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August 31, 2010

Sometimes good business means embracing the irrational

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:58 pm

Great article in the Spirit magazine.

1.   Check in too often and your employees will feel resentful and micromanaged

2.   Motivate your most outstanding employees with an annual bonus

3.   It’s not about you-It’s about the team

4.   Sell you idea with a convincing argument

August 29, 2010

Listening, Why we don’t listen

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:32 pm

 If we want to improve our personal performance and our managers performance,  read the attached article.

 I know that I often have the middle of the afternoon drag.   A big glass of water really helps, with a bag of peanuts helps more.  

We lose focus or concentration, then we don’t listen.    Then we lose our ability to lead. 

  Read the above linked article. 

1.   Get enough Sleep

2.   Drink a big glass of water, not caffeine

3.   Have a non sugary snack like an apple, cheese or peanuts

4.   Go for a walk, better yet,  aerobic exercise

5.  Think positive thoughts, happy thoughts, success thoughts

August 21, 2010

Rules for a Successful Business

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:20 am

Just thinking out loud,   How are you doing as a company on my ten point plan for success. 

  1. Defined values to work and live by
  2. A 5 to 10 year vision for your organization;   20 year for your personal life
    1. People, processes, procedures, systems, customers, competitors
  3. 1 year goals toward that vision
  4. Major defined actions to accomplish the Goals;  an operations strategic plan
    1. Obstacles identified, persons assigned as responsible
    2. timelines
    3. Question all your data, question all your procedures and policies that are not aligned
  5. Daily , weekly, monthly alignment of organization to all of above
  6. Daily TTD with vision rewritten at the top
    1. TTD prioritized to must do today, must be aligned
  7. Short communications meetings, agenda, minutes, actions, timelines
    1. Aligned to the vision
  8. Daily 15 minutes thinking about how to do your job better
  9. Trust your team, debate with your team members, come to consensus, commit to action, be accountable
  10. Involve and reward your people,  be extremely fair and consistent
    1. Identify your high potentials and successors
    2. Identify and focus training of all

My coach to you

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:13 am

August 8, 2010


Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 6:59 pm

You can’t over communicate your companies vision, Keith Ayers (I think)

August 3, 2010

Quote for today 8 3 10

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 9:05 am

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
~Thomas Paine~

August 2, 2010

5 Branding Secrets

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 12:26 pm

Not mine,  wish it was,  but really good stuff from Guy Kawasaki through RAC.


The author of one of our recommended reads this week is Guy Kawasaki. The BNET and Jessica Stillman shared his 5 keys to branding success: 

Make Meaning, Not Money. If you’re into personal branding with the goal of making money, stop now. You will attract the wrong kind of people into your life. Instead, start with the goal of making meaning. What better way to align all your actions with your long-term goals. What kind of meaning will you make? Kawasaki suggests two ideas for inspiration: 1) right a wrong, or 2) prevent the end of something good. What will you do to make the world a better place?

Make a Mantra. In three words or less, what are you all about? Kawasaki believes that mission statements are useless. He says, make a mantra instead. FedEx stands for “peace of mind.” What do you stand for, in the simplest terms?

Polarize People. Personal branding pundits often advise against being a “jack of all trades,” or a generalist that isn’t very good at something specific. What does Guy believe? He suggests being great for some people rather than trying to please everyone. Do not be afraid to make people react strongly for or against you. As my former business partner used to remind me, you’re not doing something right unless you’re ticking someone off. That doesn’t mean be a jerk. That means just don’t try to appeal to all people, or you’ll end up a mile wide and an inch deep, mediocre to everyone.

Find a Few Soul Mates. We’re all on this journey together. It’s silly to think we are alone in our careers or in our life. Find people who balance you. Then make time for them. If you’re busy, make plans in advance so you have to schedule around them. You’re only one person, so surround yourself with people whose skills round you off.

Don’t Let the Bozos Grind You Down. Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone will always agree with you. That’s a fact of life. So don’t let criticism or doubters bring you down. As you live out your mantra, it’s your responsibility to be strong in the face of “no,” and “you can’t do that.” Guy says, ignore people who say you won’t succeed. Use negative words as motivation. Prove people wrong.

Quote of the day, 8 2 10

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:24 am

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
~Samuel Ullman~

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