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If you had half the resources and a quarter of the time…

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Ask yourself this: If you had half the resources and a quarter of the time to do your job, how would you do it differently?

I know what you’re thinking: “No way. It can’t be done! I’m barely making it as it is!” But humor me for a minute. Imagine that you have absolutely no choice but to do everything you currently do with half the resources and a quarter of the time. No choice at all.

Now…what would you do?

The first shift would be in attitude. It would HAVE to be. Once the shift in attitude is made, you are willing to do whatever it takes. Resentment doesn’t build up and defeat your energy. Suddenly the impossible becomes possible.

The second shift would be in organization. You would be forced to get very organized, very quickly, with daily, weekly, and monthly checklists.

Now imagine what would happen to your productivity if you adopted this attitude now, today, even with all the time and resources you have. Nothing would ever stand in your way again.

One and Dones

Monday, January 1st, 2018


Have you ever gone to your supervisor and say, “Boss I have this great idea”? Well that’s an okay thing to do but when you only have the one idea as opposed to, “Hey boss, there’s a new outcome we’re trying to create”, there’s three different possibilities here. “I’ve looked at all three and I’ve determined that the things that are most important happen to be a and b. When I compared the three of them together, narrowed it down to these two. This one has this option and this one does not have this option.

Based upon that, I’m going to recommend option b”. You see when you give options, you have the ability for someone to be able to say, “Sounds great”. When you come with a one and done as opposed here’s the one thing, the first thing they’ll do is send you back out the door to go do your research. Don’t walk in with any one and dones, be prepared with having done the critical thinking so that when you present that you can get a decision and know it’s a good decision.

Learn Your Boss’ Job

Monday, November 13th, 2017



Your boss has a tough job, as do you. And, your job is not only doing your job, but to learn your boss’ job. Now, why is this? Well, for one thing, the more you can take off the shoulders of the person you report to, the more they can take the job of the person that they report to, and you can see how this continues to work. But here’s also the good reason for you as an individual.

Once you know how to do everything that your supervisor knows how to do, that makes you infinitely promotable. And, as soon as you’re in that job, guess what? You’ll learn the job of the person that you report to. And, you can see where this goes, yes?

Be a person of great generosity. And, as opposed to complaining about more things to do, look for more things to do and more value to add. And, I promise you, life gives to the givers and it’s a hoot.

If you do your boss’ job, and then after you get that job, you do that boss’ job, you can see where this is going. Here’s the thing, life gives to the givers. The more you give, the more you receive. So…be of generous spirit.

Make Yourself Replaceable

Monday, November 6th, 2017



If you’re not there tomorrow, can your team function completely without you and make sure that all your responsibilities are managed? You see, you don’t have a job, you have responsibilities. So it should go on whether or not you are there.

My very first boss that made it very clear to me, if you’re ever needing to be replaced on a day when you’re not available, we better be able to do everything you can do, and you better have the procedures and checklists ready such that we can do the job.

Now some people think, “Well, if I do that then I don’t have job security.” Guess what? If you don’t do it, you don’t have job security. Because you have put your team at great risk. And, guess what? They’re going to notice the first time you go on vacation or have a sick day, that you are not looking out for the team.

So today, take time, write out your procedures, write out your checklists so anyone can step in, and I promise you, good things will come as a result of the fact that you’re taking care of your team.

You Have a Revenue Job

Monday, October 9th, 2017



If you haven’t thought about this before, I hate to break it to you, but you have a revenue job. That’s right. There’s this thing called salary expense. And that money has to come from somewhere. It doesn’t just come out of the clouds. And as my father use to say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” So, where does it come from?

It comes from revenue. Which means you and everybody that you work with has a revenue job. Even if you’re not in marketing. Even if you’re not in sales.

If you’re in operations, your job is to delight the customer, recognize more opportunities for sales, coordinate that with the sales department, and help create more revenue. If you are in quality, your job is to make sure the best quality product goes out the door because when you do, that increases revenue.

Whatever you do, every moment of everyday, realize, and think to yourself, “How does this connect to revenue? Because my job is to make sure that as an organization we grow and we prosper every day, and we do that best by focusing on the customer.”