BUILDING SUCCESSFUL COMPANY TEAMS: The PalletOne Way

Probably the greatest priority companies have right now is to “build their teams.”  Universally, growing companies are working hard to keep good employees and entice new ones with promising internal want ads sending the message: “We have vacancies.” However, while we advertise our jobs with roadside banners and social networks, our best referrals come from our internal team and outside colleagues.   While our work pace is rigorous, our company pays well, provides great benefits, and […]

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STRIVING FOR SOMETHING BETTER

Winning is about sprinting when the distance is unknown. The only thing for sure is that if you don’t chase winning, you will lose. You can be obsessed with winning.  Some take it to the extreme.  An obsession with winning can turn into bad losing. I like to see a competitive nature in my teammates. There’s no question in my mind that life is better lived when it features striving for something better.  A desire to get better, […]

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ACTING IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou This isn’t the first time I’ve used this space to share this quote.  But it’s still true today and will remain so. It’s about living the life that’s right in front of you. When we can focus on the situation or person at hand, we can determine […]

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TEAMWORK

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Steve Spurrier, football coach Teams make you better.  When I consider the best things I’ve been associated with, there was teamwork involved. My family. Team Our company. Team My church experience and spiritual growth.  Supported by teams. It goes on.  Pretty good athletic experiences.  The thrill of victory.  Teams. The agony of defeat.  Soothed by teams. We are wired to be connected.  We learn from others.  Receive […]

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GOOD VS. ELITE

“Being elite is wanting to do what you have to do.” – PJ Fleck, University of Minnesota head football coach  We go through periods 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.  Performance slips.  We slow down our steps.  Boredom replaces excitement.  […]

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PRIDE

A note in the locker room of the Miami Heat, a National Basketball Association team, says this: “When two teams meet that are equal in ability and execution, it’s the team that has pride that wins.” We use “pride” a great deal to describe someone who has an unsinkable character. These words add up to PRIDE: Persistent. You stay with a task however difficult. Responsible. You can be counted on to be in the right […]

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GROWING IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES

Healthy organizations grow and change. These days change ramps up.  We grow and change at such a fast pace; it can be a bit unsettling. Fastballs come faster.  Curveballs break sharper.  We increasingly find ourselves facing tougher challenges.  We increasingly make more mistakes as we try to keep pace. Our mindset in the face of these challenges matters.  Sometimes we get overwhelmed and want to quit.  We regard the challenges as too hard.  Too big.  We drop […]

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HEROIC ACTIONS

When you “happen to the world” it means you believe you have an impact on what occurs next.    To be sure, there are things out of our control.  But there are choices and options we can take to impact the occurrences we encounter.    I’m reading a book that describes people who believe they have no control come off as “victims.”  Those of us who believe there are choices to be made and actions to […]

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SHARED CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL TEAMS

“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 […]

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STEPPING UP YOUR KINDNESS GAME

“Kindness has a ten-word vocabulary.  One word – ‘Please.’  Two words – ‘Thank you.’  Three words – ‘I love you.’ Four words – ‘Can I help you?’  I stand with the Dalai Lama, who said, ‘My religion is very simple – it is kindness.’” – Joe Ehrmann Amongst the words I aspire to have attributed to our company is “kind.”  I think it works in all seasons.  I think it breaks down walls.  Inspires goodwill and commitment.  It is a glue that holds […]

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