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It’s time to slow down

Christmas Chaos

It’s almost the end of the year…let the chaos begin! Or continue, if we’re going to be completely honest. If you’re like a lot of folks, we’re scrambling with all the to-do lists that remind us of the lack of time we have left to do things. Like…

  • Budget’s should have been done
  • Don’t even want to think about gearing up for 2013
  • Just a few more weeks left to meet year-end goals

Oh, and your family, friends and employees are more interested in the upcoming holidays.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, under-appreciated and just a little bit of a hum-bug. I want to encourage you that these signs just mean one thing…you need to slow down. You are going to miss the camaraderie, excitement, and fulfillment of a year gone by and new beginnings coming soon. Here are just a few things to keep in mind while heading into December.

Slow down…and give. Giving of your time and/or offerings is the quickest way to get your mind of your stress. After all, this upcoming holiday is about focusing on others. Lead by example.

Slow down…and laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.  A health body and healthy heart…sounds like a good start to the end of 2012.

Slow down…and reflect. Have you made mistakes? Sure…who hasn’t. Learn from it and do it better in 2013. What have you done that you’re proud of? Remember to do it again. Reflecting is a great way to stay focused on what works in your personal or professional life.

Enjoy the next month of 2012 and start out the new year with renewed strength, humor and love. I can’t think of a better gift to yourself and your family.

Enjoying the holidays with you!

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Choosing the Right Team

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Gaston Glock – He was doing a pretty good job selling his new gun design in Austria, but wanted to branch in out into the US. Gaston was not a salesman. He knew his limits and chose to partner up with someone who excelled in what he couldn’t do. Carl Walter was already selling guns and ammunition in the US. With the help of Carl’s salesmanship and marketing skills & Gaston’s excellent design, the Glock is used more than any other gun in the US.

James A Folgers II– James’ father founded Folgers in California and was the first roasting company to introduce bulk buying and various levels of roasting. He had a great business mind, but he needed someone to sell it outside of where they were located. James hired an energetic salesman, Frank P Atha to cover the North Beach. Soon Atha came to James and said, “I need more room! I can do so much more for Folgers if you send me to Texas.” Atha opened and managed a coffee plant in Texas and as the saying goes, and in all reality…the rest was history.

In both those case, the original founders of these products knew how to make the products the very best it can be, but they also knew their limitations. A great partnership and team works this way. No one person has all the answers. But if you put key players, with their individual expert background, in place you’ll have an incredible team!

Look at the employees at your company. Examine the peers in your BNI. Evaluate your team in any other group organization. Are you all suited to help hone each others skills? Is there a gaping hole in your well-oiled suit of armor? Your customers will see it, I promise.

Sometimes a hard-to-say “no” now, will save you from a painful and expensive “no” later.

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