Archive for April 23rd, 2006

April 23, 2006

Questions to ask a SAFE boss……

by Rod Smith

1. Am I worth the money you pay me?
2. Am I fulfilling the purposes for which I am hired?
3. Where do I need to grow?
4. Do I have habits / practices that annoy / frustrate you?
5. Do I have habits that detract from my work performance or diminish the culture of the workplace?
6. Am I a good team player?
7. How can I improve as a team player?
8. What would you like me to do more or always?
9. What would you like me to do less or never?
10. What would you like me to do that you have seldom or not seen me do?
11. What do you most value about any employee?
12. What is it that you most value about me?
13. What do you think are my work-related strengths?
14. Given your experience of me, would you employ me again?
15. Where and how would you like me to be more accountable to you or to anyone else?
16. How do I get more responsibility within this organization, and, therefore, also earn more money?
17. Do you think there might place within this organization or outside of it where I might be better suited as an employee?
18. Could we devise a specific set of measurable goals you’d like me to achieve in the next 6 months?

April 23, 2006

Wisdom found from seeking advice from others

by Rod Smith

“I just read your column in The Mercury, Friday, April 21, 2006. How right you are to advise the lady to consult with her wise and long-term friends (regarding the sale and moving from her home). We have just sold our lovely family home after 28 years. We are down sizing and it is indeed a most stressful time. However, we are blessed to have each other to see ourselves through this time while trying to find a smaller secure ‘lock-up-and-go’ place to stay. We could not agree with you more. Now is the time for the lady to consult with trusted, long-term friends. We certainly value the advice and friendship we are receiving right now from such special friends. I dedicate your brief article to good, faithful friends worldwide.”

Wisdom can be the result when a community of friends put their heads together, shelve their personal ambitions, and seek to assist each other. My only hope is the reader has such a community and that her feelings of isolation are not exacerbated by my suggestions!