The raging fires throughout Northern California now appear to be the worst fire disaster in California history.
It may seem like closing the barn door after the horse is gone, but now is a good time to consider what you can do to be better prepared for an unexpected disaster.
I know our friends, colleagues and clients in Santa Rosa and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa continue to suffer immeasurable pain and loss from the tragedy and devastation brought about by the raging fires in Northern California.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them, with best wishes for their personal safety and complete recovery from this unprecedented disaster.
Are You Ready?
Apart from calls to friends and family to make sure they’re safe, out of harm’s way and, hopefully, not facing property loss, the first thing I’ve heard from people everywhere is:
“Am I prepared if this happens to me?”
I know our friends, colleagues and clients in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa are reeling today from the tragedy and devastation brought about by the raging fires in Northern California, which at this moment, are still not under control.
FEMA offers a valuable article, After the Fire! Returning to Normal which may be helpful for those who are experiencing property loss. I also hope an article offering self-care strategies to cope with the emotional distress created by such tragedies, will bring comfort and solace to those afflicted.
A Few Ideas ….
This week, I’ve discovered some articles I want to share with you that touch upon some of the most fundamental challenges facing business leaders …
- How to make sure you’re staying on top of what’s best for your organization,
- Why strategy execution almost never happens,
- Why people can’t get anything done in the office, and
- Why the least likely suspect is spending more on employee benefits than product.
“Learn-It-All” Will Always Do Better Than “Know-It-All”
At a recent Leadercast event, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.
Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.
Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather …
“Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”
Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can DO IT well.
No, I don’t want to count the hours (honestly, thousands over 30 years) I’ve devoted to learning about Productivity … its processes, workflows, tools … and more.
If you’ve been an Exkalibur Subscriber for long, you have seen a wide and deep range of Productivity articles from me over the years.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF PRODUCTIVITY
I have spent over 30 years on the front lines of productivity, testing hundreds … more likely thousands … of tools and workflows … long before the first desktop computer.
I really dug in when I bought my first Apple computer in 1984 and discovered programs like VisiCalc, a predecessor to Excel, and Filemaker, now an Apple subsidiary, but then an independent database developer.
THE CRASH TEST DUMMY OF PRODUCTIVITY
It’s not too late to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s built for leaders who want to become more effective, and frankly, are sick and tired of chasing people down to get things done.
It’s at Noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.
You’ll receive a framework, tools and proven methods to help you build an accountability framework that will help you Get the Right Things Done with less stress and more success.
Why not give it a try and see how Exkalibur University is working to help YOU Become a More Effective Leader?
This week we’re Getting to the Point in a slightly different manner. Last week, we declared a “bye” week to give the Exkalibur team a well-deserved break, but Murphy was lurking about and sent out today’s Quote of the Week this past Friday. You’re receiving this email today, which you should have received on Friday, so we can get back on schedule.
We’ll be back at the end of week with our full schedule.
I have been married forever to a beautiful woman and have one spectacular daughter who has dedicated her life to helping children with life-threatening illnesses.Read more ….