Involvement

My name is Mark. I have been an Interim Manager here at Blinds to Go for about four months and at the company for a total of 18 months.

I am writing this blog in hopes to illustrate my growth, so far, at Blinds to Go.

For someone new coming into BTG it can be both very exciting and stressful time. Expectations for both yourself and your team are always being challenged.

My initial start at the company began just like any other recruit. You spend the week at the corporate office in Paramus, New Jersey in which they foot the bill for lodging and a good portion of food. The growth I experienced during that week was honestly minor at best solely because I could not wait to meet my team that I would be starting with.

I quickly caught on to the introductory lessons of sales tactics and techniques. The one thing that really sticks out to me now reflecting back on that time is that I was so blind to what I was weak at. Soon after I began in store with my team I started receiving the same feedback constantly. Feedback is a vital part of growing here at BTG. The main reason is because you honestly cannot develop yourself or others unless you are able to identify the areas you or others need to work on. It took me six months to get to the point where I saw the urgency to change. Everyone has a different trigger or motivation that will drive them to this point. For the next five months I concentrated on everything my manager put in front of me and what I could control.

At a little over a year was when I finally got the opportunity to take the next step into becoming an Interim Manager. Since being in this position for about four months now I have started to develop my own managerial style. Also I have realized how important it is to establish a bond with your team and keep them motivated. My struggles so far have partially been linked to feedback that I have been receiving since the start and also some new hurdles. The main goal is to make sure that you understand the feedback that is being given to you and being able to apply it. You can not be successful not only in this company, but where ever you go if you are not open to change as well. BTG really does invest alot in the individuals that work here from the bottom all the way to the top. I am proud to be part of such a caring, involved company. This is one of the main reasons I will keep on growing and pushing others to as well.

Growth

My Growth

by Michael C.

My name is Michael Columbo and I work at the Blinds To Go “BTG” in Milltown, NJ.  I have worked for BTG for just about 2 years now and have learned more about development and growth than I ever have before.

Looking back on my life before coming to Blinds To Go I can definitely say without a doubt that I was fast, not thoughtful, and definitely not direct.  During my hiring experience I was flat out told that my growth was going to take a while because I was fast. This was the first time someone had told me that I was fast and that by being fast my personal growth would be a long and slow process.

Shortly after starting to work with my team I was being told by everyone on my team that I was without a doubt “FAST”.  It still did not sink in until month 6th came around.  The entire 6 months my team would constantly give me the same feedback that I was being fast.  It would usually go something like, “Mike your still fast, you need to slow down.”  I wasn’t changing and it showed.  My manager at the time got so fed up that she said I had to change in a week or she would move me to another team.  It came as a shock that the first time in my adult life I was being told to make a change that at first seemed impossible, plus I really liked the store and team I worked with.

Finally it sunk in and hit me hard, I needed to make a change ASAP.  It was at that point where the “light bulb” turned on.  I made a choice to change.  That night on my drive home it started. I told myself to slow down,as I was laying in bed I thought about slowing down.  The next morning in the shower and on my way to work I thought about slowing down.  Before doing anything inside/outside of work I thought to myself to just slow down.  Within a matter of days my team was shocked to see that I had started to actually slow down.  My worksheets were looking better and the number of mistakes started to decrease, my decision making abilities were starting to make more sense, and my team saw this.  I too was finally starting to see a change in myself.  I was becoming more responsible and took accountability for my actions.  It felt good to start working on other areas of my development once I was able to put being fast to bed.

At the present moment I am still working on being fast.  I find that it is something that I must keep on the top of my mental checklist everyday, because if I don’t my team will see me reverting to my old ways.  It is a daily struggle and takes a lot of work to keep being fast under control.  The hard work is worth it when my team notices the change.  This has carried over to my personal life which has helped me to become a more responsible person too.  So at the end of the day after looking back at who I was when I first started working at BTG, I can definitely without a doubt say that I am a different person today.

Perception

By Ashley

Perception is a concept that has always been at the forefront of my mind. I wish it wasn’t, but it has been a nagging constant in my head. I have struggled throughout life, worrying about what people thought of me. I want to be liked. In the past it has caused me to be shy, and I have refrained from saying things I should have, or speaking my mind.

Focusing on the Big Picture

By Ashley

I just joined an adult beginner golf league, and believe me, I am a beginner. I have been to the driving range probably once in my life, and the only course I have ever stepped foot on, is a putt-putt course. The first two weeks we spent at the driving range, learning the basics of grip and stance. We practiced with different irons and drivers. And we also took turns on the putting green, learning to putt and chip.

Stop Waiting

By Ashley

Why do we procrastinate? How many of you during school completed your essays or assignments well before the due date? How many of you studied earlier than the night before a test? Kudos to those of you that have, but maybe the rest of us need to take a look at our way of doing things. Sure, I still got all A’s, but that was definitely not the best way of going about it. I’m sure I remembered many things just long enough to take my tests, and I bet my essays could have been phenomenal instead of just good.