Items found in a toxic work culture. 

image-1Handy list of items found in a toxic work culture.

The organization ignores the healthy basics. Instead of healthy snacks, the vending machines are filled with sugar, salt, surgery salt, solidified fats and over-the-counter stay-awake medications

The company implies the need to be constantly on line. Perhaps they hand out those little rechargeable battery packs as bonus gifts so your phone can always be fully charged.

The company does not mandate any time off. Employee of the month photos show sallowed faces, and instead of listing how many days without injury, employers list the number of days a staff has gone without a vacation.

The company opposes flexible work arrangements since the attitude appears to that freedom is slavery.

The top management possess the complete works of Franz Kafka, George Orwell and that dystopian one by William Golding.

The company maintains a great benefit plan, but it only covers over the counter products such as Red Bull and Rolaids.

You look up the LOA policy and it only refers to lots of aggression.

If you have one or more of these items in your workplace, then perhaps consider changing the culture or finding a new one.

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Driving innovation

business-idea-diagram-innovation-40218Innovation Process outlines some of the main steps for facilitating innovation. This includes inspiration, creativity, motivation, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Easily remembered by the acronym I C ME Innovating!
Inspiration can be the most elusive. Some aspects can be like chasing a puppy in the park. Other parts can be like waiting for the puppy to come to you.

Delayed Gratification

adult-beautiful-blur-799925.jpgBeing able to delay gratification apparently provides an indication that those people will do well in life. They are prepared to obtain more education and do more market research before leaping into the fray based on gut instinct.

Well while working at the cottage, I started dinner prep a bit late. I started the stove top and preheated the pan. I already planned to have the ice cream after dinner. Since dinner was another 20 mins, why not have the ice cream first. Life is short right? Right?!

At age 62, I finally succumbed and had my desert first. The benefits of this is that you can always have dessert again. After.

But watch the gut instinct aspect. It is always watching.

 

Before Meat

beef-beef-chuck-beef-steak-1539684Ok. I had to look into this further as to why Tim Hortons dropped beyond beef.

I can understand the need to make a Pea Protein Isolate look like beef in order to entice the non-belivers to give it a try. The beet juice extract for that rich blood like color had me sold.

When eating beet salads, just be wary of the next morning constitutional when it might look like you have a bleeding ulcer when you are actually trying to do the right thing.

Their website has a nice breakdown of what they do to make it look like meat. So good on them to entice people over to the kinder side of life.

Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Pomegranate Fruit Powder, Beet Juice Extract (for color).

A little laid back research did not tell me why they dropped it. Just didn’t attact a sufficent market perhaps. Perhaps Vegan people don’t like mass produced coffee.

I did have one thought of the product name, Beyond Meat. Usually the peas and other plants go into the animals before they are slaughtered. So a more appropriate name would ‘Before Meats’.

Just a thought.beef-beef-chuck-beef-steak-1539684

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Beyond Meat and back again

beef-beef-chuck-beef-steak-1539684.jpgTim Hortons debrided Beyond Meat from its menu.

Debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, autolytic, and by maggot therapy. Wikipedia

I am not completely sure why when I saw this headline, the concept of debridement immmediately leapt to mind.

Perhaps its the slightly ironic comparison of debridement, the removal of damaged meat tissue, and the Beyond Meat headline, which is the removal of a damaged non-meat product from the menu.

When I go to Tims, the last thing that comes to mind is a meat product, or a non-meat product.

Apple fritters or death. Actually, a box of apple fritters sort of guarantees the latter, later.

 

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Lightning

dark-evening-lightning-66867.jpgLightning

Although normally associated with the creative thinking process, lightning essentially deactivated our entire building. The generator kicked in, but ran out its useful life.

Manitoba received an incredible amount of rain and lightning. Still going on 12 hours later.

Perhaps a bit more enjoyable now here at the cottage after work. Rain outside, fire inside, just seems like a nice complement. Even the dogs ignore the commotion outside.

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Why?

antique-aperture-book-2397736.jpgWhy? We started a new business planning session starting with why. Starting with why opens up the creative thinking process. If you start with the most basic of questions as to why, then all forms of solutions present themselves.

If the only answer that comes to your mind is “because”, then you have truly become your parent.

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