Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Answer to the question posted on Monday.


  1. Surprise, because the employee thought all cell phones plans have unlimited minutes.

Millennial's look at most situations equally therefore, their thoughts are if one plan has it all plans have it. They were the generation that was raised with the action of everyone gets a trophy.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Another Question for the Generational Difference Game!


You have an employee that is 24 years old.  Their mother lives in another state and she is very ill; therefore, this employee has been using their company smart phone to stay in touch with their mother.

You are unaware the employee has been using the company cell phone for the calls to their mother until you receive the bill. Once you have been made aware you know you must approach this employee. What kind of reaction do you think you will receive?


  1. Surprise, because the employee thought all cell phones plans have unlimited minutes.
  2. Apologetic, because the employee misused their corporate privileges.
  3. Fear, because the employee now thinks they are going to lose their job.

Write your answer in the comment section and if you like explain why you picked the answer you did...thank you.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Answer to the Generational Game Question!

The answer to the above question is:

'Create a team atmosphere where members encourage flexibility with schedules.'

Generation X'ers appreciates a work environment that is:

  • Fun
  • Have opportunities for development
  • Flexible
  • Is functional
  • Gives autonomy
  • Is casual and informal
We will post another question on Monday, May 30, 2016 (yes we know it is Memorial Day).  Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Generational Question... Leave an answer!

Generational Question To Start The Ball Rolling!

1.  You are trying to attract Generation X'ers on to your staff what kind of environment would appeal to them?

a.  A team atmosphere where managers get involved closely with the associates to help direct them.

b.  A team atmosphere where team members work and encourage  flexibility with schedules.

c.  A team atmosphere that awards associates according to their   years of experience.

Feel free to explain why you choose the answer you did in the comment section!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Generational Differences Game

The events and conditions each of us experiences during our formative years determines who we are and how we see the world.
As a result of these events and conditions, each generation has adopted its own ‘generational personality’
Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman
When Generation Collide

Baby Boomers
Generation X
Starting next week, on Monday's for several weeks I am going to post either an event, situation or action from one of these generations and I am going to ask you to post which generation you think I am posting about or which answer scenario you choose!

On Wednesday of each of the weeks, I will post the answer from the program put out by Connecting Generations Global Edition... (all rights are reserved Clair Raines Associates)
Therefore until Monday.... start learning about all the events, personality traits and actions of the different generations.  Such as Traditionalists:
They have experienced hard times related to World War II… but then they experienced the good times and prosperity which followed the ending of the war.
žThese individuals from this era were influenced by adults that survived the depression so they tend to be conservative and cautious with their money. 
They work hard for what they have and they were raised to ‘respect their elders’ and ‘their superiors’.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Interview Prep Questions

The following are some suggestions for managers who are preparing to interview and hire for an open position:

• Take a good look at yourself; it is good to know your strengths and weaknesses so you will be able to keep them in check when you are doing the interview. Know what complements the team needs to be more successful.

• Be able to verbally express your management style (hands-on manager, hands-off manager, likes written reports, likes verbal reports, wants to be copied on all emails sent out to staff or managers, overseer, open-door, closed door, etc.). You want to put it up front how you handle yourself and what you expect in return.

• Be able to express the culture of the company (dress a certain way, speak a certain way, work hours set/not set, beliefs, expected to participate in social functions and community fund raisers, competitive atmosphere, friendly, reserved, surface, faith based, etc.).

• Know your company brand. Know what makes your company stand out from all the others in the industry.

• Review the job description. Does it describe what you want for this position? Are the requirements ranked according to importance?

• What are the job expectations for this position you are hiring? Be able to express the timelines that will be attached to those expectations.

• What kind of personality would function best in this position (for instance putting a quiet person with very little imagination into an Educator’s position might not be the best choice).

• Prepare care case scenarios to ask the interviewee. This will gauge knowledge and the decision making ability of the individual.

• Review the job posting before it goes to the press; make sure it states well the type of individual you are looking for in this position. You do not want to be bogged down with applications that do not meet the minimum requirements.

• Select the team that will be part of the interview process. Set up the team’s availability for interviews before the process begins. Decide who will cover each specific area of competency with the interviewee. Ideally, you would want to include a peer as well as other supervisors. A peer is able to asses whether the candidate really knows the position or only knows how to talk it (such as knowing technical submissions or unique computer programs).

We recommend that you start with one person doing the interview and if it goes well, then the next interview could be a group interview. You do not want to drag the process out but you also do not want to rush the process. The point is not to delay so long that you miss getting the ‘ideal candidate’ or to rush too quickly that you miss getting the “ideal candidate”.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Who and what will define your life?

"Unless you change your canvas, today's thoughts will paint your tomorrow."

People will come into our lives, some will stay forever, others will stay for a while and then they will be gone. Some will mentor us and enable us to be all we can be. Others will hurt us and the pain will go deep.

When the hurt comes will your eyes focus back to the past and let the pain remain the center of your life?  or  Will you move beyond the hurt, keeping your eyes focused forward?

“You spend a lifetime learning and an eternity owning your choices. Make the trip a good one.”

Who and what will define you?