“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” — Mark Twain

Positive Quote: “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” — Mark Twain

I must admit, I am not a perfectionist. Yes, I have my quirks where I may want something just so. Yet, any step in that direction, I see as a positive.

Continuous improvement can take many forms. It can be shortening a form people fill out for something. It can be taking that extra 5 minutes on email communications to avoid (prevent) the 5-10 emails from people asking clarifying questions. It can be shaving a minute off a procedure to removing a redundant step in a process. It can be streamlining a process. It can be so much. You can get ideas from your customers, your team, and from where the industry is going.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a great Wednesday and let’s take a step to work towards continual improvement.
Priscilla

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“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore Hesburgh

Positive Quote “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore Hesburgh

I am a visual person, when I read this quote; I can picture in my mind a person trying to blow on a trumpet and the sound fizzling away. I can imagine it not being a pleasant sound.

It makes me ask myself if leaders are like that person playing a trumpet.

I have been exposed to many different types of leaders, from the motivational and persuasive where they get everyone engaged to the lackluster and non-visible where people may not know who their leader is or know what they look like.

I think you have to be exposed to the good, bad, great, and average to be able to develop your own leadership style. Do you react too fast and leave everyone behind you trying to catch up? Do you bomb the messenger, so that when they leave you they feel physical pain? Are you available and more importantly, are you approachable?

If your leadership style was a music instrument, what would it be?

I have to think on that, I don’t know what instrument my leadership voice would be. Yet, I like that this quote helps me think about it and think about the beauty in music, the consistency needed, the flexibility, the adaptability, the story telling, and most of all, having someone to play for (which is your team).

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Monday and let’s all strive to have our leadership voice be what we envision it to be and not fizzle away.

Priscilla

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael E. Porter

Positive Quote: “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael E. Porter

This quote jumped out at me today. Imagine, not doing something is strategic. Yet, it is. Sometimes, walking away is the best course of action. Sometimes, letting something happen to either see how the trend goes or how it changes is a better choice.

I can remember when I first understood why choosing what not to do was part of a strategy. I was helping to develop a presentation that was going to be shown to the CIO at a prior company. I had listed several options that we were looking for a decision and my manager and mentor asked me why I did not have an option of ‘do nothing’. I had to stop and think and then realize, yes that made sense, because if it was not listed as an option with the risk and outcome if that path was chosen it could be assumed to have a different effect. When the presentation happened, we received many good comments as to the clarity and conciseness of the presentation and there was good discussion around the ‘do nothing’ option. After that, it has stuck with me over the following years. Knowing that not doing something is an option and explaining what that means can be a cornerstone of a strategy or roadmap.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous, wonderful Wednesday.
Priscilla

Positive Quote: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” — Stephen Covey

Positive Quote: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” — Stephen Covey

This quote reminds me that everyone is different. If two people are exposed to the same conversation or the same interaction, both may walk away with two opposite perceptions. One of my early mentors once told me that perception was reality. At the time I had a hard time accepting that, it took me a bit to wrap my head around that. Even today, I have to step back when I receive feedback that is a surprise or unexpected and tell myself that something had to lead to the perception, be it miscommunication, misunderstanding, or something I cannot see. I have to realize that in order to change perceptions, I cannot go back in the past and rewind, and instead I have to move forward with purpose to be more aware when working to overcome those perceptions. I also have to accept that there will be times I cannot change someone’s perception if they have embraced it and are not open to change. It takes willingness on both sides to open the communication channels and see another person’s point of view.

As you can tell, this quote has me contemplative. We are all unique and if we can come together, there is strength.

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Priscilla

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Positive Quote: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

This quote from so many, many years ago, reminds me of Kaizen; continuous improvement. It seems like so long ago that I was introduced to the concept. In essence, kaizen is about making minor, small changes that have a huge impact and that the small changes can stack on each other making an even bigger impact.

I am a firm believer in continual improvement, both at work and personally.

For a home perspective, it could be something like taking 15 minutes a day to tidy up and the impact is, before you know it the room or area is clean. Or, if you are trying to eat healthier, it could be going one day a week without eating meat, at my house we call this Meatless Monday. With either example, a small change can create a positive impact.

For a work perspective, it could be something like setting a small goal and each week go smaller and smaller in regards to email. I started out a few years ago with the goal that I would not leave until I had 50 emails in my inbox. Over time this has been reduced to 10, 10 is what I allow myself. This goal has the result of forcing me to take action of some kind when I open an email. It also forces me to prioritize and manage my time better as well as delegate more. Are some days rougher than others, yes; yet at the end of the day I feel good and that I know what I want to tackle the next day. Priorities shift and it can become easy to get bogged down. However, it is a habit for me now.

What do you think of this quote? How have you used the kaizen method in your life?

Have a marvelous Monday.
Priscilla

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Positive Quote: “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

This quote has me laughing a bit. I mean, think about it. If the same level of awareness is used to solve a problem, it never would have been a problem in the first place because it would have been addressed beforehand. Right?

To me this quote reminds me that if there is an issue or problem then I should approach it from a different mindset, from a different point of view to come towards a solution. Otherwise, well otherwise, the problem could get bigger.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Priscilla

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

Positive Quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

This quote brings a smile to my face. It takes me back many, many years ago when I was just starting out in my career in IT. I started in IT in the help desk environment in the software area and it was a challenge in the beginning to explain to a caller what was wrong and what I was doing to fix it and how I was making sure it would not happen again or how to prevent it from happening. If I could not explain it simply, sure enough it would happen again and a call back would occur. This forced me to not only know what I was doing; I had to understand the whys behind it. By understanding the whys, I was able to relate more clearly and simply to the person to prevent it and in the end have a happy customer.

As I have moved in my career path and taken new roles, new responsibilities, I look back and focus on understanding things well enough to explain them to someone with no inherent knowledge. If I can get the concept across, then I know I know my job better.

What do you think of this quote? How do you work towards keeping things simple, yet still maintain their meaning?

Have a tremendous Tuesday.
Priscilla