you see someone making the exact same mistake that you made years ago.

When you see this happening you want to grab that person and say “Hey, stop it, I did the exact same thing and expected the exact same results you are expecting, but it’s not going to turn out like you planned.”

But I have learned to just save my breath.  You know they will just look at you like who are you and what do you know about anything.

Maybe it’s more like, that’s nice old man but this is the next generation and we’re smarter than you’ll ever be.  You just don’t understand and you just don’t see the “big” picture.

At which point you step aside and say walking right off the cliff young man.

So I just keep my mouth shut, observe and continue to learn.

What I saw the other day at work I had done on many occasions throughout my career. Continue reading

Get Down In The Trenches (As A Private)

Get Down In The Trenches (As A Private)

If you’re an owner or an upper level manager don’t go into a subordinates position as the owner or manager and then think you have experienced what they do and experience on a daily level.

Sometimes an owner or executive may get agitated with their employee’s performance.  They then proceed to do the same job for a day or just a few hours and get great results.

The owner or manager then assumes that they are this superior worker with superior skills to get things done and come to the conclusion that it’s not a process problem, it’s a personnel problem.

What they don’t see is all the roadblocks that the everyday worker has to deal with.  They don’t see the intradepartmental friction or the interdepartmental friction.  They don’t see the apathetic coworker and managers.  They don’t see the poor and adversarial attitudes.

How do they miss all this stuff? Continue reading