The Beautiful Idea of America

One of my favorite things about America is it’s diversity. Seeing people from all walks of life living peacefully. It’s an idea that not everyone believed would work. 

As a matter of fact, it works so well in our communities that there are people out there that still detest the idea. 

Seeing Irish immigrants walk through downtown Columbus in pure fashion to celebrate their heritage was eye opening for me. Especially now with all the news about immigration bans and so on. 

The idea of America is a beautiful one. I still believe in a larger Diety that pulls us all together, yet understand why those wouldn’t believe the same. I respect the right for those to believe, but do not respect those that shame others in their beliefs or view of the world. 

If you’re thinking everyone should conform to your way of life, this can cause frustration and even hatred. My point of view and perception should not dictate your ability to like me or not. 

The way I see it, there’s really only one simple rule to follow:

Love and respect your Neighbor

Ok. Maybe two. But overall, that’s really it. 

At the end of the day we all want to be loved and respected.

To record or not record? 

As a blogger wanna be, I’ve been in situations where I’m constantly thinking should I record what’s going on at this very moment or should I just enjoy it?

I have this natural tendency now to videotape certain things even take pictures constantly throughout my day. It could be because I want to share the beauty that I see in certain objects and structures. 

I’ve been on a cityscape photo kick lately. And have been in awe of the wonderful architecture that exists in the city of Columbus. My wife gave me the idea to start using #columbuseveryday when I take my photos. So be on the lookout on Twitter and Instagram!

However, in this particular moment there were a group of people that were waiting for the Amtrak after a snowstorm. The track was covered in snow. As folks waited for the train to arrive a handful of them had their phones out ready to record the event. Apparently, these folks were not too knowledgeable of physics and how the third law of motion works. 

Needless to say, here was the end result:

Today’s lesson, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Sometimes your safety is more important than getting that shot. But then again if it wasn’t for the person who recorded this video, we wouldn’t have this wonderful shot. So here’s to the person who took this video… thank you! 

‘Why’ do you show up to work every day?

We all have our reasons for showing up every day. I just read and retweeted an article about a football player that recently retired. He states that not everyone in the NFL loves football. 

I love football. I used to love playing as a kid during recess. Never got to play organized football. My parents never let me.  It wasn’t until later in life that I realized why. However, I still love watching the game. 

I love seeing the tremendous talent that take the field by storm every week for at least 20 weeks straight. 

When I was younger, I loved seeing the big hits. The hits that make you cringe. If you do a search on YouTube, you’ll find many videos with a large volume of views. People love watching others get hit. 

My love of seeing big hits stopped in 1997. It was Michigan vs Penn State. Both teams were in line for a possible National Championship and played hard that day. 

I jumped up applauding the big hit like most fans do. But then, the kids didn’t get up. Both of them didn’t move. That’s when it hit me (pun intended). 

Most college kids play football for their scholarship or hopes and dreams of making it to the NFL. 

Both of these guys were great players. It was a hit that would change both of their lives forever. 

Sometimes we go to jobs that we don’t always like or enjoy. But there’s a reason why you show up every day. A paycheck is a paycheck that can be collected from various sources. The difference between my check and yours is where it goes.

Find your why and a vehicle(s) that you love to support it; and you won’t have to worry about having to show up every day. 

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When Big Chain Stores Close

When big stores close, like this store here, I always feel like it’s partially my fault.

I always think, did I not go there enough? Should I have shopped there more? What was the reason behind the closing of the stores. 

Then I remember. With this particular store, I’ve always had horrible customer service. I remember standing in line and waiting for a customer service representative to tend to my concerns. It was really a simple issue. I grabbed the wrong item I just need to do a quick exchange. 

You had one customer service rep working and three others just hanging out. They didn’t seem busy but they also didn’t seem like they were on the clock either.  

When we work for large corporations, sometimes we can easily forget that the simple actions that we make can impact of the company’s bottom line. 

I sometimes hear people talk about not being important to the company they work for. I hear this often with associates in customer service and operational roles. Sometimes I’ll hear people say, “I’m at the bottom of the totem pole”. 

What makes people think they are at the bottom of the totem pole? It comes down to management. How are the leaders within your organization treating their associates? Are your leaders engaging associates in the decisions that they’re making?

The company I currently work for encourages us to take engagement surveys from Gallup every year. The survey provides leadership with a score on how well associates are engaged. 

The surveys are meant to be anonymous. If leaders are shocked by the survey results, then there’s a problem. 

An engaged workforce is a workforce that doesn’t have to hide behind anonymity to tell you how they feel. 

If your associates have built a wall, there’s a problem. How do you overcome this?

Bottom line, it’s a trust issue. If people don’t feel they can trust you, they won’t talk. Something is driving this behavior.

Take a closer look at your team and have a heart-to-heart. Don’t make assumptions. Just ask. If you’re still having trust issues, just like any relationship, it has to be earned. 

Don’t expect it to resolve overnight. 

Your customers will be able to tell if a company has a less engaged workforce. I’m starting to see this with a competitor store that offers a new service that needs improvement. 

If this company has leadership that listens to associates executing the new service, they will be able to work through it. I’m sensing this is not the case. 

What are your thoughts on Big Chain Stores? Are they too big to keep associates engaged?