Friday, July 21, 2017

Assume nothing

An excerpt from a book written by Coach Bill Parcells-

Assume nothing.

Coaches can't ever be afraid to repeat the most elementary fundamentals. As Tom Cahill used to tell my high school football team, " First who, then how. If you don't know who to hit , what am I teaching you how to hit him for ? " Coach Cahill would get very dramatic at our first sign of confusion, He'd stop practice and point at each lineman, one at a time: "You have him, you have him, you have him.... You're running the ball here- now does everyone have it ?" And then he'd go down the line again, repeating the matchups, and finally he'd say, "Now, goddamn it , get 'em ! "

Coach Cahill was adamant about the basics; they say you are a product of your environment, and there I am.I emphasize all the time, especially with a younger team, because it's the obvious things that beat you if they're not taken care of. There are coaches that hold their players responsible for the entire playbook, for knowing what to do even if the play had'nt been run all season. In my view, that's a good way to lose on principle. I'll go over things in practice that we ran last week; the players may groan, but they'll have no excuse for messing up.


You can apply the same idea and methods to your buisness .

Be a Teacher, Not a Drill Sergeant

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Demons

Sometimes they're in a bottle
Sometimes a pair of high heal shoes
Some come rolled in paper
Some have six strings and only play the blues
Once you meet the devil
There's no way he'll let you be
When I'm not chasing demons
There's demons chasing me
Skeletons in closets
Ghost underneath the bed
They hide out in pictures
And in words better left unsaid
They hang around like perfume
And haunt me like an ancient melody
When I'm not chasing demons
There's demons chasing me
There's things I can?t leave alone
'Cause they won't leave me alone
What I want ain't what I need
Still I reach for the things I crave
Better try to runaway
Maybe I'm afraid of being free
When I'm not chasing demons
There's demons chasing me
So roll one up and light it
Pickup my old guitar
I'm playing crossroads
Drinkin' whiskey from the mason jar
There's heartache at my front door
Says she needs my company
When I'm not chasing demons
There's demons chasing me
There's things I can?t leave alone
'Cause they won't leave me alone
What I want ain't what I need
Still I reach for the things I crave
Better try to runaway
Maybe I'm afraid of being free
When I'm not chasing demons
There's demons chasing me


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Money

Money Money Money

Money should not be our God but yet we all serve it, worry about it and at times do not speak up in fear of money.
How different would our life be if we could actually speak out in truth and not in fear of losing your job or being politically ridiculed or punished?
I hear every day in every walk of life and in all businesses, people being wronged and being silent or whispering to their small circle and kissing the brass.

Wrong Wrong Wrong.

The main reason businesses are suffering is because they continue to live in the bubble and because they have put their true workers on the outside they will never correct their issues. Instead they will just point down and to everyone else to blame others for their failures.
If you do not include the people that actually carry the water how in the world can you succeed?
If the only people in the room are the stuff shirts,  getting overpaid most likely, then who are they listening to?

Because their number one goal is to just protect their own job and their own bonuses they spew out these rediculous directives and just spin spin spin.

If they kick the can further on down the road they live to see another day.

Money drives their decisions..their own money..and that is why they will always fail.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Managers

The power your manager holds over you, your employment security and your career path makes your direct boss the most important person in your working life for as long as you have your job.
The unequal power relationship between a manager and their subordinate is one of the most dysfunctional features of traditional employment.
It is ridiculous that new supervisors are promoted with little thought, given little to no training and then put in charge of other people, but it happens every day.
It is not  healthy for you to need one person your manager  to approve of your every move!

I hope you have a manager who trusts you and whom you can trust. You deserve to work for a manager who doesn't expect or require you to behave any differently at work than you do anywhere else.

You deserve to work for someone who wants to see the real you at work, not a fake, subservient version of you  but many are not that lucky.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Training

For any buisness to succeed you have to be able to train and explain.

It is not just good enough to point and demand it is your responsibility to train and teach each and every employee or laborer that works for you.

If an issue arises because of lack of preparation then use that as a teaching moment, point out how the situation could have been prevented.
Don't just demand quality, give them the tools to succeed.

Choose the moment and be wary of your voice infliction, the idea is to not reprimand but to teach.

Process is important, habits are important, keep tweaking your processes to improve, embrace technology but do not ever forget that technology can never replace the human side of business-
You can have the best technology but if you do not have the right process in place and you do not teach and embrace the people around you all the technology in the world will not make you successful.

Train and explain and while you are explaining, tell them why what they are doing is important and how it fits into the bigger picture.
Do not assume they know.

It is your responsibility to teach, and train and explain.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Intimidation

Intimidation is not a way to lead or a way to conduct buisness.
People who bully or try to intimidate have always bothered me and I have always fought against them.
First I NEVER allow them to dictate ANYTHING over me , I would never allow them that Power.
Unfortunately I have to watch others get caught in their web though, I do my best to try to help but they know who they can prey on and they attack.
I can say that their power is fleeting because you can never sustain with that mentality but in their wake they do leave collateral damage.
Bullies are normally bullies because of their own insecurities and inability to actually see people or they are so paronoid that they have to run their day through intimidation to deflect.
Do not give away YOUR power or be intimidated by anyone.
Do YOUR job and do not feed into their insecurities and do not give them the satisfaction as to argue or lose your focus. Let them drown in their own negativity and be better then them .
Be the best YOU can be !

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Focus

In all the busy and with all the buzz around it is more important then ever to FOCUS.
Focus on YOUR job and what YOU can do better.
If you do not like something then try to conduct change but change does not come from dogging the other guy or by spewing venom.
Change comes from within and sometimes it has to come in increments but most of all be honest with yourself and focus on what your part of the process is- do your job.
Everyone does not need to know any private conversations you may have as a malfunction fact people will not trust you if they see or hear their private conversations they may have had with you and they see or hear them on socmedia or from other people.
Focus on what you can do to conduct change but most important focus on the day in front of you and do your very best- it is YOUR reputation and PRIDE on the line.