What are your Dreams?


Sometimes in your career you are asked to write down your dreams of what you want out of your life. It could be anything and be anything that you would want to happen in your life. It is a good question to ponder on when you get the chance to see what you would want out of your life. What would one of your dreams be to accomplish in this world. Well you know sitting here thinking about that question you find some answers that you probably would not have thought about before because honestly most people are working paycheck to paycheck with no balance in their life.

You know while she was sitting here writing about her dreams it dawned on her that most of her dreams have come true maybe a little later than she had hoped but they did come true. One of her dreams was to finish college and that happened in 2012 with a master’s degree. Another dream was to have her own home that she could call her own without having people tell her what she could or could not do. Some place where her and her family could settle down and make a life of their own. Well that happened in 2013 which was a blessing in itself.

With all the good things happening to her recently she did not know whether or not to believe that good things could happen because they have always struggled to make ends meet no matter what they situation. However, that was also about to change with all the other good things that have happened in the last year she was not looking for anything else. The job that she has wanted was just around the corner all she had to do was be persisent and go for what she wanted. Becoming a manager was the best thing that could have happened because now she does not have to struggle to make ends meet.

Now, a year later and she still loves her job to no end although there are struggles as with anything in the world of business. However, you have to overcome those struggles and pick the things that you want to go your way. You cannot win every fight but you can win some of the fights. It is a struggle to find that happy medium within the workplace. However, when you find that happy medium you should not do anything to desturb the changes that are going on.

Eventually, she wants to get to that point on where she wants to be within the next few years. She know that she wants to move up within the company and she knows that it will be a challenge to get where she wants to be within the company but she is determined to learn and eventually acheive the desired outcome that she seeks within this company. She knows that if she does the right things and shows how much she cares about the company things will work out in her favor. It is worth the wait so that she can learn all she needs to know before taking that next step into the upper business world.

A New Chapter


You know in an earlier post when she started this blog she wrote about tradeoffs that you face throughout your life. Well in addition to that article here is something else that she can add to that line of thinking.

Throughout your life you have different chapter’s some close, and some stick around for a while. However, you have to make the best of the chapter’s that you have throughout your life and make the outcome what you want it to be. Sometimes this is hard to do with everything that is going on in your life with work, children, family, and everything else that you have to do in a day’s time. Starting a new chapter in your life requires communication with your family, and discussing the outcome of the new chapter. This new chapter of life requires spending more of your time at your job and less time with your family. However, the benefits of the new chapter are what counts because it means a better life for you and your family. Now, it is your time to shine and make the most of the career that you have chosen.

Writing is another one of those chapter’s and right now it is hard to spend the amount of time that you would like on the writing and keeping the reader’s coming back to read the articles that you write. Although many reader’s understand and know that you have entered a new chapter in your life some reader’s do not want to stick around to wait for more articles because you are not posting regularly like you were earlier within the year. This is fine with her because she has a lot going on right now and with the promotion, homeschooling, and family time it does not leave enough time in the day to spend on writing.

Somewhere, along the way she has to put something aside and think about it later. She is grateful for the reader’s that are sticking with her blog and continuing to visit the articles that she has posted over the past two years. It makes her feel good that people are still reading the things that she has written about throughout the years. Advancement in her job is something that she has waited for a long time. Now, she spends her time training, and learning about new things that will help her throughout her career. She works 11 hours a day, comes home to grade papers for the day, visits with the family, and then spends some time working on things that she must study for work.

If putting off writing for a little while helps her in the conquest to making a better choice for her career then that is what it means. Periodically, she will still post a few articles however, it may take a little longer to get them finished for posting because of the tight schedule that she is on right now. She hopes that her reader’s and the future reader’s of this blog will understand the commitment to making this part of her career a success.

Going For Your Dreams


During the course of her work career she has developed the skills and knowledge that she needs to become a manager.  However it takes patience to finally get to that point in your life when you are ready and willing to take on more responsibility.  Showing and proving to your mangement team that you have what it takes to be the best manager that you can be within their company.  Striving to accomplish your dreams of making it into the next phase in your life.  This requires more work from you an long hours to accomplish the goals that you have set out in your future plans.

Life is what you make it and if you do nothing with your life you are the one to blame. You have to go for what you want and where you want your career to go. You have to be willing to take chances and hope that you are heading in the right direction. No one said that life was easy. No one said it was just going to fall right in your lap because you think that you deserve it. You have to work hard for everything that you want in your life.

Well she has finally reached that point in her life and she is happy with the outcome of her career  at this moment.  She is excited to be where she is and is looking forward to the future.  She is now a manager trainee for the company she is working for and looking forward to succeeding in everything that she does. She proves how hard she can work, she gets the job done, and everyone she works with loves the job that she does.

Keep your dreams and aspirations alive. Do not let people tell you that you cannot do the job at hand. Have confidence in yourself and go the extra mile.

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A little note


Hello readers, I know that it has been a while since writing any articles. I am sorry for the delay as with everyone in the world important obligations take top priority.  I have a new position in my career and have to spend most of my time at work.  I am working on some articles to post and should have some posted soon for all you wonderful readers.

Thanks a million

Tammy

Tammy Hopkinson, MBA

The Management World


It is not rocket science to become a manager however, it does takes patience, and some understanding to be a manager. You have to be in control of everything that goes on in your restaurant, hotel, business or whatever you are working in as a manager. You have to set the ground rules, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles that may come your way during the process of your management career. Management is not all about the paperwork it covers a variety of issues that you must find a way to deal with inside your business. It is not just about having bodies in spots to make bonuses. It is about having the right people in the right places at the right time. You have to play the part, look the part, and teach the part of being a manager.

Being a Leader

Being a leader allows you to let other’s see your performance and notate that you are not afraid to do the things that you ask others to do within your business. Employees will not respect you if you are not willing to do the work just like them. You cannot expect people to do what you want them to do if you do not have a great attitude, a great personality, and you do not show them that you are the one in charge. Management needs to delegate responsibilities to everyone instead of just a few employees. By the manager following up on the delegated responsibilities, and coaching them when they do something wrong.  Coaching employees in the right way to do something goes a long way instead of yelling, screaming or frustration from the management team.

Being a Motivator

Motivation is the key to success within any type of business. If you cannot motivate your team then you need to look at the situation and come up with a strategy that will work to motivate your team. You have to motivate your team so that they feel like they can accomplish anything that they put their minds too. If you do not motivate your team they will not take the time to do what is necessary to accomplish the goals that you have put in place. Everyone wants to accomplish something during their career. Some employees want more out of their career whether it is to move up within the company, getting a better position, getting a raise or just getting praise for a job well done. Sometimes it does not take that much to let your employee’s knows that they are doing a great job.

Leading By Example

Leading by example is sometimes hard to do because you have to separate business, and personal from each other. You cannot get too involved with your employee’s because that can lead to problems later on down the road. You cannot make rules for each person in your business. You have to keep the same rules for everyone to eliminate favoritism. Favoritism comes in all fashions for example:

  • Being out of uniform
  • Allowing employees to be late all the time
  • Call-ins from the same employees
  • Improper call-ins
  • Unsatisfactory work
  • Attitudes

When you allow these types of things from certain employees and not all employees they will not see the leadership that you are supposed to be showing to your employee’s because you are letting some get away with these things and not all. Everyone knows those leaders’ do things without questioning the reasoning behind the madness. Leaders are one of a kind because you do not find many employees who want to be leaders. You will however, find quite a few employees want to follow other employee’s in the wrong direction. When this happens they gang up with each other to see how far you will let them go with whatever they are doing.

Create a Winning Team

In order to create a winning team everyone must be on the same page. Everyone must have the same ideas, and outcomes as everyone else involved. Listening to what other employees have to say about how the business is doing. Sometimes employees have ideas to that go unnoticed because they are too busy worrying about other things. Many employee’s are worried about conversing with other employees instead of the customers. However they should focus that energy onto the customers that come into your business. Customer’s want you to make them feel like they are the only ones that matter.

  1. Bright smiles
  2. Personality
  3. Attitudes
  4. Team players
  5. Leaders

Praise Your Team

Praising your team goes a long way in earning the respect that you deserve as a manager. Everyone of your employee’s serves a purpose within your business. Manager’s need to praise the employee’s for the things that they do a good job and is something that you do not see much of in the workplace. Earning respect from your fellow employee’s is a task in itself because you have to show them that you are not going to put up with certain things. By incorporating these items below into your praise of your team it will give them the confidence to do a better job. They will work towards meeting other goals instead of just settling for what they have.

  • Contests
  • Making sales goals
  • Achieving customer satisfaction
  • Atmosphere of the Team
  • Doing a good job
  • Being a leader
  • Teamwork

Let’s develop leader’s instead of follower’s within the workplace!

Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Part of Our Team?


Although this article is good, I would have to say that these are questions that many companies ask potential employee’s that would want to work for their company. Of course, I am interested in the company or I would not have accepted the interview. So in answer to the three main questions:

Do you have the skills? Let us see here I went to college managed to graduate all three degree’s with a 3.0 or better. I have worked in numerous positions management wise. I have raised three children while attending college. (I know many people do this nowadays). However, after obtaining three degrees in Business Management and Business Administration that is not enough to obtain a job. Because I do not have experience in that field means that they will not give the job to me because they will pick the person who has experience in that field. How do you obtain the experience in that field? Well first, you have to meet someone that is willing to take a chance and give you the opportunity to obtain the experience for that field. That is hard to come by these days!

Are you enthusiastic? I go to work every day because that is what I have to do. Do I like my job? Yes! People that I work with love me because I work and I do my job. Do I motivate others? Yes! I love my job because of the customer’s that is why we are in business. The customer’s is what makes the company money. When they come into your company, establishment or business they are coming in to spend their money that they have worked hard for in return they want great customer service for the tangible or intangible items that you have with your business.

Will you fit into the team? Well you know because I have a great personality I believe that I fit into any type of team. I am what people would call a geek! I know this is on the internet however, I am who I am, and there is nothing that is going to change that. I love to learn new things. I am a leader not a follower I try to do any job with the intentions to get it done without regards to anyone else on the team. You have to work together to get something accomplished. This type of question can mean several different things if you stop and think about it. It could mean are you willing to spend an excessive amount of money and live above your means, take expensive vacations, buy the most expensive car or anything else. In my opinion, you have to be a leader and make sure that the people around you know that you are a leader.

You know for the last seven years I have been told that I have too much education, I do not have enough skills or knowledge, I am over qualified for every job that I apply for, and most of all the moment they find out I am homeschooling puts a big damper on finding the right job. I show up to work on time, I never call out, and when my schedule is changed well that is all part of it. Being in business means that you have to go beyond without regards to how it affects your life. You have to be willing to work countless hours to make sure that your employee’s are doing the job that they are required to do.

So the main question I have towards companies is what can your company do for me? Is there going to be continual learning in how your company works? I have given you a preview of what I can offer and there is more than what I have written here.

Management Experience


Objective:
To obtain a rewarding opportunity as well as challenging employment so that I am able to excel at all that I do.
Summary of Qualifications:
• Inventory control, management, training, copying, bookkeeping, and appointment setting. Excellent communication skills, a professional telephone voice, organizational skills, Strong knowledge of Microsoft word with a typing speed of 40 WPM.
• Ability to work as a team or independently and a team leader. Efficient at Microsoft word, power points, professional, filing papers, alphabetizing, scheduling, and customer service.
Work Experience
3/2011 – Present Associate Ruby Tuesday’s
Reliable, team player, and customer service
2/2010-2/2011 Relief Manager Waffle House
Reliable, team player, customer service, and inventory control.
10/2008 – 2/2010 Relief Manager Waffle House
Inventory control, staffing, payroll, customer service, and management.
6/2007 – 6/2008 Department of Human Services Secretary
Appointment setting, faxing, copying, bookkeeping, and transferring databases.
3/2006-6/2007 Relief Manager Waffle House
Inventory control, staffing, payroll, customer service, and management.

Education
8/2011 University of Phoenix On line
Master’s Degree Business Administration/Accounting
5/2009 University of Phoenix On line
Bachelor’s Degree Business Management
References: Available on Request