Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many


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Attn: Retention Managers

Who,when, what a company cares about matters. It defines company culture. Is it important enough to quit over? You bet your bottom line. Once or twice a year public attention falls to a viral example of “you can take this job and shove it” event like this one. Thousands quit for similar reasons with no fanfare.


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Summer Vacation and Productivity

Happy Tuesday September 3rd! Now that Labor Day has come and gone the summer vacation season is officially over, welcome back to the office!

The last few weeks have been filled with end of summer “buzz”, a certain type of urgency that pops up twice a year. Once in the middle of August and once just before Thanksgiving. If nothing else the end of summer/year leads to the realization that things need to kick into gear and get done.

This buzz reminds me a great speech that Zig Ziglar gave on productivity and approaching each day like tomorrow is the day you are leaving for vacation. Spend a minute with Zig below.

Do you know the value of a minute?


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Vandals, Opportunity and Solutions

This summer something great happened in Detroit, the SPLASH PAD at Palmer Park opened. It is a great story that started when vandals (scrapers) stole the plumbing from the pool closing it for good. But as interesting stories go this was only the first chapter.

PalmerParkSplash

Chapter One: Vandals steal the plumbing closing the pool
Chapter Two: Palmer Park is neglected and ignored
Chapter Three: The People for Palmer Park, 501c3 is formed to take care of the park
Chapter Four: Everyday heroes (citizen volunteers) clean, rake, mow, repair fences, start baseball teams, run events, classes, BBQ’s to rally the community around Palmer Park. Many think the volunteers are fighting a losing battle and that saving the park is too big a problem to solve, but others see the promise and the park starts to turn around.
Chapter Five: The LEAR corporation decides to support Detroit families by supporting Detroit parks with a large financial donation.
Chapter Six: Palmer Park is chosen and the opportunity to solve the pool problem becomes the Splash Pad. The Splash Pad, turns on remotely, it can be used by young and old alike and it does not require the upkeep and staff that a pool requires. A great solution that gives families a place to gather and kids a safe place to play.

This is only one of hundreds of stories happening in Detroit. Too many are started by criminals. But many have positive endings due to the efforts of everyday people who care enough (are crazy enough) to cut that first path of grass or pick up that first bag of trash. It is reported that over 30% of the current residents of Detroit are children each one deserves a safe places to play.

Bravo to the LEAR corporation for taking action and being a part of a creative solution. Props to the People of Palmer Park for meeting the need and loving and supporting the community by showing the park some tender loving care. Without you the SPLASH PAD would have never happened. Small acts lead to bigger and better things.

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Less rules more character…key to growth?

Nathan Mellor has some advice for corporate America and how they treat their employees: less rules, more character. In this Talk, Nathan looks at companies whose people show up to work and know that their work is a part of who they are.


Highlights:
5:53 Discussion on continual goals: A different way of doing things
7:22 Your job should not define you, but the way you do your job reveals who you are.
7:42 Grandfathers lesson on building a legacy
9:16 Discussion on terminal goals
10:02 Story from Uganda, planning on doing good
10:48 Integrating character into the hiring and promotion process
10:58 People hire for competence and fire for character
11:51 This is what character is and lets catch people doing it right
12:06 36.1 percent of people leave their jobs for lack of appreciation
14:40 Actions reveal beliefs if you desire to change actions you must change beliefs

Nathan Mellor is the president of Strata Leadership, LLC (Strata) based in Oklahoma City. Resources and programs offered through Strata are used in all 50 States and in over 25 Countries. Strata serves an audience of over 400,000 individuals each month. Nathan holds the B.A. and the M.S.E. degrees from Harding University. He earned the M.D.R degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.Nathan and his wife Christie were married in 1997 and have two daughters. You can read articles from Dr. Mellor each month in Character First the Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wishing Well and the 111 Project.


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Work involves boredom

Working Fun Into the Day

Scary Thought.

You will spend more of your adult life at the office than anywhere else. This fact popped into my mind as I was cleaning out some old files and came across a 2008 WSJ article on David Foster Wallace.

David Foster Wallace on Life and Work
Adapted from a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College. Mr. Wallace, 46, died last Friday.

In this too long for my taste article, Wallace makes a great observation and then a great point. His observation:

“At some point work involves boredom, routine and petty frustration”

Yes, no matter your job or the company you work for some of your days will be blah. (Not when you should call a recruiter BTW) The challenge is in keeping in touch with the things in your life that balance it out so that these “blah” days don’t cramp your ability to perform at a high level.

I think this is what attracts so many to social media during the work day. Facebook, Google + , Twitter, etcetera are filled with the stories of what matters. Babies, weddings, funerals, pets, vacations, new…cars, boats, rings, girl/boy friends, if it is fun and makes someone happy you are sure to find it posted!

Top performers surround themselves with little reminders of what motivates, excites, inspires them outside of work. It is these little reminders that keep us sane. It may be a photo, a trinket from a trip, framed tickets from the big game, or a trophy or award, but the reminder of who you are past your job needs to be with you at all times.

Wallace last point was a great one.

“It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out”

Is there room on your desk for what makes you happy? Yes? Good job! No? Clean out that in box and make some room, it will be good for you!