Archive for March, 2014

The Boy and the Bicycle Ride

March 23, 2014

One hot summer day the boy and his friend took a long bicycle ride, ending up 10 miles from home at the small local airport. The serving counter of the café inside the terminal promised a cold glass of ice water.

The waitress asked the boy what he wanted. Water would be great, he had no money. His friend had a dime and could order a coke. The two sat and talked about their “adventure” ride from home, as 12 year old boys will do. The boy noticed the waitress approaching.

She put a coke in front of the boy. “Ma’am” I don’t have any money”. She told the boy that a customer had overheard him and bought a coke for him. The stranger had already departed the café.

At that moment there was no one to thank. So, for 50+ years he has remembered and built on the stranger’s kindness. How many lessons are in that experience?

Sharing without keeping score. Pay it forward. It was all about a bicycle ride.

What Would I Do If…..

March 20, 2014

Be conscious of the decisions and choices you make.  It really is possible to design a life that works – that enables you to enjoy a profitable career, enjoy a great family life and participate in leisure activities.  And it all begins with the choices you make…  the decisions you make.

The wisest question ever asked is “What would you like to do if money were no object and you knew you could not fail?”  Whatever that is, that is what you should be doing.  Why?  Work is not work when it is fun and enjoyable, and when you are doing something like this, something that you love to do, you generally do it very well… so well, in fact, that you can make a lot of money from it.

Something to think about .

Emergency Operating Plan

March 10, 2014

Develop it Now

Every business needs an Emergency Plan. The “what do I do” when various things happen that prevent us from being 100% in our business. Have your employees help you develop this plan.

Several times in the past two months the southeastern states have experienced heavier than usual snow and ice. Our brothers further north will chuckle at us, but they know how to deal with it.

Four days ago it struck again. Businesses and schools closed. Power has still not been restored to large numbers of homes. Trees are down. School is closed. It’s a mess.

This is one of those times when you and your employees need to know what to do. What if I can’t get to work? What if ….? Many businesses can’t operate in these conditions or have to operate remotely or delayed.  When everyone knows what to do without having to call you, look it up on a website or just wonder about it, then you have a staff who can help you run your business better. Morale is better, there is less confusion. Business may stutter step, but it can continue.

What if you had a system for calling all employees just to check on them? To find out if they were ok  or if they needed something. You know, you call three people and they call three, so on. What would it mean to a family whom you could help out of a tough situation? Just because you cared enough to call. What would that do for their morale? How about how the other employees knowing that you cared enough to help a peer? Don’t delay. Put a Plan in place now.

March 5, 2014


This content is from an article by David Esty. It’s good insight into overcoming fear and dealing with those events/things with which we have little or no experience.

  1. Physical Power: Fitness is highly correlated with courage and confidence.
  2. Intellectual Power: Win by acquiring the knowledge needed to fully understand the upcoming mission.
  3. Spiritual Power: Our fears cannot crush us if we continue exalting in the wonderful parts of life.
  4. Emotional Power: Cool, calm temperament.
  5. Power of Experience: Passing years don’t just make us older

I suggest you seek out Mr. Esty for more inform at his company Marke Team.