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“Whose Got a Problem?” Coach Lou Holtz Wisdom = “If Enough People Care”

February 28th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The video quality isn’t world class on the first short flick below, but the message is thought provoking and challenging in a positive way.  The second video from the Wall Street Journal is just fine, and both complement each other in maybe 7 minutes total.

 

All progress comes not from acceptance of a status quo, but from challenging what’s wrong.  That can begin with the question former Razorback and Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz asks during this short video.  “Who’s Got a Problem?”

 

 

Our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has periodically shared an item that hangs in the wall in his office, which has 3 Lou Holtz “Rules.”

  • Rule #1. Do What’s Right.
  • Rule #2 Do Your Best.
  • Rule #3 Treat Others Like You Want to Be Treated.

It is followed by “Three Questions People Ask About You

 

  • Can I trust you?
  • Are you committed?
  • Do you care about me?

 

In the bottom right, in smaller type, it says Lou Holtz of Notre Dame.

From the first video’s YouTube Page:

IF ENOUGH PEOPLE CARE illustrates Lou Holtz’s firm belief that satisfaction and organizational success — in football or business — “can’t come from the job you’re doing… but from how well you’re doing the job.” Sprinkling his impassioned presentation with personal and professional anecdotes and humorous stories, Lou Holtz expresses his seven essentials for success.

In the second video from the Wall Street Journal is this video with WSJ’s Jerry Seib at CEO Council.

1)    Have a Vision.

2)    A Plan to How to Achieve the Vision.

3)    Lead by Example.

4)    Hold People Accountable for the Choices that they Make (“most important” – says Holtz).  There is commentary or examples with each of these principles, in this one, Holtz says you have the right to fail, but you don’t have the right to cause other people to fail.

5)    What are your core values?

Coaches may be kidders or whatever, but each coach has a certain kind of discipline and toughness.

 

Coaches have to be both inspiration and pragmatic to be winners.

Those are great qualities for business leaders too, aren’t they?

Holtz ends the second video with a joke that pokes fun at himself.

Both short talks are worthy shares.  This evening, we’ll Keep it Simple (KIS) and wrap on this positive note. That’s this evening’s “Innovation, Information, Inspiration for Industry Professionals.” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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How do CEO’s Use Their Time? Work, Life Balance Part II

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Earlier this month, the Daily Business News on MHProNews looked at the issue of work-life balance. It’s a handy topic to be reflecting on, as the 2019 New Year approaches. So, before diving into how CEOs use their time, readers who may have missed it should consider reading the linked topic – Part I – below. 

 

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Visual Capitalist (VC) has thoughtfully provided MHProNews with the following infographic on how CEO’s use their time.

MHProNews took their information, and reformatted it as is shown below. This format allows it to more easily fit into this post, and would therefor be more easy to read.

 

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Notice how work-life balance comes into play for company CEOs?

Note too how many company leaders grapple with the challenges of career-related stress?

Then see how CEOs split their time between those:

  • inside their own organization – 70%,
  • their board – 5%, 
  • outside strategic partners – 16%, 
  • plus outside groups, media, government, and giving at 9% of their total time.

Not everyone is made for, nor desires, the role of CEO – Chief Executive Officer. A former team mate and still-in-touch colleague from Wisconsin – Jerry Clark – has said that sales people and CEOs are two essential roles for most companies. That’s an interesting manufactured housing industry perspective.

The video below begins with what looks like a commercial, but it’s actually an analogy, and a smooth one.  They use wisdom and humor to make some useful points in under 3 minutes. At approaching 490,000 views, and widely praised, you may find it helpful in considering the issue of work-life balance.

 

 

An interesting, and not unrelated look at the issue of balance between tech and the personal touch is found linked further below – by Tim Connor, CSP – under related reports. 

How you approach your work-life balance is clearly up to you. But as we approach the new year, this is a good time to ponder the topic.  That’s this morning’s look at “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory Built Housing,” © whereWe Provide, You Decide.” © ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Critical Thinking Skills, Crucial For Well Grounded, Evidence over Emotion Based Independent Thought in MHVille

April 30th, 2018 Comments off

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In society, politics, investing, business, romance, and careers there is a routine tug-of-war between emotions and rational thought.

The modern era, not unlike that of yellow journalism from over a century ago, finds competing and often partisan sources presenting views of the same event in often profoundly different ways.

Yellow journalism was a style of newspaper reporting that emphasized sensationalism over facts. During its heyday in the late 19th century it was one of many factors that helped push the United States and Spain into war in Cuba and the Philippines, leading to the acquisition of overseas territory by the United States,” says History.State.gov.  To rephrase, yellow journalism is designed to manipulate people, then – or today.

While it helps to understand the left-right media divide, that alone isn’t enough.

The following video tonight is an introduction to critical – that means analytical – thinking. As the narrator explains, critical thought should not be confused with criticism.  While they’re selling a class in the last few seconds, a quick sound introduction to the principles of analytical thought are well laid out in under 2 ½ minutes.

MHProNews routinely uses the tools of critical thinking, which are part of the education of any clear thinker.  For example, attorneys and medical professionals alike are taught to search for the facts, and sift past emotions and smoke screens.

Given the problems of spin, weaponized reporting, biased, prejudiced, inaccurate news – and often emotionally charged, but rationally flawed opinion columns and talking heads – critical thought is important for professionals, business owners, investors, home owners, and all others.

While hopefully every column on MHProNews demonstrates analytical thought, and a search for the truth, an example is found in the related report below. The feedback from industry members on this hot topic has already made it clear that it resonates with a number of manufactured housing professionals.  Enjoy. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Atmosphere, and Super-Charging Results – Monday Morning Sales Meeting

January 8th, 2018 Comments off

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Have you ever walked into an office or store and ‘felt’ the atmosphere?

For example, it might feel:

·        upbeat, or
·        …oppressive.

Shoppers and visitors to your location can often detect or ‘pick up’ on the atmosphere of your business.

If you are a retailer, does your office ‘feel’ high pressure? Or does it feel disengaged? 

Balance is essential in life, and in an office. Either extreme – the high pressure, or the disengaged team member(s) – can be perceived as a turn off to a savvy shopper.

Another quick example.

If you are working in a manufactured home community, and a few residents were stopped at random by a visitor, would the report or feedback they give the guest be:

·        positive,
·        neutral, or
·        negative? 

What do you do when you have issues like those noted above at your location?  (Hint: there are proven ways to turn most negative community residents over-time into happy, cheer-leaders. Some people, frankly, you may never make happy, but you should still try).

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Today – and at no charge to you – let’s oversimplify with the following tip, and focus for the final few moments of this session on just your team members.

Because your team members are an elemental part of what creates a good, bad, or indifferent atmosphere a your location. 

When you have a problem with one or more team members, there are fundamentally three choices. 

  • 1) Terminate. If this is the option you pick, then questions that remain are how, and when –> and what you do to replace them with someone better.
  • 2) Education/Reform/Mold them.
  • 3) Do nothing, and expect the problem to continue.

While you can have a combination of the three above, can you think of an option not covered by those three?

Spotlighting point #2, above.  All types of education, formal and informal, should always – always – be supplemented by follow-up reading and/or related videos, when available. 

MH industry field reps tell us they see a common problem in manufactured home retail and community locations.  It’s a lack of training and motivation among the industry’s team members.  Ouch.

But there are locations where the reverse is reported, and that’s equally revealing.  Well-trained teams not only perform better, but they tend to create a great office atmosphere.

Under performers can be costly to you, while performers pay in a variety of ways.

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Done properly, prospects love it.

When you team earn commissions, they like earning more commissions too. Several big commission checks can do wonders to get their ‘serve the public with excellence’ juices flowing.

Third-party research reveals that educated, properly-engaged, and well-formed team members routinely outperform those who lack that same training.  Research also reveals that companies that invest in their team see less turnover too.

Let’s close today’s session with a tip that links back to a prior – and popular! – Monday Morning Sale Meeting theme.  Not only are readers, leaders – but those who read – and view the right videos – tend to out-perform their peers too.

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The combination of formal training and reading can transform the atmosphere at your location. 

As a closing thought, even if you have a formal trainer at your location – and sadly, not many in manufactured housing do – when your contract trainer works with management (instead of undermining management), that makes trainers better, and the results improve for all involved.

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Sexual Harassment, and the Manufactured Housing Workplace, Two Short Videos

November 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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So, that means that what’s happening in other industries, is also taking place in MH Industry workplaces, in locations from border to border.

Harassment suits are known to create serious problems for a company, or organization.

If you missed that report, you may want to click the link below before you proceed.

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One reader – a woman – emailed the following comment, “I really believe that weak people are more likely to succumb to sexual harassment because they don’t stand up for themselves.” She then gave some examples of workplace issues she encountered, and how she successfully countered them.

As input from manufactured housing industry readers has started coming in on the sexual harassment in the workplace issue, a common-sense request to the Daily Business News has been: where are the boundaries in the workplace? What is and isn’t sexual harassment?

This can be particularly useful for those companies which may not have an HR department, or where professional associations may not do so.

He Said, She Said by Media Partners is “designed to help employees evaluate their own conduct as it relates to sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior at work. Seven interactive scenarios use riveting performances and twisting plot lines to subtly challenge employees’ beliefs and perceptions,” the video release said.

The next video is designed to look “old,” but is not. It also uses ‘course’ language, so if you’re watching where young ear are, you might want to wait on this one.

The second video is also a ‘spoof’ – a satire – but it makes its points quite well, using adult humor.

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