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REAL Job Security

Monday, February 10th, 2014


There’s a terrible idea I hear once in a while, one that really has to die. “If everything falls apart when I’m on vacation, that’s just job security for me. It proves they need me!”

No, no, no. What it proves is that you don’t care about the health and well-being of your company, which in turn means you don’t care about the people in it—including yourself.

Proving that you don’t care is NOT a good way to prove your worth. Part of your job is to make sure everything goes on like clockwork even when you are not there.

I had a boss once who said, “If you can’t be gone for two weeks and have something in place to get your tasks done in your absence, you are not doing your job.” As a CEO myself, I can pretty much guarantee that a collapse in the Marketing Department registers as a black mark against Marketing from the head down, NOT as a gold star by the name of the manager who left town and let it collapse.

If on the other hand you come back after two weeks and your absence hasn’t caused so much as a ripple, consider it a demonstration of how much you care about the people and the place you left behind.

That’s REAL job security.

See the Entire Field

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Ten seconds to go. The game is tied. American soccer great Landon Donovan sprints down the field, cutting in and out of English defenders.

Five seconds. He puts the ball on his right foot, finds his balance, and leans forward.

Four seconds. The whole stadium goes silent. Every fan is afraid to move. Afraid to breathe.

Suddenly, play stops. The whistle blows. Foul on the play! Where was the call?!

We all look toward the referee…who to our surprise appears unfazed and quite confident in his call. He MUST have seen something where we weren’t looking! Caught up in the exciting moment, we failed to see the blatant foul.

So what game are you watching, and who’s blowing the whistle? Do you walk into the office and get caught up in tunnel vision on the ball, or are you also stepping back and surveying the bigger picture—watching the entire play as it develops?

Continuously maintain an awareness of the fouls around you – whether committed by or against you. Imagine what you miss. Imagine what your eyes glaze right over. Imagine the improvements you could make if you could only see the entire field!

Take a moment to identify places in your life where you have committed fouls. Though play has continued, it is never too late to go back, blow the whistle yourself, and make a correction.

Be the Leader

Monday, April 16th, 2012

There’s an old country music song my cousin played every year at the holidays that goes, “ya done stomped on my heart…and you mashed that sucker flat.”

Well, that’s how it feels to be in the workplace some days. Our souls are stomped on.

People’s behaviors seem childish, unkind and self-consumed—feels a bit like adult day care.

So the responsibility of every team member is to put on her big girl pants or big boy pants and bring that “higher-self” good character to work every day. It’s a choice. WE only act like children in the workplace because we don’t stop to reflect how unattractive it is as adults to not hold our behaviors to higher standards. (more…)

Mentor for Good Judgment

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Remember Odysseus? He was the long-ago CEO of an island called Ithaca. When he left to fight in the Trojan War, he asked a trusted friend to watch over his infant son.
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Who Else Wants to Get More Accomplished in Less Time?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

People make “to-do” lists. That’s great. But try this tip that successful people do: They make “get-rid-of lists.”

Decide to get rid of the things that aren’t creating the best ROI for every minute of your time and every dollar you invest.

Things that could and should be on your list include: vendors that need to go, products that overstayed the party, employees who make you want to stop being an employer, mindsets you have that hold you back, mindsets your team members have that need to go, old systems that haven’t been challenged—you name it, anything that you wouldn’t want to start over should probably go.

New results don’t come with old methodologies, old thinking, or other clutter that keeps you stuck in yesteryear. Get out the shovel and clean house!