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People: They Should Come With A User’s Manual

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One thing that is universally true of human beings:  They are all different.  DRASTICALLY different.  And unfortunately, they don’t come with a user’s guide like your old Commodore 64!

Commodore 64 manual

Old School – Commodore 64 User’s Manual

Whether you work in a high growth start-up or a mature Fortune 500, you have probably encountered “all kinds.”  Some that come immediately to mind….

  • The Charismatic Charmer.  Extroverted, energy comes from people.  Alone time drains them.  
  • The Introverted “heads down” type.  People drain them, alone time energizes them.
  • The Cheerleader – Always looks for a moment to celebrate.
  • The Uber-Competitive-  Everything is a race or competition.
  • The “Type A” – Time is the #1 currency
  • The Debby Downer – The Glass is always half-empty
  • The Sandlot bully – Intimidation and fear rule the day.
  • The Information Hoarder – There way is the right/only way.  Because you can’t figure their way out!
  • The Ultra-Sensitive – They never met a piece of feedback they didn’t take personally
  • The Politician – They believe TRUST is a 4 letter word, and contingent upon their own needs.

Those are just top of mind.  Many people can’t be easily “placed” in one type or another and they shift from role to role.  But all studies show that people have a prevailing tendency and they are “hard-wired” to behave in predictable ways when in stress.

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A Game Changer: The Teacher Behind PS22 Chorus

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PS 22 Chorus game changer

photo credit:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704698004576104380116827632.html

Game Changers exist in every walk of life, you just need to look for them.  And more importantly, LEARN something from them.

Gregg Breinberg – The Teacher Behind the Public School (PS) 22 Chorus in Staten Island, NY is nothing short of a Game Changer.

If teaching resembled free enterprise, Mr. Breinberg would be getting offers for 2X his current pay.   All you need to do is look at a handful of his videos.  What you’ll see….

  • Unbridled Joy
  • Passion – You simply can’t fake this level of joy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Love What You Do…
  • Optimism

You can see the fire, drive and love for his profession.  Every parent should be lucky enough to have their kids attend his program.

New-School in its finest form.  No old fashioned methods and songs the kids simply are not inspired by.

And to imagine that he alludes to a feeling of worry about the school canceling the program?  Any principle in the USA would be lucky to have this talent.

There is a reason why the PS 22 videos have been viewed over 10mm times on You-tube.  Enjoy some of my favorites.

 

http://www.openeducation.net/2010/01/11/gregg-breinberg-the-teacher-behind-the-ps22-internet-sensation/

http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/

 

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The Lessons of Moneyball

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I am a huge baseball fan.

I’m also a “business junkie” and a student of performance.  Few movies combine both of my passions better than Micahel Lewis’s Moneyball.  The movie is entertaining, but the lessons were more powerful.

Nearly all of those lessons were centered around, to borrow a tagline from Apple:  “Think Different” to compete effectively when the odds were stacked against them.  Classic David Vs. Goliath.

The Lessons

  • Facts matter.  Not looks on the surface

  • Conventional wisdom does not work when you are under-resourced

  • “Sexy” factors are often over-valued, while the real indicators that produce the ultimate goal (winning) are sometimes over-looked, and as a result, under-priced.  Opportunity!

  • Under-valuing those create market inefficiency, and opportunity for those with lesser resources to compete

  • Sometimes “experience” creates barriers to seeing true value.

  • In other words, fresh eyes and the baggage they do NOT carry are needed to see assets, where others see liabilities

  • If you believe in something, you can’t be partially committed.  Go All In.

  • Think differently

  • Start early, prepare.  Hustle

  • Losing sucks.  Don’t tolerate it when people don’t seem to be bothered by loosing.  Get them off the team, quick!

  • There are ways to compete against 800lb gorillas, which I wrote about in “Build a Winnable Plan.”  Outspending them is top of the list of things to avoid.

     

Define the right problem? (language warning!)

Ask the right Questions

“Evaluate 3 players.  I know I did 51.”  Hustle is always a default strategy that never gets old.  No substitute for starting a new role…

That’s what loosing sounds like.  

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The Little League Manifesto

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I noticed something yesterday that was pretty obvious after watching my son’s T-ball practice:  He grew up fast in 1 week.
Dominic Hitting - T-ball Practice Fundamentals

The week before at a practice, (which I unfortunately missed), my wife reported that he was “having too much fun out in the field.”  Too much fun was described as being a clown, funny faces, little dances, and distracting the other kids.  I guess you could say this is normal behavior for a 5.5 year old boy.  She “counseled” him directly and to the point on the ride home.  He was visibly upset and crying, clearly realizing he upset his mom, and then later the message was re-enforced by his dad.  Trauma in the life of a 5.5 year old…..

To say that I’m OLD SCHOOL when it comes to baseball, learning fundamentals, and doing things the “right way” is probably an understatement.

I believe the ball field should be respected, and the coaches who are selflessly donating their time and energy to help our kids should not have additional challenges from kids that think it’s “Play Time.”

Granted, this is 5-6 year old T-ball, I get that.  But what if it was 9 year old Little League?  12 year old Babe Ruth?

When is it the “right time” to bring Old School Fundamentals to Kids?

I’m not sure there is a right or wrong answer.  Except in baseball, the answer to me is obvious:  RIGHT NOW.  

Coaches matter in life.

Mike Matheny & Matt Holiday

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

I came across what is widely circulated and known as the “Little League Manifesto”, written by (now) Cardinal’s manager Mike Matheny when he was coaching a local youth team.  I started editing what I thought were the key points, and realized I was cutting and pasting nearly every one of the 2,556 words.  It’s a gem and I encourage you to read it.

I can imagine some parent’s on Coach Mike’s team cringing, and refusing to sign.  I understand that.  It’s Old School.  And I’m sure it is difficult to envision what Jr.’s life would be like vs. a non “OLD SCHOOL” team coach.   This is supposed to be fun, will this be fun for Jr.?

Maybe Jr. would like to play on a team or league as profiled in the great Billy Crystal Movie scene in Parental Guidance:  “There are no outs in this game.”  That could be more fun and conducive to one’s view of how youth sports should be.  There are tons of people that think so, it is very common, almost the rule these days.

I certainly understand that sentiment.

If given the choice to play for Coach Mike and sign this document or a coach NOT from the Old School, I can tell you one thing:
I’m signing.  In INK.  And FAST.

I’m not sure my boy would make it, but playing for a coach like this is a rare, life shaping opportunity.  Hard to see at the time, but many years down the road they will look back and say, “what a difference!”

There are a ton of examples on Hustle Or Bust where a BLEND of Old School & New School creates the best results.  Blended approaches work best in most situations.  Less polarizing.  More inclusive of different styles, and therefore, likely to succeed.

Not true here.

When learning fundamentals and discipline, OLD School rules.  No short-cuts.  Put the time in.  Learn it the right way.

Be sure to thank your coaches along the way…

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/matheny-s-manifesto-changes-tone-of-youth-baseball/article_c80de770-9e5f-55c2-888c-f6f4a9b85baa.html

 

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Build a Winnable Plan

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If your business is not on the Fortune 500 800 lb GORILLA, as most are not, forget about out-spending or “investing” as a plan to win.  It is risky at best.  Pitching Venture capital with “marketing investment” as the use of funds is the equivalent of a Hail Mary desperation pass.  They rarely work in football either.

And if you’re not a low cost producer, forget competing on price.  Even if you are, if you have a large cut-throat competitor, they may match your price anyway, just because the can.  Market share, or “Power” matters in business.  It’s the 5th P of Marketing the marketing professors should have taught you.

When your small, you need to use your built in advantages “size” gives you:
  • Speed.
  • Service.
  • Caring.
  • Innovation, IF you focus and have the discipline.
  • Forget classic marketing “paying for impressions.”
  • Get out and Hustle the buzz.  Tell your story and earn the media.
  • If you can’t earn it, improve your story.  Then Hustle Harder.
  • Invest in Product, where you have 2 choices:  Make it better, or make it cheaper.
Above all else, make sure you are DIFFERENT.

 

Want a great intro to this topic from Hollywood?  Who other than Rocky, on #6.  His trainer was a realist, laid it all out and realized his options for winning were limited, so he picked the only path that would give them a shot.  In summary, the only Plan for winning imaginable.  The rest was execution.  Sometimes, speeches like this could be deemed de-motivating.  When you think about it, they are actually empowering.

Businesses need the same focus.  Don’t make it harder by locking into a game plan that can’t be won.  

“There’s no sense going down that same old road again.  You need speed, you don’t have it.  Your knees can’t take the pounding, so hard running is out.  You have calcium build-up, and arthritis in your neck, so sparring’s out.  So what we’ll be calling on, is good old fashion blunt force trauma.  Horsepower.  Heavy duty, cast iron, pile driving punches that will hurt so much it will rattle his ancestors.  Every time you hit him with a shot its gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train.  Yea, lets start building some hurting bombs!”

Never underestimate shared success of a team……it can be individual training but the team all collectively works towards one goal:  Success equals “Getting Stronger”

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Every Obituary Should Be This Colorful

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The obituary that has gone viral, and for good reason.

Shouldn’t every obituary be this colorful?

More importantly, shouldn’t every LIFE be this vivid?

Obituary

December 19, 1932 — March 9, 2013

Long Beach

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer’s black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee’s Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life.

The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women. He loved his mom Wilma Hartzog (deceased), who with the help of her sisters and cousins in New Hebron reared Harry after his father Walter’s death when Harry was 12. He worshipped his older sister Lynn Stamps Garner (deceased), a character in her own right, and her daughter Lynda Lightsey of Hattiesburg. He married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on. He loved to use his oversized “old man” remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel. He took extreme pride in his two grandchildren Harper Lewis (8) and William Stamps Lewis (6) of Dallas for whom he would crow like a rooster on their phone calls. As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians. He was fond of saying a phrase he coined “I am not running for political office or trying to get married” when he was “speaking the truth.” He also took pride in his service during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of corporal–just like Napolean, as he would say.

Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam’s on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap.

Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being Indian Creek outside Cherokee, North Carolina. He always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent. Many years later he purchased a used pop-up camper for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his daughters for life.

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of “theme.” Visitation will be held at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling.

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.

View & sign register book @ www.bradfordokeefe.com

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunherald/obituary.aspx?pid=163538353#fbLoggedOut

 

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What Are Your Life Lessons?

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Little Brother Sees Big Sister off to first day of school

Dominic says Goodbye to Big Sister Hope, First Day of School 2012

Some questions are simply better than others for learning about people.

The most basic:  Where are you from?

Where you grew up probably matters a ton to you, so it’s also important to understand your teammate, boss, customer, neighbor or friend.  It’s a great question that reveals a ton if you listen.

Want to dig deeper?

Find out what the person’sLIFE LESSONS” are.  I think of life lessons as….

  • Bedrock principles you won’t shake the person from.  They are the foundation to their hard-wiring
  • Big moments and memories that shaped their life.  Good and bad.  Defining moments.
  • Who their mentors are and why
  • Who had a MAJOR influence on who they are today.  In other words, if that person was NOT around, they would not be the same person they are.

You would be surprised at how many people could NOT rattle off their colleague’s life lessons, and sometimes they have known each other for over 10 years!  There’s a reason the majority of people never make the far right section of the performance bell curve.

Skill in communication and relationship building are major components for great performance.

Sometimes “big important questions” come off as an interrogation if you are not 100% genuine about trying to learn about the person.  It goes without saying, that you actually need to be sincere!  Timing is also everything in life.  Don’t ask a “Type A personality” who’s having a stress induced day and late for a meeting a deep question, if you want to get a deep answer.  Environment certainly plays a role in relationship building.

Most concepts of performance are pretty easy, and don’t take big explanations.

Like tools from the Old School (flashcards) the essence can be reduced to a very small space.  Watch the video and see if you agree with Rocky’s Life Lessons below.

Rocky Life Lessons 

Rocky’s Life Lesson’s & Bedrock Principles

  • Hustle:  “I didn’t hear no bell!”
  • Attitude Matters:  “You see yourself do right, and you do right.  Nature is smarter than people think.”
  • Motivization & Gratitude:  “Your ready aren’t you?  If you were here, I wouldn’t be here either, I got no reason to go on.  But with you kid, I will stay alive.”
  • Commitment:  “I’ll never leave you.  You’ll be able to take care of yourself outside the ring when I’m gone.”
  • This little angel on your shoulder….

Ask yourself, if you were dealing with Rocky (substitute person X) and you knew his life lessons, wouldn’t your relationship be SIGNIFICANTLY better?  Of course it would.

It takes work, (HUSTLE!) to get to this place with people.  There is no substitute for caring.

The people side of business is a contact sport.

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2 Tools From The Old School That Work

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We live in an I-Phone Obsessed World.  Facetime has been a game-changer for communication.  My parents have the opportunity to see my kids, even though they are separated by 1,100+ miles.

Text messaging has become main-stream.

Electronic Calendars plot out our days.

Khan Academy provides break-through lessons educational videos to learn at your own pace.

These are all tools of the New School, and I’m all in.  They blow the doors off whatever technology came before them.

A couple of OLD SCHOOL tools popped into my head this week while I was asking some team members about their Goals.  Both are close to endangered species.

Tool #1:  The Bic Multi-Color Pen

The Old School Bic Multi Colored Pen

Tool #2:  The Plain Old Flash Card

The Old School Flash Card- Tool for Goal Setting

These are the tools of choice of my Dad, the most influential mentor in my life.  Everyone has their “most influential,” and my father earns that spot.  He’s brilliant, hysterical and can work the paint off the walls, but he requires a dedicated post to do his impact justice.

Back to the tools & why they matter?

Short Story:  Way back in 1999, I was working for Sara Lee and making a sales call on a great regional grocery chain:  Price Chopper in Schenectady NY.  While walking to the appointment a guy named Gene grabbed me by the arm and pulled me to his office.  I met Gene a few times at my dad’s office in NJ where he worked on my Dad’s merchandising team at another regional Grocery Chain, Pathmark.  After catching up, Gene quickly told a colleague and I a story about his time on my Dad’s team:

“He was meticulous!  He used to put 10,000 words on those flash cards, all in different colors.  Amazing!”   I thought it was an impressive memory and Gene told the story with such enthusiasm.  It certainly made me proud to be his son and to see a guy recount a memory of my dad that is not exactly “vanilla.”

Of all things someone can remember, a Flash Card was at the top of the list?

Sometimes you need years of separation from a memory to understand its significance.  

In the case of Gene and the Flash card, almost 15 years.

I rarely see flash cards these days.  There is something extraordinarily simple about them.

  1. It is much smaller than 8.5″ X 11″ standard paper.  Yet its still paper.
  2. It fits in your back pocket perfectly

How many times have you sat through Death by power point?  25 slides to say something that could be said in 140 characters.  If it takes you 25 slides to say something that can be put on one flash card, you are over-complicating it.  Complexity never helps execution.

The Flash card constrains your thinking into a small space.  The Old School version of a tweet!

If the flash card gets too garbled, enter in tool #2, the multi-colored pen.  Use a different color so your thoughts don’t blur.  Few lines of black, few words of red, throw in some green.

 “GOALS ON PAPER!” is an Old School Fundamental.

If your goals are important, carry them with you.

Flashcards are portable.  My dad had them with him, in a mini planner at all times.  Usually clipped by the multi-colored Bic.  Old School at its finest.

Writing your goals down is a proven difference maker.  So many don’t do it.  They wander in a general direction, and may EVENTUALLY get there.  Put them down on paper, you’ll be that much closer.  And you’ll reach them quicker.  Speed matters.

Want to blend in a New School approach to these Old School tools?
  • Fill up your flash card with your goals, multi-colors (Old School).  

  • Take a picture of them on your I-phone.  Post them to Facebook.  

  • Now your social graph sees where you’re going.  Nothing like a little peer pressure to up the ante, provide support and hold you accountable.

When you are in a rut, get your Goals on Paper.

Put them on a flash card.  Use a few colors.  Slip it in your coat pocket.  

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A “Think Different” Case Study in Hiring: Walgreens

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People Make things happen……Or Not Happen.  

One of my favorite Axioms in business.  Several businesses get the “people side” right and vibrant cultures are all around us.

Apple is known for innovation, and the core of that competency is their “THINK DIFFERENT” mantra.

Apple think different innovation

Innovation is about introducing something new or doing something in a different way.  It’s the catalyst for growth and avoiding the race to the bottom (margin erosion through price declines).

True innovation almost always goes against conventional wisdom.

Employees (or “labor) represent a major cost that hits every company’s P&L.  Forward thinking businesses view labor as investments, or assets.  Regardless of the view and where we are in the economic cycle, finding good, capable, motivated people to do the job is a never-ending challenge.

Who comes to mind in the “Think Different” area of employment?  Walgreens.

walgreens innovation in hiring practices disabilities

Walgreen’s factoids:

1)  They are a huge retailer, with over $70BB in revenue.  In retail, success is measured as earning pennies on the dollar.

2)  They operate a ton of Distribution Centers (“DC’s”) across the country that aim to keep 7,500+ stores in stock with products.  These are classic “high turnover” employment centers across the retail landscape.

#2 is where I’m fascinated.  Walgreen’s has demonstrated “Think Different” better than any big business I’m aware of.

They are proving that they can generate fantastic business results in their DC’s with unconventional, innovative hiring practices.

Quick Overview

 

Walgreen’s is out front & leading, they are no longer experimenting.

Lesson’s From Walgreen’s

  • Every big dream, initiative or “new” approach needs a champion, the higher up in the organization structure the better.
  • If you have multiple choices for a Champion, pick the one with the biggest “fire in the belly.”  I would argue that the person with stronger fire will trump organizational rank.  Arguable, but when you review Randy Lewis’ presentation below, you may agree.
    • For Walgreen’s, Randy Lewis is the champion, and he is driven by more than just the need for better business results.
    • Champions with senior titles are important, but when there is a fire in the belly driven by something personal, that’s a champion on steroids.  An extra “edge” is always critical when you are looking for break-through leaders.
  • Data and facts almost always win.  Set your experiments up correctly on the front end, and how the test will be measured.
  • You will have surprises and new learning’s with experiments.  For tests that work, you cannot predict them on the front end, but those surprises will provide fuel to move faster than originally anticipated
    • If it’s throughput, get a baseline and how it changes.  Compare group A vs. Group B.  Turnover, do the same.
  • ACT ON THE DATA!  If the results are measurably better, INVEST!  Why else would you test something if this were not the expectation in the first place?
    • Nothing kills momentum more than organizational inertia, especially when the data tells you to move, and move quickly.
  • Spread the story.  Put it on websites.  Speak at conferences.  This is not only good PR, it creates a “multiplier impact” as other businesses take notice and follow suit.

The videos tell the story better than I can.  But I will say this:

When a high ranking executive of a $70bb company says “Wow!  This is not just as good, this is better!” and what he’s talking about is a practice that nearly all businesses are NOT executing, he’s onto something.  He’s out front and leading, innovating.  

Yes he’s accomplishing social good with the practice and that is smart to be a great corporate citizen.  When you do that AND it generates better results?   No-brainer territory to move quickly.

Plenty of info below to absorb below, hard data and “soul stirring” videos.

Part of “Hustle” is having the energy & discipline to let EXCELLENCE inspire you.  Role Models matter.  If you’re going to watch only one, watch the last one and learn from Randy Lewis, the CHAMPION behind the ground breaking results.

“A Warehouse of Wonders” – A little deeper:  Does this start to challenge your assumptions?  

This Place Changes Everyone- An inside look from the view of the employees on the front lines.  Where it all gets done.

 Randy Lewis:  The Leader Behind The Walgreen’s Initiative.  A GAME-CHANGER in every sense of the word.  
  • The stories are fascinating and will challenge what you THINK you know about performance.  

 

 

For the Quant Jocks.  Hard Data that speaks for itself.  “Creating an Inclusive Workplace.  Integrating Employees With Disabilities Into A Distribution Center Environment”

http://www.asse.org/professionalsafety/pastissues/057/06/062_071_F1Ka_0612.pdf

 

*  March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day which provided the inspiration for laying out this case study in “Thinking Differently.”  This is a day where people celebrate the ABilities of people with special needs, not their DIS-abilities.

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Old School Fundamentals, Courtesy of Mr. Click

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I saw something this week that flashed me back to a long time ago:  1987!   It was a person behind the computer doing the old “hunt and peck”, 2 index fingers cranking out an email.  Surprisingly efficient despite the fact that 2 fingers will never keep up with 10.  It brought me back to Scotch Plains, NJ, home of my middle school.

The class?  Typing.  His name?  Mr. Click.  No lies, that was his name!

Old School Type-writer

“Click” was a cool name for a typing teacher back in the day.  “Click” however was a sound that has a whole new meaning in 2013 vs. 1987, but I digress.

Typing class was 13 weeks of OLD SCHOOL fundamentals on what at the time were slick electronic (not manual) typewriters.  2 hands, 8 fingers on the home keys.  I still remember the drills as he stood at the front of the class-room on his type-writer while class followed along to his cadence, almost like a Poem being read in sing-songy like fashion:

“F-D-S-A, Space….. eyes on the book space…… look up here, space,…..J-K-L-semi-space”.  I’d wake up with that cadence drilled into my head.  Fundamentals.  Hands on the home keys.  Don’t look at your fingers.  Look up here.  Cadence after cadence.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Do it over.  And Over.  Drill it home for 13 weeks.  No New SCHOOL methods here like “learn a foreign language in 20 hours.”  Back to basics.  Do it HIS way.  No debate, just do it.

By the end of the 13 weeks, 25 type-writers would be in perfect harmony cranking out page after page, nobody looking at their hands.  I bet all 25 kids still do it the same way TODAY.

A life skill that was 10 years before its time was drilled into everyone’s head.  And the kids thought nothing of it.

Old School fundamentals, and (most of the time) the methods to GAIN those fundamentals, flat out WORK.

 

Is it not obvious that doing something 50% quicker beats getting the same exact result in the hunt & peck manner?  If you could compound that method to every major area of life, would results in all areas not be astounding?

Speed, Energy & Drive simply matter when learning skills and striving for excellence.  To drive fast, you sometimes need to learn slow, and always learn  the right fundamentals.  The home keys matter in typing, they are a non negotiable fundamental.  Master them, or fall behind.  All skills have a critical fundamental to master.

Hustle is a key pillar of almost all of the posts on Hustle Or Bust.  So are fundamentals.  The 2 go hand and hand.

Everyone has a different definition of EXCELLENCE, which is great.  The important thing is to just have one, methodically lay out a road map to move towards it, and strive towards it everyday.  The journey.

Along that journey you will encounter many Teachers who make a huge impact on your world.  If you are lucky, you’ll have some great Mentors who will also make a phenomenal difference.

If Mr. Click was around, I would write (I mean type) him a quick note of appreciation.

Sometimes it takes a quarter of a century or more to realize the impact a teacher or mentor can make on your life, no matter how small.

When you realize it, take the time to say thank you.  Sometimes they are only a click away.

 

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