BALL IS LIFE

TGIM!

Many of you know I love sports.

I love also how it can easily relate to business and all aspects of life.

Recently I was having breakfast with a priest friend of mine, Father Mark, and asked him if sports were in heaven.  (These are our conversations.)   I asked because I loved sports.  Also sports is not a recent thing, or just within our culture.  It has been around and played in every culture on the planet as long as time has been tracked.  Lastly, since it’s kind of always been a thing and God created it all, maybe he did it for a reason.  I was worried however, since sports has defeats, and winning and losing, and struggles, that there would be no place for competition in heaven.  He assured me that he was positive there are sports in heaven.  So that would be cool.  I hope I can dunk.  A lot.  Anyways…

My point is we can learn a lot about life from sports.

Brad Stevens is the head basketball coach for a the Boston Celtics.   In a few years you will all know his name.  He has the best basketball mind on the planet (no offense Coach K)… here are some of his best quotes… so many of these quotes we can relate to our life… So many that I decided I wanted to share them with you.

Quotes from Brad Stevens (Think how these relate to your life.  Find ways to apply them.)

“Control what you can control; be great at controlling the controllables” he said. “Be reliable in doing your job every day, and part of that reliability is if there’s a ball on the ground and you are near it, you should dive. That’s your job.”’

 

  • “The moment coaches can stop coaching egos, roles, and agendas and can start coaching basketball, you have a great team” – Brad Stevens 
  • “Do your role as well as you possibly can and become a superstar in that role. Give it everything you got” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I think you recruit hard-playing guys. And if you’re a hard-playing guy and are around hard-playing guys, it’s contagious” – Brad Stevens 
  • “I don’t have the 5 positions anymore. It may be as simple as 3 positions now… you’re either a ball-handler, a wing or a big” – Brad Stevens 
  • “My door is always open to talk about playing time. But if you want to talk about playing time, be prepared for the truth” – Brad Stevens 
  • “We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens 
  • “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens 
  • “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens 
  • “If you don’t have accountability you will not improve” – Brad Stevens

 

 

I’M A LITTLE SCARED TOO

TGIM!

This is awesome… thanks for sharing this Keith.  We appreciate it.  (Please click on the below for this week’s TGIM.

I’m A Little Afraid

Very inspiring.  Fear is conquered by action.  Ready.  Fire.  Aim.

We are all a little scared, which is why we have to be there for each other!  TEAM.  FAMILY!

If that doesn’t work BREATHE through the fear…. but keep going!

RANDOM THOUGHTS TGIM

TGIM!

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

Some people don’t need you to preach a sermon, they need you to live one.   So when they see you living it they can connect and identify with that.”  – Inky Johnson

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“Action Cures Fear.  Indecision Fertilizes Fear.”

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The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important then how much intelligence you have.

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Positive energy and a bright attitude is contagious.  So is the opposite of that.

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The right attitude and one arm will always beat the wrong attitude and two arms.

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“Capacity is a state of mind.”  You can ALWAYS be busier.  You can always do more.  You may have to give up the waste, the clutter, but you can do it.

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Book: The magic of Thinking Big

State of happiness, it’s more than a meeting once a year.  It’s a life style.

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Get better.  Always.  You will die soon.  Worst case you did what you could to get better.  If you just focus on getting better… DIDN’T YOU JUST WIN LIFE?

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Ever wanted to hang around a crabby son of a b*tch?  Me neither.  You wanna be alone… then be a crabby mule.  Up to you…

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Nuts.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

1095 DAYS

TGIM!

TEAM,

THIS WILL KIND OF BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF

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The majority, over 50%, I say it again with emphasis, THE MAJORITY of our TEAM has less than 3 years experience with Drexel.

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After being around our company my whole life, I am 100% confident in this statement:  ANY FULL TIME JOB HERE has a learning curve of 3 years to be ADEQUATE NOT AN EXPERT, 1095 days.  Most if not all of this experience comes from ON THE JOB TRAINING (not a youtube video or some closed door workshop).  The training comes from the DAILY EXPERIENCES, AND A SELF LEARNING MINDSET!  SELF LEARNING, NOT FORCED…

THIS LEADS TO A BUNCH OF OBVIOUS CONCLUSIONS:

Don’t assume the person that is helping you KNOWS ALL THE STEPS TO GET THERE.

If you have something to share with a teammate SHARE IT!  There are no magical elves that are gonna show up and train that person for you.

1095 days are A LONG TIME.  BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

The “smart people” here were not BORN smart.  They were given a chance, educated by other wiser people… that is how THEY GOT SMART.  So, simply… make each other stronger.

Don’t wish and wait for some magical training elf with his “now I know everything Unicorn” to show up.  That’s not how this works…

Do you need more help?  Do you need to ask more questions?  Do you need to double check each others work? Yes.  Yes.  Yes.

LEAN

On each other

Vendors

Suppliers

Yourself.  Stand up on your desk and scream, SOMEONE HELP ME.

Or teammates please sense if someone just took in 12 orders in the last 20 minutes.  Or got 8 plans to draw.  Or 12 estimates to do.  Or 50 phone calls in 5 minutes.  Or 17 add ons to an all ready crammed load.

“Hey buddy, you seem a little overwhelmed, can I help you?”

THERE IS NO MAGIC GUIDE TO OUR PROCESSES, I CANT’ TELL YOU EVERY STEP IN SPRUCE IN 100 TRAINING HOURS, I CAN’T SHOW YOU HOW A DOOR GETS HUNG (ACTUALLY YOU CAN JUST YOUTUBE THAT) I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW TO PULL A LOAD IN LESS TIME… YOU MUST LEARN ON THE JOB… WITH DEDICATED EFFORT FOR …

1095 DAYS!

The veterans here like myself are ALL READY TO HELP YOU, just ask, we might not sense it… but please ASK.  Veterans let’s do better by being available.  Our time with that will be very fruitful!

You will never be TOTALLY TRAINED.  THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. THIS IS ON THE JOB TRAINING BABY.  I’M STILL LEARNING TOO!

ROCK ON.

OCTOBER IS HISTORICALLY OUR BUSIEST MONTH?  YOU READY TO DO THE AMAZING!!!!

And lastly… DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.  If you are too busy to do it right the first time… and ask questions and slow down… HOW WILL YOU HAVE TIME TO FIX IT???

 

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

 

 

SIMPLE IS NOT EASY.

TGIM!- tuesday.

Team,

Simple.  Think.

Pushups.

A walk before work.

Making your bed first thing in the morning.

Smiling more.

Saying hi when you see someone.

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Yet Simple does not mean Easy.

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Answering the phones with a smile.

Double checking acknowledgements.

Doing an accurate takeoff.

Putting out jobsite signs.

Reading back an order to a customer.

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Simple.  Not Easy.

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Focusing, concentrating on the SIMPLE tasks over time will give you the most success.  It’s not EASY.  But it is SIMPLE.

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Still feel like reading?

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.  If it is giving, give generously.  If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.  And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”  – Romans 12:8

Team, if you are detailed oriented and your teammate isn’t, offer help.  If you suck putting together an email, ask a teammate.  Lean on your GOD GIVEN STRENGTHS and DELEGATE and work with others on your weaknesses.  That forms a tightly woven rope of strengths making us an unstoppable force!

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DO NOT SPEAK BAD ABOUT A TEAMMATE.  WHAT GOOD DOES THAT DO?  EVEN IF IT IS IN JEST AS A JOKE, WHAT GOOD COMES FROM THAT?  NONE!  SPEAK HIGHLY OF YOUR TEAM.  STICK UP FOR THAT, TRAIN THEM…

EASY ON PEOPLE!  TOUGH AS NAIL ON STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES!

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Lastly, I do encourage you to get outside and enjoy the outdoors… in anyway you can.  What a wonderful way to connect.  I promise you it will be worth your time.  And when you are there.  No phones.  No frantic pace.  Slow down… so you can see things.  Here’s something I can share.  New snapping turtles.  Right along the Eisenbahn trail, as we were biking with our kids.  We didn’t have time, but TOOK TIME to stop and check em out.  Great experience.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy or planned… just do it.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

TGIM!

Don’t miss the chance to do the right thing.  Look for those opportunities!

Here’s one from Chic-Fil-A this weekend:

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Here’s Drexel’s version…

I got this text Saturday afternoon…

I made a few texts to Steve Herriges, Ryan Walsh, Jake Junk, and Todd Flitters.  All looked to fix the problem, not point fingers.  That was the key!  How do we fix it?  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  They didn’t need until Noon on Sunday…

So we just came in loaded and delivered.  Jake Junk spun circles, laps, around Steve and I.  I am such a loser…

Ok Chik-fil-a here is DREXEL’S moment on social media.  Last night at 1030pm John wrote this on his facebook wall…

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Time to get on my soap box. Bear with me. This is a good story, politic free, with a happy ending.

In 1985 in Campbellsport, Albert Fleischman purchased a lumber yard and started Campbellsport Building Supply with 4 employees. He made the company very successful. In 1996 his son Joel joined the company and since then it has morphed and grown to 6 locations in SE Wisconsin under the brand name “Drexel Building Supply” with hundreds of employees selling everything you need to build a house. Drexel’s employees are the best, most professional and ethical you will find anywhere and they are also the happiest I have ever seen. The bottom line is that they emulate their President and leader, Joel. Joel doesn’t just “talk the talk”, he walks it.

Today’s example: Saturday afternoon at the Kettle Moraine Playhouse in Slinger our volunteers were working, building the interior for a late September occupancy. We had another shift of volunteers coming today for more work and it was a work day we could not afford to lose with a building inspection scheduled for Wednesday. Suddenly I realized we did not have the building materials we needed for today’s work. PANIC! I felt getting a lumber load on Sunday morning probably wouldn’t happen but I decided anything was worth a try so I reached out to Joel on a Facebook message. What I expected with a company as big as Drexel was that I would get a Monday morning response that said “sorry, do you still need that?” What I got was quite different. Just a few hours later Joel asked “What do you need?” I told him and he said “We will make it happen!” A little before 10:30 this morning I get a message, “The truck will be there at 11.” I was waiting to see which employee Joel had made a little less happy by taking away 2 hours of family time on a Sunday morning to deliver a load to a small customer in need. The truck pulls up and who is behind the wheel? Joel himself. What I should have realized is that Joel won’t ask an employee to do anything he’s not willing to do himself, so he took his personal time to load the truck and deliver it. This is just one more reason on a long list of reasons why I respect the heck out of Drexel Building Supply, their employees and their president, Joel Fleischman. I said Joel “walks the talk.” I was wrong. Joel “runs the talk.”

Thank you, Joel!!!!!!!!!!

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He thanked me, but really I know ANY OF YOU WOULD OF DID THIS.  Thank you all!

Also, Adam Pieper made the mistake, owned up to it, was a man, and owned it.  I know Adam is a great dude, and I know he felt horrible, and I know it won’t happen again!  I don’t even mind dropping his name.  Shit happens, that is why God made boots!  And honestly my 7 year old, my dog and I had some good bonding moments.  Marcus even got his favorite blue door soda at 9:30am… mom got a little break from him and I… all was good!  Doing the right thing is an adventure not a burden!!!!

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

p.s.

The project is the Kettle Moraine Players in Slinger.  Cool little church being redone into a theater.  If you get a chance go see local actors and actresses do their thing!

 

 

 

 

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