Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many


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30 days – It is all you need

Small Changes = Sustainable Change

Will you be falling into new habits? A little change of the seasons humor. (My great nieces think I am funny) I love this lecture on change. How many months in the last year are memorable? How many blend into one big blob called a year?

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Dear HR, Just Stop

Dear Personnel Manager, (Out of date title BTW)

I noticed in your recent job posting that you included the following phrase at the end:

Additional Duties: Anything so delegated by management.

Have you considered how that statement makes the highly qualified professionals you are looking to attract to your company think and feel? I did, matter of fact I asked my “friends” on Facebook that very question and this was their response:

JM: Expect to be micro managed and have to do whatever they won’t hire other people for.

CB: Pick up their dry cleaning, get coffee and/or lunch.

CV: Underpaid

EP: A road to “subtle” abuse?? Hopefully not.

KD: Over-worked under paid.

MB: Actually I believe it means the job description was written hurriedly and the management team really didn’t contribute much to it.

SV: It explains the work culture there- and you have to take crap from Management and they do nothing except delegate- subtle way for the HR person to say don’t come here…

I know this is NOT the reaction you are looking to create. So please STOP using this phrase, your company, your management team, YOU are much better than this!


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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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Workplace Danger

Have you ever considered that the number one health risk you are facing right now is sitting in your chair? It may look innocent but if you spend too much time using it you could be on the path to a heart attack. Think you are dodging the bullet by working out before or after work, or doing TRI’s on the weekend? Think again, research shows that you still run the risk.

In our office we fight back against the “chair” by setting a reminder alarm at 50 minutes past every hour. When the alarm goes off we get up stretch, take a short walk and get the blood flowing again. Whoever invented the 7th inning stretch had a great idea!