A Case for Time Logs


Time logs: a true pain in the rear. If, however, you are looking to improve your performance and success, they are necessary. If you don’t have a sample, email me and I’ll send you the format I use. Marsha@MarshaPetrieSue.com

If you think your time management is ‘spot on’, think again. Right now, write down everything you did yesterday.  Really, I mean everything. I guarantee you will not capture every activity, call, text, conversation, meeting, break, lunch or interruption you had.  You do way too much to capture every minute of time.

Here is a note from a client I am working with:

Time Is On Your Side


Time – you cannot keep it. You cannot catch it. You cannot stop it. You cannot possess it. It is the one resource that we’re offered free of charge. It is the only resource that every one is given exactly the same quantity every day. So why do some people manage it so well while others live a life of chaos and frenzy? Why isn’t time always on your side?

How we choose to use time determines everything. How are your choices in spending 24 hours? Do you take personal responsibility for how your day is managed?


There’s no question that members of the most recent generation to enter the workforce do operate differently than most of their predecessors. Thus, the generational gap grows wider.

In order to work amicably with Gen Y, you might try the following four ideas:

  1. Tear up historical job descriptions. I mean really—people aren’t doing what’s written in them anyway, so there is a gap between reality and the written word. Gen Y wants the reality of the job, not some overstated litany of outdated words.

Delivering Satisfaction: How to separate yourself from the competition

By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

You are not perfect and neither are your employees. Problems happen because service is in the eye of the beholder. Handling an unhappy client or customer is the only business element separating you from your competition in many cases.  So what do you do?

customer service


hard work

The employment landscape is competitive anytime but especially during an acquisition. Questions float through the halls, not to mention the minds of the employees…

  • Will I be let go?
  • What will I do?
  • What if I don’t like the new company or they don’t like me?
  • They will probably cut my pay! What will I do then?

Slam on the brakes right now! If you have been consistently providing excellence in your job duties, you have nothing to worry about. Unless the inner voices in your mind – you know, those emotional vampires – are sucking the life out of you and your confidence.

Five Tips on How to Reduce Turnover


Taking the cost of turnover at 150% of salary, the cost of turnover is then $75,000 per employee who leaves the company. For the mid-sized company of 1,000 employees who has a 10% annual rate of turnover, the annual cost of turnover is $7.5 million says the Small Business Advisor and Inc. Magazine confirms the 150%!

Turnover is expensive. Sometimes it cannot be avoided. When it can, leaders, managers and supervisors should avoid this costly departure by taking the right steps for employees. As an executive coach, I have found these five tips to reduce turnover.

Note to Jerky Leaders: How to mend a hostile work environment

Jerk Leader

June 13 – 18 is Be a Better Leader Week!

According the U.S. Department of Labor and E.E.O.C. employee harassment becomes unlawful where:

  1. Enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or
  2. The conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. This is every Human Resource Managers worst nightmare because it is the employee’s ‘perception of the situation.’

JerksHere are some reminders and ideas for leaders concerning immediate improvement to situations that can result in reduced productivity, low morale and potential lawsuits. Problem? Some Jerky Leaders don’t get it and never will.  Others understand that it is within their scope to improve the work environment.

Office Politics: The Silent Killer


By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Executive Coach

The secret is out: Office Politics can kill your dreams and success. Gossip can ruin your high hopes. It often seems like an unnecessary evil; but in reality, you are the one who has to learn how to handle these career murderers. You must play office politics, and learn to manage gossip to succeed.

“It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.” Lawrence G. Lovasik, Slovak priest

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