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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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Unselfish, Together, and Hard

“All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.” Larry Brown, Hall of Fame basketball coach.

Do those characteristics apply to your team?

Unselfish. The members of the team put the priorities of the team above individual needs. There is no resentment because of prima donna behavior.

Together. Everyone does their job, and there is trust. Help is readily available when a teammate struggles.

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Growth and comfort do not coexist

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO.

Based on her wisdom, you can take this thought home: “if everything is feeling comfortable, you probably need to sit down and do some goal setting.”

Don’t get me wrong. Growth is good and deserves celebration. It’s worth stopping and enjoying. I’m not advocating that you abandon comfort all the time.

But, in the spirit of “if you’re not getting,

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Being Elite

“Being elite is wanting to do what you have to do.” PJ Fleck, University of Minnesota head football coach.

We run into it all the time. We go through a period where we are engaged. We are excited. We approach our work with enthusiasm. We bust our ass. We get things done.

Safe. Housekeeping is great. Numbers are rising. We see results.

Then, complacency creeps in. We quit doing the little things.

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Rallying together to help others!

Many years ago, Mr. Rogers was the host of a children’s show on PBS.  He had a quote one time that always makes the rounds during tragedies like we are seeing in Houston.

Mr. Rogers tells a story: “When I was young, and I would see something scary, my mother would say ‘Look for the helpers. In scary situations, there always helpers.’”

Sure enough, it’s the case in Texas. In the midst of the horrible,

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Mindset

Here’s a mindset for you:

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. Thomas Carlyle

Go.  It has an action context. You’re not standing still. You’re not drifting. Go says move with purpose. Intend to head in a direction.

Far as you can see. All we can do is all we can do. Looking ahead, what challenges are there?

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LUCK

You may have seen this. It came from a safety minute generated by Sunbelt’s HR leader:

“LUCK :  How many times in the past – both on the job and at home – have you said to yourself, “Wow, that was a close one?”

No matter the department you work in, production, maintenance, treating or in the office, accidents can happen.  That’s why we all need to be reminded from time to time to keep safety first.

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The Brain is an Automatic Learning Machine

I heard this about the brain:

It is an automatic learning machine.

Our brain is constantly taking in information. It makes connections between things. It becomes “learned”. Sometimes we are conscious of our learning. Sometimes we aren’t.

Unfortunately, we can “learn” things that aren’t necessarily so. We’ve all had the experience of thinking something was “true” or “real”, that didn’t happen to be true. Some of those “learnings” end up resulting in bias,

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“Tour Ready”

“Tour ready” all the time.

If I popped in your work area tomorrow with a visitor, would you be proud to show us around?

Is housekeeping the way you like it?

Safety rules in order?

Equipment in working order?

A healthy level of productivity?

The whole team engaged?

I learned a long time ago that you can’t fake it for a tour.

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Inspiration to Others

I heard a speech by Heather Larson made at the Willow Creek Church where she was underscoring the impact of inspiring others.

It seems to me we each have choices: I will attempt to be an inspiration to others or I won’t. Simple.

I can understand either choice. Some folks like to stay within themselves. Remain private. They don’t think it’s their role to engage others. So, they don’t.

But,

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Positivity vs Negativity

A common theme in these notes is the virtue and value of choosing positivity versus negativity.

While the concept of critical analysis has merit, the idea of starting out every situation by pointing to the deficits or features that are wrong is counterproductive. Negativity is a “buzz kill.”

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson is a psychologist at North Carolina who studies positivity. She says people who are positive fuel that positivity by behaving in ways that fuel positivity.

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