Management by Emoticon

I am a people person.  I know that my strength is in motivating people not only through my words but through my actions.  That is why I find it difficult to manage in the digital era,  So many people working remotely, so many IM’s, texts, emails, conference calls, etc.  I am certain that I am not alone.

In this digital era that we find ourselves in, it is hard to connect with people in the same way we once could.  So, in an attempt to help transmit my personality in a modern and may I say innovative way, I have created my own emoticons.  These are intended to help lighten the mood, show a bit of my human side, and still get the message across.  So far, they seem to be getting a very positive response from my co-workers and peers.  Admittedly, I have not tried them with my boss yet.  I will let you know how that goes.

Hey boss, who should…?

Let me think about it
What do you think about…?

Are you kidding me
Did you know that…?

Can I…?

Should I…?

PowerPoint Saves Lives

I am not certain where this began.  However, it is too good to share.  If anyone knows who should get credit, please let me know.  Of course, much of the Credit goes to Jack Nicholson for his command performance and to Rob Reiner and the good people at Columbia Pictures for creating a classic.

“Son, we live in a world that has PowerPoint, and those slides have to be produced by men with computers.  Whose gonna do it?  You?  You, General?  I have greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.  You weep for my briefings, and you curse my formatting.  You have that luxury.  You have the luxury of not knowing what I know.  That my briefings, while drawn out, probably save lives.  And that my formatting, while complicated and incomprehensible to you, saves  lives.  You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want my presentations, you need my presentations.  We use words like clip art, nudge, and paste special.  We use these words as the backbone of a life spent briefing something.  You use them as a punch line.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain my formatting to a man who briefs and gets promoted using the very brief that I provide, then questions the manner in which I format it.  I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way.  Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a mouse and keyboard, and build a brief.  Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think the slide should say!”