So let’s just say the obvious! 2020 reminds me of that game you play in the carnival called Whac-A-Mole. You know the one were moles pop up out of nowhere and if you make contact with them you win a point. Nationally and Globally many of our partners, clients and friends where in the same boat. Personally and professionally I learned many lessons. Believe it or not, some positive events took place too.
Not that I have not had near death experiences before, there was one in 2020 that really threw me for a loop. There are plenty of people who have been in more horrific predicaments; so please this does not take anything away from any of you. This just taught me, along with the year 2020, that you just never know what to expect and how to react.
As mentioned before, a Global Economy has and always will be essential. By all means, there are certain products that I buy from other countries. Let’s just say I have a taste for German Chocolate, Italians make super cool shoes etc. But I still try my very best to support the USA and make an extra effort to allow my spending dollars to stay here.
If you have not read our blog on Work Ethic, please do. Today I want to talk about something known throughout the ages as the Last Ditch Effort. According to Grammar Monster (www.grammar-monster.com), “A last ditch attempt is a last-minute attempt or an attempt to do something at the final opportunity to do so. This term has its origins in a speech by King William III of England in the late 17th Century. He called upon all Englishmen to “fight and die in the last ditch” to defend England.”
It is my belief that work ethic comes from a place of positivity. From the time I could actually “talk” and “walk” my Mom and Dad gave me chores. These changed as my capabilities and age progressed. I was highly rewarded for extraordinary accomplishments, not just expected activities. I’ve had times wherein I “raged” against this concept with lazy tendencies or rebuttals. However, I came right back around to this way of life for a variety of reasons. Let me share those with you.
After a few decades in the manufacturing and distribution industry, I have seen many shipping trends come and go. Let’s face it, I was here when the Internet was referred to as the World Wide Web. Right now, we are facing challenging times that affect how goods are supplied. However, it is my prediction these shipping methods and changes will stay.
Everyone needs to work from home sometimes. We’ve discussed how to best present and prepare in this post and the same goes for working remote. Whatever the case, there are definite do’s and don’ts of working from home in order to stay productive and the golden rule is “don’t do anything at home you wouldn’t in your office”. Let’s take a look!
– Kirsten Austin
The Cambridge Dictionary defines “pass the buck” as leaving a difficult problem for someone else to deal with or to blame someone or make them responsible for a problem that you should deal with.
As we start off 2020, I try to stay positive but one thing that frustrates me most as a business person is people who consistently pass the buck. This is not only frustrating for me, the person being passed from one department to another, but slows down necessary progress and projects for my business and clients. Let’s face it; we all have certain skill sets and hold a certain level of authority which means, indeed, at times we must reach out to others to get an answer, solve a problem, make a decision or accomplish a task. However, it does not mean that people get a free pass. So what’s wrong with using common sense and some personal accountability if you actually care about your job? This seems to be a growing phenomenon so let’s discuss how to avoid passing the buck:
Wow 2019 flew right on by! We hope our readers had just as an amazing year as we did. Despite all the negativity in the news, we are proud of some very positive things we accomplished and the partners, clients, and associates who took the journey with us this year.Read More