WORKING HARD AND EXECUTING WELL

“When entitlement sets in, you have a problem.” – Kirby Smart, University of Georgia national championship football coach After a long season, college football ended with the Georgia Bulldogs earning their second straight national championship. When asked post-game how they accomplished it, Smart said his team worked. They weren’t entitled. 2022 was a championship year for PalletOne. It was the second year in a row that we set records. We did it because we worked […]

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ARE YOU TRUSTWORTHY?

What is your trust reputation? You have one, whether you want one or not. Your spouse. Your kids. Your colleagues. Your friends. Everyone you interact with has classified you as trustworthy or not. It’s the music that runs in the background of every group of people. Trust lubricates things. It cuts down on friction. When trusting relationships get sideways, the presence of trust allows folks to communicate with courage, say what needs to be said, […]

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BRAINSTORMING

Brainstorming is a popular technique used to advance teams along toward their goals. A creativity consultant Dr. Min Basadur initiates such idea exchanges by asking the question, “How might we?” According to Basadur, it’s a subtle but distinctive way to frame the conversation.  Most folks start with “What should we do to solve a problem?” or “What can we do?” Those questions suggest there is a right solution.  It invites you to reach a result too quickly. […]

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THREE REASONS PEOPLE LEAVE A CHURCH OR WORKPLACE

Erik Reed is a preacher. He cites three reasons people leave a church. While it would be impossible to mistake our operations for a church, the three characteristics of those leaving the church rang true to me: 1.) Unknown Our teammates have names, goals, interests, and experiences. As people join our team, we should make it our business to uncover the person who is becoming our teammate. The closer your teammate is in proximity, the […]

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CULTURE IS DYNAMIC, NOT STATIC

“Culture is dynamic, not static.  Every person on your team and organization creates your culture each day by what you all think, say, and do.  You can elevate it by what you think.  You can improve it by what you say.  And you can make it great by what you do!” – Jon Gordon I highly recommend Jon Gordon as an author.  His books are short, insightful, inspirational. Let’s break down his statement. “Culture is […]

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BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION

Be aware of your position. It begins where your feet are. Your position impacts others.   They note your attitude.  They note your work ethic.  They note your effectiveness.  In your position, you impact those you interact with during the day by how you model your identity. Your position extends to those around you.  There’s always an opportunity to impact others.  Do you say positive words, acknowledging effort and contributions?  Do you offer words of instruction and […]

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AN “EVERY DAY” COMMITMENT

Buzz Williams is the basketball coach at Texas A&M.  I caught a video of him speaking to his team before they began practice for the coming season. His theme was the difficulty of “every day.”  His point was that teams are built, programs are created, and success is achieved on the steady improvements made “every day.” He noted that success doesn’t jump up in leaps and bounds.  It comes through dedicated “every day” effort where you […]

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PSYCHOLOGICALLY SAFE ORGANIZATIONS

I watched a video by Trevor Ragan called, Better Leadership and Learning, whereby he described the concept of psychological safety.   Noting the work of Harvard professor Amy Edmondson, he states that the single characteristic that predicts a successful team is whether or not teammates feel psychologically safe.   You should look up the video, but psychologically safe organizations have teammates who feel like they can speak up, deal with issues openly and learn from […]

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TEAMS CONNECT

“Connectivity is everything on a team.  You are a team, or you are a group.” – P. J. Fleck, University of Minnesota football coach    We strive for teams, not disconnected groups.    You’ll get to fill out our annual climate survey in a few weeks.  We learned a while back that teams that survive and thrive exhibit specific characteristics.    In our survey you are asked: Does someone care about you?   You are willing to […]

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DIGGING DEEPER

“Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be loved, appreciated, and understood.”   This quote resonated with me.    Many of the relationships I have at work don’t get through the shell.  There are hundreds of employees.  I don’t know many names.  One regret I have is that I walk by teammates in the grocery store and don’t acknowledge them because we’re in a different context.    So much for confession.    But here’s the […]

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