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Missing the add on opportunity of a positive economy

January 30, 2020

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Missing the add on opportunity of a positive economy

Let’s face it, the current economic landscape is definitely on the positive side.  Reminds me and scares me a little of the mid to late 1990’s when business growth came a bit more simply than it did in the late 2008-2011 time frame. (I know major understatement).  If you participated in both of those unique times in the business cycles then you can reflect on how one was all about getting it while you could and the other was all about saving your backside from losses.

I find it interesting that during the positive times we become complacent about tweaking the performance side of the business.  Taking a designed time to look deeper at how we can align and refine the business structure, system, processes and procedures.  We just keep running until the inevitable contraction happens in the business cycle and we scramble to tighten down the organization.

If you were to flip these around and be disruptive by taking the good times to invest energy in tightening down and the not so good times to exploit those tweaks, the mountain and valleys would be far less treacherous.

For example, due to the low unemployment numbers, most businesses are scrambling to recruit and engage talent.  There just does not seem to be talent to go around to meet the demands and needs. In some proactive companies they are using this time to innovate some of their processes as a means to relieve some of the pressure of not enough talent and to make their processes and overall business leaner to operate. Rather than having to hire more talent they are causing creativity to build to find more effective and efficient ways to do the business of being in business.

At a recent “People First” #R3ttisi conference many of the presenters and the keynote speaker gave various views at the employment landscape for the coming years and the availability of talent is not going to significantly change.  Even if their is a slowdown which may cause some increase in available people, we are still running at a longterm shortage.  With this in mind, now is the time for you as the business leader to take charge of disrupting what is good and working to let creativity completely rework your system to not just do the same things differently but to do them even better on many fronts.

This week look at just one area of your business which for all intensive purposes is operating well and consider if by flipping it 180 degrees you could have a longer term positive outcome with better results.

Not comfortable being that much of a disrupter? Start by calling JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida for an initial call of understanding.

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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The Power of Routine

January 23, 2020

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The Power of Routine

There is so much to be learned from history. From those who have passed before us and have weathered the various storms and battles to come out the other side victorious even if in failure. A common thread which tends to be weaved through all of their lives is the concept of having a daily routine which they developed and stuck with for long cycles of their lives.

Maybe reading this 3 minute weekly insight is part of  your Thursday morning routine.  Or maybe it is some other information medium such as an audio book or pod cast or heaven forbid the actual picking up and reading from a hard cover or soft cover book. Maybe you get your day started with a jog in the park or walking the dog.  Possibly your daily routine starts with making breakfast for your kids and getting them off to school. You could possibly do yoga or sit in silence and pray. Whatever your daily set of events are, they are shaping your outcomes whether you want to believe it or not.

A few weeks back a colleague of mine and a family member both on the same day brought up this area of focus surrounding having and establishing a daily routine.  What an odd coincidence that two very divergent people arriving at the same point on the same day. Not sure what cosmic energy might have been spooling around that day but it got me thinking. So many things in our lives are built on routines.  These routines can be contributing or they can be detrimental.

For example, getting up each morning and eating a healthy breakfast to start your metabolism is very contributing to your better health. If at the same time you have a routine of heading out to the fast food restaurant each day for a greasy hamburger, fries and pop then that could very well be detrimental to your health. Both are feeding your body. Both are routines you control. Both have an impact on your health.

So ask yourself what are your daily routines?  Write them down on a piece of paper and keep track of them for a few days this week.  Are they the same each and every day or are they more variable?  Do you hold yourself to a standard of accountability to make sure it happens each and every day? Do you find yourself taking short cuts when you have more on your schedule than other days and rationalizing your reasons for deviating from your routine? Do you differentiate between contributing and detrimental routines?

It has now been a couple of weeks since you maybe made those New Year’s resolutions. Did you make routines to support them? Have you held yourself accountable to those routines? If you are like most people you have already fallen off your resolution plans and have gone back to your prior routines.

This week take note of your routines. Evaluate them on the basis of contributing to your objectives or pushing you further away from your goals. Your routines impact not just you personally but impact the outcomes of your business. so as you review your daily routines, don’t leave out those which you either do or don’t do for your business and how they are impacting your future.

Need someone to hold you to a routine? Start by calling 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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Stop navigating in the fog

January 16, 2020

ISSN# 1545-2646

Stop navigating in the fog

If you have ever driven a car, flown an airplane or piloted a ship in foggy conditions you can appreciate the need for very good instrumentation and navigational systems to keep you out of dangerous situations.

The element of reduced vision coupled with the unknown in front of you raises the blood pressure and makes the adrenaline flow. Your eyes dilate to bring in more light so you can possibly see what might exist just a few steps in front of your vehicle.

This environmental situation to a large degree is out of your control. If you need to travel from one place to the next in some vehicle and the fog exists, you must navigate under those circumstances. When you do, you take some particular steps to help insure the safest outcome for you and your passengers.

You understand your route. You evaluate alternatives. You use all the available input from weather to traffic advisories. you can even include communication with others who are traveling the same direction. You become a sponge to the various items which will make your travels as safe and as timely as possible.

So why is it that when it comes to navigating your business to its next higher level of success that you might sometimes do it in the fog with out reaching out to all the various navigational tools and inputs to help guide your organization safety to its next destination?

Unfortunately, I see too many business leaders believing that they must do it all on their own. Reaching out to others is some strange sign of weakness.  They would rather fail than win with the help or assistance of others who might just have traveled that same road in the fog on a prior day.

This week as you move into the swing of 2020, give yourself the opportunity to open up your eyes and let some more light into them to help you navigate to a more successful year.  Give yourself the opportunity to gather some insights from others who have walked the path you are on and give you guidance on what might work best for a given situation. Give yourself the ability to stop trying to navigate your business success while driving in the fog of your own mind.

Need a “Promise” guide to assist you in the navigation to your next big success in 2020? Start by calling 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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 Copyright – JKL Associates 2020

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Taking a bigger perspective

January 9, 2020

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Taking a bigger perspective

Business is back in the saddle and moving forward in 2020. The new year gives each of us the opportunity to look at ourselves and our businesses through new lenses and filters.  Yes, we all use both on a daily basis to either focus in on certain things or push out of sight those things we just don’t want to deal with.

Sometimes the lenses and filters serve us rather well.  Sometimes we hold onto these lenses and filter so long that we don’t allow new and different perspectives to enter into our lives let alone our businesses.  In these cases we are missing out on potentially better ways to achieve results both individually and collectively.

As we start 2020 let’s think about eyesight being 20/20. The better your vision to see, the more you can take in and use to better your circumstances which allow you to make better and more complete decisions.  If we continue to exclude new information we begin to constrict our growth and start the withering away of future achievements.

This week as you get started into 2020, take a much bigger perspective of yourself and of your business.  Strip away the blinders which you might have had on intentionally or unintentionally in 2019 and take a look at all the possibilities. Begin to not be overly optimistic but allow yourself the privilege to look beyond what you have grown accustom to and reach further into areas which can produce new riches both economically and in self growth.

This week identify just one thing or area you can look at through bigger lenses and remove the possible past bias you might have held regarding that item or situation.  Consider how things could be improved if you allowed new ways to filter into your sight and then be moved into action.  What new adventure might you travel to a bigger result in 2020?

Looking for a journey guide for 2020? Start by calling 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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2020 – Time to make a difference

January 2, 2020

ISSN# 1545-2646

2020 – Time to make a difference

The holidays are now complete and we are back to the start of a new and fresh calendar year.  The progress made in 2019 was just the foundation to better things to come in 2020. So what might some of those better things for 2020 be? If you have not already done so in preparation for the new year, it is now time to get real serious about what you intend to focus on for the next 12 months.

As you consider where you will invest your time and energy, give some consideration to looking at your complete self and business. Here is a little walk through to get your mind thinking.

For yourself –

  • Your physical being – your weight, the food you consume, your exercise routine, your annual checkup?
  • Your social being – what will you do to interact with others, your community, your friends?
  • Your finances – what level of resources will you garner, how will you reduce personal debt?
  •  Your emotional being – what will you do to bring peace and reduce stress, allowing yourself time for enjoyment and fun?
  •  Your spiritual being – will you invite time into your world for the bigger surroundings and knowing your purpose for being?
  • Your relationships – how will you embrace the relationships you have and build new ones?

For your business –

  • Your business culture – what about the business culture needs updating, improvement?
  • Your business finances – what targets have your set for building and growing your organization?
  • Your business technology – what investments need to be made to keep your organization up to date with technology to support your customers’ demands?
  • Your business community – what will your business do to support the larger civic demands on being a good corporate citizen?
  • Your business talent – what resources need investing into or mentoring so they can become better and greater contributors not only to the business but themselves as well?
  • Your leadership – what will you do to be an accountable leader, showing and doing vs. telling and demanding?

Need a Promise Guide to help you navigate to a more contribution focused 2020? 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 2020

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