Your weekly source of sales, marketing, customer service, and management insight - compliments of ETE REMAN

management

A General Never Blames His Troops

“A general never blames his troops.” It was a statement I needed to hear. I was a part of a very big, very important project that hadn’t turned out according to expectations. It wasn’t all my fault, but mistakes were made by many including me – and including the general. Up to this point, I […]

Read More

The Tale of the Sprinting Hippo

Some people call me the ‘The Sprinting Hippo’ and I don’t mind it at all. I coach and play for a softball team during the summers, and, just like the noble hippopotamus that can reach top speeds of 30 mph (it’s true, look it up!), I am much faster than you might assume just by […]

Read More

Is Your Team Performing or Storming?

When there’s a lack of harmony on a team, chances are everyone is aware of it on some level, even if it’s just a vague sense of something’s not quite right. It could be really bad, palpable even from a distance – there could be internal turmoil, talking behind colleagues’ backs (which is never as […]

Read More

You're A Poet: A Leadership Exercise

This morning at an off-site leadership training session, Captain Reman challenged his office managers and your loyal REMAN U writers to write a poem… about leadership… inspired by our natural surroundings at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Society. In a fashion consistent with his character, he didn’t tell us why we were doing this activity, just […]

Read More

Fish Stink From the Head

ETE REMAN’s founder, Sam Loshak, is known for his many insightful and pithy statements. We’ve regularly refer to his statements as “Sam-isms.” One of Sam’s most frequent reminders to ETE’s leadership is “fish stink from the head.” What Sam means is that the worst smelling part of a dead fish is its head. But what Sam […]

Read More

Slow to Hire, Quick to Fire

“Slow to hire, quick to fire” is one of the countless philosophies on how to staff a business.  As much as we have an official hiring policy here, it’s at the very least to hire slowly. Every candidate goes through a series of interviews with a variety of staff members, tours the office space, and […]

Read More

Leaders on Leadership

In my observation of these things, leadership is obtained in one of two ways:  1. It is ambitiously sought.   I shall one day lead others!  I will educate and study leadership to qualify myself!   2. It is achieved: organically, accidentally, and oftentimes against your very will.   I work hard, help others, and set an example – Oh, yeah, I guess I […]

Read More

What to Expect When You're Expecting (A New Employee)

Babies are tiny, cute little miracles. They are innocent and adorable. But they’re not very smart. They have no experience; they haven’t learned yet. They are truly entry-level humans. They are fresh and new and need nurturing to develop. It is the responsibility of the parents, teachers, and community to teach. From ABCs to SATs, […]

Read More

The Karma Effect

What goes around, comes around. The Golden Rule. Do unto others what you would have them do unto you. Karma. Whether guided by logic or the divine, kindness is a powerful force to believe in. I do; I’m a firm believer that we do manifest good or bad based on our actions and choices. No, […]

Read More

The Anti-Millennial Millennial Club

Encountering a millennial in the workplace is pretty normal for most of us now depending on the industry. If you’re in a business that utilizes technology, then there’s a bigger chance you’re surrounded by millennials—or maybe you’re a millennial yourself. If you’re in the automotive or machining industry, it may be different. Regardless of your […]

Read More