Archive for May 2018

From the Field to the C-Suite: Kevin Sheehan on Coaching a Team

Your employees are your greatest tool in your toolbox, the engine of your company that will propel you forward. Not enough company leaders realize the fine line between acting as a manager and a coach to their employees. While a manager is similar to the star of the show, delegating tasks based on their team members’ skill set and understanding how the business units will succeed in the future are at the pinnacle of their concerns. A coach, on the other hand, is there for their employees when it comes to granular, day-to-day tasks that they must complete. They are open to filling in the details that the manager skimmed over for lack of time to soundly give a comprehensive training of that new software program or the necessities of a  project’s cues. It was only in 2008 that Kevin Sheehan decided to take a coaching approach as he had be involved in his son’s childhood as a soccer coach back in the day. He knew that motivating employees by planting the seeds for new, inspiring thoughts into their minds and giving them the independence to think up new brilliant ideas and see them put into effect is important to their feelings of being a valuable asset to the company in which they work at.

 

Coaching is About Delivering the Best Results

“If you want to see stellar results, as we have often seen at Norwegian Cruise Lines with the implementation of aspects that had previously never been attained in the cruise industry—such as a private island for guests—you need to be the coach and inspirational leader that will encourage employees to bring in their A-game at all times,” Kevin Sheehan told a CNN reporter after his company over-reached their profit benchmark for the fiscal year of 2014.

 

Create a Community of Coaches

As a member of the C-level, as Kevin Sheehan was CEO, he knew that having a mentorship program in place would help trickle down the effect of inspiring other employees to bring their best performance to the job. Not only does Sheehan lead by example—he will listen to all employees’ ideas, which was made evident in his Undercover Boss episode—but he ensures that his managerial force does the same. Empowering strategies such as recognition programs within mentoring, and evaluations based on new idea generations (not only execution, simply thinking up potentially effective ideas) are innovative ways to structure your business strategies.

 

Skills Need to Be Refined

When it comes to technical skills, especially in industries that are always changing, a revamp training is pertinent to make sure your work force is ahead of the game compared to other competitors. Just because you made sure that your marketing team got an extensive training of ahrefsfor their SEO tactics when they first started the job doesn’t mean they know how to integrate the new software additions to create efficiencies.

 

I Used to Be Embarrassed about my Love for Country and Brad Roemer

Country music is more than music, it is a community of people stringed on together who rejoice in the love for what it means to be human. No fateful night can take away from what aspiring country music lovers know to be true. When I was in high school, I was shy to let people in about my love for country. When I would tell my classmates, they would make fun of me and say that I was a hillbilly. I even remember being too shy to blast Midland and LANCO in the school parking lot for fear that others would make fun of me. I never felt cool enough, because all the cool kids were listening to heavy metal, pop, R&B and rock songs. I felt like a needle in the haystack compared to general music tastes.

 

The Embarrassment of My Love for this Genre Was Real

It was only until I grew up that I let go and realized that what others think about my musical tastes does not matter. If I want to blast Brad Roemer on the radio when his song “Think a Little Country” comes on, then I’ll do it with no second thoughts. I found myself in country music, and was proud if anyone heard me listening or singing along to the lyrical ballads that I have grown to love. When you are an adolescent, it is normal to care more about what others have to think about you—your clothing, shoes, the eyeliner you wear… and the music you listen to showcase how popular you may be.
The Stories of Love and Growing Up

One thing I love about country music is the storytelling. In Brad Roemer’s song “Lustful for Friday”, he tells the story of a young girl falling in love with a man who didn’t even know she exists even though they cross paths at school every day. He’s the popular jockey guy while she is the shy, science nerd who is ambitious about scoring all those A+. Then one day they meet  on a Friday night college party fast-forward three years later and he doesn’t even recognize who she is but he falls deeply in love with her. She’s the smart, poised woman who respects her body and loves to go on a honkey tonk adventure every now and again. While she couldn’t recognize her for who she used to be since he never used to pay attention to her, she could see right through him. She didn’t like what she saw, after all those years… She wanted someone more loving and generous with his soul—someone who would have loved the person she was back when she was young if they had known each other. Roemer then sings on about how she rejects her for the gracefulness of speaking her truth. Following the stories of others’ love renditions make me fall more and more in love for a genre that I vow to never be embarrassed about again.

Ditch the Plunger with these Handy Toilet Unclogging Tricks

Leave it to my boyfriend to need a handy dandy plunger wherever he goes. When he goes to the bathroom, it’s a big ordeal. It will not take less than 15 minutes, and there’s a 90% that the toilet will get clogged afterwards. This is due to his irregular (I think it’s irregular, he believe they’re totally regular) bowel movements that allow him to go every three days. When we went to Costa Rica together a few months back, we visited three distinct cities. In each of those distinct cities, he managed to clog the toilet up. It can be frustrating, especially when there’s only one bathroom for the two of you and he doesn’t let you enter it for the sheer embarrassment of what he’s done. So instead o having to carry around his own personal plunger or fronting the heat of asking the hotel concierge to send someone up to “fix this toilet problem”, or letting your Handy cleaner in on the issue, there are a few things that can be done to resolve this monstrous situation that he faces every few days (when he doesn’t go in the industrial work bathrooms).

Number one: Pour in some hot water into the toilet bowl. What you want to do is find a bucket and make sure the sink water runs for a little bit before dumping it into the toilet. The heat of the water should work to break up the brown consistency that you so desperately want to flush down without a problem.

Another suggestion is using dish soap (or shampoo), the fluorescent blue or green kind that you often use to gab away at your dirty plate residue, to break down the solids. You can complement this step with step number one by adding in some boiling hot water. If it doesn’t happen in about thirty minutes, then you may need to leave it overnight so that it can do it’s duty (don’t mind the pun).

Another method to break down the solids is to use a wire hanger as a snake to get in on the muddy and break up the stuff that won’t go down. Epson salts and a bath bomb is another way you can get the crap rolling if you’re too embarrassed to let the guest you’re with know that you have a little issue to deal with.

If none of that is available, but there’s still the handy toilet brush standing upright besides the toilet, then you’re got to use what you have. Use it with confidence by pushing it deeply into the toilet hole a few times and then removing it to flush the toilet once more. Yes, it’s not ideal as you’ll likely need to give that brush a swish clean afterwards but it’s much more worth it than having to explain why the toilet has overflown.

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