Friday, February 16, 2018

I loved growing up in the 50s and 60s: nurtured by a loving and supportive family, a great neighborhood to play in, and long days filled with music and friends. I used to stay up nights in bed and listen to a transistor radio – the kind you had to clip on metal to get it to work: the words in those songs opened me up to the world beyond. So, the day someone invited me to help out in a Head Start program seemed like a natural extension of all the other neat things I’d been introduced to: all these years later I can look back and point to that day as the one that opened my eyes to helping others. Included in these intervening years have been passionate protests, singing harmonies with others, discovering beautiful vistas, working in HR, and helping others find successful and defining careers. Look back and find the day that inspired your passion and how it led you to today.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 –1910): Known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Go for the Gold....

"If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion." Mia Hamm

This week, I’m reminded how sport’s announcers used to talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Olympic athletes work their whole lives for the chance to perform and compete: only a few win medals, but all passionately love what they do. Many companies refer to employees as team members and attempt to create a team environment: these metaphors can be powerful if done right. Start by being an employer of choice and letting that increase the competition for available jobs; tell new hires why you hired them over all the others and the levels at which you expect them to perform; catch them when they do things right and celebrate their achievements; and provide training and coaching to help them continually improve. Competitive people have the passion and conviction to be the best: they’re the ones who help companies succeed.   Foster the kind of culture that attracts, motivates and retains the best employees today.

Mariel Margaret (Mia) Hamm-Garciaparra (b. 1972): Retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Look for people who have the "will" and the "want"....

Las Vegas became the center of the culinary universe when celebrity chefs started partnering in restaurants here: that’s when applicants really started seeing opportunities in kitchen careers. While it would be hard to select the best among all the great chefs who’ve taken up residence here, I can clearly remember the excitement among applicants, the hope of students at the Culinary Training Center, and the thrill on the faces of employees starting their first days in the presence of those master chefs. Employees beginning their promising culinary careers learned to stand and walk and run and climb and dance before they got to fly: they knew that it would take passion and hard work to reach their goals. The learners became protégés and today they have taken their places at the head of their own cooking lines. The best in any category at work or in life are those who have the will and the want to make it to the top.  Keep your eye on them today.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 –1900): German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek