March 2011 Archives

Provide Variety

Patience is not a virtue with today's teens. To say they bore easily is an understatement. Be cognizant of the functions and tasks individuals regularly do. If there is never any variety, do what you can do to create some change of pace at work. A little cross training goes a long way to build bench strength and makes you more flexible.

This is classic! We all know that every generation thinks they had it harder than the young generation, and this might be truer today than ever. This was an email that was sent to me that I wanted to share. Pretty funny, but true. Today's Teens simply have no idea how much has changed in so little time! That's scary considering it was not very long ago that the below was the ONLY way of life. Sometimes I wish we could go back to those days. All this 'technology' stuff can be too much at times.


If you are 30+, or older you will relate !

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes
about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking
twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH
ways...yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I
was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it
and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around
and notice the youth of today.  You've got it so easy!  I mean, compared to my
childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!  And I hate to say it, but you kids today,
you don't know how good you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet.  If we wanted to know
something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the
card catalog!!

2) There was no email!!  We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a
pen!  Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the
mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!  Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us.  As a matter of
fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere
was safe!

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes!  If you wanted to steal music, you
had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would
usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!  There were no CD players!  
We had tape decks in our car.  We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when
finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless.  Cause, hey,
that's how we rolled, Baby!  Dig?

6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting!  If you were on the phone and
somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you
just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch
with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!!  Think of the horror... not being in touch
with someone 24/7!!!  And then there's TEXTING.  Yeah, right.  Please!  You kids
have no idea how annoying you are.

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no
idea who it was!  It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie,
your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!!  You had to
pick it up and take your chances, mister!

9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution
3-D graphics!  We had the Atari 2600!  With games like 'Space Invaders' and
'Asteroids'.  Your screen guy was a little square!  You actually had to use your
imagination!!!  And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one
screen.. Forever!  And you could never win.  The game just kept getting harder
and harder and faster and faster until you died!  Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You
were screwed when it came to channel surfing!  You had to get off your ass and
walk over to the TV to change the channel!!!  NO REMOTES!!!  Oh, no, what's the
world coming to?!?!

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday
Morning.  Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you
spoiled little rat-bastards!

12) And we didn't have microwaves.  If we wanted to heat something up, we had to
use the stove!  Imagine that!

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long.  Oh, no,
no electronics to soothe and comfort.  And if you came back inside... you were
doing chores!

      And car seats - oh, please!  Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung
on.  If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last
moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well
that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

      See!  That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it
too easy. You're spoiled rotten!  You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes
back in 1970   or any time before!

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who suffered during Japans great quake last week. Half way across the world, WAVES for Success operates from a small beach town called Santa Cruz, Ca.

As a repercussion of the quake in Japan, our coast line got hit with a Tsunami as well. Click here to view our harbor getting jolted.

Recognize Positive Behaviors

Have you ever lamented about all of the ways that today's teens don't match up to you or others when you were that age? Are you always on the lookout for the next screw up so you can pounce on your teenage employee to let them know about their most recent mistake?

If you want to improve employee performance, forget about the constant vigilance about what they are doing wrong.  Catch them doing something right! Even at the expense of telling them one more thing they did wrong. Every time they perform at the level you want to see repeated, let them know! Be specific about what they did to your satisfaction. They will respond to this type of interaction in a positive way. Build a foundation on compliments and they will be motivated to improve in other areas at work. 

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