Daily with HQ

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.

Learn more about PalletOne, the nation’s largest new pallet manufacturer.




ARE YOU A GOOD LEADER?

A popular point at our leadership training is –  People don’t quit companies, they quit bosses. 

 

For each of us, our perception of the company where we are employed is influenced heavily by the leadership we encounter.  Our enterprise isn’t a name or a product as much as it is the people we encounter. 

 

When I saw the following on LinkedIn, it caused me to reflect on our training to leaders. 

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

ARE YOU ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET THINGS DONE?

“In order to be a winner, you have to look for ways of getting things done and not for reasons why things can’t be done.  People who live with excuses have things that can’t be done hovering around them all the time”.  Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame basketball coach

This is a “happening to the world” statement.

What needs to be done?  What can be done?  How do we change things to make this better?

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

“TRYING” TAKES COURAGE…

Robert Redford, the great actor, has a new movie out and he says it will be his last.  The announcement has created several interviews on television.  In one, he shared a quote that has inspired him through the years:

“For us it’s only the trying, the rest is not our business.” T.S. Eliot

Eliot’s quote reminds us the importance of taking the initiative in matters.  Until you try, you never know what the result.

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

TEAMMATES MUST TEACH EACH OTHER…

Are your teammates committed to quality work?

That’s one of the questions on our annual survey.  The idea is that if everyone is highly committed to quality work, the company is likely to be at the top of its class when it comes to competition.

As CEO, it’s easy for me to write this and encourage your commitment to quality work.  But, I was reminded on a tour last week how little I have to do with it.

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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. 

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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. 

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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.

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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. 

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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.

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →

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. 

Continue Reading →

Posted in:

Leave a Comment (0) →
Page 2 of 100 12345...»