The now world

We live in a “now world”. People want results yesterday, they need information right now (what would we do without twitter, snapchat etc?)

Albert Einstein once said “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

My fear is that in this now world, people wont be willing to stay with problems long enough and the next Albert Einstein’s of the world wont have the patience to achieve all he was able to achieve.

Have a great, and patient, day!

Lawrence

Growth and Culture

Some organizations are afraid to grow because of the fear of losing their culture.

If they have the proper culture growth shouldn’t be a concern.

The organizations that do lose their culture because of their growth didn’t start with the right culture anyway.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Choices

One of the difficult decisions to make is to say no to what seems like a good opportunity.

Some people might wonder why you would ever say no to a good opportunity but it’s the right thing to do in order to be able to say yes to a great opportunity.

Some people are content with good, and that is fine but if you want great, you might have to say no to good.

Just a thought.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Moments

It’s not about results, it’s not about days or months or years, rather it’s about moments.

Savor the moments…the rest will take care of itself.

Have a great moment!

Lawrence

Change

If you want something to change you can wait for someone else to make the change or you can step up and do it yourself.

If you wait for someone else to do it, you might be waiting a long time and when it does happen the change might not be in the direction you want it to go.

If you want change, then initiate change.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Processes

As an organization grows the need for developing processes becomes more important. The challenge is to not allow processes to prevent you continuing to build on what you have already accomplished

Processes should be put in to enhance what works, not to replace what works.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Obviously

That which is obvious to you might not be obvious to me, or to anyone else.

It’s easy to forget that the word obviously involves a major generalization and is something we should…obviously…be careful using.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Unexpected Consequences

It’s important to realize that there are going to be unexpected consequences whenever you make a major change.

If you add a new product, it might indirectly result in a loss of sales of another one of your products (not because it cannibalizes the product but there might be a loss of focus on marketing and sales of the older product).

If you deliver your products with your own fleet, expanding your delivery system will result in higher delivery costs (that would be an expected consequence) but it might also result in having to replace your fleet sooner due to more wear and tear.

You will never be able to anticipate all consequences (if you could they wouldn’t be unexpected consequences) but it’s important to understand that you can’t panic and while you can’t anticipate all consequences, you can anticipate that you will have more then expected.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Find a reason to

It’s easy to find a reason not to do something. The challenge is finding a reason TO do something.

Unless the status quo is good enough for you, find a reason to do something, it’s the only way to make good things happen.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Done or Almost Perfect?

Would you prefer having something done or having something almost perfect…but not done?

While the idea of perfect is great, waiting for perfection frequently means it never being done.

On the other hand, when you get something finished, you can always go back and improve upon it later.

Almost perfect might sound great, sometimes I prefer things simply be done.

Have a great day!

Lawrence