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So if I asked you in 3 years time…

blankbookWhat would have to have changed in your life both personally and professionally for you to be happy with your progress?

Just been reading a great book written by Dan Sullivan it’s called the “ The Dan Sullivan Question”.

Now many of us might well have been asking these questions in our own way but it’s a great reminder that follow up and understanding the constraints and more:


What would you say? Could you answer the question?

How truthful could you be and how much courage would it take to get to the answer?

Sullivan mentions His D.O.S. principles – Dangers, Opportunities and Strengths

It reminds me of many conversations I have about courage and character and how much of those two do you have?

It’s a great read but more than that it will make you think or NOT and that is the first step you have to take!



The new Health care Model!

ambulaceatgravesideWe were recently passing a cemetery and saw an ambulance leaving the graveside.

The way things are going with our healthcare system the sad and yet real thought came to our mind!

Lets cut out the middle guy!

It’s sad but true our system is broken and it needs fixing.

Lets get back to real care,

Where there is community based care management of employees and families. For the young and the aged.

Otherwise what is a tongue in cheek blog becomes a reality.

America needs to wake up


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Who will come to your funeral?

What-Will-People-SayIt has been a thoughtful week for me. A different kind of thoughtful.

I have been to four funerals. Not a typical week thank goodness.

When I looked around in those churches I am mindful of what is said about the people who are being celebrated.

What they did in their lives, who they were, and who really loved them.

Our lives are mixed with stuff that has little consequence.

We give too much energy away to those who want to take.

We pay too much attention to those who want to throw stones and take away our energy.

Those who all to often talk and judge and add no value to the community they criticize.

Those whose soul is sad.

Going to funerals is not what we look forward to, but it is a reminder of the character we leave behind, the father the mother the son the daughter. The soldier the sailor the airman the firefighter.  All are heroes to someone.

So when we move on to the next life, what life and memories do we leave behind?

And did we make a real positive difference to others who we met along the way.

What will people say about you?


Why we show employees we don’t care about them

I recently discussed at a local HR chapter meeting what the meaning of employee engagement meant.

The were as many different answers as there were people in the room!

Do we in the HR world make up words that turn business people off?  I suspect we do.

Gallup estimates in their latest stats that we in the USA have begun to see some of the lowest employee engagement figures in perhaps of all time! (My interpretation)

And we wonder why!  It is pretty obvious and it is not all about the economics of the country.

Forget all those stats for a minute and think about how many employees actually has a regular performance review!

Stop laughing please!

The most simple of leadership actions is to listen to our followers, really listen. yet how many mangers of people actually do that?

A performance review is a business meeting with the people who make your organization and YOU a success.

We overcomplicate what is a very simple process. There are only three questions that need to be asked at any review.

  1. What you agreed to do.
  2. What you actually achieved
  3. What you now need to do.

And yet we have complied performance reviews of significant book proportions and expect managers to use them and for HR departments to support the outcomes. Much of the time none of these things happen.

In my blog the 7 sins of Performance reviews and the 7 virtues’ of performance reviews I outlined some key thoughts.

Lets face it if we don’t show employees that we even care to sit down with them to discuss THEM then all else is just “bunting.”

And we wonder why people are not motivated to give of their best when their leaders don’t care about them.  We know that they know we care about the business though! Go Figure!! The 7 virtues of Performance Reviews. The 7 Sins of Performance Reviews


U.S. Unemployment Rate is 9.1% so why can’t businesses find great employees?

Are we really helping them or ourselves?

Government assistance – promotes –  “Why work?”

Unemployment benefits – promotes – I can get by!

Meal trucks – promote – here is a hand out!

Thrift stores – promote – you do not need much money to put clothes on your back.

Church food and clothes drives – promote – community support for those who do not (want) the means to work.

National (WELL KNOWN)  Non profit agencies – fund current basic community needs and not anticipated solutions.

The questions I ask?

When are we going to stop putting the band-aid on and finding root cause solutions?

When are we going to start investing in our education, work ethics and self-respect to get people to want to work?

When are we going to educate our social, human and welfare services and many other “good will” agencies to stop their turf wars and work together to be more effective with the resources they have?

When are we going to redirect unemployment benefits and link them to job creation and work place volunteer programs?

When do we start focusing our attention to work regeneration AS PART of the support all of the above services give?

Lets face it 90% of folks are in work. Lets work on figuring out those who want a hand out instead of a hand up!

We need a plan like any business to move from current state to future state, but what we need is a plan  TO DO SOMETHING THAT BUILDS and a vision to make the change.

If we really cared, as I know we do, we would change the way we do things today and start expecting more of people.

Just because people do not have jobs, does not mean they have no desire or will or heart.

It also means that we must all be more effective in finding solutions to rebuild communities that have a future for our children.

There is no crime in being unemployed or poor or not have the luxuries in life.

The real crime is in not finding solutions and spending time on sticking plasters.

We may care but we do not know how to take care of the problems. Taking care is about solutions!

Source of blog idea:

The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 9.1 percent in September of 2011.



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