The Dip

January 4, 2008

The Dip is a really short but great book by Seth Godin. It’s about quitting and when to do it. It has convinced me that I need a new job, one that allows me to be creative and one that makes me want to go to work.

The previous post quote was the nail in the coffin for learning that i should be working for myself…


How true is this?…

January 4, 2008

“The end result is that’s it’s essentially impossible to become successful or well-off doing a job that is described and measured by someone else.”

Seth Godin

small is the new big

My experience so far with being an employee (a manager none the less) is all to true.

Job Interview

May 22, 2007

I had an interview with Starbucks today. When I woke up this morning I just did not feel like I was ready for the interview. Almost there I notice I miss a spot shaving, luckily there was a CVS next door and I could buy a dollar razor to correct the problem. It was just that type of day, kinda behind the curve all day.

The interview went… I just don’t have a feel for it. I answered every question with good responses I believe. It was a situational type of interview, with prewritten questions and S-A-R type responses. A classic  interview, one I’ve done myself many times before. I wasn’t nervous or anything like that, plus Steve was nice and was a good interviewer. He stayed focus and didn’t wonder off into rabbit trails. I just don’t have a good feeling about the situation.

I guess there is one plus, I saw the manager of the store I frequent. So maybe I can speak to her and see how far my resume has made it. I’ll see her later this week. I would really like to work for Starbucks, I have a lot to offer. Twenty years restaurant experience, I’ve opened stores, was a certified trainer, been company Manager of the Year, managed a store to 26 periods of sales increases and oversaw six restaurants from the ground up. One thing that I believe that hurts me is the restaurant I used to work for is mostly out of business in my area- Shoney’s Inc.

During their time they were a great restaurant to eat at and work for.

My co-worker is talking to me again. For the 8-9 weeks he wasn’t talking to me. I was nice to him, said good night to him and other social things (with no response from him, not one word). I left him normal (and sometimes extra) communications about what went on during my shift during the “silence”. I finally left him a note asking what I had done to offend him and if he would tell me I would be more than willing to apologize, still no communication.

Then a few days later he just started talking like nothing had ever happened. You know what? In one way I’m relieved, and feel better about working with him. On the other hand, I’m more angry with him than when he wasn’t talking. I need to put that anger aside, because with no doubt, he’s the one with the problem. I do feel a little sorry for him.

I heard of a study on job satisfaction on a podcast (60 Second Scientific American) and the study claimed 47% of Americans were satisfied with their jobs and were happy about them. I believe that’s amazing. Maybe it’s this way; when you talk about a person’s job and say how difficult or bad it is they seem to defend the job. They might say it’s not so bad, or only at times it’s that bad or hard. Just a thought. I really like my job, and sometimes I love it. It just takes so much time from my life and family. It’s said no one at the end of their life says “I wish I’d spent a little more of my time at the office”.

Salvation Project

April 23, 2007

Here are the plans for my first podcast. The title will be Salvation Project and the idea is to interview Christians that are; friends, family, church members and podcasters. Maybe I could even get a few authors and business people. The idea came about because I lead a book study on Pilgrims Progress. Bunyan and the Puritans were big on asking “what was your salvation experience?”

I believe we as Christians today tend to not talk about our salvation experience, what a shame. Are we ashamed, unsure? maybe we don’t think it’s all that important. That tells me something is wrong, the salvation experience is the beginning of our journey, our second birth (into God’s family).

We celebrate physical birthdays, why not spiritual ones? Won’t they mean more to us in the long run? So that is the spring board for my podcast. I have a few projects to wrap up and a commitment to finish and I will be ready to start. More than likely late summer, or early fall. So if you’re reading this and think that sounds interesting make a comment and share your experience or even better volunteer to be one of the Christians I interview.

My plan for now is an edited type of podcast where the interviewer’s voice is rarely heard. I’ve heard several NPR radio shows with the style which I plan to use. One that I remember is a podcast called StoryCorps and it is about African Americans telling about the person who had the most positive influence on them when they were growing up. It’s a great podcast and several of the stories are very moving. My podcast need not be always touching or unique because my goal is to make this a thing we as Christians do more often. How better to lead people to Christ, than our testimony of how Christ saved us.

My Starbucks

March 9, 2007

Trail Talk has a good post on Starbucks. I really love my Starbucks, they know me and I feel comfortable in the store. In fact, when I study my Sunday School lesson I get more accomplished than at home. The difference is probably the difference between a guest and a father who’s directing the home school and giving attention to everyone. So maybe that is not a fair comparison.

I have read several books on Starbucks and have also worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years. In fact, I worked for Shoney’s Inc for 17-18 years all the way from dishwasher to District Manager. The first 10 years I worked for Shoney’s it was run like a family business, then it took on a more corporate look and feel. That’s when I think we lost customer appeal. It was no longer a place to go to meet friends; both in the store and the frequent customers. When the company no longer had the loyalty to its employees, employees for sure were not going to return it (for no reason).

My first 10 years it was rare to go out and eat at a competitive restaurant. I just felt like I was being dishonest or disloyal. When I did eat at a “enemy” restuarant I told the manager if myexperience was good or bad. And I thought about how to make “our” store better. You think this cannot be true but imagine this; more often than not when I visited with employees’ families who we eating in the restaurant their children were proud that their parents worked at the store. Sometimes the kids would even say that when they grow up they would like to work for Shoney’s.

Maybe Starbucks has found the formula that small and large restaurants abandoned for faster table turnovers and greater profits. Only to find that they are without a loyal customer base. Just a thought.

iPhone NOT

December 19, 2006

What most people miss is Apple Computer does not own the name iPhone. This, I think is a major blow. (If the Apple cell phone ever existed). The whole blogging scene, financial analysts, and the press all think (thought) it was going to be “THE Apple iPhone”. Could this be the reason for the delay in introducing the iPhone, ah, new cell phone from Apple?. Maybe Apple could come up with another clever name. They could “repurpose” iChat or another clever word, but for now the icing has been ripped off the cake.

Meh, I must update my post. Apple must have bought the iPhone name. I checked the wi-fi/voip  iPhone website today and it’s down. So I guess Apple (who also changed their name today) paid for the name. Serves me right trying to second guess Apple. The Apple iPhone is beyond cool and will shatter the market if it works as well as it looks.

5 Tips From Robert Toll

December 14, 2006

Here’s a list from Robert Toll that my Boss dropped in my inbox. I though it was pretty good so I’d pass it on.

  1. A wise man knows what he doesn’t know. (Never assume knowledge.)
  2. We’re already born rich. The goal is to not die poor.
  3. It takes a long time to build a brand, but it doesn’t take long to destroy it. Always protect the brand.
  4. Respect the management; It’s what got you here.
  5. Remember: It’s only business. Wipe it off your shirt when you go home at night.