8 Clues That Signal That You May Need To Change Your Management Style

Supervising employees as we all know can be complicated.

If you are faced with employees who are under-performing, or who are disruptive at work, it adds an additional burden to an already demanding job.

But, workplace issues are not always so one sided against the employee.

There are plenty of supervisors who create workplace issues unknowingly.

How we interact with staff can have a negative impact on employee morale.

So, just what do I mean by that?

Have you ever belittled one of your employees in front of other co-workers? Do you avoid or put off meeting with staff because you are too busy?

Poor working relationships between managers and staff are a guaranteed way to decrease morale and productivity, which is why correcting the situation needs to be a top priority.

The first step in solving the problem is first being able to identify what I will characterize as bad boss characteristics.

Check to see if any of these behaviors sounds familiar:

  1. Do you have difficulty speaking with your staff about their challenges or goals? Or are you not interested in understanding the challenges that they face or what it is about the work that is gratifying to them?
  2. To you keep staff abreast of your expectations? Do you make them aware of your overall goals for your area?
  3. Are you abrupt or rude with staff, or condescending?
  4. Do you give your employees to respond to specific comments or criticisms that you may have of their work?
  5. Do you take the time to recognize your employee’s successes, or accomplishments; either as they occur or during a formal performance appraisal process? Do you even have an annual performance process, or do you think that evaluating employees and sharing feedback with them is a waste of your time?
  6. When you do receive respectful feedback about your approach or management style, do you get angry or retaliate against employees for giving you this type of feedback?
  7. Do you encourage overly aggressive or negative competition between employees or pit one employee or group of employees against another in the interest of reaching a particular business goal?
  8. Are you a manager who takes full credit for positive outcomes from your employees, but are quick to point the finger if an employee makes a mistake without exploring the reasons why?

If you have recognized even one of these behaviors, you will want to step back and think about the impact of the behavior and what you can do to turn things around.

This exercise is not meant to judge. The point that I would like to make is that managing employees requires you to not only act as gate keeper of the work, but as a mentor, a problem solver, a cheerleader, and sometimes even a psychiatrist!

How we interact with staff as an immense impact on employee performance, motivation, and job satisfaction, whether we like it or not.

If you want to be successful as a supervisor which means meeting your department or business goals, you need to finesse your people skills and communication skills.

You will find that your employees will be less negative, more productive and motivated.

Celebrity Style: Forget the Bling, Bring Back Old Hollywood Glamour with Pearls

Call me old fashioned, but I’ll take glamorous stars like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor over spoiled pseudo-celebs like Paris Hilton, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Ritchie and their ilk any day of the week. Whereas Old Hollywood oozed class, sophistication and mystery, today’s overexposed starlets lack grace–and sometimes even talent! Take the way they present themselves: Today’s stars walk the red carpet barely clothed, dripping in outrageous, tacky bling, yammering on about their personal lives. Yesterday’s icons–Jackie O and Lady Diana also come to mind–projected a glamorous elegance one would actually strive to emulate. They dressed with flair, accessorized with style and kept their private lives private. What’s more, many of the Old Hollywood elite wore my favorite gem, the pearl, whose ladylike, demure reputation is so fitting for these elegant women. Luckily for me, and the rest of the world, pearls are making a big comeback. Let’s hope Hollywood revives old-style ladylike behavior along with the ladylike gem. As an homage to Old Hollywood glamour, let’s take a look at the pearl jewelry made famous by some of our most beloved female icons.

Elizabeth Taylor

Perhaps the most famous jewelry collector of our time, legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor also owns the most famous pearl, La Peregrina. Given to her in 1969 by then-husband Richard Burton (yep, he’s the one Liz married twice), La Peregrina, an enormous, pear-shaped white pearl, was found by a slave in the early 1500s in the Gulf of Panama. First given as a wedding gift to Mary Tudor, the daughter of King Henry VIII, the rare and extraordinary gem was owned by a succession of royalty before being purchased at auction by Burton for Taylor as a Valentine’s Day gift. (Why she divorced him I don’t know. Why she divorced him twice is even more of a mystery. Any man who gave me jewels like that would be a keeper.) After receiving the huge pearl, which was hanging from a thin chain, Taylor instructed famous jewelry designer Cartier to create a ruby and diamond necklace incorporating the gem. The breathtaking result is absolutely stunning. (Search online for a photo; the necklace is truly special.) Trivia: Taylor once lost the famous La Peregrina pearl in her home. A frantic search turned up the enormous white gem…in her dog’s mouth! Thank goodness Taylor found it before it was scratched!

Marilyn Monroe

You wouldn’t think luscious Marilyn, emulated by every modern day celebrity from Madonna to Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera, would sport a demure single strand of pearls. With her blonde locks, eye-popping cleavage and breathy voice, the Marilyn Monroe we love is more over the top than that–but a single strand of pearls is exactly what she wore. Marilyn received the luminous saltwater pearl strand from baseball slugger Joe Dimaggio, her second husband. Joltin’ Joe presented Marilyn with the gorgeous 16-inch Mikimoto necklace made from forty-four matched round white Japanese akoyas while they were on their honeymoon. Perhaps Dimaggio, in giving luscious Marilyn the gorgeous pearl strand, was trying to turn the sexy star into the perfect 1950s housewife? They were known as Mr. and Mrs. America, after all. Alas, their marriage lasted but a year.

Audrey Hepburn

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic film not only because it’s a wonderful romantic comedy that stars beloved screen legend Audrey Hepburn, but because it showcased the waiflike Ms. Hepburn’s elegant and effortless style. The dress she wore in the film, her now-famous simple black sleeveless style, was the perfect backdrop for the six-strand pearl and rhinestone necklace she sported as adorable Holly Golightly. (In the film, the beguiling but penniless Golightly would endearingly stare in the renowned jeweler Tiffany’s window, daydreaming of owning the treasures within.) Trivia: Hepburn’s necklace in the film is faux, made from marquise-shaped rhinestones (not diamonds!) that cascade gorgeously from the imitation pearls. Faux or not, the ornate pearl necklace looks just gorgeous on Hepburn’s graceful neck.

Jackie O: Surprisingly, Jackie O’s famous and much-photographed triple strand pearl choker is also simulated. The gorgeous pearl choker she’s known for featured round white “pearls” on strands of graduated lengths, and typified Jackie’s signature crisp, elegant style. The necklace’s popularity went through the roof when Jackie was photographed holding her son John-John while he played with her pearls. Trivia: Jackie’s triple-strand faux pearl necklace went up for auction in 1996. The simulated pearls, nearly valueless were it not for their association with Jackie, were expected to fetch $500-$700. The Franklin Mint bought the piece for $211,500!

Princess Diana

Another beloved icon of style, wealth and class, Princess Diana’s most famous pearl piece is probably her dangling pearl and diamond tiara. Dubbed the Cambridge Love Knot, this gorgeous tiara was given to the princess by her mother-in-law, the Queen of England. Copies of Lady Di’s pearl tiara are now worn by brides the world over on their wedding day. But Lady Di wore the Spencer family tiara on her wedding day, not the Cambridge Love Knot, and paired it with a sapphire and pearl choker she received as a wedding gift from her husband-to-be, Prince Charles. Over the top? Not when you consider the dress this jewelry was meant to accessorize: Princess Diana’s ivory silk gown had a 25-foot long train and was decorated with 10,000 pearls and sequins. Fit for a princess, indeed.

Other famous pearl admirers

When dishing about celebrity pearl jewelry, no article would be complete without mentioning fashion maven Coco Chanel, the scrappy French designer who made pearls her signature look in the 1920s. Wearing pearl ropes as easily as other women wear jeans, Coco’s House of Chanel used pearls in many jewelry pieces, and put out such gorgeous jewelry as a bracelet made of 105 akoya pearls surrounded by diamonds and gold. Recently, the Paris-based fashion house premiered its annual jewel collection, which features one-of-a-kind pearl pieces priced from $29,000 to $450,000.

When talking about celebrity pearl jewelry, we must also mention Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress and modern day style icon who made layered oversize pearl necklaces chic in her memorable Gap ads from last year. Nor can we neglect Rene Russo. The necklace the model- turned-actress wore throughout the movie Tin Cup, which featured white pearls evenly spaced on fine chain, received almost as much attention as the Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy. Rene’s Tin Cup necklace, now a jewelry staple, sparked a new trend in modern, sophisticated pearl jewelry. Today, several stunning variations of this simple and elegant Tin Cup necklace can be found in jewelry stores worldwide.

Speaking of modern chic, Kiera Knightly rocked pearls at the premier of her movie The Black Pearl by sporting a black baroque pearl choker made with different shades of Tahitian pearls. (Lucky girl not only gets to wear gorgeous jewelry, she also gets to work alongside Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp.) Life isn’t fair! And we can’t forget style icon Kate Moss; the fashionable model is also frequently seen in pearl strands.

So how about it young Hollywood? Why not drop the outrageous bling, daring dresses and outlandish behavior in favor of the ladylike glamour, sophistication and enigma that surrounded the screen legends of the past? America is sorely lacking screen icons that we admire, much less want to emulate. Let’s bring back style, class, and pearls.

Combining Decorating Styles: What To Do After Saying “I Do”

Maybe you’re a little bit country. Maybe he’s a little bit rock and roll. And maybe you didn’t quite realize this until after you moved in together. So what are you going to do? Here is a practical guide to combining two distinct households into a single happy home:

1. We’ll start with the easy one, purging all duplicate household items. No household needs two irons (if you’re anything like me, there’s barely one person in the house willing to do ironing, much less two), two sets of dishes, two vacuum cleaners, etc. Keep whichever one is newer or in better shape and garage sale the rest. Simple, right?

2. Keep anything with clean, classic lines. They can be recovered, repurposed or refinished. What do I mean by clean, classic lines? Anything that has a simple silhouette, without curved or scrolled embellishments or multiple pillows. Examples: a chair that has classic lines, but the upholstery doesn’t match anything else, can easily be recovered in a coordinating fabric or a dining room buffet can be repurposed as a T.V. stand. Also anything that swivels is a keeper as it can add flexibility to a room.

3. Remember that even if it’s not a set, any furniture with the same metals, colors or styles will work together. And you can always paint mismatched wood pieces or accents, such as lamps, to work together.

4. Storage furniture always wins. Especially, if it’s closed storage. After all, you’re going to need a place to put your figurine and/or beer cap collection!

5. Speaking of collections, if one of you insists of having their prized collection of baseball cards/vintage hats/shot glasses from around the world displayed (and you can compromise on an appropriate place for them) remember the entire collection does not have to be displayed all at once. Choose a select few to display at one time and then rotate them out periodically.

Now, no one said this was going to be an easy process. It definitely requires a lot of compromising and a healthy dose of diplomacy. The main thing to keep in mind is that you are building a home together. Therefore, it’s important to be as objective as possible about both your own possessions and your partners.

While it may seem like the most fair approach is to split a room down the middle and each of you keep an equal amount or furniture, it unfortunately never quite works out. So forget about splitting a room down the middle (i.e. I get to keep my couch, you get to keep your chair). Not only do the numbers never work out (Does “Hey, a couch is like two chairs! I should get to keep something else!” sound familiar?), it will do your design absolutely no favors. So try to be fair and remember that all your sacrifices are for the greater good. And if all else fails, call me and I’ll tell you what stays and what goes!

Finally, nobody wants to start a new life in a new home that is already filled with clutter. Once you’ve edited your belongings, you have to get rid of anything that did not work. For anything sentimental, take photos so you can keep them handy and either sell them on eBay or put them in storage. A garage sale is always a great idea if you have a lot of items to purge, but for larger or more valuable pieces Craigslist or eBay are probably better options. And there’s always the man cave!

Lets Review The Kangaroo Keeper And See What It’s All About

There are actually a lot of Kangaroo Keeper reviews online because so many people have bought this magnificent device and are using it all over the world. If you have never seen the Kangaroo Keeper, then you are in for a real treat since it will completely change the way you interact with your purse.

What Is It?

The Kangaroo Keeper is an organizer that sits within your existing purse, no matter what size it is. It clips on to the top of your purse so that it essentially keeps all the things that you have in their perfectly organized and near the top. If you are lugging around one of those huge, hobo-style purses, then you will appreciate this feature!

When you have a huge purse and you can’t find things, not only is it annoying to you and those around you, but it can also be dangerous. If you are in a parking lot and you just can’t dig your keys out of the bottom of your purse, then you could be in trouble. When you read the Kangaroo Keeper reviews, you will see that this is one of the advantages of this product.

In addition, there is also the problem that a lot of women have with their phone. If your phone is hidden down deep in your bag, you may not be able to answer it in time, and if it just keeps on ringing, you will be annoying everyone around you. When you come across Kangaroo Keeper reviews online, you will hear stories of women who can finally get their hands on their phone in just one ring, because it is in a pocket near the top of their purse.

How Does It Work?

The true beauty of the Kangaroo Keeper is that not only is everything near the top of your purse, but it is also organized. There is a pocket for your bottle of water, your phone, your wallet, your checkbook, and your make-up. There is a big area for larger items such as a book or some other items, but everything else is separated and easy to get to. It is like having the best purse in the world, all the time.

Another feature is that if you are one of those women who like to change purses often, then when you read the Kangaroo Keeper reviews, you will see that it is extremely easy to pull the device right out of one purse and put it in another. This means that you can switch purses in a matter of seconds rather than minutes, and you can easily switch from your day purse to a night purse without having to dump one of them out onto your bed.

The Kangaroo Keeper comes in both small and large, and it comes in black and tan, so there is one that will fit any purse you could have. There is a special offer right now that will get you both colors and both sizes for one small price, which is an excellent deal for all women.