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Moving into the Passing Lane

Moving into the Passing Lane

Labor Day is behind us and 2020 will quickly be nearing an end. We still have lots to accomplish between now and Dec 31, 2020. There will be a Presidential election which will have a distraction on many in the workplace regardless of which set of ideals they may follow. As business leaders we need to get our own houses in order. Finishing up what was a crazy year of a shutdown, a reopening and reworking plans which this time last year did not account for a pandemic.

So we can either throw up our hands and not plan – staying in the right hand lane and see what happens or we can set our sights on bigger and better times and put on our turn signal and move out into the passing lane. It is about making choices and taking action. Regardless of your choices – standing pat or advancing with commitment you are likely to run into obstacles. This is why planning becomes such an important part of your annual strategies. You likely did not include (Personal Protective Equipment) PPE as a line item in your budget last year. You more than likely did have a cleaning and maintenace budget but with the additional needs to clean due to COVID-19 that budget was used up differently.

The variety of change coming at us demands we remain focused on what we can have influence on while dealing with the unexpected. Maybe your traditional 5 year planning session is no longer valid in terms of certain specifics coming out of the pandemic. There are definitely critical aspects of your business which need timely attention now and each quarter moving forward.

As you shift into higher gear into the passing lane for 2021, remember the driving process as a guide for driving your business forward. First, have the positive intent to commit to the choice – Changing lanes. You can’t hesitate or it potentially can cause an accident. Second, put on your turn signal – let everyone know in your organization what is going to happen. Finally, once you move into the fast lane, do what you promised to yourself to accomplish even when the road ahead might be not completely clear.

This week is your opportunity to make a choice to move forward or sit back. Coming up in 2021 there is going to be lots of opportunities regardless of the outcome of the election. Now is the time to get the jump on your competition as they just cruise along in the right hand lane while you take this time to advance forward.

Ready to get your organization positioned to accelerate forward in 2021? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida to schedule a business changing engagement process.

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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We pause for Prayer like Lincoln

We pause for Prayer like Lincoln

As we all navigate 2020, many people I speak with are challenged by what is going on around them. The pandemic and what that means for their health, safety and future. The social distancing and what that means for work, school and personal relationships. The social unrest and how this is going to impact the future of our communities and neighborhoods. The election and what this could potentially mean for the direction of our nation and all of its citizens. These are just the tip of the iceberg of concerns many are dealing with in 2020.

I realize there is a movement of “Cancel Culture” which is trying to erase history in favor of some new and different future. Unfortunately, erasing our past and not learning from it has potentially disastrous consequences. Therefore, today I offer up a piece of history that I hope you will join me in regardless of faith, political beliefs or any other framework your mind might conjure up to skip this opportunity.

In August 1861, then Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States made a proclamation of a day of fasting and prayer for our nation. This was during the Civil War when our nation was at odds with itself. You might see some parallels to the environment of our nation at this time and place in history. There is division and mindsets which are at odds with each other. The proclamation of 1861 called for a day of Fasting and Prayer on the last Thursday of September that year. The last Thursday of September 1861 was the 24th. This year of 2020 the last Thursday of September is the 24th.

You might be asking yourself what this would have anything to do with your business. It might have absolutely nothing or could be everything depending on your present view of your situation. I offer this up to you as a means to give consideration to what you can do for your business, country and community. Maybe you are not a person of faith or just maybe you might be lost in your journey of faith. Regardless of where you are right now, all of us can participate in this day of Fasting and Prayer this coming Thursday, September 24, 2020.

The picture is a copy of the proclamation

and here is a link to a YouTube podcast for some additional insights.

I have been asking myself what I can do during these challenging times. I’m making a conscious choice to participate and ask each of you to make a “Promise” first to yourself and then to others to take on this opportunity for Fasting and Prayer for our nation.

At JKL Associates we live by the “Promises” we make. Interested in a culture where “Promises” mean something? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida or schedule a time on our calendar to have a conversation – https://calendly.com/jklassociates

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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Your Business is NO Republic or Democracy

Your Business is NO Republic or Democracy

2020 has been quite the ride. Early in January the economy was going great. Unemployment was at all-time lows. If you wanted to engage your talents, there were definitely opportunities to support your wants. Then the virus arrived and began to wreak havoc on all aspects of our lives. From the direct health implications to the fallout of work and schools. Systems we thought we had a solid handle on went sideways in directions no one could have predicted. Issues of social injustice, riots, violence, and many levels of mob rule vs law rule have been being tested. As we position our personal lives and business worlds for the remainder of 2020, we also have a Presidential election which is weighing in on everyone as well.

As there is in each and every election, a lot is riding on votes cast and decisions made by you and me on candidates and other aspects of our communities. It is therefore critical that we understand the nature of rule of law vs rule of majority. In your organization there is typically a lead resource. Call them CEO, President, or owner but someone is at the top having not only the final say but also the final liability and accountability. If your business was a government some might say it would be a dictatorship. Generally speaking, you were not directly elected by your constituents to the role. You started a company and now run a company of many talented employees.

Our society here in the United States of America is governed by a Constitutional Republic. This was put in place by our forefathers to protect us all from our government. To give opportunity and framework to protect the little guy, the minority, the outcast. You might have just asked yourself that you thought our government was a democracy. Your answer regardless if you responded in the form of a question like on Jeopardy would be incorrect. You likely hear this word of democracy bantered about on media as if to train your ear and mind to believe we are a democracy but currently we are not. It is not the intent to make this a civics class or history lesson but as leaders in our business and our communities we MUST work from the perspective of fact and not guess or noise.

This communincation is brought forth as a means to bring dialogue to the forefront of business. In every organization there are challenges which need attention. The question this week is – do you have a framework of policies and procedures to deal with them? If you do then great! Are you accountable to them? If you adhere to a framework to build your business, take care of your employees and service your customers then your business is running under the premise of good business practices. You use the framework to enable and encourage rather than intimidate and diminish. This approach of investing and growing your business, assets, people, and customer base comes from being a leader and not a dictator who owns the business.

Your challenge this week is to look back upon decisions made in the past 8 months. Some were incredibly challenging with the economic shutdown etc. but give yourself some quality time to determine if you were mentally investing in the business future or putting up barricades to future prosperity. By having a framework like a constitutional republic where everyone can benefit from growth and justice so too can your organization thrive moving forward.

Interested in getting a framework in place to give navigational guidance to your business so it can run more independently? Give JKL Associates a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida and let’s have a meaningful conversation.

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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A time for reflecting on labor

September 3, 2020

ISSN# 1545-2646

A time for reflecting on labor

This weekend we celebrate the value of labor. A time to pause and reflect on all those who contribute to the benefits we all enjoy in our society.  This year we have had many challenges to embrace and overcome. Some are still being dealt with while others may appear to be behind us still linger as we move closer toward the end of the calendar year.

On Labor Day, take a few minutes to say a prayer for all those who during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic have gone above and beyond in their labor for humankind —

Our Doctors, Nurses and associated hospital and medical staff, Research and other scientist,
Our Police, Firefighters, Emergency Medical personnel and First Responders,
Our essential workers in grocery stores, drug stores and many other providers of goods and
services,
Our postal carriers and various delivery service personnel including UBER and Lyft drivers for food
deliveries.

2020 has been a year of many disruptions, distractions, challenges and changes. Let us all who enjoy our freedoms give proper respect to all who labor for our nation.

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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