The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

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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XXX Rated

What does a gal have to do to get a drink around here? Yesterday I read Marilyn Armstrong’s funny little item about internet searches that led to her blog. She was amused by the preposterous linkage. Got me to wondering about my own stats. Hey there! One from a Google search. Yay! Oh wait, that was me testing the system. My writing  style may sound prudish and tame. That’s the […]

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Strength in Numbers

How many, I wonder, will include somewhere in their daily post the line, “Today’s episode is brought to you by the number 26”? Well, add one more to the queue! Iron has played a supporting role in my life, starting with the television ads for Geritol. Not sure why they had such a strong impact on me. Most likely because there was a bottle of the stuff in the medicine […]

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It’s time to come out of hiding from behind Roz’s mask.  Though she may be back when it’s time for me to write about life as an office administrator!  And now I can check off a long overdue zerotohero task, too!

The Reveal

How to Change the Loo Roll

AGAIN with the empty toilet paper roll! I know that my husband means no ill will toward me.  AND I know that it’s not laziness: he is one of the most industrious people I know.  So why is it, that when I reach to the toilet paper dispenser and find it empty my default impulse is “OFF WITH HIS HEAD”? Ah yes, just another day in normal married life.   […]

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Mosty Toasty Redux

What is it with cats?  Cats and woodstoves, to be more precise.  Driving me crazy, these critters! We are in the grips of another polar vortex (oooh, drama! Thanks weather network!) and the winds are blowing their brains out.  I’ve got the woodstove all fired up.  We have central heat, but on days like this, it runs non-stop.  Besides, I like the pioneer woman conceit.  As in, “Honey, can you […]

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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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