Point to Ponder
My wife gave me a couple
of coffee mugs for our place in the country last
As I was searching for a
point to ponder for this month I drank from one of them and paused
for a moment to ponder its words of wisdom.
success is effort...
every effort is passion...
passion is someone with the courage to try."
And on the
inside lip: "GO For It!"
is 'officially' here and I'm hoping to see some 'solid' evidence
of that soon. Hopefully
the snow will continue to melt slowly so we don't flood. I have
to admit this has been a long winter for me. Fortunately,
we had the week in Cuba at the beginning of February to break
it. But, it has still been a long one.
Spring is a
time of new ideas and possibilities. Farmers start getting their
equipment ready to plant again. You and I can give
our minds and spirits a check up so we can go forth and plant
new innovative ideas that will yield amazing results when we
cultivate and nurture them over the next few months.
Some of us have had
some soul searching during this winter, perhaps even wondering
if we were on the right path. That is a normal thing to go through
from time to time. That is also a time to touch deep into our
passion and suck up our courage to try again.
- This time,
we will make it work;
- This time,
it will be different;
- This time,
we will overcome and move on to succeed.
Go for it!
See you next month
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There is a difference between
training and education. Both have their place and both are
I was shopping in a retail store the
other day and put my purchases and a $20 bill on top on the conveyor
belt. The very nice lady behind the til took my $20 off and put it
to the side. She then proceeded to ask me, "Will this be on
your ______ card or debit?" With a straight face, I said,
"No thanks, Cash!"
She had obviously been trained to say
that, but not educated as to when it would be
When you are training someone, please
ensure they are educated at the same time.
Education Will Give You the Edge
Companies budget for marketing strategies
to educate their clients. Websites, trade shows, seminars, even the
cost of a hockey game is considered a good marketing
There is much frustration in this hot economy
regarding the lack of talent. This shortage is a reality that will
probably be with us for some time. Cultivating ordinary employees to
become extraordinary staff is absolutely necessary for survival and
success in this marketplace.
With the high cost of
replacing staff - education is a good investment. Training
in team building, communication, conflict resolution, sales,
management & leadership, in addition to technical training are
programs vital to the empowerment of your people.
newsletters, regular meetings, conferences, staff evaluations, and
regular anonymous evaluation of management are all part of an
overall educational strategy.
When a person feels ill
equipped to do their job, they often experience a higher rate of
burn out, frustration, and outbursts. This dissatisfaction will lead
the employee to look elsewhere for employment.
If you do not
have the in-house expertise and time to develop these educational
tools consider hiring an outside consultant to help you develop your
team through customized programs.
Invest in your most
valuable asset - your people!
Written by Lori
Colborne, President - LSL Marketing Consultants. Lori Colborne is an
international keynote speaker, consultant & author of
"Innovative Marketing Made Easy!" www.LoriColborne.com For more articles like these,
pleasure of hosting and co-sponsoring an evening with my long time
friend and fellow speaker Peter Legge on March
22nd. We've been friends for about 19 years and he was kind enough
to come into Edmonton a day early so he could spend the evening with
CAPS Edmonton and friends.
He did an amazing
Also finished the 4th in my series for The Business Link that
Been a productive month in spite
of a few visits to the Emergency room. I had an ear infection and
went into Emerg. Then Irene's mom fell and broke her arm (the one
not affected by her stroke) and is still in the Vergreville
Hospital. Then Irene's dad was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Alex
(Edm) for treatment. 13 hours later we took him home and he went
back in for day surgery on the 28th. Then me again... problems with
the nerves that control the muscles on the right side of my face. CT
Scan being done to see what the problem is and they have me on a
regimen of drugs to deal with the infection that is most likely
behind the pressure that is causing the nerve damage. Going
to be some work to put the smile back on my face. Not sure
how long it will take to come back, or if it will. Look fine until I
start to smile...then I look like Popeye. Pass the
Updates: My smile is
returning... about 75%. Irene's dad had his operation and it was
successful. Irene's mom is healing and we hope will be able to
return home in time for Easter at the end of the month. We've
decided to not take a break for my birthday this month just to be
around to help them out.
Calls are coming in from
prospective clients. Nice to see that getting busier.
Continuing my work on rewrites and publications. We will be taking
most of our workbooks and mini-books and updating them to make them
available in e-formats (PDF) as well as for readers like the Kobo I
got for Christmas. Exploring these new venues for providing what we
have in written form makes sense and we hope generates additional
revenues long term.
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chance to ride one of these when a client came in
with on at the Business Link program I was doing.
Going to put it on my Christmas wish list.
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