Working your craft...
My father is so amazing and helpful, loving and caring. His help and guidance are so incredible. When we walk the golf course, and as we use a foot wedge with no penalty, I admire him, quietly from a distance. We are able to hug, and say I love you, and share quiet moments, and express affection. My little boys have somehow magnified this relationship further. Opa, as they are learning to call him, as they sit in his lap eating blueberries. Words cannot express how my heart feels.
My father worked. He worked long and hard hours and when weekends came he worked even harder and longer, on weekend things like lake property and hunting trips. His pace is slowing, but at 69 he is still active, he still has his labours, he still works his craft.
Important to have people in your life that embody so many positive and admirable qualities.
I love you dad,
Can you curse the weather if you are unprepared? Can you enjoy the unique situation if you are not thinking ahead? Can you dance in the rain?
Marketing is filling my sails with many interesting ideas in the BUSA 522 for the RRU MBA.
The key thought today is doing the right thing. At this point, your company should be already leading the green revolution among your competitors. Create value for your customers by reducing waste and cost- maybe with a brown paper bag packaging.
You should already be acting ethically. You should already be investing back into the environment, the ecosystem, the education system in your local communities. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because doing the right thing is catching on.
Patagonia got its start and market dominance in pitons- small metal dagger type climbing devices that are hammered into the rock face. But that is not the best for the climbing community and the environment, so they did the right thing, and stopped making and selling pitons.
Hard to stay relevant these days, with so many pieces moving. Even harder to stay relevant if you are not doing the right things.
I met with a manager.
She was late, a hurried employee, rushing back and forth, papers falling and stressed about deadlines. Between glances, the iPhone humming and chirping, there was a knock at the door, interrupting us before any progress could be started. The next appointment stood, waiting outside.
We were 15 minutes into a 30 minute meeting that took 2 weeks to schedule and we were not moving forward on anything. We spoke, both in a rushed sloppy way, repeating ourselves and not covering much ground. An urgent document was signed for, the receptionist silently whisked in and out, the train of conversation clunking along uninterrupted. I left on time, by getting up mid-sentence and walking to the door. I thanked her for her time. She nodded, face down in a text message, while the next appointment rushed in.
That is not how I want to be remembered.
My meetings will be effective walking meetings. I will be early and leave when it is appropriate. I will be in tune and focussed and uninterrupted. I want people I work with to feel valued, respected, appreciated. And if timelines bunch up on me, I will work smarter, not faster or harder. I can delegate, say no, have assistance, or think further in the future.
We have such short moments to build a reputation, and mine will be that of a calm respectful person who has the time to help others.
Marathon running. 42.2 km. The MBA. 18 months. Many parallels, like the wall.
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR