Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Derek Jeter

Posted July 22, 2014 by El
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As a lifelong Yankee fan and a fan of their shortstop, Derek Jeter, I was very interested in the coverage surrounding this year’s Major League Baseball Allstar game. Jeter was voted to the team for the 14th and final time, as he is retiring at the end of this season.

Among the many stories and interviews, the following quote stood out:

It doesn’t take any talent to play hard. Someone might be better or have more talent, but there’s no reason someone should outwork you. -Derek Jeter

That absolutely applies to more than baseball!

Substitute the word “work” for the word “play” and read it again.

It doesn’t take any talent to work hard. Someone might be better or have more talent, but there’s no reason someone should outwork you.

Think about it. Are you being outworked?

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Change

Posted July 15, 2014 by El
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an-enemy-called-averageMy leadership library is one of my favorite things. I have well over 300 books on various topics relating to leadership, communication, change management, teamwork, etc. I love to randomly pull down a book, flip through the pages, and see what draws my attention.

Sunday, the book was “An Enemy Called Average” by John Mason. It’s an easy read; a lot of short sections, inspirational pictures, full page quotes. I landed on page 85 in Chapter 20, titled “When you refuse to change, you end up in chains.”

Here is an important exerpt:

There are three things we know about the future: First, it is not going to be like the past. Second, it is not going to be exactly the way we think it will be. Third, the rate of change will take place faster than we anticipate…

…We should not let “the way we’ve always done it” interfere with the opportunities in front of us today. There is nothing that remains as constant as change.

Even the most precious of all gems need to be chiseled and faceted to achieve its best luster. So, don’t end up like concrete – all mixed together and permanently set…

Go with the flow. Be sensitive to the new things. Stay flexible and know you’ll need to adjust, move, correct and change to be successful.

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Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Teamwork

Posted July 8, 2014 by El
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Back to basics today. Teamwork.

Back in February, Inc.com published a list of “15 Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork.”   Of course, words alone won’t do. But, quotes can be  great way to reinforce a message. Below are the top four teamwork quotes on the Inc.com list. You can use one to wrap up an email, close a team huddle, or post on a department news board.

Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. -Vince Lombardi

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. -Andrew Carnegie

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

If you want the rest of the list, click here and enjoy!

How can you help your team be amazing? Read 7 Habits of Extraordinary Teams on Inc.com to get started. 

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by history

Posted July 1, 2014 by El
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July 4th is more than parades, picnics & fireworks. It is Independence Day in the U.S., commemorating the 1776 signing of the thirteen colonies’ declaration of independence from Great Britain.

Although this historic event was 239 years ago, wisdom from the signatories still applies to what we do today.

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. -John Hancock (the first to sign)

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. -Benjamin Franklin (the oldest signer, 70 yrs)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson (drafted the document)

I hope you’ll pause for a moment this weekend and remember the real reason for the holiday. Happy birthday, USA!

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by a problem

Posted June 24, 2014 by El
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All of us encounter problems now and then; at work, at home, or in the community. How we choose to face the problem has a direct impact on how it is resolved. Do you view it as a burden or an opportunity? Do you tackle it head on? Do you hand it off to someone else?  Do you sweep it under the rug?

Yesterday, I found myself sounding very much like Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Fortunately, what could have been a significant problem was short-lived as I learned that someone else had recognized the same problem and took action.

I don’t use the word “problem” too often so, of course, it was a Tidbit inspiration. Here are some thoughts to help us see that our problems may not be the problem!

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. -John Gardner

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. -Captain Jack Sparrow

Problems are like washing machines; they twist us, spin us and knock us around, but in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before. -Sea Publications

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. -kushandwisdom.tumblr

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by a long wait

Posted June 17, 2014 by El
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Does this look familiar?  If you travel a lot, it just might.  Last week, a co-worker and I had to wait at the Tampa airport for a late night flight, which was delayed.  And delayed again.  And delayed again.

This is us, at some point in the evening, waiting.

Waiting

He suggested that the photo would be a good Tuesday Tidbit prompt.  I agreed. Here are some quotes on patience!

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -John Quincy Adams

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. -Joyce Meyer

Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear? -Tao Te Ching

Patience and perseverance, if we have them, overcome mountains of difficulties. -M.K. Ghandi

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by planning

Posted June 10, 2014 by El
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[My peers and I] are engaged in an operations planning meeting this week. It’s going to be a long and tedious week but the rewards will be great as we move into the future with confidence.

Here are some thoughts on the importance of planning. Perhaps they’ll have meaning for you, too.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? -Steve Maraboli

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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