“Simulated Plane Crashes and being drowned to build Team Morale??”

“Simulated Plane Crashes and being drowned to build Team Morale??”

*image from ABC plane Crash

Not sure of your take on morale building but what’s your thoughts of being in a simulated situation with coworkers in which you are in a pretend plan crash and become submerged under water?!

Is this necessary or is it that serious to put teammates under such duress you might ask? Well I asked the same question and then wondered how great of an idea such a teamwork simulation including being submerged under water might pose?   I get the idea of putting people together in a stressful situation in which you must work together to overcome and conquer.  And I can’t help but think how it mirrors some as aspects of military training.  But I’ve never thought of such an activity especially to complete with coworkers. But hey, as the article states…it’s not for everyone. Take a read and let’s hear your thoughts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/business/need-better-morale-in-the-workplace-simulate-a-plane-crash.html?emc=edit_nn_20170109&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=78132639&src=me&te=1&_r=0

Reference

Retrieved from  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/business/need-better-morale-in-the-workplace-simulate-a-plane-crash.html?emc=edit_nn_20170109&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=78132639&src=me&te=1&_r=0

“Corporate America must now take a dose of strong medicine”

“Corporate America must now take a dose of strong medicine”

I do not know many who like being scolded in private but in public, an individuals’ pride can swell and feelings can be hurt quickly if they have to take such a lashing.

If you have not heard by now, President-elect Trump has given the GOP a twitter lashing.  And he has not stopped there.  He has hit corporate America just as hard.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/trumps-latest-us-corporate-twitter-target-general-motors-44523886

For years America has strove to compete in and win, as a capitalistic country.

As a result, there has been the overall hierarchy structure that was created to ensure efficiency and consistency with all products and services as America continues to compete with operations and successes of other countries and nations.

Beginning in the late 60’s, other organizational cultures began to rise that gave birth to the various products and services that we know today (Cameron & Quinn, 2011). However, how does the leaders of corporate America withstand having to face control and reprimand from the President- elect of the United States when many have only had to answer to board members and customers?

General Motors, Carrier, and Boeing are now faced with such dilemmas as they must now strategize to ensure their corporations align with the satisfaction of the U.S. government.  Not something many are used to navigating through, however today they face a new reality.

It’s difficult to determine just how much cooperation’s will measure up to competing markets and countries moving forward, but one thing is for sure, the United States and corporate America are both now up for a new way of life and doing business. CEO’s must now face how they run their organizations and possibly take lashings on a stage in front of the President and world to see.

Reference

Cameron, K., and Quinn, R. (2011). Diagnosing and Organizational Culture (3rd ed.).

San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

 

Is celebrating the holiday fair game to let your “after work self” roam free like Don Lemon?

Is celebrating the holiday fair game to let your “after work self” roam free like Don Lemon?

Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve, are the holiday’s that an overwhelmingly amount of individuals agree is the time to get pretty tipsy if not drunk. Knowing that alcohol lowers our judgment level, just how sauced or drunk should you really be if you are celebrity figure or news correspondent such as “Don Lemon”?

https://youtu.be/879zD8bDVw0

I cannot lie, when I saw the clip of Don throwing back shots and receiving an ear piercing on air, I was totally blown away.  Why the heck did I not turn into CNN on New Year’s Eve?!  I was mesmerized thinking to myself how this could translate as either good or bad to his corporate leadership. However it did not appear that Don cared; perhaps that was the alcohol.   After all, it was the holidays and “2016” was a very trying year for many, many people.

With that said, when his mic was cut because he was becoming a bit too opinionated, I quickly thought to myself, “oh no, he’s getting himself in trouble”.  Either that or someone is trying to save him before he completely ruins his career.

Work/Life Self:

Trying to balance your “work self” and your “after work self”, can be challenging, especially when you have an internal gauge that almost always tips to “honest and authentic”.  I know for me, to not be that way (honest) is a lie.  At this point in my life I find it very difficult to deceive others or myself by trying to be anything other than me.

Holiday parties are the bane to many people’s existence as they strive for the rest of the following year trying to be someone other than the true and inebriated selves they displayed at the holiday or New Year’s Eve party.  So my solution, if they have not done anything too incriminating: “Give them a pass”.  But with that said, if you know you are not a happy drunk, or if you like to feel people up when you drink, maybe you should keep it light or don’t drink at all.

https://youtu.be/HIvCz-rTFBg

Since I know Don Lemon is not the first person to get drunk on air or while working, especially on New Year’s Eve, I believe that his fellow employees and bosses should give him a pass.  I mean why else have him in New Orleans’s taking shots on New Year’s Eve screaming, “don’t get blood on my suit”!.  CNN wanted the ratings (Kathy Griffin, a comedy co-hosted as well for ratings)  and I am sure display’s like Don Lemon’s will cause for many more next year.

Hopefully Don Lemon is not banned.

Happy New Year from Imperfect Org! I pray and hope for a peaceful 2017.

Happy New Year from Imperfect Org! I pray and hope for a peaceful 2017.

Happy New Year from Imperfect Org!

I pray and hope for a peaceful 2017.  Losing major Icons and Giants that proved to be irreplaceable in their respective genres such as Prince and Carrie Fisher( NBC, 2016), yet triumphing through to victory such as the long-lived victory for the Cubs leaves me to think that there is hope yet! Happy New Years! Happy 2017!

Retrieved from http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-year-in-review/look-back-all-famous-figures-who-died-2016-n698791?cid=sm_fb

“Debbie Reynold’s dies a day after Carrie Fisher”

“Debbie Reynold’s dies a day after Carrie Fisher”

I’ve lost my mother. But I cannot begin to know what it feels like for a mother to lose their child (no matter what age). Rest in Peace Debbie Reynolds.

Now another icon who has succumbed to death. Is there a message we are missing here?

Very unsettling.

Momentous. And now Carrie Fisher.

Momentous. And now Carrie Fisher.

 

Alan Thicke. George Michael. Carrie Fisher. All three had heart attacks and died within a span of two weeks.  All three were pivotal in their careers.  They were synonymous with our childhoods.

I had become familiar with giants living to over the age of 90 – Zsa Zsa Gabor (Biography, 2016) and John Glenn (NASA, 2016) unless they died prematurely to a disease.

Now just as it was back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s many individuals under the age of 70 died of a heart attack.Way too young to lose for their generation. What an eye opener.  It provides me with the reality and beauty of life that I have.  It gives me a little more strength to wake up another day, and celebrate life and organizations perfect or imperfect.

Reference

Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/movies/carrie-fisher-dead-star-wars-princess leia.htmlaction=click&contentCollection=Movies&pgtype=imageslideshow&module=RelatedArticleList&region=CaptionArea&version=SlideCard-1

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Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/25/arts/music/george-michaeldead.htmlaction=click&contentCollection=Music&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article 

Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/zsa-zsa-gabor-9542566

Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/content/profile-of-john-glenn

Retrieved from  http://people.com/movies/carrie-fisher-dies/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Imperfect.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Imperfect.org

Christmas day, a holiday which celebrates the birth of the Christian Messiah Jesus Christ, of course, this is an annual well known global event however in the workplace it is not always observed. Whether it is due to individuals being of a different faith,  no faith, or trying to get extra hours (time and a half) in for a sizable late year check, this holiday has the ability to evoke bland or unhappy feelings as workers of this famous holiday pass the time away in their perspective organizations to service the common man.

It is different when you do not celebrate Christmas if you are an atheist or of a different faith like Judaism, these are acceptable reasons in many organizations and cultures not to celebrate the holiday, and no one should be ostracized for it. However, there are those who work on Christmas, of the Christian faith because their organization requires them to, whether it is a security or a retail position, these individuals are required to work and be away from their families on the day their faith celebrates one of the most important days of the year. When it comes to the security of individuals, important strategic locations, these reasons can be understood and it is one of the “freedoms” an individual has to sacrifice in that line of work. 

It is the retail and service workers I feel the most empathy for on Christmas, gas station attendants to waiters to even cashiers in retail establishment all open for last minute shoppers or because the business is simply open 24-7. Now we can all say that these individuals knew what they were getting into when they applied for the position, however, I am thankful that there are people who sacrifice their freedom, to do these jobs that are necessary on a day like today. Not only are their jobs important it helps all of us get to where we are going and enables us to be with our families without us giving a care in the world about anything else but being with family. And for them, those employees I am thankful and I wish their organizations will reflect upon their sacrifice and be thankful as well. 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas