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Chuck Blakeman
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Good, short article summarizing some key take aways from my friend Mark Moses' new book, Make Big Happen - http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/5-things-great-leaders-focus-on-for-success.html
When facing fast growth, you can't deal with everything. Here is how to prioritize
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While others are still relying on a few heroic activists to tell everyone else what to do, DaVita is inviting everyone to participate. Giving people their brains back is working for DaVita, and is a way of leading that all companies could learn from.
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What if a global business was not a soulless profit machine, but a community, a village where everybody had a brain, made important decisions for the corporation, and promoted and lived in community? Could it work? It already is, and we can all learn something important from them.
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What makes people think they can say hello and then start selling me something? If you meet a person in a bar and ask them to marry you right there, what are the odds they'll accept? (If they do, you deserve each other.) Relationships take time to develop.
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Is the handshake devolving? Is there a business opportunity here for those paying attention? Just maybe - on both accounts.
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Appster's success is not about the product, the industry, or being in the right place at the right time. Their meteoric rise is all about a new approach to leadership that heralds the demise of traditional Industrial Age management and the rise of a new Participation Age leadership model. http://bit.ly/1fmyYzb
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Tradition says what they're doing shouldn't work. They're too young, have no leadership training or outside funding, and weren't the pioneers in their industry. Yet now they are the experts, and are building something remarkable.
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These guys represent three generations of great leadership.  They aren’t freaks, but part of a fast-growing trend in The Participation Age toward leadership and away from management - two very different things.
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It's counter-logical, but leaders rarely make decisions for others. Managers make decisions for others (and dehumanize them in the process). Most people who think they are leading are only managing. Great leaders know the difference.
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WHY MISSION STATEMENTS SUCK SO BAD

This month in our 3to5Club​s (www.3to5Club.com) around the world, we've been covering how to develop a 2pg Strategic Plan, with a focus on the Vision and Mission statements (two very different things). We advise biz leadership, "When constructing a Mission Statement, be suspicious of any word with three or more syllables, especially those containing the letters U through Z." Weird All Yankovich's song, "Mission Statement" demonstrates this perfectly.

Following are the lyrics  - "notice the "plethora" of fancy 3+ syllable words containing U through Z. Most corporation Mission Statements sound just like his song - sanitized, arrogant, and completely out of touch with the real world. For contrast, here's one great Mission Statement by Fairmont Hotels -

"Turning moments into memories."

Simple, elegant, emotional, down to earth, and focused on the RESULT the customer will get from engaging with them. They are not playing Business Buzzword Bingo like most companies do when constructing their Mission Statements.

Look at all the 3-6 syllable buzzwords in the song, and how many of them contain U through Z (an indicator they may be fancy words, not useful ones). Click on the following URL to play the song itself while you read the lyrics - http://bit.ly/1oFOpDr

We must all efficiently
Operationalize our strategies
Invest in world-class technology
And leverage our core competencies
In order to holistically administrate
Exceptional synergy
We'll set a brand trajectory
Using management's philosophy
Advance our market share vis-à-vis
Our proven methodology
With strong commitment to quality
Effectively enhancing corporate synergy
Transitioning our company
By awareness of functionality
Promoting viability
Providing our supply chain with diversity (versity, ooooh)
We will distill our identity
Through client-centric solutions and synergy (oooooh oooh oooh)
(ahhhhhh)

[Bridge:]
At the end of the day (at the end of the day)
We must monetize our assets
The fundamentals of change
Can you visualize a value-added experience?
That will grow the business infrastructure and
Monetize our assets
Monetize our assets
Monetize our assets

[Verse 2:]
Bringing to the table
Our capitalized reputation
Proactively overseeing
Day-to-day operations
Services and deliverables
With cross-platform innovation
Networking
Soon will bring
Seamless integration
Robust and scalable, bleeding-edge and next-generation
Best of breed
We'll succeed
In achieving globalization

[Outro:]
And gaining traction with our resources in the marketplace
It's mission-critical to stay incentivized
Our business plan will foster flexible solutions for our customer base
If you can't think outside the box
You'll be downsized
It's a paradigm shift!
Hey, hey! Look out!
Well, it's a paradigm shift, now!
Here we go! Here we go! Here we come! Here we come! Ha!
If you don't think this is funny, you need to take a good, long look at your Mission Statement and get someone outside your organization to help you reconstruct it.

Our Mission Statement:

We provide tools for business owners to a) make more money in less time, b) get off the treadmill, and c) get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place.

Not a single three syllable word containing U through Z (actually no three syllable words at all). We're in good company - the New York Times is written at the fifth grade level because it makes it easy to read.

In your Mission Statement, are you trying to sound smart, sophisticated and complex? You are more likely to get there by working hard to be simple, unpretentious, and "plain".

The profound things are always simple. If you're Mission Statement isn't simple, it's probably not profound, either. Give it another go!
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Contrary to common belief, most businesses don't go under for lack of customers. In fact, it's almost always the opposite. The number one reason businesses fail is because they grow too fast, or more specifically, some element of the business outpaces the others.
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You might be giving yourself the finger and not even know it. Don't look back and realize all you needed was to get the other four in line with the one in the middle.
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There are two ways to deal with an issue: now or later ("never" falls under later). Successful people do not live passively, just hoping stuff will work out. They understand the golden rule of relationships--peacemaking beats peacekeeping every time.
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If it weren't for people, my business would be perfect. Business is sometimes simple; dealing with people is hard. Peacemaking fixes that. Peacekeeping makes it worse.
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I thought you all needed to know the US Postal Service has found alternative profit centers auctioning off your stuff, in case you wanted to ship with more reliable and responsive services that make their profit off getting your stuff where it's supposed to go. "Fascinating!" (But not surprising, right?)
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Caveat emptor. The U.S. Postal Service makes a profit from selling your lost stuff. It auctioned off $3,100 worth of my books before they were even supposed to be delivered, and continued to sell them long after it was made aware of the issue. Fascinating!
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Good times at the United States Post Office. What would you do if the P.O. sold $3,100 of your stuff at a P.O. auction before it was even supposed to arrive at its destination?

We shipped a few hundred books to a conference I'll be speaking at next week. 12,000 people will be in the seats and we will be doing a big rollout/release of the Second Edition of Making Money Is Killing Your Business at the conference.

Four boxes (88 books) didn't arrive. The USPS told us we couldn't even put in a claim for 30 days after they were supposed to arrive. I happened to go to our new Amazon.com account for the Second Edition and saw the lost books being sold as "used" on our account, which wasn't even live yet. The seller said they bought them at a US Postal Service Auction in Atlanta in May. which would have them being sold around the time they should have arrived. They said they would give them back if the PO gave back the $5/book they paid for them.

The P.O., at every level has refused to even get involved - massive case of "It's not my job". Anybody surprised? smile emoticon They made $100 off the unfulfilled service, and $440 off the auction, and aren't interested in attempting to fix it. Not that any of us should be surprised. Channels, 7, 9, 31 and the Denver Post are all doing stories on it, so at least that should be fun. We'll all have another good story about why bureaucratic entities and people with no motivation to do the right thing, generally don't when it might take a little extra effort.

But at least the guys who scored them at the P.O. Auction will make thousands on a book that hasn't even been released yet. Glad somebody gets something out of this! And the readers, forgot about them - I do hope they'll get great stuff from the book that will push them forward. I just wish the P.O. wasn't balancing their budget on my products.
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The accumulation of time and money is driven by how much clarity we have about the impact we want to have in the world around us.
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What are you building? Do you know? If not, it's never too late to get this answer. Stop for a moment and get it, because every decision will fall in place after you get this one.
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The profound things are always simple. If your Mission Statement isn't simple, it's probably not profound, either. Give it another go!
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We aim to be the #1 pencil manufacturer by proactively enhancing our viability with the highest profit, while visualizing a world where we own everything. Blecchh...
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Providing tools for  business owners and leaders around the world to make more money in less time, get off the treadmill and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place.  Author of MakingMoneyIsKillingYourBusiness.com, rated the #1 Business Book of the Year by NFIB
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Estimate was about the same as two others. Carpenter came first to replace two boards - he asked my wife which two boards! Not a good start - he guessed, replaced a couple and left. Both my wife and I called Vivax - no return call to either of us. Powerwashing and painting both started many days late. No big deal by itself, but typical of the company's attention to detail. After painting started we noticed two broken mouldings, one missing and two that were hopelessly warped above a first floor roof on the side of the house. They were easily visible from the ground by just looking up. The estimator missed the whole section. They said they would replace them and tell us later what the cost was. Should have been quoted up front rather than turning this into a guessing game quote. The painters didn't paint the house - they colored it. Very thin coat, lightly applied, and VERY SLOPPY. - Terrible prep - ONE DAY AFTER PAINTING, MULTIPLE SPOTS ARE PEELING. - Many drips and full out spills on our new deck - they didn't attempt to remove the drips and just swished the stain around and made it worse. - Didn't prime new boards - just painted them. - Didn't bother to open exterior front, back and patio doors to paint the 1/4" that hits the insulation - one door was new and is still white around the edges instead of green. - Completely missed many trim boards - unpainted. Some were painted halfway and they just left them! - All kinds of slop-over on the trim - on all sides of the house. - Drips and spills on the concrete porch and sidewalk in front. Paint sprayed on to brick where their tape wasn't holding. - 50%+ of all vinyl windows had visible to ridiculous slop-over on them - amazing that they could leave some of them - easily visible from way out by the street. - Paint drips on patio screen door - just smeared around. - Many other issues of sloppiness and carelessness They left two days ago. I emailed them (calling gets no response) that morning - no response. We haven't paid yet. We're getting estimates on fixing the problems and will pay Vivax only the difference. Vivax has clearly gotten very busy recently and they are simply coloring houses, not painting them, then moving on as fast as they can. Go with a local, much smaller company - you're much more likely to get a good job and responses from the company.
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