Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Continuing Education

Which came first: the rubber chicken, or…?

Continuing with the effective supervision theme, if you read my post on motivation, you might enjoy this  follow-up piece in which I discuss incentives in the workplace.  And rubber chickens. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has uncovered a trend as regards the use of incentives to increase motivation in the workplace.  In brief: they don’t work when misapplied.  Besides that little nugget of perhaps unsurprising information, there is the fact that […]

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“A Leadership Primer”

As a student in an Effective Supervision course, I was asked to comment on General Colin Powell’s statements as they relate to the day-to-day “battleground” of the workplace. With the exception of one or two, I believe that the lessons are absolutely pertinent to effective supervision. 1. Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. We are talking about people here, so it is inevitable that at some point, a decision […]

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For More Information

This post will tell you a little bit more about yours truly. My About Me tab should really be titled “Why I Blog”.  Or something.  Other bloggers have way more imagination than I, and trust me, I envy them! Creativity? I’ve got enough to make me dangerous. I’m marginally more apt, technically. I am a wife, a sister, an orphan (sad face), an aunt (happy face!) a friend in a small […]

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Motivation

First things first. Thanks to Bupe Rose for the idea for this post!  She was compelled to comment on one of my blog entries regarding the RSA – Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts.  The video you see here was my introduction to the RSA. Now, to the topic at hand.  Motivation.  This piece was written for my “Effective Supervision” course, but the ideas can most certainly be applied to […]

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Feedback

So far, so GREAT.  Enjoying the WordPress experience, and I am most happy to report the Zombies and I are seeing each other less frequently.  Notice I did not say “Zombies? What zombies?”

To honour my modest achievement and to acknowledge all of you in WordPressLand… a wee screen capture from my online homework assignment.  [Shakes head] I am still such a sucker for kudos from the teacher. Even the virtual ones.

Onward!

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7 Degrees of Separation

When I moved to this little town, population 10,000, give or take, I found it remarkable how well everyone seemed to know everyone else.  My new friend quipped, “Normally, it’s six degrees of separation, right? Here, the math works out to more like 2-and-a half.”  By way of illustration: my boss was dating a woman who was the ex-wife of the man who was dating the new friend quoted above. […]

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What are you trying to tell me?

OK.  Isn’t that just the way?  You make a resolution to limit something, like, oh, I don’t know, computer games maybe, and temptation comes flying at you from all directions.  Like today, for example. As part of the mine engineering technician program, I am studying underground ventilation.  One question on the assignment asks us to master this online mine ventilation simulator.  Four minutes, no alarms.  The deal is to keep […]

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