Giant Memories & Lessons from the Boston Marathon

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Might as well accept it…

“Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path.”

Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path.

Which giants do you see most often?

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Appreciate Your Team

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In celebration of Administrative Professionals Week, we share this quote.

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Appreciate team members frequently (not just during Administrative Professionals Week) and watch morale and productivity soar.

For tips and ideas for appreciating and celebrating – this week and beyond –

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Mean Dog Alert

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I’m sorry to report the sighting of a few mean dogs across the country and even just down the street.

You may have seen a few too.

For most of us, it doesn’t take long for a mean dog to make us feel mean.  To growl, bark or bite back.  If not stopped, it won’t take long before everyone on the team is at each others’ throats.  Or perhaps the mean dogs band together and focus their attack on others. If it continues, in fighting is almost guaranteed. And morale and productivity has been out the window for a while.

For all of those reasons,  it is absolutely critical for leaders to be on the look out for mean dog behavior and be ready to stop it immediately.  That includes the mean dog that lives inside of each of us as well.

Which dog is winning?

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Everyone faces a battle

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Let us remember though that while Heart Month, Doing Business with Heart Month and Random Acts of Kindness Week will be over soon, the battles people deal with every day will not.

Be kinder than necessary for everyone is facing some sort of battle.

This quote reminds us that when a person interrupts, pushes ahead in line, ignores us in the hallway or whatever it is that rubs us the wrong way or ticks us off – it’s probably

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Is your team gung ho?

If it’s not as Gung Ho! as you’d like it to be, go outside and observe nature for a while – in particular – the squirrels scampering non-stop, beavers building dams and geese honking overhead. Or if it’s cold with a dreary drizzle where you are, like it is where I am, just imagine them at work. Or pick up a copy of Gung Ho! by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

It’s a story about a business that’s about to close. A new manager comes in and finds one (and only one) department that’s high on morale and productivity. She digs in and learns their secrets to success which includes: “The Spirit of the Squirrel“, “The Way of the Beaver” and “The Gift of the Goose”. After applying these secrets to all parts of the business, instead of closing, it makes record profits and productivity.

It’s a good, quick book to read. One that can have lasting value for you as a leader. I re-visit my well-used, pink post-it note studded copy quite often – whenever I’m a bit stumped about a particular team or leadership issue. Just recently, I was re-visiting “The Way of the Beaver”.

Way of the beaver

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