Do you have “Foot in Mouth” disease too?

I’ve opened my mouth and managed to get both feet in there! Sure, I’ve done that before – we all have – but this time I’ve hurt someone who matters to me and that makes me feel terrible.

I jokingly say that I have a (self-diagnosed) disease that makes my lips work faster than my brain. I have a quick wit and a dry, sarcastic sense of humour that gets in me a lot of trouble. Regularly.

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Business relationships are typically accidental. It’s not like we get to hire our friends, right? But every once in awhile, someone you meet at work becomes a friend for life.

I interviewed Caroline Kemp to be my office manager in the spring of 2008. I hired someone else. I liked Caroline immediately, but wasn’t sure the timing was right. She wanted the job and continued to stay in touch with me even after I hired someone else. I liked her confidence. I liked her friendliness, and I loved that she didn’t give up. So I eventually hired her as my office manager.

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Do you micromanage?

I’m not proud of it, but I am a micromanager.

I used to work for a micromanager. It wasn’t pleasant; it was hard on my self-confidence and I swore that I would never become a micromanager. “Mike” used to follow up on every detail; he used to give me step-by-step instructions on how to do things I had done a thousand times, and he would make notes on every little thing that was not done the way he would have done it (and bring it up during my review).

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Thanks for being part of my Community

Community is something you don’t realize you have until you really need it. Community is what gets you through the tough times, and community is what helps you celebrate the good times.

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Do you have Pride?

Do you have pride in who you are, what you do, and what you have? When I say pride, I mean being or feeling proud—having self-respect. I don’t mean anything ego-based or some kind of sense of superiority. I mean that you are happy with what you have, who you are and what you do. … Continue reading Do you have Pride?

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Help Me Rhonda!

Do you have a question about office relationships, politics or etiquette? Help Me Rhonda! The advice will be posted on this blog.

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