Management Services Northwest

Management Musings 9/25/09

September 25, 2009

We welcomed the first day of Autumn this week, and it is finally starting to feel like Fall is here.  This morning it was a crisp 46 degrees outside on my deck at 7 a.m., and turning to another beautiful sunny day. 

 I was able to join my fifth grader Paige on the Lynden Christian High School track this morning for the bi-annual jog a thon.  It was fun to join the kids in their sprints around the track and to see the determination on their little faces.  I am always amused by the different personalities among the kids:  there are the competitive ones who want to win; those with high self goals – constantly checking the lap they are on; energetic ones that run with wild abandon, the cheerleaders, and the ones simply content to hold hands and walk.  Paige and I, of course, were counting laps (yes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).

 The energy on the track this morning, reminds me of a great business book called Anointed for Business by Ed Silvoso.   In it he says, “The profit motive is to a business person what the drive to win is to an athlete.  No athlete worth his or her salt enters a competition to lose.  To the contrary, they always expect to win.  It is such determination that allows him or her to overcome extraordinary obstacles.  In the same manner, the profit motive provides the stimulus needed for a business person to tackle similar challenges in the marketplace.  It is a gift from God that, when used within proper boundaries, can benefit millions of people.”

 All of us in business right now are living in a market place unlike any we have experienced before, and many of us are facing extraordinary challenges.   How do we keep our drive, and keep ourselves and our team members motivated with a “win” mentality?  Note to self and whoever else it may benefit: 

  • Remember what is truly important in my life, and be grateful for those blessings. 
  • Take time to relax, play, and enjoy my family and friends, and encourage my team members to do the same.
  • Encourage fun activities together outside of work.  This year team members played softball together, were involved in charity golf tournaments and marathons, and even had a casino night!
  • Connect on a deeper level with my work team.  Strategize together and celebrate every win!
  • Connect on a deeper level with our clients.  Think of ways to bring them more value.  Ask our clients how we can better serve them.
  • Choose a positive attitude always.

 Dan Sullivan in his Scary Times Success Manual says it best, “When times get tough, everyone has to make a fundamental decision: to complain or to be grateful.  Gratitude creates the opportunity for the best thinking, actions, and results to emerge.  Focus on everything you are grateful for, communicate this, and open yourself each day to the best possible consequences.”

 Go out and have a great weekend everyone! 

 Janelle

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