Would You, Could You, Drive an Electric Car?

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In a perfect world we’d all like to do our part to help the planet exist forever so that there is never an end to the species. Remarkably friends, delusions of saving the planet are not shared just among us, no!

In fact, there are a lot of car makers that are trying to stay ahead of the curve and our discriminating pocket books by designing and creating hybrids, super small versions of their lines and even some fully electric vehicles.

One thing I’ve considered about it is the fact that I have a contract with my electric provider for them to charge me a certain amount per kilowatt hour, additionally I can have average billing set up – which means that I could actually regulate my electricity bill and usage. Can you do that with your gas bill?

Now I’ve read a lot of statistics about what people want and what people “really want” according to the car makers and all that jazz…but more important than all the talking heads in the world is what you will decide when it’s time to purchase a vehicle…will you buy an electric car if it’s available?

One more question, what if I gave you the keys to one to drive..would you be interested?

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Happy at Work

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This originated as an email from @MommaSerene because the article is very interesting and confirms what I truly believe to be true in the workforce. Read on…

You know, I fight every day for fairness in the workplace, but it’s true. You just can’t make everyone happy, and when one person is miserable, they never let it be a secret; they spread it throughout the whole job. Sometimes they just aren’t cut out for the job, don’t have the “stuff”, don’t have that “touch” to be successful in the work environment. Those people can only bring others down, and I don’t see how it’s “fair” to the rest of the employees for them to have to deal with someone who hates what they do, or the environment they do it in. It doesn’t have to be about not liking someone or their attitude; it’s about protecting the rest of the employees and acknowledging that not everyone can do what they do as well as they can do it. -@MommaSerene

The Secret to Having Happy Employees

by Jay Goltz

Thursday, March 11, 2010
provided by The New York Times

About 10 years ago I was having my annual holiday party, and my niece had come with her newly minted M.B.A. boyfriend. As he looked around the room, he noted that my employees seemed happy. I told him that I thought they were.

Then, figuring I would take his new degree for a test drive, I asked him how he thought I did that. “I’m sure you treat them well,” he replied.

“That’s half of it,” I said. “Do you know what the other half is?”

He didn’t have the answer, and neither have the many other people that I have told this story. So what is the answer? I fired the unhappy people. People usually laugh at this point. I wish I were kidding.

I’m not. I have learned the long, hard and frustrating way that as a manager you cannot make everyone happy. You can try, you can listen, you can solve some problems, you can try some more. Good management requires training, counseling and patience, but there comes a point when you are robbing the business of precious time and energy.

Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t happen a lot. There’s no joy in the act of firing someone. And it’s not always the employee’s fault — there are many bad bosses out there. Bad management can make a good employee dysfunctional. On the other hand, good management will not always make a dysfunctional employee good. And sometimes people who would be great employees somewhere else just don’t fit your company, whether it is the type of business or the company culture.

In the worst cases, the problem of a bad fit can have a bigger impact than just one employee’s performance. Being in charge does not necessarily mean you are in control, and being in control does not necessarily mean being in charge. Have you ever seen a company or department paralyzed by someone who is unhappy and wants to take hostages? It is remarkable how much damage one person can do. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you watch “The Caine Mutiny.” Basically, one guy takes apart the ship. He was unhappy. It only takes one.

This is only my opinion. I don’t have a Ph.D., an M.B.A., or even an economics degree. What I do have is a happy company. And that makes me happy. Now I know some people argue that business is about making money, and not everyone has to be happy. That is also an opinion. Everyone has a right to his or her opinion. When you own a company, you also have the right to surround yourself with the people you choose.

I have spent the last year and a half focusing on cutting costs, figuring out how the market has changed, and worrying about the economy. Things seem to be getting better, or perhaps I am just getting used to it.

Either way, I had a good day today. Not because I got a big order, great financial reports or even an employee stopping by to tell me what an awesome boss I am. (That generally doesn’t happen. You have to tell yourself. It’s a boss thing.) I had a great day because I spent most of it walking around the company and appreciating the fact that even after a year and a half of soft sales and cutbacks and furloughs, I have wonderful people working for me. They care. They are committed. They understand the whole customer–staff–company triangle, where all of the legs support each other.

If you read books on great companies, they usually leave out a dirty little secret. It doesn’t make for good public relations — like talking about how you “empower people” or how your “greatest assets” are your people. Both of these well–worn clichés are true. What is also true is that it’s hard to build a great company with the wrong people.

When you have the right people, business is much easier. I know because I have tried it both ways.

Jay Goltz owns five small businesses in Chicago.

What are your thoughts?

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Maybe Later

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This was one of the first posts on MouthyGirl.com shortly after her launch in February 2008. It’s hard to believe that it’s been around that long, and looking back, it’s also crazy to think about all that has changed in my life, and I’m sure yours as well.

These little notes are the kind we should always keep in mind..

Maybe … we were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

Maybe … when the door of happiness closes, another opens; but, often times, we look so long at the closed door that we don’t even see the new one which has been opened for us.

Maybe … it is true that we don’t know what we have until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.

Maybe … the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Maybe … the brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; after all, you can’t go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures, and heartaches.

Maybe … you should dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of, and want to do.

Maybe … there are moments in life when you miss someone — a parent, a spouse, a friend, a child, your girlfriend/boyfriend — so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real, so that once they are around you appreciate them more.

Maybe … the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

Maybe … you should always try to put yourself in others’ shoes. If you feel that something could hurt you, it probably will hurt the other person, too.

Maybe … you should do something nice for someone every single day, even if it is simply to leave them alone.

Maybe … giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don’t expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but if it doesn’t, be content that it grew in yours.

Maybe … happiness waits for all those who cry, all those who hurt, all those who have searched, and all those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of all the people who have touched their lives.

Maybe … you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive; don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one who makes your heart smile.

Maybe … you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy.

Maybe … you should try to live your life to the fullest because when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling, but when you die, you can be the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

… Maybe!!

Faith Hill – Stronger

Maybe you should come back tomorrow to see what else I have for you 😉 Manana!

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When I’m an Old Lady

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Thank you to @mommaserene who sent this over to me this morning.. it is perfection. I hope my son reads it someday and chuckles to himself – I will be doing this!

When I’m An Old Lady

When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with my son,
and make his life happy and filled with such fun,
I want to pay back all the joy he’s provided,
returning each deed. Oh, he’ll be so excited
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

I’ll write on the wall with red, white, and blue;
and bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.
I’ll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I’ll stuff all the toilets and oh, will he shout!
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

When he’s on the phone and just out of reach,
I’ll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, he’ll snap his fingers and then shake his head,
and when he is done I’ll hide under the bed.
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

When my son’s wife cooks dinner and calls me to meals,
I’ll not eat my green beans or salads congealed.
I’ll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
and when she gets angry, run fast as I’m able.
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

I’ll sit close to the TV, thru the channels I’ll click,
I’ll cross both my eyes to see if they stick,
I’ll take off my socks and throw one away,
and play in the mud until the end of the day.
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

And later, in bed, I’ll lie back and sigh,
and thank God in prayer and then close my eyes;
and my son will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
and say with a groan, “She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping,”
. . . when I’m an old lady and live with my son.

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