I'm currently reading the eBook 8-Man Rotation which I have made available to download in this post. Kris Dunn, one of my favorite bloggers, provides a great example in his piece, "Want a Great Manager? 5 Reasons To Stay Away From the Stars and Hire a Scrub," that mediocre players can go on to become great coaches. For example:
• Joe Torre
• Tony Larussa
• Phil Jackson
• Pat Riley
These guys will make it to the Hall of Fame not because of their athletic abilities, but rather because of their superior coaching skills.
As it relates to talent acquisition, Dunn made it clear that the trouble with hiring Stars is that they are frequently thought to have the best skills to become the most effective managers. As a result, Stars often get chosen first when promotion opportunities arise. But then what happens? It rarely works out.
I thought about why this occurs. Why hasn't Wayne Gretzky won any Stanley Cups as a coach? I then learned that one reason is because Stars have special skills - they tend to get frustrated when their pupils can't do what they did with great consistency.
Scrubs on the other hand are more like role players and can often make excellent coaches (and managers). The advantage Scrubs have is that they know the game is hard, so they work harder at it. In addition, if you give them a shot and they'll be loyal forever.
Last week my family and I went to Cafe Rio and actually got some Sprite (we're totally not soda drinkers), my wife decided to share some with Taft since he's never tried a soft drink before. Here's what happened...
So Sprite, I would say that it's nothing personal, but it really is. My boy doesn't like your product, which just so happens to be your best work. This is not personal about you, it's personal about him. The moral of the story here is to do your best work. So what if some kid doesn't like it!
What other choice do you have?
Drug addicts suck! In my experience, here are some clear signs right off the top of my head that a person is up to no good:
· Takes breaks frequently, often away from their workstation
· Complains about the brightness of the lights in office
· Misplaces their debit card in the restroom
· Saves drinking straws, cuts it short with an angle at the end
· Listens to music at high volumes, gets upset when asked to turn it down
· Has a constant case of the munchies
· Introverted, not very social with coworkers
· Often displaying paranoia or deep worry when personal questions are asked
· Sneaky, very cautious behavior around those in authority
· Leaving premises on a lunch break and returning with a drastic change in attitude
· Unusual knowledge and understanding of narcotics and prescription drugs
· Limited eye contact, feeling of guilt
· Bloodshot eyes and new excuses for the reasons why
· Regularly late, with wild and off-the-wall excuses
· Forgetful in performing routine tasks
· Complains about room temperatures, how it’s always hot
· Strong use of perfumes and colognes
Take it from me, do everything you can to keep drug users from being hired or remaining on payroll. Designing a policy to drug screen will reduce on-the-job accidents and worker compensation costs. If you do random drug tests, you’ll greatly reduce these liabilities and increase productivity because drug testing sifts out the careless slackers who are more prone to stealing and causing accidents.
I’ve personally noticed an improvement in morale at work from a commitment to provide a safe and drug-free work environment. It mainly stems from keeping employees out of the cumbersome situation of covering for lit coworkers.
While concrete evidence supporting drug testing's potency in thwarting employees from using drugs is insubstantial, one cannot discount the fact that eliminating a bona fide pot head, or prescription drug addict, has a positive effect on the bottom line.
When I first learned about Game Theory I was rather confused, but the matrix really helped. What also helped was Seinfeld. In this clip George isn't sure if he's been offered a job or not because the guy offering him the job didn't finish extending the offer because he had to take a call, and to top it off he'll be on vacation for another week. George is very uncertain whether an offer was actually made, so he decides that the best strategy is to just "show up" for work. If he actually got the job, then he made the right move. If however, he was not offered the job, then he'll merely be embarrassed. Therefore, in George's position he believes the benefits of "showing up" outweigh the costs.
Dean and Sobel report that the universal belief that Walmart drives “mom-and-pop” shops out of business is statistically unsupported. Their research suggests, that while Walmart does cause some directly competing small businesses to fail, those particular failures are completely counterbalanced by the entrance of new small businesses through the process of creative destruction. This article presents a different side of how the entrance of Walmart actually affects a community. Walmart’s entrance into an economy actually spurs innovation by driving out old inefficient businesses, leaving newly vacated commercial real estate available at lower prices. More affordable rents decrease the barriers to entry for new and more innovative businesses and these new companies have to be more specialized because of their proximity to Walmart. Overall, with the entrance of a new Walmart store into a community, entrepreneurialship is stimulated, businesses become more efficient, and consumers save more.
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