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Jimmie Flores's Articles in Lifestyles - Personal Development

  • She Nearly Stole the Seasoned Jalapeno Dip
    During the lunch hour, I decided to grab a ready-made salad from H-E-B, the main supermarket here in San Antonio. While the parking lot was full of cars, I was able to get around the store quickly. I found the prepared chef salad near the Deli section, and soon was making my way to the express checkout lane.
  • She Warned Me Against Calling Her a “Lady”
    I attended an online social media class taught by two women (Laura and Danielle). I was impressed with the information shared during the session, and decided to write the following email to the instructors:
  • Signs Your Boss No Longer Believes in You
    The desire to be wanted is part of human nature. We all know the feeling of walking into a room and having no one care. Some can remember being picked last for a kick-ball game while in elementary school. It’s emotionally painful when we attract little attention.
  • Flight Attendants Gave Me Vodka, Bug Repellent, and Hair Spray
    My flight from Newark to Bombay, India was mostly uneventful. I was fortunate, that United Airlines allows its frequent flyers a perk called “Global Upgrades.” In essence, if we book the ticket in the appropriate class, we can apply the upgrade, which means we can fly in Business Class. This particular flight is 15 hours, so moving up to the front
  • She Came Solo, Danced, and Left Alone
    Every few months or so, I am reminded of something I observed many years ago while a business colleague and I met for a cocktail after work in Philadelphia. Tony and I decided on a bar near his office to enjoy a good chat.
  • Upon Hearing of a Demotion, He Quit!
    I have a colleague who worked for an oil and gas company in Tulsa, and he recently informed me that he quit his job of more than 13 years after hearing that he would be demoted. Interestingly, he would receive a position of less stature, but his pay would remain the same.
  • Cop Affirmed I Would Get a Speeding Citation
    On a recent trip to Houston, I innocently violated the speed limit by 6 mph. From San Antonio to Houston, we take Interstate 10, and traffic moves at a good clip. The upper limit is 75 mph, and at some point, my foot pressed a bit too hard on the accelerator and, unfortunately, a Texas highway patrolman was vigilant when I made it over the hill.
  • The Flight Attendant Was Pretty – No Need to Brag
    My flight from NY LaGuardia to Denver was even better after receiving a complimentary upgrade to First Class. The 5:45 p.m. flight was on time, we would receive a hearty dinner, and I was looking forward to ordering a Chardonnay or two on this flight. These are perks of flying in the front cabin.
  • Three Ways You Can be Happy at Work
    For far too many people, going to work is a painful experience. In fact, getting up on Monday morning to start our week is a traumatic experience. While taking a shower, we are hoping the week flies by so that Friday can get here. We dread the drive to the office knowing that work is waiting for us.
  • The Problem with Envy
    Having a competitive fire is necessary for those wishing to excel. If we want to climb the corporate ladder, generate more sales, or separate ourselves from the pack, we need to be uncomfortable with our current situation. In other words, we can’t be happy sitting on the sidelines waiting for things to happen in our favor. We need to get in the ga
  • Border Patrol Asked: “Is This Your Car?”
    A few days ago, I made a trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico, which is a border town right across Eagle Pass, Texas. This is a trip that I’ve made many times over the years, and I have noticed that security is getting tighter and tighter.
  • Does Being Too Friendly Make One Stupid? The Moby Dick Story!
    Here recently I went to the local Prometric Testing Center to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI). My exam was scheduled for 10:00 a.m., and I was anxious to get started.
  • Here are 10 Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer
    In some cases, we need to walk away from a job offer. I understand that money can be tight, but assuming a job that we don’t like can cause more problems than it solves.
  • Avoid Giving up Your Seat on the Next Flight … Even if She has a Baby
    A few months back, I was on a flight from New Delhi, India to Newark, NJ. The flight is terribly long, more than 16 hours. A month before the flight, I contacted a United Airlines representative to secure a seat where I could work comfortably. If one is not in First Class, either the bulkhead or exit rows work well. The agent informed me that I wou
  • You Have to “Bitch” a Little to Get Your Way
    Getting one’s way can happen in various ways. We have techniques, some that work, and some that are far less effective. While in the steam room at my fitness club, I overheard a conversation about how one gym-goer (Joe), and several of his comrades, were able to change a policy in just one day of non-stop complaining.
  • Improving the Bottom Line by Recognizing Good Work
    Motivating your employees to succeed is much easier than you think. The problem with many managers today is that they spend most of their time micromanaging. I’m sure you know of the manager who is more interested in what you do wrong, and shows little concerns for your wins.

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