Category: Business: General

General business thoughts, and observations

share your passion with the employees

When you work for a company, you represent them. Even if you are not an official spokesperson, you are being watched, and listened to. The interactions that you have may have long lasting impacts. The same is true inside the building as well as outside the building. People listen and by silent leadership, they will follow suit. How do you represent the company – and what message(s) are you sending?

It is of the utmost importance that you share your passion with those around you. The very idea that people come to work with a purpose is a fading concept. Largely, people drone their way in, perform through the day and speed home to tackle the next part of the day. The paycheck for the family as it were. Why it is important that the employee comes to work – and how do they contribute to the cause? Each position is a part of a bigger picture and it is our responsibility to ensure that the message is not lost in translation. If you hear phrases such as “the compan

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the side of the majority – status quo

First – break all of the rules… what does that mean? I will have to pick up the text (book) and see what it means. However, a quote recently made me pause and reflect. Somewhere during “growing up” phrases like “stick it to the man” or “don’t conform” seem to come to mind. Yet, as one gets older, and does not work for a trendy Google or Facebook (etc.), the opposite can creep in.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

I would challenge you to consider seeking out the information and identify opportunity. The can’ts c

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Boundaries & Limitations

FenceSeth Godin recently posted about Embracing Boundaries.  Very good post discussing how we should handle, limit, or not limit based on a boundary. This made me think about processes which companies want to change. Over time I have head people say things like, “it cannot be done because…” or “we tried that and it didn’t work.” My immediate questions to those comments are – why can’t it be done – or when was it that this was tried and did not work. See, we live in a world that is built for evolution. I am not saying <a class=

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Checklists, process drift, SOP’s

 

It is a good idea to consider how things take place. What sequence of events must transpire to ensure that when you need to be ready, you are? In the event of a crisis – what are you going to do? Is there a specific list of action items that need to happen in order for the event to be mitigated? The answer, in many cases, is yes (for most people).  That is why there are medical professionals that require standard work in the form of checklists prior to or post operation. By operation, I mean an activity. It does not have to be a hospital room. For example, when I used to donate plasma to Baxter (a.k.a. BioLife), there were SOP’s (standard operating procedures) just for hooking up or discharging a d

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Free Material: Unleashing the Ideavirus Seth Godin

I have enjoyed reading Seth Godin for some time. He has a very inquisitive personality – and often creates ideas which will make you ponder the seth godin - unleasing the ideavirusconcept for long amounts of time. Below, is a file which I have uploaded to the site for your review. The material was shared with permission. I
have not read the entire thing but am intrigued thus far. Please share comments about the material, so others can get an insight (if you beat me to the finish of the book). If you get a chance to read Seth’s blog, you should.

Quoted from the introduction of the book:

“Marketing by interrupting people isn’t cost-effective anymore. You can’t afford to seek out people and send them unwanted marketing messages, in large groups

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