“Remember The Motto”

When we all look back over the kid-rearing days, so much comes to mind.  I was looking for a quick blog entry because if you have a blog, you have to write and publish.  At 6:45 am, this short entry came to mind.

When the kids were young, somewhere under 10 years old, I began searching for Family motto“the motto”, which would be the “be all, end all” of all mottos.  One that applied to almost anything.  One that I could use through the years as the kid-rearing chapter presented all those challengers that come with it.  The motto had to be short so if I was really lucky they would remember it.  One that I could “apply” when they were successful even at small things.  One that I could apply when they screwed up, if the screw up was worth applying the motto.  One that I could say “remember the motto” so I did not have to actually repeat the motto, but they’d instantly know it.

I tried to be careful to make sure the “punishment, the motto that is, fit the crime”.  I knew if I overused it, it would quickly become ineffective.

Im a limited editionHere is an application: At one point, at the dinner table, when the younger one had just committed a family felony, I rolled out, “remember the motto”. His response, “Dad, why don’t you just tape it, you won’t have to repeat it, and I can listen to it when I want to.”  He knew it (the motto)!  We all laughed.

I used it for all those years.  Today they are 36 and 39.  So the motto has endured the years, in the neighborhood of 30 years.

I have told the motto story many times over, to friends and relatives, at various occasions, sometimes in the presence of the two perps, and about the dynasty of “the motto”.  In our family it has lineage.

It just about applies to any appropriate situation, to anyone, at any age.Motto

How do I know it really stuck?  Well, if you asked one of the two today, if you asked them, “what is the motto”, and I do on occasions, they will laugh, maybe say something about me being old, but they know it.  If pressed, they’ll say it;


“Keep things in balance and do it right the first time” !

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Sticking It Out !

Samantha had an interesting career.  The companies (2) transferred her to 8 locations, all in all 12 jobs, and 10 promotions.  She accepted two laterals as the changes broadened her skill and knowledge base. All this summarizes her 34 years of work with two international corporations.  Perfect!

When she was offered the 6th promotion, her new position was the first position which included multiple manufacturing plants in multiple countries – 13 plants, 6 countries.  But it was the manner in which she was offered the job and ensuing challenges that are the story.

She was on vacation with her family, a notification came from Human Resources saying a call would come the next day (still on vacation) offering her a new Angry Boss Semanthaopportunity. The call came on time; her new boss, assuming she accepted the position, described the job in a sentence and added, “You either take it or quit the company”.  She accepted, despite the so inappropriate offer.  Samantha at the time had 13 years with company and a stellar performance history.  It was a great job, her first at a multi-country, multi-plant assignment!

She relocated to her new office, the office was beside the boss’, he was there, however didn’t say anything to her for two days.  On the third day he called her into his office and said, “I was told I had to offer you this job, I did not want you for this position; go back to your office”.

Executives above her new boss told him he had to take her for the job.  The new boss had another candidate within the company he wanted for the job.

Samantha worked for the guy for 7 years; the first two years could only be described as a war. He was “into” public dress down of people who reported to him, threw temper tantrums, just disgraceful for a person occupying a huge leadership position.  Success SamanthaSamantha brought him around by the third year to a point where they made a good team, although he hadn’t changed all his stripes. She was held in the highest esteem by her peers and other functional professionals.  Around the 5th year of reporting to him he presented Samantha with a top corporation award for excellence in her functional role.  And he sponsored her next promotion to a global role.

Why did corporation put up with his behavior?  His behavior was well-known to upper level executives.   He was one of the best business managers in the corporation — technical, financial, product and customer knowledge, highly skilled internationally.  And, he had a great nose for talent, and made a lot of money for the company. Years later, the corporation finally sidelined him into a non-people management role, and eventually let him go.

But what do you do in Samantha’s case, quit the corporation?  Abandon that great Elevator Speech Image 2reputation she had earned in the company?  Nope.  She “stuck it out”, knowing full well she could rise above it!

Samantha’s story is one of perseverance and adaptability; she had the fortitude, analytical ability and business acumen, and a tool box full of other competencies, and corporate-wide respect, to overcome all of it and move upward in her career.

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The Importance of Being Confident

Yes, this is another post the content of which is not created by me… I found the article on the web; actually it is the website for “Top Tier Leadership” a company owned by President RITA B. CRAIG, CSP.  It offers many services from speaking to coaching to strategic planning, etc.

Yes I can

What caught my interest was the summary on “The Power of Confidence, 7 Characteristics of a Confident Person”.

The link below will take you there.



Hugely valuable information regardless of who you are, where you work, where you live, your job or position, your station in life and how you appear to, influence and interact with others.

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Have a good elevator speech …. 

I recall many occasions when chatting with friends, or, meeting new people, or worse yet when talking with fellow professionals, when asked, “how is your company doing”, or, you  inquire  about company  performance, the response is equivalent to “I don’t know”.  For professionals it is a lost opportunity.  And worse, it can leave something other than a positive note about your business acumen in your audience’s memory.

Elevator Speech ImageThere are great opportunities inside and outside the company to display your business knowledge, interest in the company, and knowledge about products, technology, and company performance, and, how the company is doing competitively.  If you work for a global company even better as the diversity of your “speech” can increase significantly.  All the aforementioned is fair game for elevator speeches.

Your response can differentiate you among your peers and even professionals who hold higher level positions. A good elevator speech can be as little as one minute.

So where does the info come from for an elevator speech …. Try the “investor’s link” on the company website; spend some time with the company’s annual report.  If you have access, talk with key managers in engineering, finance, marketing, sales, etc. Companies do news releases, so simply Google the company.

Always update you elevator speech!

You don’t have to be an expert!

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One of most difficult leadership jobs

Parenting !

One of most difficult leadership jobs in the world is raising and guiding your kids.  And it is a job that spans all borders, all countries, all families.  It is like being a CEO, so many complexities, but you can’t resign.  Here are some of the parenting essentials, as this blog looks back.  There are books, but there are no books. There are so many influences, so much to do, so many challenges… here is a partial list:Family Leadership

  • Peer group pressures
  • Giving them enough space (trust)
  • Providing guidance
  • Knowing when to “step in”
  • Accountability without pressure
  • Instilling values
  • Leading by example
  • Taking the time
  • Direction — considering their abilities
  • Keeping them involved and busy
  • Communications, communications, communications
  • Being open to feedback
  • Caring for the family unit
  • Having fun
  • Maintaining their respect
  • Discipline with understanding

So much more… so challenging… so difficult.

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Amazon Leadership

There are many great examples of leadership. I do look for those as it is a nice break from just posting my own experiences and observations.

This example, dated November 14, 2018, comes from a LinkedIn article by George Anders, San Francisco Bay Area, LinkedIn, Little, Brown and Company.Amazon

Amazon set a standard in recruiting and turned the job over to employees whose actions, behavior, and performance mirrored the culture of the company. It is not that it is the best way, but it is hard to argue with a titan as successful as Amazon.

Here is the article: Amazon

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All the great advantages of being a leader

  • Build great career paths for employees
  • Provided training and development supporting career paths
  • Assist in removing barriers to successful employee performanceLaozi on leadership
  • Design meaningful and challenging work assignments
  • Sponsor laterals and promotions when employees are ready
  • Provide recognition for small and large accomplishments
  • Use of influence to place round pegs in round holes
  • Lead by example: values, integrity, work ethic
  • Show them that humor is important

Being a great leader – it is like the famous quote from the teacher turned astronaut, Christa McAuliffe who was killed in a space launch, “I touch the future, I teach”.

Great leaders are teachers! They do touch the future.

What greater contribution can you make to those who work for you than to help mold successful futures!

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