INCREDIBLE Announcement!

My book is now available in print & as an ebook!  I’m so excited !!!!  A5

I want to say thank you for hanging in there with me.  I have some of the best people in the world to work with & once again the team has produced something GREAT!  So, grab a copy for you and a friend.  It’s a great gift for parents & parents-to-be!  To order, just click here or if you have an Amazon account click “Amazon”.  You can also get a snippet of what you’ll get before you buy!  I hope you enjoy it.  Leave me some comments (& a 5 star rating),  please!

What is the book about?  Here’s a preview:

Raising kids isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need help-FAST! This book is for parents who want new ways to help navigate the path from raising children to releasing adults. If you’re dealing with bad behavior, communication issues or just the general climate or daily functionality of your house, this book is for you!

Also, a bonus announcement: 

I’ve been nominated for the 2013 Sweethearts of the Triad!  This organization highlights local business owners who serve their community as well as their customers.  I am so honored to be nominated!  Please click below to vote for me.  Thanks!!!

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Is Your Business READY to Promote?

j0438566At some point, you’ll need to promote someone in your company.  But have you laid out the ground rules?  Does every one of your employees (you included) have a solid understanding of what it takes to go to the next level in your business?  Whether it’s an actual change in title or just change of responsibilities, you must make sure you’re on the same page.

A good friend of mine was all excited because he’d met all of the qualifications his boss had given him to obtain a promotion.  However, he was told he wasn’t eligible.  When he approached his boss to find out why, his boss gave him another list that he had never been given before.  Of course, the employee was frustrated & disappointed!  His boss never showed him the full list (yes, this was the same boss who gave him the initial list of qualifications).  You can imagine how poorly that new list was received!  Lesson?  Always put all of the information up front, in an easy to understand format.  Other lesson?  Don’t change the rules in the middle of the game.  Sometimes you may have to promote someone off of the old information you gave them if their track record (and your gut) says it’s the right move instead of killing a good working relationship by piling on more requirements.

So when you make or update your promotion requirements, be sure to have clearly outlined requirements, checklists, time frames, stipulations & proper channels to go through.  You may also want to include if there are any exceptions, substitutions or issues that would make an individual ineligible.  Finally, be sure to be crystal clear about what comes with the promotion & when (pay increase, change in hours, benefits, change of role or responsibilities, etc.)  This will help avoid misunderstandings & keep everyone on the same page.

After you’ve done that, you should have an insider & an outsider evaluate it to see if there’s something you missed.  An extra set of eyes never hurts!

So, I hope I’ve been helpful to you.  Leave me some feedback about your experiences with promotion (no matter what end you were on) & what was good or what needed improvement in the workplace.  Thanks!

One step closer…

waterfallI’m so excited!!!  I’ve been working on completing the final parts of my new book, How NOT to Kill Your Kids Before They Turn 18 & it’s so hard to hold back!  But I want to make sure I release the best product possible.  Isn’t it interesting how we want to pour out to others in such volume that it could be overwhelming?  It takes more strength to hold back & give a word in due season.  So instead of creating a flood, I’ll stick to creating a waterfall.

So, I’m not too far away.  The cover is due to come out tomorrow, the interior has been edited a few times & is ready for formatting.  I’ve uploaded it just for a dry run & it’s around 120 pages!  A much larger book than my last.  However, I have one small decision to make.  I’m debating about including pictures this time.  What do you think?

How Broccoli Almost Got Me Arrested

I know…my title sounds crazy.  But it’s the truth!  I’ll get to the story, but let me say this first:  life is mostly about priorities.  Yeah, not a newsflash, but let me tell you what happened yesterday & by the end, I’m sure you’ll agree!

It seemed like I woke up rushing yesterday.  What happens when I rush?  Nothing I do makes rational sense.  Since I teach a rational subject (math-stop cringing!) this goes against my total makeup.  But hey, when we’re stressed we do dumb stuff.  Anyway, I was rushing to pack orders, way packages, write thank you notes aside from the usual morning routine.  I decided I’d do one smart thing before I left: grab breakfast.  So I grabbed a container that had leftovers from my hubby’s surprise birthday dinner outing (just he & I-so sweet!) & made a mad dash for the door.

I started toward my destination, which I’ve been going to for the last 3.5 years, and started thinking.  Did I just eat steamed broccoli for breakfast?  How in the world is that gonna smell?  What kind of person assaults another human being with broccoli breath?!  So I started digging in my purse for a piece of gum or a mint (or a flamethrower) to be sure I didn’t offend.  Before I knew it, I looked up & realized I was in a much lower speed limit zone.  And what did I spot next?  Yep!  One of the boys in blue.

I was so overcome by my own silliness that I pulled over before he even cranked up!  I already had my car off, license & registration in hand & stuck out of the window before he even got to the back tire!  He did his job & told me what I did wrong.  I admitted that I knew.  I told him about the broccoli breath.  I even showed him the container.  I’ve never seen anyone with a look of confusion like that before.  I had to admit it (in my mind) was the dumbest, most considerate thing I’d done so far that day…speeding so I didn’t blow anyone away with broccoli breath.

Anyway, the story has a happy ending (thank GOD!)  I guess the ridiculousness of the situation amused him so much that he decided to let me off with a warning (and I do have a spotless driving record : D).  I even made it to my meeting-on time!  My breath received no complaints.  Best of all, no one ever suspected that I’d had a run in with the police & got off due to broccoli breath.  I guess the cat is out of the bag now, though.  Just don’t tease me too much about it if  you see me, ok?

The lesson?  Everything that seems important is not always worth rushing over.  You make more mistakes when you rush.  Slow down & get your priorities straight before you make a move.  And most importantly, always have broccoli for lunch or dinner like a normal person!

Thanks for reading!

Tonya