Weekly Edge

Lessons from our Anzacs

Heather Frame - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tomorrow is Anzac Day… a unique and special day to us Aussies and Kiwis.  Don’t know about you, but we tend to get a bit emotional as we think back and imagine what these men and women went through.  

It took a lot of courage that’s for sure, but more than that, it took commitment, perseverance, and dogged determination.  Sadly, these qualities are in scarce supply in the twenty first century.  These are the qualities needed in business, but from what we see around us reflects a population that expects success without effort.  Business owners who are all too ready to lift the white flag of defeat without even firing a shot!

They want successful businesses but they don’t do a damn thing to succeed.

You, like us are different.  We know that we have to get busy.  We’ve got to hustle, get things done.

Times are getting tougher for many people in business, but we can’t use that as an excuse.  We can’t control the economy but we certainly can control what goes on inside our businesses.  There are many things we can do right now to bring in the money. 

Think Anzac.  Think courage, determination, perseverance and the belief that you will win.  Now is not the time to be coasting with your foot off the pedal.  We need to get busy and take charge of the things we can control.

Things that make you go hmmm... about blended behaviour

Heather Frame - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Follow up on blended behaviour article from last week.  Here are some of our favourite quotes on blended behaviour to make you go hmmm…

 

 “Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image”
 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
 

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.”
 
John W. Holt, Jr. 


 “If fear alters behaviour, you're already defeated.”
 
Brenda Hammond

 

 “Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”
 Plato

Blended Behaviour

Heather Frame - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

We’ve been reading a lot (and we mean a LOT!) of books and online on baby sleep at the moment (yes, our second child who is now a mere 3 months old, took a while to settle into sleeping ok at night). 

 

One of the more interesting concepts we’ve read about is “blended behaviour”. It’s when your child might show some sign of being sleepy such as rubbing his eyes, but then flash you a big smile and coo happily like he’s wide awake.  In short, it’s blended behaviour, and he’s probably very tired! Don’t let the smile fool you. 

 

Ever had one of your employees exhibit adult blended behaviour?

Snappish one minute and lovely the next? They could well just be tired.

When do you need to take it in hand? When the snappish behaviour continues longer than an “off” day. 

 

One day they’re dishonest and the next day perfectly pleasant?

It’s likely they’re just simply dishonest.

Confront them at the first instance of dishonesty and explain that it’s not tolerated in your workplace. 

 

Lazy one minute and interested the next?

You probably already know their heart isn’t in it.

What can you do to help them revitalize their interest?

A new challenge perhaps?

But be sure they know we all have mediocre parts to every job and without that (boring) backbone getting done, the business has no substance. 

 

Keep an eye on blended behaviour in your employees and look to overcome it straight away for optimum performance in your business.

Accuracy Versus Action…

Marcus Everett - Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Feeling that you always have to be right can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.

 

The reality is the people that typically achieve phenomenal levels of success did not get there by doing everything right every time.

 

The main point is that people achieve great heights because they did lots of things with a reasonable amount of accuracy.

 

When people get stuck on doing everything exactly right, they can’t but help take less action… and achieve less results.

 

Many a great idea has been lost because the person who devised it wanted to get it just right or, was waiting for exactly the right moment to launch it

 

Ask yourself how much are you holding yourself back by trying to do everything exactly right.

 

What would happen if you took 10% more action in your career/business and your personal life?

 

It’s all up to you!