Monday, November 9, 2015
Happy Monday Blog, dear Friends!
It’s a rainy day in Atlanta and the beautiful Fall leaves…everywhere, make it so cozy—that is, of course if your inside! Truth is, I love rainy days…actually, at my age, I love ALL the days, no matter what the weather’s like!
So I just received a copy of an email from the CEO (The Man At The Top), of a company based here in Atlanta. He sent this email out to all his employees over the weekend:
I thought I would share some of what I learned last night at the “Your Grateful Nation” fund raiser I attended. Rob O’Neill (Seal Team 6 member who shot Bin Laden) spoke at length on several topics. It’s clear he is doing his speech to companies looking for motivation and leadership talks, as much of it was geared to that. That said, on those topics, much of what he discussed were things that the Marine Corps espouses, and are things that I have always considered important to success and how one achieves goals.
Rob listed the four most important things to him and to the success of his Seal Team 6 operations. Some of these may seem like no-brainers but I’ve always found it’s always helpful to be reminded, especially if they are things that work in the most critical operational environments. By the way, while none of us are in combat, everything that involves stress and challenges are relative to each individual’s personal scenario. Anyway, here are his top four things to mission success:
1. Having a good group. Unit cohesion, which can translate to the culture and how everyone gets along is paramount. Our success hinges on how well we work together and are on the same page with one another.
2. Over-planning VS Being Prepared.This is a huge one for me! If you know your job, then you can plan just enough to execute. Over-planning can often be a hindrance to execution and success. Every plan, whether it’s a business plan or combat, it will change once the bullets start flying, and you have to be able to adapt and drive on in the face of change and adversity.
Funny anecdote: Rob said they had planned for the Bin Laden mission basically just by being ready for that type of mission anytime. That’s what they do. So they are in an operations room discussing the final pieces of the operation and they ask the question, ‘What’s the worst that could go wrong on this mission?’ Then one of the newer members responds: ‘Well I guess the helicopter could crash in the front yard.’
3. Don’t act emotionally with your decisions. This is a constant life lesson for me personally. Whether the first bullets start heading down range or someone cuts you off in traffic, take a pause first and let things sit, before you react. In our world, this can be in reference to a customer issue popping up or even as simple as waiting a moment before responding to a question. In the sales world, that’s often referred to as the five second pause, or “golden silence.” Ultimately, he said, take a breath and let things settle.
4. Never Quit. This one isn’t an option for me and I believe is fairly self-explanatory.
One other big point he made…Stress is a choice. I know so many people who are unhappy or stress themselves out in a variety of ways. This can be acute stress, like a project deadline is pressing you or just a macro-life stress. The bottom line is that we determine how that is received…it is our choice on how we internalize it.
I hope everyone finds this valuable. It was a great speech and certainly puts things in perspective. I’ll tell you all some of the other interesting parts of the stories he told some other time. Have a great weekend!”
T. M., CEO/MobileMind
As I read this email from “the man at the top” of this company and how in his sincere desire to guide his employees to success in their profession, it came to me that “the man at the top” of the whole wide world, does the same thing for each and every one of us!
GOD in all His wisdom, keeps the most vigilant watch over us ALL— 24/7, 365 days a year—year after year, after year.
If we take the four main points of the email he sent to all his employees, and analyze each one from our own spiritual perspective, we’ll see that GOD can be in everything we do, every relationship we have and every success we enjoy. God wants the very best for all His children— Every one of us!
Regardless of Who you are, Where you are, Who you’re with or What you’re doing, include God in all of it. The 4-Point scenario in the email, exists not only in the professional world, but in life situations in the whole world. Amen!
This week my prayer for us all is that we’ll focus on the various situations we find ourselves in and that we’ll place GOD in each one and see what happens.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41-10
God is Good! God is Great!!
P.S. Have a great week, be KIND and know that Jesus loves you…this I know. How do I know? Because “The Man At The Top” told me so. XO