What I Know About Being Unemployed


  Hindsight is 20-20, right?  If I knew when I was unemployed, what I know now about being unemployed, I might have enjoyed the time off a bit more. A colleague of mine was recently, and quite unceremoniously, laid off from her job after a 37-year run.  Yes, 37 years with the same organization; moving … Continue reading What I Know About Being Unemployed

The Art of the Question


A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece – about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you? I took over leadership of the human resources department recently, as a result the practice of interviewing is front and center in my daily work.   In the course of my career I've interviewed well … Continue reading The Art of the Question

Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)


How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach? I'm not a fan of conflict, never have been, never really will be. I understand that conflict can create unique opportunities for growth, forging new relationships, finding the rainbow on the other side (read: yadda, yadda, yadda). But frankly, … Continue reading Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)

When All Else Fails…Clean


Tell us your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights? As I've aged, being able to focus has felt like the last rung of a ladder just out of reach when the sand … Continue reading When All Else Fails…Clean

I Thought I Knew What I Was Getting


Today's writing prompt asked us to think about this:  Tell us about a time when someone had you completely fooled, where the wool was pulled right over your eyes and you got hoodwinked, but good. Was it a humorous experience or one you’d rather forget? What was the outcome? Have you ever had an employee … Continue reading I Thought I Knew What I Was Getting

Betty, Please!


Do you thrive under pressure or crumble at the thought of it? Does your best stuff surface as the deadline approaches or do you need to iterate, day after day to achieve something you’re proud of? Tell us how you work best. Who enjoys being under pressure?  Really, those people who say the work better … Continue reading Betty, Please!

It’s Not My Favorite, But I Do It Well


Back On The Chain Gang:  Tell us all about the least favorite job/task/chore that you get stuck doing routinely. What is it about this duty that you can’t stand? These days I've enjoyed the fact that I don't find myself doing too many chores at home.  My terrific husband does the lion's share of cleaning, … Continue reading It’s Not My Favorite, But I Do It Well

It’s Not Hump Day, But


It may not be Wednesday, but this is a Hump Day story anyway.  Let's get today's thank you addressed in the first paragraph.  Elizabeth. She's a lovely young lady that works with me.  Every Wednesday when I come into the lobby and say good morning to her, Elizabeth greets me with a huge smile and … Continue reading It’s Not Hump Day, But

Flu Shots, Not So Bad


I got my flu shot this week.  There was a clinic at work as part of our quarterly all staff meeting.  Some nice nurses who are affiliated in some way with our health insurance carriers, set up shop at one end of the auditorium and anyone interested could line up for their shot.  No one … Continue reading Flu Shots, Not So Bad

In the Blink of An Eye


York Steak House at the Warwick Mall had been my part-time job for two years.  Four days after I graduated from high school, as I was working at this job I'd imagined was going to pay for my books and incidentals when I got to college in Vermont later that summer.  It was fairly early in … Continue reading In the Blink of An Eye