Posts Tagged ‘values statement’

Information with Too Little Thinking

Information is good to have, but lots of information with too little thinking is not a good idea. What does that mean? Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t Repeat the Past

In business or any endeavor the past should remain just that; the past. You’ve likely heard the quote by Sara Shepherd, “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” or one of many variations from numerous other individuals. Let’s think about the implications. Read the rest of this entry »


Surviving Change

Change is one of things we seem to either love or hate. Listen to some of these phrases about change. The Times They Are a-Changin (song by Bob Dylan), “Change or Die”, “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” (Quote by Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher), and “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there” (Quote by Will Smith). Obviously these are just a few statements about change, but they do illustrate four important things about change.

  1. Change inevitable, so embrace it (See Change or Become Irrelevant)
  2. Change is essential (see We’re Making Money – So Why Change?)
  3. Change is continuous (See Ready for Some Change?)
  4. Change test our character (See The High Price of Integrity)

Change is Inevitable

There is a humorous quote by Albert Einstein that says Read the rest of this entry »


Personal Values Matter

Have you ever known someone who seems to makes decisions based on what is convenient for the moment? Here is one reason that happens. In a previous blog (Why You Need a Values Statement) some of the reasons a values statement was useful for a business were discussed. In a sense this expands on that but takes it to a more personal level

Personal Values

Just as a business values statement helps determine how employees interact with each other, customers, and vendors, a personal set of values help you determine how you interact with others and even with yourself. Without a fixed set of personal values we run the risk of being like the person above who makes decisions based on the convenience of the moment. That us very inconsistent and no way to live.

Consistent Value Benefits

If you have unchanging personal values you will be Read the rest of this entry »


What You Say Matters

A Bad Experience

Recently I was shopping for a gift. What the gift was makes no difference. It was, however, something that was relatively expensive and needed to be researched carefully to be certain the purchase was a wise one.

I went in a store that shall remain nameless and became interested in a particular model. The price was excellent, but still it made sense Read the rest of this entry »


Work and Personal–A Common Thread

If you attend church you are familiar with the concept of a Sunday Christian. This is a person who acts one way on Sunday and a whole different way during the rest of the week – even varying their behavior based on the group they’re with. There is in essence no common thread to who they are.

A Highly Stressful Way to Live?

Perhaps you have read the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is the story of a struggle by one man who seems very good at one time and quite an evil individual at another time. I won’t get into the various interpretations of the book, but merely use it as an illustration of how some live. One moment they are Mr. Nice Guy and the next moment Read the rest of this entry »


What is the Purpose of Your Purposes?

At first thought the question “What is the purpose of your purposes?” may sound like doublespeak. But it really isn’t. In an earlier blog post, Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement purpose was initially addressed. Along with that blog were two other blogs, Why You Need a Vision Statement and Why You Need a Values Statement to help round out the thought process. Here I want to delve a little deeper into purpose.

How Do You Learn?

Okay, say you have a purpose statement, and for the sake of our discussion, let’s say that statement reads, Read the rest of this entry »


4 Wants and Needs of Employees

Are you a business owner or manager who sometimes wishes you had no employees? This is a common feeling when confronted with employees who seem like they cause more problems than they solve, consistently underperform, or just seem to be going through the motions without really becoming engaged in their roles.

Is It Really the Employee?

If you are experience any of the above issues, stop for a moment to consider Read the rest of this entry »


3 Reasons Standards Matter

Lately I’ve been thinking about standards and how they are so often overlooked by many companies and individuals.  Standards matter because they help shape who we are.

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.” – Will Rogers

Will Rogers saw standards as a way to demonstrate our true character.  This is a fundamental reason for standards, in that they serve as a beacon to guide us morally.  This, I believe, is the most important reason for standards.

Looking beyond Will Rogers’ thoughts, there are other Read the rest of this entry »


Is Your Business Stuck in the Past?

Change is probably one of the hardest things to do, yet change is inevitable.  Most of us fall in the camp of those who enjoy some change but at other times would just as soon enjoy the status quo.  Why?  Quite simply, change can be scary, uncomfortable, and uncertain.

Change Is Essential and Good

As I said, change is inevitable.  However, it is also essential and good, as without it there can be no progress.  Think about it; if your business is Read the rest of this entry »


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