May 24, 2015

Even a Punch to the Face Has Meaning

Control has become a bad word and rightfully so.  The overwhelming majority of incidents involving potential abuse and neglect I have seen precipitated from someone seeking control. Stress is something that all of us have to cope with on some level on a daily basis.  In extremely stressful situations, our minds begin to process things on an emotional level, our critical thinking skills decline rapidly, and we are operating on adrenaline and endorphins.  I can recall a specific experience where I was assisting a person with eating her lunch when she suddenly punched me right on my nose.  I went from being calm and collected to shocked, scared, and angry.  My nose was bleeding and I got up and stepped away from the table.  My internal vocabulary shifted to a series of four letter words I would not say out loud.  In that moment, I knew I was not going […]
May 10, 2015

Supervision for Supervisors

  “Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.” ― BC Forbes It is often said that employees do not quit companies, but rather quit their supervisor.  I can think of experiences in my own life where I felt a tremendous sense of loyalty and respect for a supervisor, and other experiences where I felt I could not take another minute being in the same room with them.  For better or for worse, an employee’s relationship with his or her supervisor is the primary tie to the organization, and the supervisor thus represents the company as a whole.  Having a supervisor who makes poor decisions, is abusive, or just incompetent pushes employees away either to a different department or away from the organization altogether.  It also inflicts damage […]