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05
Aug
13

The Race To Push The Button

The office building I work in has 4 elevator banks; 2 on the right and 2 on the left. Sitting in between the two elevators is the button to call the elevator to the floor where you currently are. When you arrive in the designated space and you do not see an elevator available or one waiting for you, you simply push the button which signals that you are available to ride the elevator. Seems pretty elementary right? The other morning at 7:15am, I walked toward’s my building’s elevator bank, distracted as I looked for my security badge in my purse, I was startled to feel a cool breeze fly by me. Out of no where, came a guy who literally rushed passed me to push the elevator button. Could he be late for an appointment I asked? It was early in the morning so he may have been late. Why the need to rush to push the elevator button as if something magical is going to happen? By pushing the elevator button first, does it signal that he “won” something? Not sure what he won but he did beat me to the button. So as we waited for the elevator, another man came and pushed the already lit button. Now, I’m no rocket science but I’m thinking, if the elevator button is already lit when you arrive in the elevator bank, it means that a call for the elevator has been activated. Why did he feel he needed to re-push the already lit elevator button? As if his pushing of the button meant the elevator would appear faster.  Have we become such a “now” society that even waiting on the elevator is becoming antiquated? Is there no way for Scotty to beam us up to the floor we need to be on rather than stand and wait for the elevator? I am shifting the “wait” paradigm. Waiting is good.  I will wait on the elevator  patiently and expectantly, after all, it is on it”s way. I just have to be ready to enter when it arrives.

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19
Dec
12

Trying to get the monkey off my back pt. 1

He weighs a ton. I am sick of him. I have nicknamed him “Andy”. He will not go away. He started off as a new born but over the past 4 years, he has grown into a full 65 pound adult monkey.  Can you imagine carrying all of that extra weight on your back along with your current weight? You would think I would have lost a couple of pounds so the weight of the monkey would  not seem so heavy. Instead, I gained weight and added more pounds. So with the monkey and my extra weight, I am a hot mess.

 

For 2013, my goal is to get him off of my back. First, I will start small and put him on a diet so he can lose some weight. That will make him manageable as I carry him around. Secondly, I will pass the monkey to someone else. Check out this great article from Harvard Business Review that asks the question, “Who’s Got The Monkey?”. I really do not care who has him just as long as he is not on my back. Lastly, when he shows up (oh he will), I will not let him set up residence. I will make sure of that. I will gladly hand him over to the next able body to carry him around.

09
Dec
12

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Olivia Pope | Madame Noire | Black Women’s Lifestyle Guide | Black Hair | Black Love

 

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Olivia Pope

22
Jun
12

8 a ha moments the Oklahoma city thunder lost taught me

  1. Keep fighting even when the odds are against you.
  2. Don’t listen to people who say, “its not your time yet.”
  3. Know your strengths and play to them.
  4. Its not over, until you give up.
  5. Passion can carry you a long way.
  6. Step out of your comfort zone; this is the only way you will grow.
  7. Make adjustments as you go along.
  8. You may get knocked down but you are not knocked out.

OKC…you played a great game….the best is yet to come!

22
Jun
12

8 A-ha Moments the Miami Heat win taught me

  1. Never give up; no matter how hard it may seem.
  2. Learn how to win before playing to win.
  3. Go back to the basics; there’s nothing wrong with that if it works
  4. There is no “I” in teamwork.
  5. You may have to “go through” to “get to”.
  6. Sometimes the least expectant person, can add value when you least expect it.
  7. Sometimes being a leader may mean you have to take on a support role to accomplish your goal.
  8. Being humble is key for you to keep your eye on the prize.

Congratulations Miami Heat….well deserved.

07
Sep
11

Time Waits for No One

Look up the word “time” in a dictionary and there are several meanings to its usage as a noun, adjective or verb. As I come upon a “time” in my life and I think back to a year ago, I can ask the question, “where has all the time gone?”  A girlfriend of mine and her boyfriend just celebrated their one year anniversary as to when they first met. I am sure they are saying “time sure does fly when you are having fun!”  Of course, there are so many idioms and phrases for “time”, but I digressed. I feel I am always running out of time. There are some days where “there is not enough time in a day;”  then days where “I can’t find enough time;” and of course days where “I have too much time.”  Can I have a love/hate relationship with time?  Coud it be that I am not managing “time” well enough and that’s why I am always running out of it?  Some days, “time” has a life of its own and I ask myself “where has all the time gone?”  But “time”does not discriminate; it is an equal opportunity offender and it continues to move whether I like it or not. Can I slow down “time”? Short answer, no; I just need to work with “time” and make sure I am maximizing it effectively. Because at the end of the day, I really know don’t know how much “time” I have left.

25
Oct
10

blog post: Do you work here?

A female customer asked me as I was straightening up the hosiery/tights section in a major department store. There were two associates standing by the cash register caught up in a discussion about last evenings reality TV show finale regarding a part of the state I reside in. I paused and said, “no, but I should be.”  I was looking for tights in a specific color and size. Granted, I have more time on my hands than many shoppers,  so I began picking up items off of the floor and placing them back into their respective place. But, if I was rushing through on my lunch hour or had limited time, entering a section that was disorganized, items on the floor and associates standing around talking,  I would have left the store vowing never to return. The customer saw that I was the only one who looked like I was doing “work” hence the question, “do you work here?” She needed help and wanted to know which brand I would recommend. Now, again, I have just told her that I didn’t work there but I didn’t want to come off indignant and she really was sincere in her request. I went ahead and assisted her, highly recommending my preferred brand that I wear. She said she would try them out since she was clueless about tights. She thanked me and proceeded to the cashier. I stood there thinking that I just did someone else’s job. How nice it must be to come to work, stand around and talk, do minimum customer service and still collect a paycheck. I became frustrated because there are people out there, like myself, that continue to hit the pavement looking for employment and there are some people gainfully employed showing up just to fog a mirror. If I sound a little bitter, I am. Right now, a job is something you are paid to do. Do it! If you don’t like your job, you have an option; exercise it and find work that you do like. There is someone out there who would gladly show up and appreciate having somewhere to work and get paid to do so. As I continued to look through the selection of hosiery,  I couldn’t find my size in the color  I needed. However, I did leave the store knowing that I helped someone discover a new brand of hosiery. You can call it paying if forward; I call it another satisfied customer.




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