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We don’t have to be superstars or win championships.  All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it. – John Wooden This is a statement of impact. “Rise to every occasion” means engage.  Don’t be passive.  Pay attention.  See what’s needed. Summon your energy. “Give your best effort” means contribute.  If you are in the game, be all […]

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“Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your problem.” – Sharon Price John John is a business turnaround expert.  She takes situations that are deep in the weeds and turns them into winners. When bad situations exist, there are many affected who didn’t contribute to the situation.  But to change bad situations, it takes an all-out effort.  Everyone must unite around getting the job done. Describing how we got in the ditch […]

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“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”  ~ John Wesley John Wesley founded the Methodist Church.  He was a deep thinker about making a difference. I was listening to a podcast recently where Tim Kight and Urban Meyer were discussing […]

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What makes us a better place to work? My goal is to be the “best blue-collar employer” in the markets we serve.  I use the term “blue collar” as an acknowledgement that our work is hard, exposed to the outdoor elements and not for sissies. So, we aren’t going to have yoga classes and free massages that hi-tech companies are proud of describing.  But we can still create an environment where people feel valued and […]

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“Complacency is a blatant disregard for what is right.”  – Nick Saban, Alabama football coach. There is a three-part video series on Alabama football on an app called Athletic. I’m a fan of Coach Saban’s program and the approach he brings to things.  He has a staff member in charge of the health and performance of his players. Turns out each player wears a sensor which records each player’s physical effort in the course of […]

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“Adversity is a test of your toughness, not your talent.” Tim Kight. Are you tough?  I’d like to think I’m tough enough.  But, could be tougher.  There’s no chance to pass through this life without facing adversity. I’ve heard it said that toughness is a skill.  Skills are developed through practice. Refined through practice.  Hardened by habit.  Thinking about toughness, I began a list.     You should to. Tough people show up.  They are where they […]

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The PalletCentral Magazine, the publication of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association recently published a report on the economic impact of pallets. Here are some facts to know: The pallet industry has experienced seven straight years of growth, rebounding from The Great Recession of 2008-9. As of 2016, our industry employed more than 67,000 workers, PalletOne employs more than 1000 of these workers.  The output value of our industry is $10.7 billion.  There are […]

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“A leader that won’t listen to others will eventually be surrounded by people that have nothing to say.” – Andy Stanley What’s the climate like at work? I believe that communication ought to be constant, transparent and courageous.  The stage for those three things to happen is set by a leader who listens well. The best teams communicate constantly.  Encouragement flows.  Teaching and sharing are a mainstay.  Total, constant communication means everyone takes their turn […]

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“We surrender the results of the future to our process” Boston Celtic basketball coach Brad Stevens. We are all “in process”.  We don’t stand still.  We don’t know what will happen tomorrow.  We are aging. Getting smarter-or not.  Getting stronger-or not Improving our skills-or not.  Building our team-or not Getting wealthier-or not.  Strengthening our relationships-or not You get my point. You can add to the list. Stevens makes a good point.  We don’t do know […]

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“Get it. Got it. Give it!” Was listening to pastor Rick Warren talk about growing spiritually. He said those of us who are growing are doing these three things. “Get it” is the learning stage.  We read books.  We ask questions.  We stay open to upping our game.  If we are improving in life, we are open and “getting” more to build upon. “Got it” is the implementation stage.  It’s one thing to be exposed […]

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