Shut Up and Listen

Shut Up and Listen

James 1:19:20

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Truer words could not be written or spoken.

When I think about any regrets I have in my life it is generally things things I have said.  And the things I regret were statements made without giving pause prior to them leaving my tongue.  They were things said when my filter was turned off.

What caused my filter to shutdown?  Anger. Continue reading

Biblical Teamwork

Biblical Teamwork

Romans 12:3-9

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

I read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans and my first thought was this is a very early example of Stephen Covey’s Habit number six, Synergize, or the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s one of the first references in the Bible that I noticed about teamwork. Continue reading

How to Improve at Anything

How to Improve at Anything

Practice habits. Habits and practice, two things that I find to be very important in life and achieving goals.

Back in the mid 1990’s I studied “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.  I embraced a number of the concept from that book.

One was you don’t have to do anything, you choose to do things.

You say I have to go to work today.

No what you are saying is I choose to go to work today because if I don’t I may get fired and then no longer be able to afford my house, my car, etc..  What you are doing is placing a higher priority on those things than spending the day just goofing off.

Another concept was placing time between stimulus and response. Continue reading

Do What You Do Well

Here is another moment I had while on vacation at Dewey Beach that I thought would make a good post.

The whole family was back at the villa taking a breather after coming off a day at the beach and before once again heading to the boardwalk to look at the exact same things we had seen the previous three evenings.   We ended up watching some TV.

Somehow we landed and stayed on the OWN Network.  I don’t know how we got there.  I guess it was late in the afternoon and everyone was too tired to even channel surf.

The show we were watching was a documentary on Billy Bob Thornton.

No I am somewhat ambivalent towards Billy Bob Thornton.   As far as I am concerned he peaked at  Sling Blade.  But to be fair I really haven’t seen too much of his work besides Sling Blade and Bad Santa. Continue reading

Everybody Win or Walk Away

Today I have some thoughts on business that I’d like to share.  It’s about getting the best return or outcome from a situation.

One thing I have learned through the years and have experienced firsthand is the person who is willing to walk away from a negotiation or situation is the one who has the upper hand.  This is a pretty simple concept and goes with Stephen Covey’s principal of win/win or no deal.

I have seen situations with companies where although they preach this principal they don’t follow it in practice.

A company has a very large customer that at one time represented over 75 percent of their total annual sales.  Over the past 5 or 6 years the business has eroded, not due to a lack of or drop in quality and service from the company but the customer’s overall business has been declining.  The large customer has dropped to less than 25 percent of the company’s annual sales. Continue reading