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Stories, Hacks, & Barriers

Groundbreaking ideas and practices from Jim McGriff, Jr.
Over-thinking is what I have done as a first line manager for my career. My main concerns were for our customer care, employee understanding, and department effectiveness.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on January 23, 2016
What does this mean, "get back to basics?"  Who knows how to do this? It can be difficult if we have lost the knowledge older  better way of doing business.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on January 10, 2016
 The first line manager’s responsibility is to keep a positive atmosphere in their work group. There is a saying that people do things for their reasons not yours.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on December 1, 2015
Consistency is not foolish to me. I make sure I follow the same routine daily. I think this consistency if good for my coworkers and my employees.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on October 29, 2015
This is a critical election in 2016. It will determine the future financial security of our country. We as citizens need many question answered by the politicians before we vote for them.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on October 20, 2015
A corporate vision to be effective must be communicated to the first line employee. First line managers are critical to this process.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on October 9, 2015
Knowing is key to making decisions. Knowing is the foundation of the trust you need to build trust with others.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 24, 2015
 I realized early in my career some customers are different than others. These are special customers and regular customers.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 17, 2015
It takes some time to realize what type of manager I wanted to be. This story is how I came to realize this fact. Also, how I realized a corporate suite was not for me.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 6, 2015
I have never tried to define a bureaucrat, even thought I have encountered many over my career. Now, I think I have a definition of how it feels when you meet one.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 26, 2015
The Watson can change middle management, or so IBM implies. I understand the impact of computer programs and big data can help or hender the first line manager.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 20, 2015
Innovator managers are more than caretakers: they lead. They know the path to follow. They make it fun.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 11, 2015
Beware of simple answers to complicated problems. The simple answers will most times have unintended negative consequences.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 4, 2015
St. Peter got out of the boat and walked on water for a while. Distractions made him sink. How does this apply to leadership in management.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on July 20, 2015

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