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You Have a Revenue Job



Everyone has a revenue job. But what if I’m in operations, do I have a revenue job? Yes you do. You see in operations, you see possibilities about more business that could be done with customers, new things that could be done. Or you can create efficiencies for those who have the direct revenue jobs by making sure there’s not mistakes in what’s being done, by making sure that clients are taken care of. Everyone has a revenue job. Find out how you tie yourself to revenue and be impeccable and more value in those areas.

You Blew it, What Now



You blew it. Okay, that happens. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to miss deadlines, but how you handle that reveals your character. If you kind of sweep it under the table, and you don’t say anything to anybody, that’s not revealing a lot of great character. If instead you say, “Guys, I blew this. Here’s my massive corrective action plan of what I’m doing to get back on track. You need to know. I’m owning this and this will get cleaned up.”

Now that’s integrity. That’s leadership. That’s someone who cares and so the next time something goes wrong, and it will, make sure you own it and that you do something about it. We don’t want to hear the sad old story of excuses. We love to hear about what you’ll be doing about that instead. So, take massive corrective action and explain it to everyone who is impacted by that, and people will really love having you on their team.

Acknowledge Your Teams Wins



There was the research that was done of managers, and that if they spend the last 15 minutes of their day just acknowledging everything good that happened for the day, that their productivity went up, like over 40 percent. It was crazy to see the impact of that.

You see, there’s a brain chemistry change that happens when we’re acknowledging what works. That’s why we love daily huddles, and quarterly celebrations, and other things that celebrate how people tie themselves to profit, and the impact they’re having in moving those needles. When you celebrate successes, you’re doing more than celebrating successes. You’re changing your brain chemistry, because every time you acknowledge that you create a success, your self-confidence goes up. When your self-confidence goes up, you see yourself as someone who can do the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing.

So, celebrate successes with gusto, and I promise you, you will create even more success in your life.

Stop Undercommunicating



Most people don’t communicate enough. They don’t tell you where things are at with that project. They don’t tell you what’s going on with different pieces. They don’t tell you, “Hey, I’m behind on something.”

Be an over-communicator. In other words, tell everybody that’s impacted by anything you’re doing what’s going on so that they know what’s going on. Do it in effective ways. Don’t bomb their email account with a whole bunch of different emails, but, instead, say, “Hey, guys, I’m way ahead on this. I’m behind on these six things. Here’s what I’m doing about these pieces. Here’s how this could impact this particular piece. Here’s how I’m communicating to them.”

When you overcommunicate, you show to other team members that you care and that you are on it, on it, and you want to be that person that’s perceived as being on it. So we know you’re going to get behind. We know you’ll make mistakes. Overcommunicate the status of where you’re at, and people will go home at night in a restful state, knowing that there will be no surprises.

When Life Just isn’t Working



Okay, let’s face it. Life is not perfect. There are seven billion people on planet earth, and they’re all not waking up every day and saying how to take care of you. So sometimes you just get bummed. And you get into a funk. And you’re doing the same old thing and it’s not working. And you’re feeling sorry for yourself. Okay, welcome to planet earth. That’s happened to every one of us.

And you have a responsibility. The more you become self-consumed with “The world is not treating you well,” the more you can’t get yourself out of that. Next time you get into a funk, ask yourself one question. “How am I going to go create more value in the world? And how can I do it right now? How can I make my significant other happier? How can I do more for my children? How can I make a bigger impact at work? How can I help out my team members?”

When you’re about making an impact, you get yourself out of the funk. It’s a decision to start to add even more value. It’s also a decision to stop thinking those repetitive thoughts of, “I’m not happy,” and start thinking about how grateful you are for everything that you have. “I’m grateful I have a job, it pays the bills. I’m grateful I have team members around me, that we get to laugh together sometimes. I’m grateful that I have a supervisor that cares about me. I am grateful that I have opportunities. I’m grateful that I have legs that work and arms that work and that I get to breathe air every day.”

The more we give gratitude for the little things, the faster we get out of the funk. So I don’t know about you, I’m glad I get to take the next breath. What an opportunity.