My wife as an incredible sense of timing. She often says just the right thing at the exact time I need it. After twenty-eight years of marriage, I have come to depend on it. Last week, she forwarded me a message from T.D. Jakes that took my breath away.
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He didn’t have the kind of theoretical, text-book knowledge that you often hear from MBA’s who’ve read the literature but never actually done the work. Instead, he had the kind that you only get in battle, when the stakes are high, and the bullets are flying…. He was most famous as the Lieutenant Colonel in command of 1st Battalion, U.S. 7th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Calvary Division at the Battle of la Drang on November 14–16, 1965, in Vietnam.
This probably won’t be funny to anyone but the Thomas Nelson employees who attended our All Employee Meeting last week, but I thought I’d share it any way. During my presentation, I played a clip from the movie, Facing the Giants.
Here is a list of resources to get you started (in alphabetical order): Beyond Bullets—This is great Web site on how to use PowerPoint more effectively…. My favorites are the “Handout Wizard for PowerPoint,” which allows you to create customized layouts, “Rename Shape/Slide Add-in,” which enables you to rename slides and shapes by clicking on them, and “Toolbox for PowerPoint,” which provides a collection of Shyam’s VBA code snippets for PowerPoint…. OnlinePRESENTER is similar, in that it allows your Web site visitors to run a PowerPoint presentation on your site without having to download the presentation and run it within PowerPoint itself.
At our All Employee meeting last week, I showed a video clip of an EDS commercial called “Airplanes.” It shows a crew building an airplane—while it is flying. This pretty much sums up how most of us are feeling this quarter.
Corporate culture is not something we usually think about. It’s kind of like water to a fish or air to a bird. It’s simply the environment we live in. Nevertheless, I believe culture is one of the most important factors driving operating results and influencing employee satisfaction. Unhealthy cultures produce bad results and unhappy employees. Healthy cultures produce good results and happy employees.
My blogging buddy, Eric Mack has “tagged me.” This means that I now have to reveal “Five Things You May Not Know About Me.”
I spend more hours in meetings than out. Perhaps you do, too. Over the years, I have cataloged a list of annoying meeting behaviors or just “AMBs” for short. None of these by themselves are that bothersome. But when you combine three or four of them in the same meeting, it can test the patience of Job.
The ability to sell an idea or project to your boss is critical to your success. If you can’t get your boss’s approval when you need it, you are not going to go very far in your career.
Here’s a summary of what he says: You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision…. You find it easier to blame others for your circumstances than to take responsibility for solutions…. You’re driven by the task instead of the relationships and the vision.
At Thomas Nelson, we believe that we exist to inspire the world. We believe that the world desperately needs inspiration—the right kind of inspiration—and that we are a conduit for change.
Pretty soon people start saying, “I can never get a timely response from him,” or “When I send her an email, I feel like it goes into a black hole,” or worse, your colleagues just roll their eyes and sigh…. Their perception, whether you realize it or not, will determine how fast your career advances and how high you go.