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Archive for March, 2014

Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Winners

2010 Color Scholarship LogoWe are thrilled to announce that over 50! Eat’n Park team members are the recipients of the 2014 Eat’n Park Scholarship Award. Each scholarship winner has been identified as a leader in his or her restaurant and community, and has demonstrated a wonderful focus for our customers.

Please join me in congratulating the 2014 Scholarship winners!

Jenna Abramowich
Korynn Agnew
Brandon Alanskas
Heather Atkinson
Jacob Beers
Leanna Bell
Alexandra Blose
Pamela Bonnett
Lindsey Briant
Josephine Brigham
David Burnside
Zachery Cerra
Jacqueline Clark
Stephen Cox
Valerie Dunlap
Amanda Fischer
Jacob Fricioni
Rachel Fricioni
Shaye Gaetano
Erin Gramm
James Gregor
Melanie Gumina
Olivia Hall
Jalina Hawkins
Diane Jacobson
Dylan Jeffrey
Nicole Johns
Amanda Johnston
Samantha Kabat
melisa lambe
Jennifer Lenhart
Karlie Long
Brandi McKnight
Sage Messenger
Lisamarie Moss
Samantha Moss
Alexandra Neidhardt
Elizabeth Oda
Hannah Pelger
Samantha Reich
Ethan Ritenour
Madeline Robison
Cara Scagline
Nathan Shoup
Angelina Simmons
James Stenger
Dominique Strickland
Delia Thayer
Jennifer Urban
Jessica VanNewkirk
Shelby Weissert
Meghan Whiteside
Mya Williams
Shante Wright

 

Speak Up!

microphoneDid you know that of all the fears and phobias in the world, the fear of public speaking (glossphobia) is ranked the highest?  Research shows that people are more terrified of speaking publically than death, and those who do speak openly 3 out of 4 still experience speaking anxiety.

So why would people rather die than speak publically? 

Most people who have the fear, are worried about being judged negatively or criticized or they feel they’ll let somebody down who currently think highly of them, but it all boils down to negative self talk.

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even useful, but too much nervousness can be detrimental.

Here are some proven tips from toastmaster.com on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:

  • Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
  • Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  • Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  • Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (“One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
  • Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  • Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you.
  • Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.

Go from being fearful to Fearless!

I want to become a Manager

Countless people reach a time in their careers when they decide they’d like to take on the challenge of more responsibility.  Taking the next step to become a manager can be outstanding way to advance your career and even make a little more money…And who doesn’t want to make more money J

Congratulations on deciding you want to take a leadership role within your company, but once you’ve decided you want to become a manager- what are some actions a professional should take to become one?

Heather Huhman from the Glassdoor recommends the following: (the Glassdoor is a transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent, by sharing information about companies from those who know it best- the employees)

1. Let Your Aspirations be Known. If you aspire to become a manager, don’t stay quiet about it! While you don’t have to border on obnoxiousness, it’s still important to let the right people know you’re thinking about taking the next step so they can help you get where you want to be. Let your current manager or boss know you aspire for more, and work with them to develop the skills you need to eventually make the transition.

2. Become a Mentor. Ask your manager or boss if opportunities exist for you to become a mentor, or join a professional organization in your industry that will set you up with a mentee. This can be an excellent way to show you have the expertise to work closely with others and develop solid interpersonal relations – a must in any managerial position.

3. Strengthen Your Skills. As a manager, you’ll experience less leisure time, more authority, more leading, and tons of other new requirements. For this reason, it’s important to strengthen your skills to ensure you’re prepared to step up to the plate. Actively assess the skills you already have, and talk to those already in managerial positions to determine what skills you need to acquire. Do your research, stay up to date on industry trends, and seize any opportunity to strengthen your abilities.

4. Show Your Worth. It’s important to put your ambition into action. If you feel as though you need to show your boss how valuable you are before you can have a chance at landing a higher position, consider setting up a meeting and prepare a presentation that highlights your accomplishments and commitments to the company thus far. Provide concrete numbers to describe your accomplishments (“increased client leads by 40 percent,” or “managed accounts of advertisers contributing to a total budget of $200,000”) to make your arguments irrefutable.

5. Ask for Feedback. Ask your higher-ups and coworkers to assess your performance so far. Do you do a good job of responding to conflict? Do you react well to stressful situations? Are you able to lead a group without trying to take too much control–or too little? Glean feedback from your coworkers or managers to determine where your strengths are and where you need to improve. Not only will this show you’re open to feedback and continual improvement, but it will show you value the opinion of individual group members, something that any manager should commit to.

Make the commitment to go to the next level….See you at the top

Bullying in the Work Place

After some research I’ve found that bullying not only is established in school or homes but also at work- Yes work! So how does this happen? Well according to Times Business and Money magazine authors- to many if not most are allowed to keep abusing colleagues because their bosses aren’t aware of their behavior, either because it goes unreported (many victims are too frightened or embarrassed to draw attention to their plight) or because the bullies are good at masking their behavior and/or fooling their superiors.
Many bullies are very socially skilled, and use their bullying behavior strategically to coerce others into providing them the resources needed to achieve their work-related objectives.”

Facts about Bullying on the job

  • 50% of Americans have not experienced or witnessed bullying, but 35% have been bullied; 15% have witnessed bullying.
  • Bosses comprise 72% of bullies.
  • More men (62%) are bullies and women are the most frequent targets of bullies (58%). Women bullies target other women (80%).
  • Up to 81% of employers are perceived as doing nothing and resisting taking action when targets of bullying fill out a survey. In the general public, only 44.8% perceive the employers as doing nothing.
  • 45% of people targeted by a bully experience stress-related health problems including debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, and clinical depression (39%).

-The workplace bullying Institute survey 2010

Types of bullying behaviors:

  • Verbal
  • Physical threatening others
  • Intimidating others
  • exhibiting condescending behavior that puts people on edge and makes them unable to function professionally

How to stop bullying in the workplace?

  • Describe the behavior you see the bully exhibiting – don’t edit or offer opinions, just describe what you see. ie (You regularly enter my cubicle, lean over my shoulder, and read my personal correspondence on my computer screen.)
  • Tell the bully exactly how his/her behavior is impacting your work. (Because much of my work is confidential, these actions make me feel as if I need to hide what I am working on from you, or change a screen which is a waste of my time.)

Remember you want to be strategic when engaging the bully but you also want them to know that you will stand your ground if they continue to challenge you after you’ve addressed the disruptive behavior.

Leading isn’t commanding…

I remember being young and relating leadership with the military.  I didn’t grow up as an “army kid” I just envisioned leadership as sergeant giving orders and the soldiers completing whatever task he or she shouted and the story ended in success- boy did I have it wrong.  Although the Commanding leadership style was very common and still widespread, it rarely involves praise and frequently uses criticism and though it can be very effective in a crisis, it weakens morale and job satisfaction.  Even the modern military has come to recognize its limited usefulness.

Do what I say- I’m the boss…Think again

According to the Wall Street Journal “Guide to Management”- by Allan Murray

Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading and should be adapt to the particular demands of the situation, particular requirements of the people and the challenges facing the organization.

Check out these great quotes that can provide personal inspiration and can also be used to educate others.

  • You manage things; you lead people. -Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  • Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.-Jack Welch
  • You don’t need a title to be a leader.-Author Unknown
  • Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.  If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.- Sam Walton

See you at the Top!