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The Modern Tribe

“So, I am not crazy to want people to come back into the office?” I asked the rhetorical question. “Look,” Pablo replied. “There are circumstances where Zoom works just fine, especially when travel isn’t practical, or the need for communication rests in the data to be shared. But, the connections we seek out are those that provide safety, in which...

Lost in Digital

“But, there are no real lions, tigers and bears, at least not in the workplace,” I smiled. “So the issue of safety, physical safety, shouldn’t be an issue. My team members are safe, whether they work in the office, or they work from home.” Pablo grinned. “The physical threats of days gone by are the psychological threats of today. We need to be...

Our Best Work

“So, it’s not a control thing?” I asked. “Wanting people back in the office sounds like a control directive,” Pablo replied. “I am sure some team members see it that way. But, your call to reassemble, physically in the workplace, is more of an invitation. It is an invitation to collaborate, to break bread, to share the workload and ideas.” “You’re...

Human Connection

“Why do you want them to come back to work, in the building, I mean?” Pablo asked. “They have been away so long. Since I’ve seen them, they may be two inches taller and I would never detect that on Zoom,” I smiled. “Seriously, they are detached. I miss seeing them in person, that warm smile in the morning, finding out how their child is doing. ...

Is It Money?

“These young people! Argh!” Benjamin exclaimed, exasperated. “I just had another quit on me.” “How many? Total?” I asked. “Three, since the new year. For all different reasons, one says it’s money, another says he wants to live, relocate somewhere else, the last one says he doesn’t like me. That one was the worst.” “Tough enough to hire the people...

Time to Step Up

“I am ready to throw up my hands. I have come up with eight ways to Sunday for our route technicians to do a better job on their service calls. I am ready to do a Flutie drop kick and just let them deal with it.” Russell commiserated, hoping I would be sympathetic. “Well, I think it’s a good idea,” I said. “What do you mean?” replied Russell, still...

Mailing It In

“I’m stumped,” Susana announced. “I talk to my team, give them their assignments, so they know what to do, but then, it just seems they mail it in.” “Meaning?” I asked. “Mail it in?” “I can’t put my finger on it,” she said. “The team shows up for work. They show up on time. They do the work, but it doesn’t seem they care. I tried to talk to...

The Relationship

So, I left Shannon to ponder why. Why was she drawn to be a manager? I asked you the same question. Shannon was promoted to manager as the next thing in her career. It was different than she thought it would be. She thought being a manager would make her more important (it does). Being a manager provides authority to tell people what to do (prescribing...

It’s Not For the Money

Shannon was staring at her desk. She didn’t look depressed, but certainly not happy. “What’s up?” I asked. “Not much,” she replied. “I was really ready to come back to work from the holidays, but yesterday was a barn burner. Ever since I was promoted to manager, things have been different around here. It was so much simpler when I just came to...

To All, a Good Night

Originally published Dec 2005. As Matthew looked across the manufacturing floor, the machines stood silent, the shipping dock was clear. Outside, the service vans were neatly parked in a row. Though he was the solitary figure, Matthew shouted across the empty space. “Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.” He reached for the switch and...

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