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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Why is Your Company Even Here? 3 Tips To Tell Everyone Why.

You may think you’re a pretty good communicator.

B ut, have you clearly communicated the purpose of your organization so everyone in your company can recite it?

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Communication is a critical ingredient of business success and we all probably think we’re pretty good at it. We can walk, talk, dictate, speak and even string together a few intelligible sentences.

We chat with our troops, talk to our customers and vendors, share information with colleagues and shareholders. We hold meetings, BBQ’s and off-sites to talk about what’s going on.

We’re all pretty good communicators … aren’t we?

What exactly is Communication?

The inimitable Mr. Webster focuses on the transmission of thoughts and ideas, as if the means of communicating, or the act itself, constitutes “communication”.

Yet, when you peruse a thesaurus for synonyms, you get words like

communion

connection,

conversation, and

interchange, as well as

transmission, and

advisement.

When you think of advisement and transmission, it’s more about talking than conversing, while with connection” and conversation, you expect a collaborative, two-way exchange.

Is it Talking or Conversing?

what is the purpose of your company? Keep reading …

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Monday, June 20th, 2016

Here’s the difference between Convenience and Results.

 

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Are you HAVING Fun or Are You CREATING Fun?

When I saw Richard Branson hanging in his hammock on Necker Island, his home in the British Virgin Islands , I thought again about how much fun he always seems to be having.

W e’re working hard …. but are we having any fun?

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Who’s Having Fun?

If I asked you for the name of 3 executives you believe are having the most fun, who would you name?

Herb Kelleher, the long-time Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines (now retired), comes to mind, regaling his colleagues in a chicken suit and singing to passengers during boarding.

Google seems like a fun place to work with all of the gadgetry, and gourmet meals at all hours. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founders even converted a Boeing 767 into their personal luxury liner, and their stock’s done pretty well, but I’m not sure we think of them as “fun”?

If You Could Come Back as Someone “Fun”, Who Would You Be?

What are you doing to have fun in your business? Keep reading …

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Monday, June 13th, 2016

When in doubt, do something.

 

Chance favors those in motion.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Why Thinking Strategically is Critical to Your Success. 4 Swing Thoughts to Get You There.

Recently, I have been working with a young CEO-in-waiting who is eager to move into the top spot. To his credit, he recognizes that his struggle to “think strategically” may be keeping him back.

H ere are 4 Swing Thoughts to help you elevate your thinking and get to the strategic level.

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On a tactical level, the young CEO-in-waiting is very efficient, discharging the assignments given to him, working his way through his daily action list and dispatching players to their intended destinations.

He’s proud of his accomplishments, as he should be, but he “can’t see the lawn for the blades of grass,” and is constantly wrestling with how to develop a strategic perspective.

What’s Holding You Back?

Interestingly, many executives bear a subconscious fear about actually getting to that strategic level.

After all, it’s a little harder to figure out what to do than to simply — do. It’s more demanding to establish the flight plan than to follow it. Creating the plan also demands more personal accountability, the conundrum that befuddles so many executives in the first place.

What does it mean to “think strategically?”

Most executives seem to recognize when they’re not doing it, but don’t know how to attain that perspective. They get bogged down in the tactical details of their daily agenda, turning the dials but unsure about which ones belong on the dashboard.

There are several approaches to this dilemma, so let me offer a handful of simple triggers, any one of which may ignite those strategic brainwaves.

Read more about thinking strategically …

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Monday, June 6th, 2016

Use the Accountability Ladder. Will You Achieve Your Goals?

 

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Do You Follow a Routine – Or Just Full Speed Ahead and Hope It All Gets Done?

If you’re like me, you realize that there are a lot of “little things” you need to do every day that often “leak out” in the maelstrom that surrounds your normal routine.

A re you diligent about keeping track or have you just given up?

imageIf you’re like me, you realize that there are a lot of “little things” you need to do every day that often “leak out” in the maelstrom that surrounds your normal routine.

It’s usually those things we’ve promised someone we would do that day FOR SURE … a small thing, easily done … but then, in the firestorm at the office, we completely forget about it until we hit home and are gently reminded about our oversight … again.

Yes, it could be very minor but it’s often one of those nagging little nuggets that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

What is a Routines List?

what should be on your routines list? Keep reading …

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Monday, May 30th, 2016

Today, We Salute Our Fallen Heroes …

Not for Fame or Reward

Not for Place or for Rank

Not Lured by Ambition

Not Goaded by Necessity

But in Simple Obedience to Duty

As They Understood It

These Men Suffered All

Sacrificed All

Dared All ~ And Died

Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold so dearly.

It is never more poignant and meaningful than when our men and women are serving overseas in harm’s way.

For me, this quotation on an Arlington National Cemetery memorial states exactly why they deserve our respect, admiration and support.

Our soldiers don’t wonder “why”.

They “do their duty” and selflessly accept their mission to defend our freedom and the values we cherish.

Take a moment from your busy day . . . shed a few tears as I always do . . . and remember the sacrifices they have made through the years … and continue to make every day … at great risk … but with an unwavering dedication to the service of their country.

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