March 10th, 2014
So, you are good at many things, in fact, you’re great at most things! But everyone can’t be great at everything so today’s questions are:
What Do You Need to Improve On?
How Do You Plan to Improve?
It may seem like a very basic question…and frankly, it is! So, why do so many people struggle to answer these questions?
Personally, I think people feel that by mentioning an area in which they need to improve, it makes them vulnerable and shows weakness. However, I completely disagree with this sentiment; In my opinion, it shows strength and courage to acknowledge weaknesses and goals for improvement because doing so allows you to grow as a person, a parent, a spouse, a professional, etc…
So, what do you think?
March 7th, 2014
A few weeks ago, I dropped off my car for an oil change. The advisor helping me at Grapevine Ford was Randy and he couldn’t have been nicer. Randy said they would do the oil change, rotate my tires, check my fluids and wash my car within the hour…great!
A short time later, I got a call from Randy at Ford. He said that the work was done but that I needed two filters replaced in my car…which would, of course, cost extra money. We’ve all heard stories of going into a dealership for one thing and racking up charges for other services that you weren’t aware of and/or may not be 100% necessary. So, back to Randy: I told him that I am not handy and don’t know much about cars but I’ll be returning the car within the year as my lease will expire.
I then asked him, “Would you change the filters now if it were your own car?”
Funny, without hesitation, he said he would change one of the filters but not the other!
Because of his honesty, I trusted Randy and took his advice. His approach to customer service was spectacular and I’m sure Ford would be very proud!
March 5th, 2014
A friend of mine (thanks, A.B.) was in a restaurant having breakfast and ordered coffee. As she sipped her cup of java she noticed the coffee cup was a little different. It had advertising on it…not for the restaurant, but for other local businesses. She knew I would like it, so, of course, she took a picture and sent it on (picture shown here).
I like the idea! I think it’s different. It can promote local businesses while also generating revenue because I’m sure they don’t put advertising on their coffee mugs for free.
March 3rd, 2014
I love dogs, I always have and I always will. About eight months ago, we moved our office into an Omnicom building with 5 sister agencies. On the first day, I noticed that one of the sister agency’s offices had a gate around it. I wasn’t 100% sure why there was a gate but I looked a little closer and noticed that there were a number of dogs in the building.
As I was walking on our floor a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a crowd of people gathered around, admiring a beautiful puppy named Bailey. I must admit…the puppy was very soft and really, really cute. I asked Bailey’s mom if I could take a picture and write about them on my blog and she graciously agreed. As you can see, Bailey was laying next to the keyboard very quiet and basically sleeping.
This got me thinking:
- I wonder if people enjoy their job more if they bring their dog to work?
- Is a dog in the office a distraction or do people tend to work harder?
- Do you bring your dog to work?
- If you work at home, do you like your dog next to you?
I look forward to reading your comments and hearing your thoughts!
February 28th, 2014
Time to take a quick, fun quiz about different Halls of Fame!
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Thanks for playing!
February 26th, 2014
Admittedly, I don’t like writing blog posts about the New York Yankees or their players…but Derek Jeter is different. As you know, I love baseball. I love the strategy, the competition, the drama and I love when the game is played with the right sentiment. I will never forget being in old Yankee Stadium on a hot, steamy July night and watching Derek Jeter dive head-first into the stands, making an incredible catch! Even I cheered for that.
All I can say is: Derek Jeter played the game the way it is intended to be played and he shows class both on and off the field. Even as he announced his retirement, he showed class
in a letter to his fans.
- How do you feel about Derek Jeter?
- How is Derek Jeter most memorable to you?
- Have you ever met Derek Jeter?
I look forward to reading your comments.
February 24th, 2014
I realize that a number of professionals need to work standing up. Carpenters, builders, plumbers and lots of people who work with their hands tend to work standing up. But what about people who work in an office? For the past month, I have passed an office on our floor and watched them work. Every day I would walk by and notice the same thing, one of the people (J.B.) who works at a sister agency was working standing up.
Finally I stopped in and introduced myself and asked J.B. why he works standing up.
- Was it that the agency ran out of chairs?
- Did he lose a bet?
- Does he have a bad back?
His answer? None of the above! Standing up gives him more energy during the day and also gives him a little more exercise.
Interesting! I admit, when I’m on an important phone call or a webinar I tend to stand up because I feel my voice projects better. I wonder how I would feel if I worked standing up?
What do you think?
- Have you ever worked standing up in your office? If so, how did it feel?
- Would you ever try it?
- Do you think you would like it?
I look forward to reading your comments
PS – I commit to standing up for an entire day in my office within the next two months and will report back to this post.
February 21st, 2014
Probably like most, I enjoy trying to tackle a Sudoku from time to time. I like the challenge, strategy and actually like to time myself to see how long it takes to complete one. Over the years I have probably done hundreds. I must admit, there is another reason I like Sudoku and it isn’t trying to complete them myself, but rather, it’s having a new hire candidate attempt to complete one.
I realize that many of you think this sounds crazy but please let me explain the process and the reasons why:
After speaking to a candidate for 15-20 minutes I will tell them that I have something I’d like them to do. I give them an easy Sudoku and ask them to tackle as much as they can in 5 minutes.
Here is my logic:
- Business is all about surprises and I want to see how they handle doing something that they didn’t expect
- I like to see how analytical they are in their approach to the puzzle
- I want to see if they hesitate with the request and if so, how much?
- If they don’t know how to do Sudoku, I’m able to explain and see how quick they learn
For me, it isn’t about how far they get with the puzzle; it’s about the process, their attitude and their willingness to do it.
- What do you think of the idea?
- Have you ever tried to have a candidate to do something like this?
- If you were interviewing and someone asked you to do it what would you think?
I look forward to reading your comments.
February 19th, 2014
Lots of fans are crazy for their sports teams. I know people who have named their pets after their teams, paint their face on game day, tailgate for hours before the big game even get a tattoo with their sports team.
Last year was the year of the beard for the world champion Boston Red Sox – and as the picture indicates I did my part.
- What have you done to support your team?
- Do you always wear your favorite shirt?
- Do you bring a big sign into the stadium?
- Do you wear your button collection as a sign of loyalty?
- Have you ever pained your face?
I look forward to seeing how you support you team and, frankly, the crazier the better!
February 14th, 2014
As most of you know I am an idea man. I tend to look at things a little different and today is all about that. Take a quick quiz and let me know if you think my two concepts would work:
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Thanks for playing.