Tony DeMeo


What makes you special?

What makes you or your organization special?

Is it a product or service that you do better than anyone else?

Is it your customer service?

Is it your location?

Wouldn’t it make sense to figure out what makes you special and focus on that rather than focusing on things that others do better?

Have a great day!

Lawrence



An open mind

When people say “you should have an open mind” do they really mean that or are they really saying “you should have an open mind and think just like me”?

Too often, we think our view must be the open minded view because it’s…ours.

When you encourage others to be open minded, you also have to be open minded enough to accept that their views might be quite different than yours…and that is ok

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Following

Being a follower is the safe choice…unless you have picked the wrong leader.

Most of us have heard of a situation where cars might follow a big truck in a snow storm because it’s safer than going alone…until the truck drives off the road and the cars behind follow.

It’s ok to be a follower but make sure you are following the right leader and be willing to regularly reevaluate your choice.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Learning

What is the last opportunity you gave yourself to learn?

What is the last book you read?

What is the last class you took?

What is the last lecture you attended?

If you aren’t learning much these days, consider rereading these questions and moving yourself forward.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Why

When people stop asking why most learning ends.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Easy

It’s easy to eat unhealthy food. It’s much more difficult to find good food.

It’s easy to live an unhealthy life. It’s much more difficult to live a healthy life.

It’s easy to waste time. It’s much more productive to be efficient.

Maybe we should stop looking for the easy way to do things.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



School

If life were like school we would never try to create something new because while working on the creation and trying new things, we would be failing the quizzes.

School teaches us to get the same answer as everyone else. To succeed at life, we have to be willing to get a different answer (and sometimes then try to prove that answer is right).

Just a thought.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



How to fail

If you want to make sure people fail, put them in positions they are incapable of operating from.

You can give them tasks they don’t have the skill sets to accomplish.

You can ask them to use their experience that they don’t have.

You can force them to work with people they aren’t capable of working with.

The good news is you can also set people to succeed by putting them in positions they are capable of operating from.

You can give them tasks they have the skill sets to accomplish.

You can surround them with people that complement their work.

In many cases people fail because they were set up to fail or they succeed because they were set up to succeed. As managers, we have to take some responsibility for these successes and failures.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



What is important?

Many people want to work on things that are important. The problem is in determining what is important.

The things that are important to one person might not be important to another.

An emphasis on saving the environment might not be all that important to a person who doesn’t believe in mans involvement in climate change.

An emphasis on feeding the homeless might not be as important to those who think feeding the homeless actually encourages more homelessness.

It’s important to work with others who agree on what is and what isn’t important or else it will cause major problems at some point.

Have a great day!

Lawrence



Striving

Striving to be the best is more important than being the best.

Plateauing at the top causes stagnation but if you are always striving you will eventually succeed

Have a great day!

Lawrence