No Coasting Allowed

busyworkSo here we are in the last month of the year.

The Thanksgiving break is over and we’ve only a few short weeks to wind down our 2013 responsibilities and position ourselves for the start of a New Year.

In anticipation of 2014, most of us have our plans in place and we’re ready to move on …but I say, hold on a second!

If you feel your business is under control and you feel you can wind things down – well, dont! If you begin to lighten up now, your followers will soon follow. Productivity will go in the tank and bad habits are formulated.

My leadership tip for you this week is to encourage you to not fall in the trap of coasting into next year. This year is not over and there is still plenty of work to do.

Think about this quote from professional writer Sam Ewig; “It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.”

Let’s finish strong … you’ve got the time; here are a few suggestions to squeeze a little more out of this year.

1. Go through your 2013 – planner and identify any forgotten item on your ‘to-do list’ that never got carried forward. Decide if you should revive the item.

2. Go through your 2013 – planner and identify someone who you should call. A customer, a vendor or someone who you’ve not been in contact with lately … you need to keep those relationships.

3. Identify 3 – people in your organization that you should spend a minimum of an hour each with to teach them something new.

What else can you do that would be of great value before the year ends?

I’m all for taking a break and spending quality time with family and friends this month. However, let’s maintain a high level of passion, intensity and work ethic through this period.

I’ve said it before, and I remind you now; coasting is not allowed on the road to success.

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Summer Safety

Is it me … or does it seem once the weather warms up the number of ‘summer related accidents’ sky rockets ?

Recently, there was tragic boat accident that happened in Lake Lanier near Atlanta. Sadly children were killed and as in any accident, this could have been prevented. You can read more here.

I’m not sure what happens during the summer but for some reason we seem to get careless at home, on the roads, on the water, while we’re camping / fishing … we lose focus.

We also forget about the danger caused by the sun, the storms, the insects, the wildlife, the food we eat … ‘the other guy’ on the road or in the water.

We all diligently practice safety at work and we need to bring that same level of intensity and consistency home.

So, my leadership tip of the week is to demonstrate that ‘you care’ by being a leader with summer safety. I recommend you find at least 3 – summer safety tips to share with your team … and keep summer safety visible in your organization.

I’ll do my part by hosting a complimentary Summer Safety Webinar on Thursday July 19th with a safety expert Mylon Stark of Big Picture Safety … Mylon will share with us a number of tips and techniques to keep us all safe this summer … you can learn more here.

Yes, summer is here … and safety should never take a vacation!

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