Scraps of Wisdom Business Truisms & Advice for those who toil in corporate world!
First Scrap • It’s surprisingly easy to give a short oral presentation or even write an entire newsletter article, using only one of the following “scraps”. • Give it a try. . . Use my scraps to jump start a story from your own life.
It’s Like Tarot. . . • Take this presentation to a creative brainstorming meeting. • “Shuffle the deck” and have people give a one minute story about the scrap they pulled.
Let the Scrapping Begin! • Click to begin. . . .
Effort does not Equal Results • Beware of shallow vision statements like: • “Effort Equals Results” & • “Pride in our People”. When selecting a company to work with, look for depth & intelligence, not slogans.
Effort does not equal Results • Working long hours doesn’t prove anything without results.
Effort does not equal Results • Don’t work for a company where you are paid for effort. Work where you are recognized for results.
Effort Does Not Equal Results. • If you spend all of your time at work, you are not hard-working. • You are boring.
Effort Does not Equal Results • Do not work on weekends. • Do not work more than 40 hours per week. • Remember, we advanced technology so that we would have more time to evolve our consciousness.
Effort does not equal results • A happy employee doesn’t necessarily make a good employee, but a good employee is a happy employee. Focus your efforts on good work.
Clients • Always learn about your customers, no matter what your job is.
Secretaries • Be nice to secretaries. Their job description, essentially, is to help people. Make it easy for secretaries to do their jobs.
Bosses • Don’t let your guard down around your boss. Ever.
Overheard Compliments • Compliment somebody behind their back. • Compliments heard second-hand have more credibility with the intended recipient.
Overheard Compliments • Compliment somebody everyday. Period.
Overheard Compliments • Everybody responds to flattery.
Simplify • Simplify everything. Your life, your home, your office, your desk, your processes, vision, policy, procedures. Everything.
Solutions • Don’t take a problem to a meeting without a solution. Your job is to fix problems, not complain.
Change • Believe that change can happen.
Victory • There are no defeats. What some people see as defeat is actually a valuable learn-ing experience. And that, as any cheerleader knows, is a victory.
Waiting • When waiting in a lobby, don’t just sit. Explore, read, talk - - - use this time to learn.
Shoes • Wear comfortable yet attractive shoes. Keep them clean at all times.
Telephone Numbers • Carry important phone numbers with you at all times.
Deadlines • Don’t be late. Apologize if you are, and be prepared to accept consequences.
Missives from on High • Re-organization memos grandly outline sweeping changes in the company. • Remember the adage, “same old horses, same old glue.”
Missives from on High • Vision and mission statements are not nearly as important as knowing what to do when you show up for work.
Missives from on High • Executive memos are political fantasies. They have little to do with reality. Real change is always due to an outside force.
Missives from on High • Employees always know what’s really going on. The internal information in an executive memo is hardly a surprise. The rumors are usually true.
Missives from on High • The business should shape the organization, not the other way around.
Missives from on High • Real activity takes place between the lines in the org chart.
Office • Stay out of the office as much as you can. Be with customers or prospects.
Washroom • Don’t be seen taking magazines into the executive washroom.
Washroom • Beware of a false sense of importance. When you think you’re too busy to use the washroom, ask yourself if two minutes of work is really worth risking your health.
Time • Treat time as if someone is paying you for your contribution. Someone is.
Business Cards • Carry business cards with you at all times. Give them out freely.
Phone Calls • Never leave a phone call unanswered for more than 24 hours.
Clothes • Wear timeless, classic clothes. Wool, silk and cotton are natural favorites.
Ambiguity • Life is uncertain - develop a high tolerance for ambiguity.
Ambiguity • Avoid dotted-line reporting relationships.
Brainstorming • Write down your best ideas before they get lost in the shuffle of all the good ideas!
Brainstorming • Don’t tell people that their ideas are bad, especially if you don’t have a better one.
Acronyms • Don’t use acronyms. • Don’t invent any more!
Strategy • Never say, “It’s not my job.”
Presentations • If you want to lose your audience, show them slides with columns of numbers. Refuse to tell them a story about the meaning of the numbers.
Presentations • Do not read your speech or presentation. • Instead, read your audience.
Meetings • Do not attend more than two meetings a day, or else you will never get any real work done.
Office • Leave the office building at least once a day.
Paradox • Manage the paradox of being fully committed to where you are, while remaining open to other opportunities.
Acronyms • If TQM, CIP, CRM or any other new acronym doesn’t produce measureable results within a year, dump it.
Success • The most interesting people I know are successful.