The Best Things In Life Are….

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I held the dirty hand of a child today. His mother was so high and so out of it. He climbed over the side of his stroller and held onto the metal bar like a monkey. His mom mumbled something but then she stared off into space again. He tugged on my shirt. I held his hand. He patted the leg of the guy beside me. The guy did not hold his hand. I whispered, “he might not want you to do that.” I patted his blonde hair. His blue eyes were empty… he seemed lost for a moment before he let go of my hand and patted his mom’s face. She didn’t respond. If I could have legally brought him home with me, I would have.

I was then joined on the train by an irate passenger that was running from the police. I saw them coming…he didn’t. He was catching his breath. “They can just write me a ticket, I’m riding this **** train!”

“Who should pay for that?” I asked him.

“What did I do something wrong?”

“I am just curious that if you don’t plan to pay for it, and you know that it costs money to make the train run from Dallas to Fort Worth, well, who should have to pay for it if you do not have to?”

He started to say something but the officers caught up with him. They are going to give him a ride… with lights even. Congratulations sir!

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About Andi

This chapter in my life is called, "Managing Millennials". People always say that I have a way with words, and that I am great at managing Millennials. The secret truth to my success? I worked at a public high school. I was an educator that specialized in behavior and building relationships. So what happens when the sweet little kids that inspired me to sponsor clubs, put in extra hours and spend my own money all enter the workforce???? They drive you crazy! I can help! I understand why these participation trophy earning young adults are driving you crazy in the work place. I understand that the fact that we are inheriting a technology talented pool of workers that sit at their desk with ear buds in their ears and celebrate medicocricy in the name if effort. I understand that you are not used to emojis and GIFs in business communication, and that you don't want to stand around on a break discussing memes, vines, YouTube epic fail videos and what you binge watched on Netflix. I once told my students that they would learn to follow my rules because I refused to be miserable for the next 1488 hours of my life. Ninety percent of the time... They did. Now, I tell my millennials that same thing, "Welcome to the workforce. There are policies and procedures in place that will help us get along for the next 2080 hours of our lives." Welcome to my blog, "Let The Managers Say Amen."

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