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June 9, 2015

Law of the Garbage Truck

Filed under: Food for thought for friends,Personal Philosophy — Alec @ 3:12 pm

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us! My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’ He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so … Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day!

 

June 3, 2015

Personal Assessments & Personal Development

Filed under: Personal Philosophy,Professional Development,Services — Alec @ 7:29 pm

McPherson Lean Partners has completed over 720 personal assessments during the last 7 years. If you want quick and lasting results that help each individual employee, this is one of the best tools. They really help people introspectively progress as well as work better in a team. We have used them and seen improvement for conflict management, team building, and in our one-on-one coaching.

There are several types of assessments. You probably know them as DISC or Myers Briggs. Assessments usually fall into one of 4 areas:

  1. How you act 
  2. How you think
  3. Why you think and act that way
  4. Emotional stability

Some people use them to hire and fire, but I prefer to use assessment tools for development. 

Call us, we would love to give you and your significant other a free assessment. You may be surprised how much you can learn about them from a personal assessment test!

 

 

Getting Done the To Do’s

What would you do if you had 1 hour more a day? Where would you spend it?

We all talk about time management, but few of us do anything about it. I recently was a guest at talk by my good friend Arnie Rintzler and these are my notes:

The formula for well being — mentally and physically — is time management. Life is not a spectator sport, so learning to manage your time so you can do what you really want to do, is extremely valuable.  

The people we admire and trust the most are usually those who keep their word and promises on time. You must give your word, and recognize that trust is the highest praise. Many of us are so poor at time management that we don’t trust ourselves to give our word i.e. we get done what we focus on in our time calendar.  

There are 168 hours in a week. We sleep maybe 56 hours, work 55 hours, eat 14 hours, travel 14 hours, and that leaves 30 + hours to get other things done. If we prioritize and focus we can accomplish great things!

MLP can help you accomplish your life goals. Here are a couple ways to get you started:

  1. Hint: Don’t put C items on your Daily Things to Do list or on your calendar.  
  2. Hint: If I gave you $86,400 dollars every day and you had to spend it — no carry over — how would you spend it? You have 86,400 seconds every day, spend it equally wisely!

The Business Benefits of a Small Group

Filed under: Professional Development,Services — Alec @ 7:03 pm

Why use a small group in business? Small groups create space and opportunity to share ideas, to talk and listen, to question and practice. They provide an avenue to build teamwork. Small groups can make a huge difference in the success of a business or organization.

Putting 6 to 10 people with a common focus or goal together can encourage and motivate the participants to a higher level. When we see others on our team who are achieving new levels of success, it inspires us and makes us feel rewarded for our small role in that success.

Small groups help us be accountable because our team members are acting both as a safety net and as coaches/mentors.

Many of McPherson Lean Partners classes are small group sessions. We solve more that your problem, we help you build a team culture for ongoing growth and happy employees.

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