Diva Ranting: Bad Management….

BAD MANAGEMENT

After 42 years of working for Fortune 500 companies, you will find that I harp on this a lot…

A bad manager is the death of all organizations. They take the cream of the crop and make them run away, thus leaving the unmotivated, uncaring with no conscious about their paychecks or your bottom line.

An advanced Ivy League degree does NOT a manager make. All the book learning, statistics and feel good classes in the world does not give anyone the common sense, the intestinal fortitude nor the savvy, street smarts Nor the HEART to get the job done!

I watched for years the pattern of stupidity that has brought this country to a grinding halt in ethics, prosperity, and creativity. I watched as the moron my recruiter hired from a top tier school floundered and played in his/her nepotistic position, while the kid I took from the mail room, got them to complete their degree and promoted for good results, exceed expectations on a daily basis. They would outshine the privileged corporate brat every time.

Until we recognize this, celebrate this, honor this again in this country we will continue to fail and loose ground in the world markets and industry. A CEO of a National Auto Manufacturer in Detroit, once told me, over dinner, (when I was nineteen years old)…”You can send a fool to college and s/he is still a fool!” I never forgot that. I built all of my teams with that thought in mind. Every team won awards for industry excellence every year. One team saved the company over 40 million dollars in just 6 months by just being treated as professionals and being given autonomy to get the job done. I still salute them as the special forces of industry. Gone are the days!

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Ranting still….Hobgoblins to Productivity…

Hobgoblins to Productivity…

Yesterday we spoke of Bad Management. Today let’s expand our thoughts to another hobgoblin of industry and organizational development. Inconsistency!!!!!! I use to end up in charge of every large national corporate initiative in my companies. Tight deadlines, no resources and still had to manage my department along with the extra pressure. NO Breaks! None of that was a problem for me. I recruited the right people to have my back and turned them loose….Project Done!

The problem was we would train, implement and provide the resources to make it work and the managers who refused to let their egos be told what to do would blindside everything. Even threaten employees with no raises if they did as new corporate mandates required. It was these dinosaurs that created inconsistencies that brought their team down. Their refusal to come into the new world of technology and training. One manager even told his team he would fire any one who even turned on a computer! Lovely, gent that one. His turnover was 150 percent annually and never once did his teams succeed. Still he never got it. EGO is another word for “Edging Good Out”.

I eventually saw to it these people were demoted or fired after office audits. However, it did not prevent us from loosing those good employees who bailed to get away from the inconsistencies created by the EGO-maniacs Dinosaurs. That was the true loss. If a company put out an initiative and its management teams do not support it, the inconsistencies have long reaching disasters. Cause and Effect. Those mistakes will show up on someone else watch. This will create a whole new plethora of disaster to deal with in the long haul.

Recognize this early. Learn to work around these egos and their stupidity. It can be done. Remember, its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission. Be the force that has Heart and creates consistency for your teams. They will love you for it. I promise.

P.S.  This goes for your children as well….

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Spicy BBQ Shrimp and Cucumber Salad…..

Spicy BBQ Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 Fresh Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Diced Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Curry Paste
  • 2 Pound Large Shrimp – Peeled And Deveined

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish or resealable bag, mix together the lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, brown sugar and curry paste. Add shrimp, and seal or cover. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, or place in a grill basket for easy handling. Transfer the marinade to a saucepan, and boil for a few minutes.
  3. Grill shrimp for 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Baste occasionally with the marinade.
  4. Serve with Cucumber Salad and Jasmine or white rice.

ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients

  • 3 Cucumbers – Halved Lengthwise, And Sliced
  • 3 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds Toasted
  • 2 Fresh Red Chile Peppers, Sliced

Directions

  • Put the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt; set aside to drain for 1 hour.
  • Whisk the vinegar and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved; add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds; whisk to emulsify.
  • Rinse salt off the cucumber slices by running under cold water; place in a large bowl with the sliced red chili peppers. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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Diva Rambling: What Will God Say….

What will God say to you when you get to Heaven?

The conversation might go something like this…..

I planned every moment of your life even before the Earth began. I knew how much time you would need to get everything I planned for you done. I protected you and saw to it you had the courage and fortitude to do it all, even in hard times. All you had to do was listen and obey.

I gifted you with good friends and family. I gifted you with My own Spirit to help guide the way. I placed just enough tribulation into it to see if you could discipline and persevere. I listened each day to see if you raised your voice in praise and gratitude for all that was given. I even sent angels to guide those around you as well. Now, lets chat. What did you do to live up to your expectations? “

Remember, Divas, at the end of each day there is only the everlasting Spirit in each of us to live on. Where will your spirit dwell for all time? Think, do, pray and give thanks each day. Only you can hedge your bet for eternity….!!!

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Baked Coconut Shrimp….

Baked Coconut Shrimp Main

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Large Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined
  • 1/3 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Cups Flaked Sweetened Coconut
  • 3 Egg Whites, Beaten Until Foamy

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse and dry shrimp with paper towels. Mix cornstarch, salt, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bow; pour coconut flakes in a separate shallow bowl. Working with one shrimp at a time, dredge it in the cornstarch mixture, then dip it in the egg white, and roll it in the coconut, making sure to coat the shrimp well. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  3. Bake the shrimp until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center and the coconut is browned, 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through.
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Diva Musing: A Life Fulfilled….

A Life Fulfilled

At one point in my life I finally matured enough to notice that the Universe had given me anything I wanted or needed (only if it was for the greater good). But I noticed that it was only if I had been wanting it with a passion and believing it was mine in the first place. “Belief” is a wonderful catalyst for creating anything and everything, everyday. A few keys to manifesting all that the Source Power wants you to have are as follows…

  • Define what you want, even if you don’t know what your life passion is…

  • Act “as if” you’ve already achieved it ( see it, feel it, taste it) like you have it now

  • Break through all limiting beliefs and ignore others who have them

  • Take action in specific directions toward your dream while preserving all options

  • Think beyond “a jobto creating a life that’s in alignment with your passions and the Universe

  • Don’t Hope….”Know” for those with the knowing are the most blessed

The One Source Power/Universe created us with the “Knowing” that it helps those who help themselves. The Universe acts in co-creation to manifest your thoughts. You must guard what those thoughts are at all times.

You can do this, we can all do it! How? with meditation, concentration, focus, pure thoughts and passion. “Know” that you are loved and all else will follow. Happy Life Fulfilled my, Divas.

Namaste, the Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Fake it then Bake It!

Like Fried Chicken

375° Oven

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs

  • 2 Cups Butter Milk

  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 Tablespoon Rubbed Sage

  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1 Box Panko Bread Crumbs

  • 1 Cup Canola Oil

  • 6 Chicken Leg Quarters, Cut Into Thighs And Drumsticks

Directions

  1. Beat the eggs thoroughly in a shallow bowl.
  2. Sift together the flour, sage, salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl to combine.
  3. Place Panko Crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  4. Place butter milk in shallow bowl.
  5. Dip chicken pieces into the beaten egg, then dredge in the seasoned flour to thoroughly coat.
  6. Dip in milk then dredge in panko crumbs.
  7. Spray a large parchment covered sheet pan with oil. Spray the tops of the chicken with oil. Bake in a 375° Oven for about 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should read 160 degrees F.
  8. Serve with garlic mash potatoes, roasted asparagus and garden salad with lemon vinaigrette.
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Diva Tasting: BBQ Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

Spicy BBQ Shrimp bbc

Ingredients

  • 1 Fresh Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Diced Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Curry Paste
  • 2 Pound Large Shrimp – Peeled And Deveined

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish or resealable bag, mix together the lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, brown sugar and curry paste. Add shrimp, and seal or cover. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, or place in a grill basket for easy handling. Transfer the marinade to a saucepan, and boil for a few minutes.
  3. Grill shrimp for 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Baste occasionally with the marinade.
  4. Serve with Cucumber Salad and Jasmine or white rice.

ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients

  • 3 Cucumbers – Halved Lengthwise, And Sliced
  • 3 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds Toasted
  • 2 Fresh Red Chile Peppers, Sliced

Directions

  • Put the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt; set aside to drain for 1 hour.
  • Whisk the vinegar and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved; add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds; whisk to emulsify.
  • Rinse salt off the cucumber slices by running under cold water; place in a large bowl with the sliced red chile peppers. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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Diva Musing: The Knowing…

The Knowing….

Have you ever been woken up at 3 a.m and you’d swear you heard heavenly music playing in the status? Or have you been certain you saw a light being floating in the ceiling, perhaps a fairy? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and just known there was a physical presence in the room, but it disappeared when you questioned the thought?

You are not going crazy. Just know that you are never alone. The One Source Power of the Universe will love and adore you each minute of every day you are on earth. It’s in our DNA to know this, but few of us recognize or honor this fact. The knowing is everything. Those who are tapped into the knowing, will live a much happier existence, because we are comfortable with more situations than those who do not tap into the it.

Just know my divas….its there use it wisely….

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Tomato Shrimp Pasta…

Tomato Shrimp Tortellini Pasta 

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Cheese Tortellini Pasta
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano Leaves
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Medium Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Pound Cooked Shrimp – Peeled And Deveined
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Diced

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  2. In the container of a food processor, combine the garlic, onion and oregano. Pulse until finely chopped. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion mixture; cook and stir until fragrant and almost golden. Mix in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking, stirring occasionally.
  3. Mix in spinach until it wilts, then just before the pasta is done, stir in the shrimp. Cook until heated through. Toss with pasta in a large serving bowl, and mix in mozzarella cheese.
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