Random Thoughts

TGIM!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

Take notes. Be a Life long learner & listener.  A Doer.

How frightening it can be to think any moment we can die.

Also how liberating. We will die. So there is an end game. Screw it up. Fail. Who cares.

Anxiety, pressure, being the best version of yourself can be exhausting.  Learn to LET IT GO…

Discipline is freedom.

Smile. More.
Smile a lot more.

Get shit done.

Social media is a curse. A demon. A time suck. A trap.

 

What’s the biggest problem in your life or work.  Are you fixing it?  Is it fixable?  If it’s fixable find a solution and do it.  No excuses.  If no solution realize the obstacle IS THE WAY.  (A good book by the way.)  Embrace that obstacle!

SOMETIMES I AM FRIGHTENINGLY INTENSE.

NEXT TIME I DO NOT GIVE A SHIT.

COULD BE THE SAME TOPIC.

I DO THAT INTENTIONALLY BASED ON THE TEMPERATURE OF THE ROOM, OR THE STORY I AM TRYING TO TELL… 

BOTH ARE OK.

Life of course is not how many obstacles you have, it’s how you deal with them.  That’s the purpose.  That’s what  you will be judged on I believe.

 

GO!

Joel

RANDOM THOUGHTS #12

TGIM!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

 

ONE WORD.  ONE GOAL.  ONE FOCUS. I HAVE BECOME A BIG FAN.

2017 TEACH  2018 LISTEN 2019 FACIL (EASY IN SPANISH) 2020… 

My one word is GO!… many of you think I already GO! fast enough.  Too fast.

What does GO! mean to me.  It means simplify, focus, be educated, THEN HAVE NO FEAR AND GO!.  It means less of the little shit, but more OF THE PURPOSE STUFF.  It means to teach the over thinkers (not the analytical, I have come to LOVE THE ANALYTICAL)  and simply let it live, AND GO!

SIMPLY DO YOUR JOB, STAY FOCUSED, BUT WHEN YOU SEE OPPORTUNITY, LIFE, FUN, ATTACK IT!

GO!

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1 of 2 things WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN TO YOU … if you set goals this year!

Great new things.  New you.  blah blah blah.

 

  1. YOU HAVEN’T GIVEN ANYTHING UP.  SO YOU WILL FAIL.

WHAT DID YOU GIVE UP?  You were busy before all this new you shit?  GIVE ME ALL THE STUFF YOU GAVE UP.  THAT’S THE HARD PART.  You don’t have more time… so

  1. EITHER YOUR PLAN WON’T WORK
  2. YOU WILL TRY TO KILL YOURSELF DOING MORE
  3. YOU WILL PICK THE WRONG THINGS TO GIVE UP
  4. YOU LIKE YOUR OLD SELF MORE THAN YOU THINK

I’ve been there.  I drink less.  I watch almost zero TV.  I barely golf.  Some of my friends I had to let go a little.   If you noticed I haven’t been at your location.  I can’t do that and plan out 2020.  I didn’t go to the Packer game, I am NOT going to any INDUSTRY conferences, IBS, roundtables or 1,000 other things.  I am not doing NARI, builders associations, Lions Club events, or any of that sort.  Shame on you JOEL you should.  NO I CAN’T.  I HAVE TO GO! ON WHAT I DEEMED MORE IMPORTANT.  YOU CAN. NOT. DO. IT. ALL.

YOU ARE NOT LISTENING….

CAN NOT.  I had TO SAY NO, TO SAY YES!

2.  YOU ARE NOT TOUGH ENOUGH FOR YOUR GOALS.

You are SIMPLY NOT TOUGH ENOUGH TO DO YOUR GOALS.

GET TOUGHER.

PERIOD.  IT’S THAT EASY AND THAT HARD.

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They may forget your namebut they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou.Jul

THEY MAY FORGET PROCESSES, PROCEDURES, THE PRODUCT THEY BOUGHT FROM YOU, THE TRAINING YOU HAD, THE TRUSSES YOU BUILT, THE DESIGN YOU DID…

BUT THE INTERACTIONS… THE WAY YOU MADE THEM FEEL…

THEY WILL NEVER FORGET!

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SOME OF YOU ARE BUSY BEING BUSY.

WE NO LONGER AS A COMPANY ARE PROUD OF YOUR WORK HOURS, WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR PRODUCTIVITY.

BUSYNESS IS A CURSE!  A LIE!  A DEMON!

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I WANTED TO WRITE MORE… MUCH MORE…

BUT IT IS…

GO!

TIME.

 

JOEL

GO PACK GO

 

 

 

WINNING ISN’T NORMAL

WINNING ISN’T NORMAL
Winning isn’t normal. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. It just isn’t
normal. It’s highly unusual.
Every competition has only one winner. No matter how many people are entered, only
one person or team wins the championship.
Winning is unusual – as such it requires unusual action.
In order to win, you must do extraordinary things. You cannot just be one of the crowd.
The crowd doesn’t win. You have to be willing to stand out and act differently.
Your actions need to reflect unusual values and priorities. You have to value success
more than others do. You have to want it more. WANTING IT MORE IS A DECISION
YOU MAKE AND ACT UPON – NOT SOME INHERENT QUALITY OF BURRING INNER
DRIVE OR INSPIRATION! You have to make that value a priority.
You cannot train like everyone else, you have to train more and train better.
You cannot talk like everyone else. You cannot think like everyone else. You cannot be
willing to join the crowd, to do what is expected, to act in a socially accepted manner, to
do what is “in”. You need to be willing to stand out in the crowd and CONSISTENTLY
take exceptional action. If you want to win, you need to accept the risks and perhaps the
loneliness because …………. WINNING ISN’T NORMAL!!!! – Dr. Keith Bell

SEND FOOD TO YOUR TOP CUSTOMERS FOR CHRISTMAS- or not

TEAM,

Just a little tip.

A long long standing tradition of sending your client something (especially something generic) like Christmas food is probably money wasted (unless of course it’s homemade cookies or something sentimental, then please do!!!!).   I would almost tear up when a CUSTOMER of ours Laurie Wenger from Wenger roofing would bring in a pile each year.    That’s good stuff.

20 years ago or so, I don’t even remember the person or vendor, I guy bought me wild rice he picked himself.  Led to a story and I still remember it.  Kind of cool.  Weird.  But cool.

I’m talking the generic stuff: cheese trays, popcorn, etc.

While it’s never WRONG to send something to your client.

BE BETTER.

They Irish to the core?  Send em a bottle of Jameson on St. Patricks Day.

Do they eat out every Saturday night at Schwartz’s?  Call Schwartz’s tell them next time they come in you got the tab.

BE BETTER.  BE AMAZING.  BE THOUGHTFUL WITH EMOTIONAL INTENT.

Send a book on a follow up to a conversation you had with them.

Don’t believe me, here is an actual picture of food people brought into Drexel at our downtown building just today.

Who knows who it came from!!!?  Of course kind of sad, but reality.  And I am sure reality at most places.   Surely, not what our valued partners that sent it to us hoped!  I know they envisioned me opening it up, reading the card, saying, josh that was nice, thank you.  In reality, I walked by grabbed a chunk of cheese and moved on.

 

 

BE THE THINGS YOU LOVE

FROM THE DESK OF STEVE HERRIGES,  HEAD COACH CAMPBELLSPORT:
“Be the things you loved the most about the people who are gone.”
That one was shared by Ben McCarty – and I really like it!  Thanks Ben!
Yesterday I pulled up some notes from 10 months ago when I took over the Head Coach role, and at the top of the page were these quotes/comments that I had on there to set the tone for the rest of the mission. The mission of leading this team. Supplying Happiness. Earning people’s trust, etc..  These are great reminders/motivators for everyone, and considering it fits into the quote-of-the-day theme, I wanted to share:

-No such thing as a bad day.

-Lead By Example

-Always Remember to be Kind

-People may not recall what you did/said…but will remember how you made them feel.

-Make sure your servant’s towel is bigger than your ego.

-It’s never wrong to do the right thing.

-Our minds don’t lead people, our hearts and our values do.

Notice, the start of my 5 pages of notes and goals had nothing to do with sales, or margin, or metrics of any sort. Those things come naturally when you focus on the roots. I would encourage anyone to do the same. And remind yourself of your priorities every day.
Donny and Richie Weyer have been working side by side for many years. In the past decade, they have been working most frequently in Kewaskum. Both retired I believe….or at least of retirement age, but just have a passion for swinging a hammer.  Last weekend Richie had a heart attack on his way to church. He passed away days later. It was his time. It didn’t matter how many nails were left to pound or how much money in the bank or whatever other goals he had. The good Lord had other plans. That’s how it works, and that’s why you should live the way you want to be remembered. Stay the path. Keep the faith. Be good.
Take care team!
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MOTIVATION WEARS OFF LIKE DEODORANT

TGIM!

Team,

State of Happiness was now 2 weeks ago.  Gosh, seems like forever to me.

Like putting deodorant on, or some fresh cologne.

Feels fantastic.

Then two weeks later… we are back to stinky, stinky!

That’s motivation in a nut shell.

So #1, constantly find sources of motivation.  That’s on you to find that.  But that can be hard.

#2 maintain a list with deadlines. That will force you to stay on task.

MOST IMPORTANTLY BECOME OBSESSED WITH:  DETAILS.

DETAILS.

DO YOU WANT TO BE AVERAGE OR EXCELLENT?

MOTIVATION = Average.  You don’t really change anything, you just get a little blood flowing once in awhile.  It feels good, but it’s not something that will carry you.

EXCELLENCE= DETAILS

Whether you feel like it or not, things require WORK.  Boring, lazy, routine, work.  No matter your role here  or your life, it can be pretty damn average.  Actually I think all of our lives are pretty damn average.  And we should embrace that.

Hugging a love one, following up on a task, having a hard conversation, are what in the end — what mattered.

DETAILS.

The more detailed you are, the quicker you can be, the better you can get.

You might think I’m all big picture and work on cool shit.

Not really.

I buy vacuum cleaners for the office sometimes too.

And then in my detail orientated mind, I made a video of it.  Took me 10 whole minutes.  DON’T OVER THINK SHIT.  GET SHIT DONE!

 

This will save us tons of hours and MONEY  and STRESS going forward in a little way.  But LIVING LIKE THIS opens ME UP FOR LOTS OF GAPS AND ROOMS AND TIME TO DO OTHER COOL STUFF WHEN IT COMES UP.

The video is incredibly average.  Buying two was average.  Some would say “beneath me.”  I would never say that.  It had to be done.  So I did it.  NO BIG DEAL.

You have to known when to delegate and ask for help, but sometimes you have to know SCREW IT, I will do it myself.

It’s a fine balance.

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IF YOU WANT ONE MORE NUGGET:

Lastly, if you went to someone’s house or had people over, I bet you found time some how to clean up to PREPARE FOR THEM.   This winter, right now, act like you are having someone over (make room for that new project) and clean up.  Get ready.  That way if an opportunity or work explodes and presents itself you are ready (like having company over).   Even if the company never shows up, you feel good!

BE READY!

MAKE IT HAPPEN.

JOEL

 

 

HOW TO REALLY MOTIVATE AND CHANGE THE WORLD

TGIM!

 

We are in the very middle of State of Happiness.  Half of the team has heard from many of our leaders

on some exciting things happening.

We have shared our 2019 recap (a record year in many ways)

The future

And the “Whys” behind a few things we do.

An overall massive success and very motivating to be part of it each day.

But that is not the best way to motivate your team, and we can ALL motivate each other.

 

The GREATEST WAY TO MOTIVATE IS TO CARE.  WITH ACCOUNTABILITY.

You CARE SO MUCH that you are hard on your team.  You know they can excel.

You must do that with relationships.  If you don’t know them, and know them damn well, laughed and cried with them, you haven’t EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE HARD ON THEM.  So that comes first.

But then you must strengthen the commitment to our mission to our processes by working 1 on 1 and holding people to the HIGHEST OF STANDARDS.  And then CELEBRATING when you see it happen.

So to recap how to build, lead, and grow a world class winning team:

A.) 1 on 1.  Get to know your team as friends and family!

B.)  BE BRUTUALLY HONEST AND CRITICAL.  Show them and challenge them to be the BEST.  Don’t settle for anything less from them.

C.)  CELEBRATE WHEN YOU SEE IT HAPPENING!

I love the avengers series (and I don’t really like superhero stuff).  One big reason why… is they are HARD on each other.  But they do it, to save the world!  They call B.S. when they see it.  They are all very different, but work as one unit to save the world!