Think Daily for Businesspeople Messages

February 5, 2016

Your work environment

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

How things look around you and your employees affects how they think.  Our work environment tells our employees and customers what kind of company this is, what our standards are, how they are expected to behave and what quality we expect.  It also affects the daily productivity of each team member.

If groups of employees work out of your faciity during the day, they take these standards with them to customers homes or workplaces.

Look around you.  Is it time to make some changes? 

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February 4, 2016

Why do you want to succeed?

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Sure, we have physical goals, but the human and emotional reasons are more powerful motivators for us.

Why do you want to succeed?  Maybe you want to move away from a situation or condition; or maybe you want to “show them” (him/her), or prove something to yourself.

What are your emotional reasons?

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February 3, 2016

Lean into conflict

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

When there is trouble in your business, jump into it.  Find out why, get all sides of the story, and fix it.

That’s part of the leader’s job – making things better by fixing what is broken.  

If you avoid conflict, it will come back or grow bigger.

What do you need to jump on today?

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February 2, 2016

Double standard?

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If we pay someone $25,000 a year, should we expect the same performance or value production as someone we pay $50,000 a year to?  Or $100,000 a year?

 

 

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February 1, 2016

Abusing Power

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

A leader abusing his power will kill the loyalty of the team members quickly, and cause friction and rebellion.  

When team members see that you wield the power of your position responsibly and carefully, it builds trust and loyalty.

What would your team say about your use of position power?

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January 29, 2016

Tell your team what is expected of them

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If you don’t, they will likely do something not expected.

Who, or what department, do you need to talk to today?

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January 28, 2016

Let your team fix you

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Leaders like you are human, and have strengths and corresponding weaknesses.  If we try to pretend we do not have weaknesses and get defensive when anyone points out how our weaknesses are effecting our business, then people will not be able to help us.  

Be honest.  Let yourself be vulnerable.  Admit your weaknesses to your key people and let them fill in, adapt, and apply their strengths to your weak area.  

That what teamwork is all about.

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January 27, 2016

Walk the talk

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Leaders establish the morale, integrity and justice in the cuture of their team by their own actions, not words.  We cannot say one thing and do another.

Putting your words aside and being honest, how do your ACTIONS influence your team?

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January 26, 2016

Choosing your enemies

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Do not underestimate the power of an enemy, no matter how great or small, to rise against you another day.

Do not consider all opponents to be enemies.  There are worthwhile friendly confrontations, inside and outside your organization.

Do not make enemies who are not worthy of your efforts to render them completely ineffective.

Who do you consider your enemies, and how does the above advice relate to them?

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January 25, 2016

Leaders Must Listen

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

As leaders we like to think we know everything, and maybe we think we’re supposed to. Sometimes we are just so used to calling the shots that it becomes habit to keep calling them all the time.

But don’t forget to ask “What do you think we should do?” and “How do you think you should handle this?” – and then listen to your people answer.  Your team members will be glad you asked them, and you’ll probably learn something.

 

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