Opportunities don’t grow on trees.

One of the big myths about opportunities is that they are undiscovered fruit waiting to be plucked.

NO! The figs at the top of my tree at home were opportunities for the birds; the figs at the bottom were opportunities for the nutria.

None of the figs were opportunities for me — unless, of course, I could rig up fish net or stand guard 24 hours.

Unreachable fruit are not opportunities.

Opportunities consist of

1. Alignment of a market need (hunger)

2. Personal competence (ability to reach the figs)

3. Values or Motivation (willingness to man a 24-hour watch).

Fruit — low-hanging or otherwise — are opportunities only if you can reach them and want to reach them.

So make sure that you have some unusual ability to soothe a market pain, and that you are excited about doing so.


Workplace Bully

This is very interesting video I found on You Tube created by Yvette Bethel from Organizational Soul, HR Consulting Firm.


Workplace bully…..Survey to find out if someone is bullying at your organization

Which of these behaviors constitute a form of workplace bullying in an organization?
Yelling and using profanity
Public humiliation
Insults and name calling
Constant and excessive criticism
Starting hateful rumors or gossiping
Social deprivation – ignoring or excluding the person
Taking away responsibilities without cause
Placing blame when none is warranted
Purposely sabotaging work
Withholding required information
Excessive, unneeded and negative micromanagement that undermines an employee’s ability to do their job
Setting impossible deadlines or performance expectations with purpose of employee failing
Squashing promotion efforts
Threatening termination without disciplinary process
Inciting others to make unwarranted complaints
Holding a subordinate employee to different standards than their peers
Singling out or treating a co-worker differently
Ignoring, ridiculing or belittling a co-worker’s contribution or deliberately failing to acknowledge their good work
Taunting, teasing or making jokes about a co-worker
Sabotaging another employee’s work or copying, plagiarizing or stealing work
Deliberately isolating or excluding co-worker from work related activities.
Menacing a co-worker with threatening looks, gestures, vocalizations or body language
Hazing or initiations
Unreasonably creating conflict, or refusing to work with a co-worker
Physically threatening, shoving, striking or touching a co-worker
The planting of false information or using private or confidential information to defame a co-worker
Giving excessive, unreasonable or unending amounts of work to a subordinate
Deliberately denying an employee the resources necessary to do their job effectively
Giving unjustly negative performance appraisals or taking unwarranted disciplinary action