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  • - VP of Special Projects
    invent it to begin with If you re a leader and you ve decided to give someone the boot give it But then don t lie twist or fudge it by giving it a special moniker VP of Special Projects Minister without Portfolio along with some finely crafted fairytale about how Joey is transitioning to a strategic role Bullshit If you re leader enough to make the decision be leader enough to stand behind it Otherwise you re not a leader at all You re a coward and everybody knows it Even you Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/vp-of-special-projects/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Off Target
    they did not buy their customer lists they did not buy their POS or back office systems Just the locations Full stop When approached by the Toronto Star regarding Zellers staff some with 15 years experience who are losing their jobs Target said the right thing noting the above Indeed Target isn t responsible for the unfortunate folks who are losing their jobs because Zellers is toast HBC is So just leave it at that Instead the presumably media trained communicator who wrote Target s statement went further noting when compared to Target s guests in the U S Zellers attracts a different customer base older and more likely to be empty nesters Zellers customers are also likely to spend significantly less per visit than a Target guest Now why did you have to go and say that So what Target is saying is Zellers shoppers are old broke and square What we should also infer from this is that an existing Zellers staffer wouldn t be cool enough to work at Target I believe honesty is always the best policy but for humanity s sake know when to stop Target s argument without the insult is solid Sure it would be nice for them to extend an olive branch to qualified Zellers staff but they don t have to But they didn t have add salt to the wound by insulting them too that s just tacky So unlike the Target brand so I ve heard Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/off-target/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Accountability not credit
    There were other events that ultimately led me to the door by the end I was practically in a sprint but one in particular was probably the most egregious My boss came to my home to pick up something he needed It was his first visit to the house Steve and I had recently purchased after saving for years It wasn t much just a little bungalow in south Toronto but it was ours My boss wandered through the house looking in rooms and nodding and headed out to the patio There he stood with his hands on our railing and announced it makes me proud to know that it s because of me and my little company that you have all of this I told you he was unbelievable Ego check Mr Wonderful Perhaps you and your little company helped by employing me but it was really Steve and I who did all the heavy lifting to buy this house not you Nice try though So what did I learn from this embarrassing display of hubris Taking accountability is one thing but taking credit is an entirely different animal Want to be a good leader Spend most of your time on the first and leave the second to those who actually earn it It all comes back to you in the end anyway Check your ego and your need to be the centre of attention at the door If you can t do this you simply can t lead Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel

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  • - King Corn
    Norma Rae with my socialist ways singing You re Only Human how ironic while we desexed the corn I remember the supervisor a neighbourhood kid two years my senior telling me on the bus on the way home that the guy in the white hat presumably the farmer said I was fired My witty rejoinder was classic tell the guy in the white hat I quit I made it all the way home to my bedroom before I burst into tears Honestly I had no idea who Norma Rae was when I was 14 What s wrong with singing in the fields That fateful event could have taught me I wasn t supposed to have fun at work that my job was to slip under the yoke keep my mouth shut do as I was told pull We re so impressionable at 14 Every day I thank humanity that I didn t learn that lesson Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/king-corn/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Paying it backward
    God bless over his grave My Uncle Joe had a pretty tough life He dug more than his fair share of graves as a member of the King s army in WWI He lost the family farm during the depression and had to put his kids in an orphanage He lost his eldest son in a horrific war He buried 3 wives He was also one of the sweetest most hilarious men I ll ever know And he was my mother s favourite uncle For 70 years our family thought his son Ken was killed in Sicily Recently my husband discovered that Ken actually met his end somewhere in the Liri Valley and is buried at Monte Cassino Italy On Friday my mother born one month after Ken s death will board a plane with a now 88 year old Kathleen Ken s last surviving sibling to travel to Monte Cassino She s going to support Kathleen who couldn t go alone but also to honour her Uncle Joe Did I mention this is my mother s first trip out of North America We often talk about paying it forward especially those of us who think we ve made it to the top of Maslow s hierarchy But we should pay it backward too When an opportunity to close a sad chapter even 70 years later appears seize it like my Mom is Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January

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  • - Inconvenience begets progress
    mad and see this as nanny stating Did we nanny state when we banned smoking in public buildings How about when we turned our backs on lead in pipes and paint asbestos in tiles or cholera in our water And how dare us ask people to drive a certain speed on residential roads or recycle their glass rather than tossing it into our dwindling landfill space These are all examples of progress With each one people had to adjust Smokers had to go outside Plumbers had to use new materials Cities had to build infrastructure Police had to police And we benefited from them all We ll benefit from the plastic bag ban too I promise Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/inconvenience-begets-progress/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Little lies
    it for chest pain The truth is my mother doesn t have a heart condition My GRANDMOTHER had a heart condition and if my grandmother were alive today she d be a hundred years old My mother is 67 sorry Mom I had to make the point You see why I said mother instead of grandmother right My new friend was fine and now every time she sees me she yells how your ma I ve considered telling her I misspoke that it s my grandmother not my mother But instead I respond good thanks how are you and keep running Nice of her to ask after my mom and remind me every time that I m a liar isn t it I share this story in light of Yahoo s latest CEO casualty Scott Thompson Seems he told a little lie too only his was on his resume And it seems he got caught by activist investors just looking for an opportunity to get on Yahoo s board Oops There are always consequences Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you

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  • - Ooops
    spending thousands of dollars drawing attention to it and retracting the great deal why not just honour it Who knows maybe you ll sell even more cars and be more profitable this time based on volume rather than price Plus isn t the SE like the bottom of the barrel and these direct ad campaigns are just about getting folks into the store for up selling anyway Yes there are credit problems in this country and yes people are extended up the wazoo But companies offering credit should be filtering out questionable borrowers via credit checks etc not based on whether or not they can pony up 3000 bucks If they want it they can get it Maybe from another credit card Here s the lesson I took from this pale apology and retraction first just don t make stupid mistakes Second if you do take it on the chin Who knows it just might work out in your favour Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/ooops/ (2016-02-13)
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