This is going to be an article giving 14 lessons on leadership and management; my next article will give 14 more lessons on the same topic. I mention this piece for SEO’s sake, because bloggers are supposed to mention what the topic’s going to be in the opening paragraph.


I don’t do that often; I’ll admit that I don’t always follow the rules when it comes to blogging. I’m doing it this time because I want to talk about a momentous occasion for me and exclaim Hooray for me“! This is my 1,400th article on Mitch’s Blog; let me take a moment for myself. πŸ™‚
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A few days ago I had a particularly amazing day. I completed a lot of projects, some of them out of my comfort zone, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. I ended up walking 11.4 miles on the day, had one of my favorite meals for lunch, got 3 loads of laundry done… one of my most productive days in a long time.

positive day

With all that going on, you’d think I had a perfect day… but I didn’t. I was making hamburger for dinner, and changed up how I drain grease from the skillet before continuing to cook it. Instead of going to the sink, putting the meat in a colander and then going to the garbage can to pour out the grease, I skipped a step and went to the garbage can with my spatula to pour the grease in… and the hamburger went with it!
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Today is my 18th year in business. Considering that most statistics say 95% of small businesses shut down within 3-5 years, I consider myself lucky. It hasn’t always been easy, and the last two years have been extremely tough since I’m the primary caregiver for my mother, who lives with me and has dementia. Yet I’m still around and still pushing forward; that has to count for something. πŸ™‚

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Over the course of the last 9 years, I’ve written a special anniversary post 8 times. The year I missed, my 11th anniversary, I wrote an article about hitting 1,000 articles on this blog, which felt more important. As I’m writing this one I’m sitting just 2 away from 1,400 articles. So, not only in business for 18 years, but writing something for most of these years as well.
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Sometimes I create products, just like I’ve written books. Titles aren’t my strong suit, but I can get the job done. In this case I’d like to bring attention to a product I created many years ago that I only tried marketing once, back in 2006. It can be a very valuable tool for those in a position to hire or evaluate new managers, as well as set the criteria for evaluating employees.

Mitchell Evaluation Module

It’s called the Mitchell Manager Evaluation Module; catchy title, right? I created and tested this tool in 2003, with the intention of not only evaluating and hiring managers and employees but being able to rank the criteria so that the type of people hired are what’s believed is needed for the job.
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The weather in the Syracuse area has been beautiful for a few days now. Instead of staying in the house walking, which I have to do all winter, or driving to the mall for a different scene, I enjoy going out and walking in the fresh air. Sometimes I go to Onondaga Lake Park, and sometimes I walk the neighborhood.

exhibition of racism

A couple of days ago, I decided to walk around the neighborhood by myself. Depending on which walk I decide upon, it takes me either 20 minutes or 30 minutes. It was getting late, and I had to be home before I got the call saying the bus was bringing my mother home, but I could still take a casual walk as I wanted to see the rhododendrons before they started to die out.

There were other people walking, some in pairs, some with dogs, some by themselves like I was. It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood while also being scenic. It wasn’t too hot or too cold; it was close to perfect.
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