Secret rules.

I’m convinced that there are secret rules everyone knows but me.

“Where do I stand to wait for a StairMaster?”

“Do I need to tip for takeout?”

Turns out most people feel this way.

The other day a woman at Aldi gave me her shopping cart.  If you know the secret-cart- rule at Aldi, you know that to release a grocery cart from the corral, you need to pay a quarter.  Aldi exit-ers simply hand off their carts to Aldi enter-ers in a pay-it-forward kind of way.  First-timers are confused at the dogged insistence of the exit-er to take their cart, until an Aldi old-timer explains the arrangement.

Mentoring is all about explaining the secret-rules.  What knowledge can you share that’ll bring someone a little more into the loop?

 

 

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Everyday.

Most days, I send gratitude group text to my immediate family.   Sometimes one of my sons will reply with something he’s thankful for, but often it’s just me.

This tiny habit helps set my mood to a good one.  And often changes it from a bad one.

Turns out, it’s hard for me to remember my struggles at the same time I’m being grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyday.

Managing conflict.

I am a conflict-allergic manager.

But I’ve found another way:  Instead of confronting bad behavior, I compliment good behaviors instead.

Has almost the same outcome in results.

Ironic.

I got an auto-response from one of my vendors:

“…I’m out of the office at Customer Service training and won’t be back until Tuesday, November 27th.”

Hello?

Customer needing service here.

Anyone?

 

Why wait?

Something that seems out of the blue to the rest of us, has likely been long overdue.

Those who drop out, change careers and skydive may seem brazen and reckless.  But it’s far more likely that they’ve been hesitant and scared to make their move.

This blog is something I’ve been considering for a while.

It sure would’ve been easier to skip the mulling, fear and self-doubt and have done it sooner.