Bill Baumgartner's Blog – September 2008 Archive (5)

"Another Brick Closer"

Regardless of what rung of the management ladder you are standing on, you undoubtedly have some plan of where you want to go next.



At least, I hope so.



If you were like me, you're chasing a job title,

a new pay level,

or the next promotion.



It would seem that these intentions should keep you or I adequately motivated

to move our careers forward.



If I wanted to be the next general… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 29, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Laying the Foundation

"What's your Dream?"



Unless you just stumbled onto this post by mere chance,

my guess is, you clicked here for one of two reasons:



1) You have a strong desire to advance your career

2) You want to make more money.



Most likely, you want to learn more about how to accomplish both.



You may have found this information because of a letter you received, an email, a business card or a personal invitation from myself.



Regardless, you are… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 28, 2008 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

Creativity - The Mother of Invention

I would like to modify the age-old saying.



"Creativity - The Mother of Longevity"



If you haven't seen my latest video-post, "My Employees are so Creative,"

stop reading this post and go their right now!



I'll wait.



Watch it, then come back here.



Good.



Now, remember the girl in the red, yellow, blue and white?

Pretty impressive for an employee!



Right?



What if she were your employee.

A little… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 24, 2008 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

The Management Journey

It may be a good idea to see the past in order to get direction for the future. This may be the obvious for the seasoned managers, but

this may help a few of you who are just starting out.



It had been weeks since I received the advice from my boss,

"I needed to develop my people skills."



Hmmm.



I still had a very narrow idea of what he was talking about.



People Skills to me meant:



I was pleasant with the customers

Got along… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 22, 2008 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

The Cornerstone to Your Management Success

Imagine, if you will, two individuals with equal intelligence and equal ability entering the marketplace.

Both given the same opportunities, what causes one individual to achieve average success, and the other to excel, really excel?



I used to ask myself this questions, because I really wanted to Excel.



As a matter of fact, ‘My Story’ was fashioned by the answer to this question.



I went to work everyday. I showed up on time, I kept my uniform looking good.… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 20, 2008 at 2:59pm — 7 Comments

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