Together We Can - Values in Action!

#13 Together We Can, Values in Action!

Studies of peak performers are helping to make it clear that the nation’s most noble principle – all men are created equal – is not a formula for shaving the peaks down to some dusty plateau.  It is a call to see that the “normal” person has the opportunity, and the ability, to stand out.

Peak Performers

Together We Can - Values in Action!

#12 Together We Can, Values in Action!

I can tell what a guy thinks of himself by how he takes a compliment.  Tell one guy he’s got a nice suit, and he’ll look you in the eye and say, “Thanks, I appreciate the compliment.”  The next guy will insult you by saying, “You must be kiddin’ – this old rag?”  A compliment is a gift, and it deserves a proper thanks.

John Wayne

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#11 Together We Can, Values in Action!

“Put your words in a letter so they won’t die on empty air.  Letters hold families and friendships together.  When someone wins an award, leads a drive, preaches a great sermon, or gives to the greater good of your company or community, lift his (her) spirits with a letter.  Get into the envelope and seal the flap!”

W.A Peterson

 

This may seem passe’ in this day of emails and social media, however, it is still a great way to recognize someone or show your appreciation.  I still remember receiving a congratulations card in the mail from a top executive when I was promoted to General Manager many years ago.  Although I didn’t really know this executive, I certainly knew who he was and was thrilled to have received a hand written card from him.

I’ve adopted this form of appreciation and periodically send a card to an employee’s home to thank them for going above and beyond, achieving a significant career milestone, or for accomplishing an important goal.  It’s a simple gesture that goes along way and allows their family to participate in their recognition.

Together We Can - Values in Action!

#10 Together We Can, Values in Action!

Tom Peters summarizing In Search of Excellence: “Neither superior customer service nor constant innovation – the two edges of excellence – is built on executive genius.  Just listening, trust, and respect for the potential of each person in the organization.”  Have you listened to the heart of your company?  Your family?  Yourself?

Together We Can - Values in Action!

#9 Together We Can, Values in Action!

What motivates you?  No one works “for” a company or “for” a manager.  We basically work “for” ourselves, to fill our own needs or values, or because the company’s goals are meaningful to us.  “In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from,” reminds J. Deville, “quality is never a problem.”