Monthly Archives: September 2015

Do You Hide Behind Your Screen?

Call me old school if you want, but I love a phone call (not a text), a meeting for coffee (not an email) or hand shake (not an emoji). Now don’t get me wrong, I love my technology andhiding-behind-computer I love the ease and quickness it can provide, but as the mother of teenagers, I am seeing a terrible trend – the inability to talk to one another face to face!

Forbes posted an article with 4 times never to send an email. They are:

  1. When you are mad.
  2. When you are rebuking or criticizing.
  3. If there is a chance your words can be misunderstood.
  4. When you are canceling or apologizing.

I think it goes even deeper than that. It is so easy for words to get lost in translation. It is the whole idea of human relations. I crave human interaction and I think most people do. But watching my kids sit at table and text each other when they can just talk instead bothers me. Or if you send a message and if someone doesn’t want to answer you (even though your iMessage said they read it), they don’t have to.

When you sit across the table from someone and look them in the eye it can tell you a lot about that person. Body language and facial expression can tell a story before a person even opens their mouth. Even if you are on the phone talking to someone, the inflection in their voice can do the same.

If you have been guilty of hiding behind the screen because it is easy, take some time to think about it. How could a phone call or a face-to-face meeting positively impact you or the person you are conversing with? Technology is great, but human interaction is better. Don’t hide anymore!

Be happy. Be healthy. And don’t hide behind your screen.

Aye Aye Captain

Recently my oldest daughter was nominated to be one of the captains of her swim team, 57848683which is AWESOME. But, to me, what makes it even better is that she was nominated by her teammates. This was the first year the girls had a say  in who was to be the captain. They were given the following categories to choose from:

  1. Kind
  2. Hardworking
  3. Supportive
  4. Trustworthy
  5. Respectful
  6. Motivated
  7. Spirited
  8. Vocal
  9. Positive Attitude
  10. Inspiring

After this process, I started thinking about how this would apply to the work place. Where would my past managers or supervisors fit into this? Where did I fit into this as an employee? Where do YOU fit into this right now in your current position?

You see, the captain may not always be the absolute best swimmer on the swim team, or the fastest runner on the track team. But a captain can do so much more. The captain picks you up when you are down. The captain brings you energy when you may not have any. The captain does things behind the scenes that most people on the team have no idea are being done.

A captain leads by example. A captain is humble and thankful for the position. A captain is someone you can count on to be there in both good and bad times.

A captain isn’t just on a sport team or a ship, but there are captains all over your workplace. Maybe they are rewarded financially or with a title or status. Maybe you have a silent captain. What is important is that no matter your roll in whatever you do, possessing those 10 attributes above can take you a long way.

Be happy. Be healthy and be the captain of your own ship!