“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” -Syndey J. Harris
Strategic Discipline Blog
I’m on vacation this week and decided to repost two blogs that I feel have a message that needs to be repeated. The following blog is from February 6th, 2014. People as noted in Jim Collins Good to Great are the #1 factor in business success. Making sure you are hiring the right people is critical to ensuring your business success. Rockefeller Habits best practices demand creating Core Values. How do you use those Core Values? If you’re not using them to develop questions to determine if you have the right candidates to fit your culture, you should consider developing them. Here’s an example from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on how to use Core Values as they do to discover whether potential employees are a good fit in their culture.
It’s ironic that as I started to write Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky? I was feeling good about my recovery from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and my Bone Marrow Transplant. That Tuesday I decided to go to the University of Iowa Hospital/Clinic since my leg hurt since I slipped and fell into my snow blower the week before.
It’s the first Monday of 2014! David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and past Fortune/Gazelles Growth Summit speaker, recommends this day (or possibly another between Christmas and the New Year) as an excellent day to clean out your office, getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year.
Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital room with my wife, my oldest son, and Dr Zenk. Dr. Zenk gave me the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was as direct as he could possibly be. He explained that I would need chemotherapy treatment and if successful a bone marrow transplant. He noted that typically patients who undergo this type of treatment are out of work a year or more. He didn’t need to explain that treatment would be expensive. The thought of being out of work for a year, as the sole wage earner for my family, set me back. How would my family survive? How would I feel knowing the impossible challenge I’d just put my family in? I was devastated! I cannot recall ever feeling so low.
Too often we get so involved in our business working to get ahead that we forget to celebrate moments of victory. We don’t take time to reflect on what we accomplish. We miss moments of renewal, celebration, and recognition. These are valuable reminders of our success. These raise morale, help us to pause and reflect on what it takes to achieve. These are moments to shine the spotlight on people who have gone beyond normal dedication and commitment to achieve remarkable performance.
“If I emulated you in any way as a creator today, send me a signal in the form of feedback in my world to let me know that you were noticing my efforts. And bring it in a way that I least expect, that wakes me up from this dream, and leaves no doubt that it has come from you so that I am inspired to do this again tomorrow.” The voice of Joe Dispensa softly speaks to me at the conclusion of the meditation
Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Coach Advisor, Catalyst, Pearsons Law, leading and lagging indicators, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa