Tony DeMeo


Respect

When you don’t show respect to others it’s difficult for others to respect you.


Furthermore, when you don’t show respect to others, you most likely don’t have much true respect for yourself.

Just a thought.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Communication

Change can be stressful.  When making a change it’s important that it usually comes with some stress but hopefully it pays off in the long run.

The problem that is frequently made is a lack of communication with the people involved in the change.  If they don’t know the reasons for the change and don’t understand the long term benefits of the change, it becomes even more stressful.

With proper communication, some of the stress can be alleviated and the likelihood of the long term success increases significantly.

Have a great day!

Lawrence 


Character

I read a great article on character yesterday and rather than trying to summarize it or outdo it, I’m just going to link to it.

Opinion: Guys like Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell will never play for this Colts GM

The article is in the sports section but in reality, it’s about life. Check it out

Lawrence



Teach a man to fish

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Most of us are familiar with the old adage “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”.

This adage sounds great but there are some qualifiers before you start the teaching.

If you aren’t near water, teaching someone to fish doesn’t accomplish much.

If you don’t have the right tools (fishing poles, nets, etc.) teaching someone to fish doesn’t accomplish much.

If the person doesn’t have the aptitude to fish you might be better off teaching them to hunt or farm. Just assuming that teaching someone to fish is the answer is a bit naive.

Have a great day!

Lawrence  



Making a deal

When trying to make a deal with another group we frequently focus too much on wanting to make our point and not enough time on listening.

When we don’t listen we end up making arguments that might not matter to the other side and not conceding things that you might be willing to concede but don’t realize what is and what isn’t important to the other side.

Truly focus on listening when in any type of negotiation and you will be surprised by what can be done.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Research

When you can’t find relevant facts, you have three options. 

1) Make up the data.
2) Go do something else.
3) Do the research yourself to get the data.  

Unfortunately, too many people choose options one or two when the thing that is really needed is to do option three. Research is where real data gets discovered. 

Have a great day! 

Lawrence



Resolving conflict

I was talking to a friend the other day and he explained that he had a simple way to resolve conflict at a previous job as an HR director.  His solution was quite simple.  He told both sides that if they can’t get the issue resolved, they would both be fired.  Knowing the starting point, the people quickly realize getting a good solution is the objective because “winning” in a way that doesn’t get a resolution means both sides lose.

When both sides are working toward a common goal as opposed to both sides working toward different goals can make all of the difference in the world.

Have a great day!
Lawrence 



Start from where you are

“If only I had more money, I could get started”

“If only I had the right partner I would start”

“If only someone believed in my idea I would start”

At some point you need to understand that you can only start from where you are. You can hope, you can wish, you can pray but ultimately, you can only start from where you are currently.

Sometimes you need to stop worry about where want to be and start from where you are.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



True vision

Anyone can look back and see where you have been.  A true visionary can look forward and see where you are going.
Lao Tzu wrote “To see things in the seed, that is genius”.


Keep looking into the seeds to determine what is next and you might be shocked to see how prepared you become.


Have a great day!
Lawrence



Distractions

We live in a world of information. If you have a question you can ask Google, Bing or various social media. You can look up information on wikipedia. You can ask Alexa.

Go back 100 years and Albert Einstein didn’t have access to any of these resources. How did someone like Einstein figure out so much with much more limited resources? First there is the obvious answer which is he was a true genius. The other thing he had going for him was a lack of distractions. He didn’t have access to everything we have today so instead had to figure things out himself. This means he didn’t have the ability to go online and read email, read tweets, post to facebook etc.

What if we all were to work to eliminate many of these distractions?

What if we turn off email for a period of time?

What if we turn of our cell phones?

What if we instead spend time in silence, actually thinking?

Some people might be worried about what they miss out on but what they don’t think about is what these distractions causes them to miss out on already.

Have a great day!

Lawrence