May - June, 2012
Volume 2, Number 3
In This Issue
· Challenging Reality
· The 7 Habits Still Make Sense
· How Hot is Your Platform?
· It’s Time For an “I” Check
· Link of the Month
· What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
· Special Announcements
In a recent speech, Google founder Larry Page shared some of the best advice he’d ever received. When somebody whose personal worth is $18 Billion wants to share advice, one tends to perk up one’s ears. The advice? Page once attended a leadership seminar where a professor told him “There’s something to be said for having a healthy level of disregard for reality.” That advice certainly worked for Page. When you add a new verb to the English language you know you’ve made an impact.
This brings to mind a question futurist Joel Barker asks all of his clients: “What is impossible in your business today, but if it could be done would fundamentally change how you do business?”
The modern pioneers who generate radical improvement in our lives don’t drive down the middle of the bell curve. They operate at the fringes, pushing the envelope on what we assume to be the rules that govern our current reality.
A great goal for this summer? Challenge your assumptions. Fill in the blanks: I assume we must_____. I assume we can’t ______. Push on those and see if they hold up. You may find you’ve been working under some outdated or false assumptions. Breaking down those barriers may clear a path to exponential improvement!
Have an excellent month!
JCG Management Consulting
A nice attribute of classics like this is they are timeless. The habits make as much sense today as they did back then. You’ve likely heard of the 7 habits, but how many can you name? Here they are:
This is a great classic that should be on everyone’s must-read list. Now that you know what the 7 habits are – how many do you practice?
A focus on your audience instead of yourself is a key attribute of the best speakers according to Craig Valentine, recipient of the Toastmasters International “World Champion of Public Speaking” award and author of World Class Speaking. Want to improve your own communications? Try this challenge over the next week:
· Review a half-dozen emails you have written. How many sentences start with “I”? Examine how those could easily be re-phrased to focus on the recipient.
· If you are in a meeting or class, note the number of “I”s the speaker uses. Is there any way they could have turned those into “you”s? (For example, “I want to show you” could be “You’ll want to see this”, etc.)
This isn’t meant to say you’ll never use the word “I”, but rather that the best speakers minimize its use and focus on their audience. Sometimes big improvements are made by adopting simple habits!
about mission, vision, and values. A mission statement is a must-have. Missionstatements.com specializes in just that. Their web site features mission statement examples for many types of organizations from Fortune 500 firms to families, churches, teams and individuals. A great place to go for inspiration in writing your next mission statement!
Picture a dry lake bed in the southwest. Lay down some railroad track, build an iron chair on wheels, strap a Wile E. Coyote-type “Acme” rocket to the back, fire it up, send it screaming down the track, stop it and see if the guy lives. 1940’s technology at it’s finest.
One day Murphy got angry at a technician who wired a gauge incorrectly and grumbled something akin to “if there’s any way to do it wrong – this guy will find a way to do it.” His project manager was known for keeping a running list of “Laws” – he liked that and called it Murphy’s Law.
Guess what? The experiment worked! Dr. John Paul Stapp was the human guinea pig. In a press conference afterward he credited his survival to a firm belief in “Murphy’s Law” – they proactively looked at everything that could possibly go wrong with the experiment and bullet-proofed it prior to “lighting the fuse”.
On behalf of all of us who spend our time doing FMEAs and risk assessments (and sled tests), our hats are off to Capt. Murphy!
· Now that Motorola, the company that invented Six Sigma, is complete with their split into two firms, they are back in the business of providing training to the general public. Motorola Solutions recently announced an upcoming public session for Lean Green Belt (August 6-10) and a Black Belt wave starting in September. To receive a flyer or get more information, contact: Rob.Whaley@motorolasolutions.com
· According to a recent Associated Press article, the FBI released information regarding an international hacker attack via infected online advertising. The malware is called the DNS Changer. A temporary fix has been initiated, but infected computers may lose internet connection on July 9th when all the temporary safe servers are shut off. The FBI established a website through a security partner that will check your pc for the malware at www.dcwg.org. You can read a short background article at: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-20/internet-woes-infected-pcs/54446044/1
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