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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

“You reap what you sow.”

“You reap what you sow.”

In the Bible, they call that the Law of the Harvest. The idea is that we can only expect the fruit that comes from the seed you sow.

Sowing is a planting term. It suggests that you “cast” seed “broadly.” So, the harvest we receive someday will depend on how much and what kind of seed you sow today.

So, what kind of harvest/results are you looking for?

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

PalletOne Leaders happen to the world

PalletOne leaders happen to the world. They prefer not to have to be in a “reactive” mode.

Here are four strategies those who happen to the world adopt.

  1. They are decisive. They recognize how deciding versus procrastinating creates momentum. They have confidence that the decisions and acting on it teach the next best step.
  2. They are adaptable. They recognize that change is constant. They bounce with change and stay active in the game.
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Choosing!!!

“A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else.” Hunter Thompson. Gonzo journalist.

I studied journalism when I was younger. Thought I might become a sportswriter. One of the popular writers in those days was a novelist Hunter Thompson.

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Performance Feedback

I’ve been travelling around this spring and visiting our plants. I’ve been reviewing the numbers from the “engagement survey” we had you complete.  We made a commitment to share only the numbers from a specific plant with the team associated with the plant so I won’t be providing results.  But, my summary would be that your response was positive and you helped us to identify areas for improvement.

In every single plant, one area where we can improve is on giving you feedback about your performance.

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Consider The New Possibilites

You don’t have to look far to find someone going through a tough time.

All around us: people suffering through persistent, mysterious pain and illness; parents and grandparents worried about their children’s difficulties; folks suffering the loss of loved ones;… Hardships abound.

When challenge and disappointing circumstances arise, it’s easy to become downcast and wonder “why me?”. Writer and speaker Michael Hyatt poses a question for all of us to consider as an alternative.

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Remembering Glenn Frey

Aging myself today, but The Eagles are one of the bands that resonated with me in my youth.

So, I was sad to learn of Glenn Frey’s death yesterday. I was reflecting upon the great poetry of the Eagles.

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key.” Already Gone

“Well, I heard some people talkin’ just the other day

And they said you were gonna put me on a shelf

But let me tell you I got some news for you

And you’ll soon find out it’s true

And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself.”

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Happy Birthday USMC

I was informed today is the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corp.

I’ve known a few Marines in my day. All of them exemplified grit, resourcefulness and toughness. Most would tell you that their tough training as a Marine made all the difference.

My brief reading of Marine history indicates they were formed to be the expeditionary arm of the Navy. In other words, if the Navy strength was getting to the places of battle by sea,

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Mocksville Leads Successful Industry Tour

Your teammates in Mocksville represented you well today. Almost 500 pallet heads and lumber pros from the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association toured our facility there and we are receiving rave reviews.

These tours are becoming an annual event and are very popular. As a rule, pallet plant owners are independent, isolated and competitive. The opportunity to see how others do it is one that can’t be resisted.

Our team led by Area Manager Larry Draughn and Mocksville GM Brian Dyson have prepared over a month for this day.

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Nine Keys To Contentment

This remains a favorite list of mine. It was composed by a German philosopher Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

“Nine keys to contentment:

  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.
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The Importance of Getting and Giving Help

I heard author Paul Tough who wrote the book “How Children Succeed” speak today.

It’s a fascinating book and it has impacted how I think about the workplace. In essence, it says that character traits like grit, curiosity, optimism and zest have more to do with success than does pure intellectual ability often measured as IQ.

He mentions that you develop these traits through life experiences including those that are adverse.

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