• Are you an encourager on the job?

    25 Apr 2019 | 12:00 am

    Job was told, "Your words have helped the tottering to stand" (Job 4:4 NASB). Our company colleagues will become discouraged at times. You can help by finding genuine, real encouragement to lift an associate during a tough time. Your peers[…]

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Feb 14
2019

Key Habits for Success

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Several years ago, a newsletter called Early to Rise summarized six key habits for success in the business world:

  • Showing up on time
  • Paying close attention to assignments
  • Doing more than the required minimum
  • Struggling with difficult tasks
  • Organizing tasks by priorities

 

These habits are equally necessary today.  Customers and businesses need reliable workers who will be available at the agreed time. Here are my experiences with some of these key habits.

Feb 11
2019

Director of First Impressions

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I walked into the office of a business and the receptionist had a sign on her desk, “Director of First Impressions.”  I’ve seen the term before but seeing it in on a receptionist’s desk made me think about its appropriateness.  It was the receptionist who greeted people in person and represented the business when someone called in.  It struck home the point that receptionist “Mary” understood that her business expected her to leave a lasting impression on each person who contacted the business.

Every time a prospective customer contacts us by phone, email or by walking through a door; they receive a first impression of our organization. We have the responsibility to ensure that the impression is positive and helpful. I have had some business encounters where my first impression was so negative, I never proceeded forward except to end a phone call or step out of the business.

When my phone rings, I may be focused on something or having a difficult day. However, I understand that the person calling will receive a first impression of me and the business. My responsibility is to ensure their first impression is positive, regardless of the circumstances I face.  

Feb 07
2019

The Good Old Days

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As I grow older, I reminisce about how times always seemed better in the past. King Solomon understood this issue when he wrote, “Don't long for ‘the good old days.’ This is not wise.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10, NLT)

However, consider that toilet paper wasn’t invented until 1857, relatively recent in the history of man.

Richard Russell compiled a list of basic living conditions in 1904, conditions familiar to my grandparents. When one longs for the good old days consider these facts:

Feb 04
2019

Ask Great Questions

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When a small child asks me the why question, it usually begins an unending series of more why’s that easily annoys. I get frustrated with the why question because it isn’t a specific question; thus, doesn’t have a specific answer.

In our business, it is important to ask specific questions that will lead to obtaining the best answers quickly. It’s the same thing we learn from using Internet search engines. The more specific the question, the better the answer we receive.

Jan 28
2019

Working When You Don’t Feel Like It

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All of us have days when we don’t feel like going to work, making the next sales call or putting everything into your job. When faced with these moments we have a simple choice, take it easy or push forward.

To some degree perseverance is a choice. Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors in history, was often quoted as saying inventions were 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Edison was known for pushing and pushing and pushing to drive a concept into an invention that was usable.