Employers – Employee / Company Loyalty

So this is one of the most highly charged subjects regarding employment in my point of view. Loyalty to a company is a very one sided affair and when we look at today’s job market is very old thinking.

Loyalty is a trait where no matter what, through thick and thin people remain loyal to each other and don’t give up on each other no matter what happens. Company loyalty is a different affair however and it has to be. They want the employee to be loyal to them and in return they will get to keep their job for as long as it’s convenient for them and you’re useful.

Ok, that’s not what they say to you but it’s what it means becasue in the harsh economic world we live in people are laid off, sacked and all that kind of wonderful stuff. But despite this there is still a loyalty expectation on an employee. This really is a little unfair, in the business world this kind of one sided agreement wouldn’t be tolerated, so why expect it of an employee.


Apparently ( I saw this online so I take it with a pinch of salt) Richard Branson says:

“Train your staff so they can leave, treat them so they won’t want to”

No, this is the kind of thing which is is an actual agreement. The company you work for wants you to work and you want to work for them. Train them to do the good job you want them to do and in return reward them for extra effort and good work.

There’s no mention of salary in this, this is perhaps becasue it’s a given. The company makes money from the employee’s work if it’s properly organised and in return you’re paid. This goes beyond that, it’s telling people that it wants to invest in an employee and help them to do great work so they’re rewarded. There’s no obligation on either side to expect loyalty as we all know no-one can guarantee this. But while working for this company you’ll feel empowered and appreciated.

Who would want to leave that kind of company?

Simon 🙂

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Building Your Writer’s Brand

Desise is a great writer and she’s written this post on creating your writers brand. Anyone creating any brand should read this but my fellow writing friends should especially take note.

Simon 😊

E. Denise Billups, Writer

Indie authors are jack-of-all-trades. Not only are they writers, but also promoters and marketers of their finished product. This for most writers is difficult and for some an afterthought. Before you finish your book, you should have a well-defined marketing plan established and the first step is to create a mission statement.

In simple terms, a mission statement is short, concise sentence or paragraph describing your business and purpose (who you are, what you do, and your purpose or goals). This single statement is your marketing message, disseminating your brand, and the writer’s guide to reaching his/her ultimate goals.

Most people believe a mission statement is for major corporations or nonprofit organizations but for anyone building a brand whether you’re a painter, architect or writer, a mission statement is a crucial piece to crafting your image. For indie or traditionally published authors, a mission statement conveys your passion, your expertise, and…

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Planet Simon’s Mainly Manic Monday

Hi ya Bloggies!

There’s nothing like a Monday morning stuck in traffic to give you a good feel is there? I have to say I was irritated but there many more worse off than me.

With the end of the kindness challenge I find myself looking for new ideas and even going back to old ones for blogging. Who knows what will come out of here this week and going on – but it’s going to be a right mix up whatever it is.

I’m hoping that this week I’m going to publish a post that puts all or most of the short stories I’ve written (or partially written) into one place. I’m also carrying on with my series of posts on how employers treat employees. Do you have any views? Are there any stories you would like to share.

Let me know…

How are all your week’s starting out? Let me know and if you like how to find me in the social interweb of stuff:


Simon 😊

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Employers – Understanding Employees

You work too slow

You don’t know what you’re doing

I don’t like the quality of you’re work

I don’t like how you walk

I don’t like how you laugh

This was the short version, spilled out of his obnoxious gob as I sat there reeling from the tirade of abuse. Under normal circumstances this guy would be smacked in the gob by most other people, but I sat there with a professional hat on and took it.

Not only was there not one example of any of this half of the abuse directed at me was personal, plus there was one slight circumstance which might have explained a lack of performance lately – I had only two weeks previously attended my mother’s funeral after  she lost a short fight with cancer.



This kind of sledgehammer discipline towards people may have been acceptable in the past, but it would have been a long time ago. Understanding where an an employee is at and why they might be struggling and helping them get through it is surely better for them and their employer?

Going through that kind of destructive criticism isn’t going to help. It felt really bad in fact. Every day I felt my guts twist inside me when I was in there, every day I struggled to think of a way out and worked like fuck thinking it was me that was the problem.

So when I was re-reviewed I was told I was on further probation. Apparently most of my team had been in on the meetings that had decided I wasn’t doing great but not bad. Every single person involved had either forgotten what I had been through or couldn’t put themselves in my shoes and think what the hell I must bee going through.

Three days later I quit.

Well done you guys, if you wanted to inspire someone to work then you failed. If you wanted me out well done! These six months of my working life were my worst ever and it was so unnecessary. A little understanding would have gone a long way and would it really have put you out.

On a side note, the best think I heard from my boss here was “Where are you pissing off to?”

As if I told him the truth!

Simon 🙂


Learn How to Draw a Vision Map to better sell your ideas

via Want to Get Better at Selling Others on Your Ideas? Learn How to Draw a

I loved this, saw it and I had to share it! Ayse Birsel shows us all how to use her drawing Alphabet to help us sell visually.

He alphabet is here:

My vision-drawing alphabet

Simple geometric shapes: Circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and cubes are simple shapes that can depict an area or category.

1 circle with a word in it: Depicts something central to your idea or concept.

2 circles overlapping: Intersection of two ideas. The intersection is the “sweet spot.” This is my favorite way of showing dichotomy resolution.

3 circles overlapping: Intersection of three ideas, or a trifecta.

2 lines drawn at 90-degree angles to each other: A graph. I use this to show the relation of one thing to another over time.

2 lines intersecting in the middle: 4 quadrants. I use this to depict 4 quadrants of emotion, physical, intellect and spirit.

2 words and an arrow between them: One thing becoming something else. Arrows can also depict direction, movement or the future.

Infinity sign: I use this to show a continuous feedback loop, like “give and take”.

Equal/unequal symbols: When used between 2 words, they summarize how things are alike or dissimilar. Other math symbols, like +, x, < and >, are also useful.

A stick figure or a smiley: A person. As simple as it sounds, adding a person connects the idea to users and humanizes it.

A stick figure in a circle: Depicts being user-centered.

Circle with a diagonal line over a word/symbol: Something that is banned or unwanted.

Simple icons: Heart for emotion, ying and yang for spirit, dollar sign for money, messy scribble for complication…



The full article is below – read it!

Vision Map | Inc.com

Author, Design the Life You Love
No ownership claimed on work or article – Credit to inc.com and Ayse Birshel

Summer “Would you rather?” Tag


Lise tagged me on her Summer Tag: Would you rather post the other week and being a sucker for a tag I thought I would join the Summer fun and take part!


Now, would you rather . . . 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle? I would love to live in a tree house, being high up, feeling like you’re above the troubles on the ground and able to look out the on the worlds horizon.
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully? I think to be able to dance well would be much cooler. You can do that with someone!
  3. ride a horse or a camel? A horse, to be able to ride that noble animal and have that connection would be amazing!
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn? A unicorn, the ultimate fantasy beast.
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit? I would love a bouncy castle, so much fun can be had with them. Even at my age 😀
  6. travel or stay home? I would like to travel a bit, but there’s no place like home.
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water? I would like to be able to fly, the world in all it’s glory can be seen from up above.
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise? I want and need to know where I’m going. The surprise build up can easily lead to disappointment.
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane? I love boats, they’re a very peaceful place to be.
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired? I would like to be able to see in the dark, so I can take in what’s going on when everything think’s it’s hidden.
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains? I love mountains, nothing beats the joy of reaching the top after a hard climb.
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park? How about a park in a forest?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool? Swim in a pool, there’s sharks in the ocean!
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah? A dolphin would be cool, to be able to swim fast and keep out of trouble and be able to talk still!
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you? I want to be able to make people laugh, you can’t make them trust you.
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get? I want to be bale to pick…
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon? Water melon, it leaves me feeling good, a popsicle has guilt attached.
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel? Camping, being outdoors is a tonic for the soul.
  19. do art or read? I can’t choose, so I duck out and say both.
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line? Zip wire – I don’t like heights but having been on an epic zip wire it’s the best.



Here are the questions so you can copy them! 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. ride a horse or a camel?
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. travel or stay home?
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. do art or read?
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?


I’ve tagged these great bloggies to take part in this:

  1. Adelise
  2. Laura
  3. Mandi
  4. Pooja
  5. Sooz
  6. Roger

Have fun with this – even if you don’t reply!

Simon 🙂

The Kindness Challenge – The Finale

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So this is it! The last post of the kindness challenge 2017! This has been a challenge that has brought some interesting insights into who I am and where my thinking and feeling is these days. I remeber where I was when I agreed to take this challenge on,Niki is always amazing and has run this challenge really well. She’s made it a joy to take part.


This week is the Kindness Challenge the Finale and  while this weeks’ reflection seems simple, but like so many things when you scratch under the surface there’s more to it:

This week, I’d love to hear what you thought of the challenge as a whole. In your reflection post, share how the challenge impacted you, what you learned about yourself and others, and if it’s something you’d consider doing again next year.

Well first things first – I would like to take part again next year, glutton for punishment and all that… Now for my reflection:


This challenge has taken us from one extreme to the other, focusing on self kindness and self healing all the way through to reflecting on everyday kindness to others in situations where we want to just yell out!

For me I’ve realised more about looking after myself and dealing with those things which have laid buried and almost forgotten for years, people long gone that meant a lot to me and I never got to tell them the impact they had on my life.

The big thing that I’m taking from this challenge is very simple, on this day the blog challenge ends, but as far as dealing with with these loose ends in my life my challenge is far from over – in fact it’s only just begun. As a thought to Niki – maybe it would be interesting to prompt the participants in a few months to see where this challenge took them, or what happened next?

Apart from this – next year isn’t so far away now!

Simon 🙂



Manic Squared Monday

Today has been mental! So nuts I’ve inly had chance to write now. I remember what Alfie Doolittle said in My Fair Lady 

“Who wants to work – it takes up your whole life!”

This kind of resonates when you dont get a chance to breathe!

Still, theres a week ahead of oppurtunity and possibility. The last part of the kindness challenge is coming and its been interesting to reflect on this. I still have much to do after this challenge is over, because its never over!

I hope to get some more of my usual fun out and a little extra! So hang on guys… The week just started!

Simon 😊







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