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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace writes a daily note to the company’s 1,000+ manufacturing employees with the goal of keeping teammates informed, connected, engaged and motivated. These notes contain ideas and observations to help teammates address the challenges they face in the workplace and serve as a forum for establishing the company’s culture and values. A selection of these notes is shared here.

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FEEDBACK MAKES A DIFFERENCE…

Did you receive feedback in the last seven days?

Great organizations are built on culture.  Quality communication exists in every significant culture.

One of the best communication tools we have is the feedback we give and receive.

Do you routinely give feedback?  Upon reflection, most of us realize we could do more.

Most of us do feedback silently.  Here’s what I mean:

I have people in my life who I love and respect. 

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LEAD WHERE YOU STAND…

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation.  It’s about impact, influence and inspiration.  Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates.”

Many words have been used to describe leadership and leaders.

Manu Ginobli had a long career as a basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs.  He was a key player on a number of championship teams. 

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INSPIRING OUR TEAMMATES…

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation.  It’s about impact, influence and inspiration.  Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates.”

Many words have been used to describe leadership and leaders.

Manu Ginobli had a long career as a basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs.  He was a key player on a number of championship teams.

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McCain Tribute: Count our blessings…

Sometimes it takes an event to remind us of our blessings.

John McCain’s death was one of those events for me.

When he announced his run for the presidency in 2008, he said this:

“Since I owe this country much more than she owes me, I’m announcing my candidacy for the presidency of the United States.”

It’s easy to get caught up in what’s wrong with the United States. 

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DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR CHANGE?

“Nothing changes if nothing changes?”

Generally, it’s accurate that most of us want things to be better in the future.  You can describe “better” in any number of ways; wealthier, healthier, easier, more peaceful, smarter.

But, it’s also accurate to say that most of us resist change.  Change calls for new routines.  More learning.  Better habits.  Redesigned schedules.  More investment.  Change isn’t easy.  If we want better outcomes tomorrow, we must figure out what changes are necessary and to do them.

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SELF-DISCIPLINE

Season three has been featured three sessions describing the way football coach Nick Saban runs the University of Alabama football program.

It features a few coaches, players and sportscasters describing insights into the success the program has experienced.

I think this is really good if you are a sports fan and will offer insights into how to lead things if you aren’t a sports fan.  I recommend it.

Here’s a nugget from the broadcast. 

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KEYS TO CONTENTMENT…

These keys to contentment always remain true:

  1.  Health enough to make work a pleasure.
  2.  Wealth enough to support your needs.
  3. Strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
  4. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
  5. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
  6. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbors.
  7. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
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DEVELOPMENT STARTS WITH A HAVING A PLAN…

How much of your time do you devote to development?

Development happens in multiple dimensions.

You can develop spiritually by taking time to meditate or pray.  By reading spiritually derived books.

You can develop physically by undertaking an exercise program designed to build endurance and strength.  Combine it with exercise program to develop the right balance of health measurements designed to extend your capabilities and you’re kicking with gas.

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WHAT ASSUMPTIONS IN YOUR LIFE REMAIN UNTESTED?

I have a place I drive to visit routinely.

I go there two to three times a week.  Maybe 10 years or so.

The first time I went I was given directions.  I’ve followed that path ever since.

Today I tried a different way.  It was three tenths of a mile shorter.  Straighter path.  Fewer curves.  Quicker way.

I feel a little silly telling the story.

I calculate I’ve driven about 1,000 miles farther and spent almost 30 hours behind the wheel more than I needed to if I had discovered the better,

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HOW DO YOU IMPACT YOUR ENVIRONMENT?

“Don’t let osmosis determine your environment.”

Heard this in a seminar today.  Here’s how I heard it.  The point is to remind us our environment will settle into whatever condition we let it settle into.  If you don’t act to make it into something productive, it won’t be.

So, how do you impact your environment?

You say encouraging words.

You suggest and strive for ways to make it better.

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