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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by planning

June 10, 2014

[My peers and I] are engaged in an operations planning meeting this week. It’s going to be a long and tedious week but the rewards will be great as we move into the future with confidence.

Here are some thoughts on the importance of planning. Perhaps they’ll have meaning for you, too.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? -Steve Maraboli

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Book Review: The Carpenter

May 27, 2014

The Carpenter written by Jon Gordon, published by John Wiley & Sons. Inc., 2014.

The CarpenterIn his easy-to-read style, Jon Gordon reminds us once again that success is found in how we work and how we live.  If you’re a fan of The Energy Bus, The Seed and Jon Gordon’s other books, you will love this story, too.

The first chapter finds Michael hospitalized with a heart attack and the doctor asking him about stress at work. (Sound familiar?) After being ordered to take some time off, Michael meets “J”, the carpenter who helped save him when he first collapsed. Michael decides to hire the carpenter to build an entertainment center in his home.  Together, they not only build an entertainment center, but they rebuild Michael’s life and business strategies.  Through stories and lessons shared by the carpenter, Michael learns that real lasting success comes from putting Love, Serve, Care into practice.

The focus of The Carpenter is not solely business, however. Personal relationships, teams of all kind, and one’s own attitude will surely benefit from reading this book.  As he usually does, Jon uses a simple story with familiar feeling characters to draw us in and share important life truths.

Be inspired. Inspire others. Read the book. Share the message. #LoveServeCare

Order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or download on iTunes. For launch week only, purchase the book on The Carpenter website and get a free download of The Carpenter Action Plan

Note: An e-copy of this book was provided by the author.  Neither the author, publisher, nor anyone else influenced or reviewed the content of this post; the opinion expressed is entirely my own.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Commencement

May 27, 2014

It’s graduation and commencement season.  The words are often used interchangeably but there is an important difference between them. Graduation is the end of something – the completion of high school or college.  Commencement is a beginning, a new start.  Graduating students attend a commencement ceremony; the official beginning of the next phase in their education or their life. With that in mind, here are some recent commencement speech quotes that also relate to our work lives:

“In baseball, the best batters fail two out of three times. You’ll fail, too, because failure is not an aberration. It’s the price of success. It is how you learn.” -Larry Baer, President and CEO of the San Francisco Giants at San Francisco State University

“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” -Michael Dell at the University of Texas

“Your remaining life is an hourglass. Once the sand grains begin to fall, you cannot return them. So, you need to make every grain count.” – The Baron Alexander von Humboldt, as portrayed by Stephen F. Cunha, Chair & Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University

Every new day is a commencement, of sorts. Make the most of the new opportunity!

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Performance Reviews

March 25, 2014

Ahh, performance reviews. Meaningful exercise or meaningless chore?

In our company, performance reviews are an annual formalized summary of feedback conversations that were, hopefully, ongoing all year. We discuss successes, missed opportunities, strengths, and key behaviors. We create goals and agree on action plans to achieve them.

If we’ve been providing appropriate feedback all along, then the review is really a simple conversation. However, that simple conversation can be a difficult one, especially if we are recapping lapses in performance, failure to meet goals, or discussing action plans to improve unacceptable performance or behaviors.

We might worry about how to present the criticism with an eye toward succcess.  We fear the person may get emotional. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, yet need to deliver a clear message.

One of my favorite quotes about critical feedback discussions comes from an April 5, 2013 NY Times article by Alina Tugend titled “How to Give Effective Feedback.” In it, Tugend wrote:

If we look at feedback as an opportunity to make someone work better rather than feel better, we’re more likely to do it successfully.

It’s about the work and how to make the work better.  Stay focused on the work performance or the on-the-job behaviors that need to improve.  If your team member realizes that critical feedback is not a personal attack but is aimed at improving their performance with an eye toward professional success, a healthy conversation can take place and a positive outcome is more likely.

What tips can you share with team for successful performance discussions?

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Reflection

March 11, 2014

What were you doing at work two years ago and how were you doing it?

While putting together two presentations over the last few days, I had the opportunity to pause and reflect on how much has changed over the last couple years. What became clear was how much better we’ve become.

Writing “The Role of the Team Lead” helped me consider how important that position has become since its introduction.  Now, I can’t imagine the organization succeeding without them.  Gathering our “Pay for Performance” story highlighted the positive impact a performance-based culture has on quality, production and personal accountability.

In our normal busy-ness, we are often caught up in the issues of the day and planning for tomorrow.  We don’t stop and look at the progress we’ve made.  I challenge you to think about the question in the first line. I dare to say that nearly all of us are doing something different and/or doing our work differently and, for most of us, it’s been a pretty good journey.

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by the Passing Time

March 4, 2014

Can you believe the first quarter of 2014 is already in the home stretch?  Now is
a good time for a gut check.  Are you being who you want to be? Doing what you want to do?  Are you moving toward your 2014 goals or are you stuck? Are you prioritizing all the “stuff” or overwhelmed by it? 

Here are a few related quotes for reflection.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.  -Lord Chesterfield

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that matter. -Lee Iacocca

To comprehend a man’s life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone.  -John Hall Gladstone

The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time. -Sir Matthew Hale

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Pete

February 25, 2014

Tomorrow is “For Pete’s Sake Day.” Really, it is. I don’t know who makes this stuff up! But, in honor of the day, here are some great quotes by people named Pete.

The difference in great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then play lesser. -Pete Sampras

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. ―Pete Seeger

There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus only on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life. -Pete Maravich

I’ve learned a huge amount because I’ve been tested and, more importantly, I’ve been trusted. -Pete Townshend

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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