“The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin.” – Frank Tyger

Positive Quote: “The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin.” – Frank Tyger

How simple this quote is, yet how complex as well. Beginning can at times take courage and putting ourselves out there for a potential solution and many times it can take the back and forth of tweaking to get it right. Yet, if we don’t begin, the problem will stay the same or get worse.

What problems are you living with because you have yet to begin?

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Thursday.
Priscilla

“Reprove privately, praise publicly.” – Arnold Glasow

Positive Quote: “Reprove privately, praise publicly.” – Arnold Glasow

One of the most difficult parts of being a leader is delivering the ‘hard’ message while being empathetic. However, delivering this message not only should be done to help the team, the company and the person. It should also be done in private and you should have a well thought out plan for what message you want to deliver to ensure consistency.

I know of several people who held back on delivering that message and in the end it made things worse all around.

As for the praise, this should be often, whenever you see someone doing something that is above and beyond, ahead of schedule, taking extra effort…. It brings a smile to both the giver and the receiver and should be shared.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a great Tuesday.
Priscilla

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.” – Sir William Osler

Positive Quote: “The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.” – Sir William Osler

This quote has me smiling. It can be like dirty dishes, who wants to go to bed and wake up to a sinful of dirty dishes the next morning….if we don’t do our best work today, then tomorrow we spend more time than we should on cleaning up our own mess. By doing our own work well, we can know that in the morning, we at least won’t have that particular stress.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.
Priscilla

“The executive of the future will be rated by his ability to anticipate his problems rather than meet them as they come.” – Howard Coonley

Positive Quote: “The executive of the future will be rated by his ability to anticipate his problems rather than meet them as they come.” – Howard Coonley

I know that I can’t anticipate 100% of the problems that may occur, yet if I can anticipate any portion of them, I am ahead of the game. I prefer to ‘catch’ things when they are small or when there is an inkling that in the future it could grow and by doing so, it helps save my sanity.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a fabulous Friday.
Priscilla

“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” – Winston Churchill

Positive Quote: “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” – Winston Churchill

This quote reminds me that things happen, plans go awry, fire drills come and go…yet through it all, the ability to maintain a positive attitude can mean the difference between calmness or further distress. I prefer the calmness. Now I won’t say that I am calm and cool under pressure with any situation, however I will say that in times of stress (calamity) I take the time to stop, breathe, and ask myself if I have the ‘right’ attitude when approaching the situation.

For example, in my prior life there was a time when I was notified that all stores (there were over 1600 at the time) could not communicate with the corporate office, this was around midnight, which meant no end of day files came through and worse yet, no store could sell the next morning and would be forced to use handwritten tickets; which basically meant, pen and paper, manual calculations on pricing/tax. The conference call that ensued was intense to say the least, yet a little over an hour before the stores were set to open, the issue was remediated. I won’t go into technical jargon, needless to say, a positive attitude and calmness helped me ensure there were 2 different contingency plans in the works in the event the outage lasted for a long duration. I think back fondly to that night, this was at a time when cell phones were out, yet not smart phones. I drained my battery on my cell phone, switched to the land line cordless home phone while I charged my cell phone and when the cordless home phone died I went back to the cell phone. This went on for about 8 switches. Do I wish that night had never happened, yes… do I begrudge it, no…..I learned a lot, got to reconnect with people across the organization, got to meet new people, and overall we stayed on track and kept the lights on…..Looking back now, if I had been a pessimist in that situation, we would have seen arguing and no true headway versus collaboration. Trust me, collaboration is better.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Thursday.
Priscilla

“Nothing is sometimes the right thing to say.” – Malcolm Forbes

Positive Quote: “Nothing is sometimes the right thing to say.” – Malcolm Forbes

I have been in many situations where discussions were tense, awkward, or plain uncomfortable….this quote reminds me of them. It is at times like these where I ask myself before I speak if I even need to say anything. What good will come from what I want to say, will it add fuel to the fire, will it come across negatively, does it even add value to the conversation. Sometimes I decide that some things are best left unsaid.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Priscilla