LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

Are you living a good life? I ran across a podcast called The Good Life Project. The host of the podcast is an author and speaker named Jonathan Fields. He compiles stories and research about how the mind works and how people do things to improve their quality of life. Fields is careful to distinguish that “good” doesn’t mean a life that is happy, rich, or easy. In a recent podcast, he describes a good life […]

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IDENTIFYING PAIN POINTS

What are the “pain points” of doing business with us? What are the “pain points” of doing business with you? What are the “pain points” you deal with each day? Being “easy to do business with” is a guaranteed success strategy. “Pain points” are what you attack to make it easy to do business. We were talking about customer service issues that we face in the retail centers we serve with treated lumber. This year […]

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NAVIGATING CHANGE

Found this quote today: “You can change environments. But until you change yourself, nothing else will ever change.” – Joshua Bonhotal We live in a dynamic, changing environment. Things are thrown at us all the time. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. I see people shut down because of the change that is occurring. The waves come so fast and furious it is easy to give in. The important question that this quote drew from me is […]

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A SELF-SEARCHING INVENTORY

Joe Ehrmann was a pro football player who spent his adult life coaching football with underprivileged kids.  His amazing success has been documented in several books.  My favorite was Season of Life by Jeff Marx. Ehrmann says there are five questions one must answer to have a full, satisfying life.  They are worth considering. The five “I” questions to ask of yourself: 1.) Identity:  Who am I? How do you describe yourself in the world?  […]

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IT ALL ADDS UP

“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? […]

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THE BEST WORK HARD

“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers.” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. I spent most of my youth getting by on talent.  I was big for my age.  It helped me athletically.  I could read and do the math, and that helped me get by in school, to a point. If I was any good at anything, it wasn’t because I worked at it, it was because I […]

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DON’T GO PASSIVELY INTO THIS WEEK – “HAPPEN” TO IT! 

Some people want it to happen.   Some people hope it will happen.   Some people make it happen.  Happen to the world!  Starting your week, have you determined how you intend to “happen to the world?”   A lot of us start our weeks open-minded.  We wait to see what opens up to us.  What situations come our way.  We play the hand that’s dealt us.    But, as you know, I believe in “happening.”  When you start […]

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ADVICE ON RECEIVING BLUNT FEEDBACK

Jim VandeHei CEO of online media company Axios. VandeHei noted that feedback is essential.  Sometimes it comes out of the blue and is expressed bluntly.  He gives five pieces of advice on receiving “blunt” feedback.  His advice is in bold, and my thoughts follow. 1.  Listen.  The best thing to do with direct feedback is to stay quiet and take it in.  If you say anything at all, repeat it to make sure you heard it correctly, or just […]

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THE BENEFITS OF SPEAKING UP

Do you speak your mind? Let me tell you what I mean. Chances are: We do things that you don’t understand.  Do you ask questions, when you don’t know the reasons why? You see the potential to improve how we do things.  Do you pose those suggestions to someone who could help make them happen? You see waste.  Do you point out those wasteful practices? There are small things, easy to fix, that would make your job easier.  Do […]

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CHOOSING EXCELLENCE

One of my favorite authors is Tom Peters who wrote “The Excellence Dividend.” Peters is a famous management guru who touts “excellence” as the only way to conduct life.  I’ve found his thoughts on this subject to be practical and profound.  He has written several classic books through the years.  He’s an author who is worth a read. In my reading, he said “‘Excellence is not a tomorrow’ thing.  It’s an ‘in the next five minutes’ thing. Excellence doesn’t […]

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