Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trust Fall Fail

We just wrapped up our annual Leasing Training — a whirlwind four sessions, in two cities, in two days, covering The Phone & First Impressions, followed by Social Media 2.0 & Online Reputation Management. During a break at today's training, our marketing agency shared this clip with me:

After we stopped laughing, Stephanie said something along the lines of, "You know, this is totally relevant to us as managers. How in tune are we with our employees? Are we being specific enough in what we ask them to do? No one is a mind reader, but somehow we all assume that we're all on the same wavelength, until someone just suddenly falls forward."

Fascinating how thought-provoking a :13 video can be, isn't it?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Viva la vacation.

My husband and I just got back from an amazing six days in Mexico — a landmark event, since this was a (somewhat belated) celebration of our 10th anniversary, AND marked the first time we'd been away by ourselves, for more than a weekend, since C joined our family. (Actually, the last time we went on vacation  somewhere sunny and warm by ourselves, I was eight weeks pregnant, and so spent most of that vacation lying around feeling queasy and eating oyster crackers. But I digress.)

Anyway, C went to my parents' house for a week of fun (yes, I know how lucky I am, and yes, I will be eternally grateful to my parents for agreeing to watch our four year old for a week), and we headed south., to the lovely Rosewood Mayakoba. Margaritas, guacamole, gorgeous weather, and almost a whole week of relaxing in the sun with my husband made for a perfect break. And even though my return to the office brought on an immediate and enormous return to reality, just having a few days away really made me look at things with a fresh perspective.

I hate to admit it, since we just returned home, but I'm already thinking of excuses to go away again. Viva la vacation!