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Giving Thanks to all of you!

November 27, 2019

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Giving Thanks to all of you!

Today I give thanks to all of you who take the 3 minutes each week to read this broadcast of insights.  Thank you for your feedback and challenging me to be better and seek out more and better information to bring to each of you and your organizations.

Tomorrow in the USA we celebrate with family, friends and colleagues a feast of Thanksgiving.  May each of you and your families, businesses and acquaintances have a wonderful holiday and be thankful for all the bounty we have at our disposal in this great country we live in.

May “the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Working with Intent

November 21, 2019

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Working with Intent

There are a lot of things in life which happen automatically with out us having to think or focus on them.  Such as the beating of our heart, the respirations of our lungs or the changing of the seasons.  All of these for the most part take place with out us having to think about them.

On the other hand, there are many things which do require our attention to get them taken care of in a timely manner. Such as cooking meals, putting gas in our vehicles and even brushing our teeth. These are not overly intense things to do or accomplish but they just don’t automatically happen with out us doing something to be involved.

Then there are those elements of our personal and business lives which require an upscaled level of effort.  Not just physical but mental intent to get something accomplished. For example, this newsletter/blog just does not write itself. (Wow, now that would be awesome for all of us) (Actually, not true, as I genuinely enjoy engaging you with your weekly read of the insights). The written word in the 3-minute Weekly Insights are part of focusing my attention on the intention of share sound business insights with you the readers so that you can take your organization to a next higher business level.  The words and verbs are crafted with great intent to bring you value.

Each day we go through lots of motions. Doing routine things which in some cases contribute to the overall end goal and some which are just that – routine.  Something we just do because – yes, you guessed it – because we have always done it that way.

This week I challenge you to start to look at all the little things you do as routine and start to determine if they are contributing in such a way that you can’t live with out them.  Or if they are just part of the routine and can be looked at as upgradeable or deletable. When you start looking at the daily events of your world through the lens of intent then you begin to take a much different perspective of how your actions either directly contribute to the end results or if you are just filling up time in your day.

The same is true for your staff and colleagues. It will be easier for you to observe others and identify their actions which are not intentful in nature and contributing to the desired outcomes.  Seeing others routines and being able to discern what and how they support your organization objectives is always easier than doing some self introspection.

A few tips on working with intent –

  1. Define the desired outcome and how it directly contributes to the organization’s purpose.
  2. Acknowledge and understand how your actions tie to the organization’s purpose.
  3. Execute your actions with the intent to have positive impact on the organization’s purpose.
  4. Assess your actions and outcomes to affirm your intent so you capture the energy your efforts produced.
  5. Repeat!

Struggling with moving to a more intent based daily routine? Call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Using the tools in your toolbox

November 14, 2019

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Using the tools into your toolbox

Ever since I was a young boy I have been involved in one way or another in building things.  It started with my dad letting me get involved with projects around our home and also at my grandparent’s home. It expanded when we put an addition onto the family cottage up north.  At the time I did not realize how these little touches of tools would shape my entire future.

The short version is that I became a journeyman carpenter and pursued civil engineering.  Both of these having various aspects of building something.  Even deeper than the actual building of the end product was the knowledge and experiences which were forever mine to keep in my personal mental toolbox.

Although I do have a very impressive set of tools of the various trades at my disposal in my workshop and garage, the more significant tool chest exists in the knowledge and actual experiences with which those tools were used to craft a given outcome.

As business owners and leaders, you also have many experiences where you have added to your mental toolbox of knowledge.  Maybe you don’t look at the ups and downs of running a business as putting tools in your toolbox, but each and every event contributes to what you know, how you use it and when and where to bring those tools into use.

As I mentioned earlier, I have quite the assortment of tools. Many of my family and friends know of this assortment and from time to time ask to borrow them for a project they are involved with.  Many times I even go along with the tools to help out. The point here is that if I had all these tools and they just sat in the garage or basement then they would not get used to their best capacity.  This is also true for the knowledge you possess in your head.

Over the years you have built up many knowledge points which if left solely in your mind only gather dust.  This week take a look at how you can spread the wealth of the knowledge you have in your mind for the benefit of those around you  and to follow in your foot steps.

Do you have a mentoring program to develop future leaders in your organization?  Is coaching part of the normal way to build talent in your business?

Additionally, you must always be adding new tools into your toolbox.  Technology, automation and many other improvements are taking place every moment of every day. Are you and your organization in a continuous improvement mind set?  Are there ways to effect a better outcome by using better or different tools?

Need to organize your toolbox or look at new and improved tools for your business? Call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Link up on LinkedIn ? www.linkedIn.com/in/jklassociates
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Training is not just observing

November 7, 2019

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Training is not just observing

The business cycle we are in is experiencing a few very challenging situations.  First there is consistent growth in demand for products and services leading to improved financial positions for many companies. The second is the extremely low unemployment rates with demand for talent remaining very high.

Companies are hiring and bring people into their organizations in record numbers across the nation. The competition for talent is fierce and employers are spending great amounts of energy to attract people to work at their business.

Strangely enough, once a candidate proceeds through to being an em0loyee, too many employers are falling short on bringing these new hires into their organization in a productive way.  Yes, they do the required legal paperwork etc. but in terms of a real quality onboarding effort and training them to be most successful in their role and contribute to the companies longterm purpose they are falling short.

Here are a few things to think about this week as you consider your employee integration efforts.

Do you have a defined process for the intake of potential future employees – candidates that help both the employer and the candidate make a best decision for working together?

Prior to or on the day of first employment, do you have a process for fully engaging the new hire into your organization?

When putting together a new hire training process, are you actually training them (physically showing them) how to be successful in the role? I have witnessed too many supposed training efforts dwindle into more of instruction and observation effort (sometimes from a distance) rather than genuinely engaging the new hire into a full understanding and appreciation of not just what the role does but how that fits into the organization’s overall contribution objectives.

Do you have a review process to meet and talk to the new hire on a periodic basis to get feedback and address concerns early on in the relationship?

Are there specific deliverables the role will be working toward to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their place in the organization?

There are others but you can see that the process of bringing on a new employee is one of the most critical efforts an organization can invest into.  Start the relationship off on the wrong foot and the future is spent correcting challenge after challenge of which none of that effort contributes to the bottom line of success for either the employee or the organization.

Interested in setting up a meaningful employee engagement environment? Call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
Become a Fan on Facebook ? www.facebook.com/jklassociates
Link up on LinkedIn ? www.linkedIn.com/in/jklassociates
Follow us on Twitter ? www.twitter.com/@jklassociates

 Copyright – JKL Associates 2019

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