“Are you like
another engineer. The search narrowed down to two people. They both
had the same degrees from the same school. They both had similar
grades and backgrounds. Henry invited them to
pleasant and enjoyable. There was little talk about the job; mostly
about families and interests. After dinner, as they walked
toward the exit, Henry pulled one of the applicants off to the
side. He told the applicant that he would not be moving
The young man was
stunned. He stated “I have the same education, grades, and
background as the other person. Why am I being
Henry Ford told
the young man, “First, when you were both served your steaks,
you salted yours first and then ate it. The other young man tasted
his steak first, and then salted it. I expect those managers who
work for me to first look at ALL the options, and then make
decisions based on that information. That skill is critical to the
success of our organization.”
“We were served wonderfully by everyone who took care of us at
dinner. That included the hostess, the server, the wine steward,
and the busboy. The other applicant was very polite, thanked each
of them, and showed genuine appreciation for their service. You
never spoke to or thanked any of them. It was as if they weren’t
even there. I expect a lot from my employees and I need to know
that my managers genuinely appreciate our Ford workers and treat
them with respect.” With that, the applicant left having
learned two important lessons.
In life and in
business, we need to clearly examine our options before we make
decisions. Do the required research, list all your options, then
make a decision. Once the decision is made, put your effort and
focus on accomplishing your goal. If later information requires
that you make a pivot, do so, but keep moving. Be decisive and
follow the project through to its completion. This works in your
personal and professional life.
follow the golden rule. Treat others with the same courtesy and
respect that you expect from others. That doesn’t mean you become a
doormat. You can be forthright, respectful, and effective at the
same time. There is an old saying that you can tell the value of a
person by how they treat others who can provide nothing in
That is today’s
“How do you
When I was much
younger than I am now, my morning regimen started with stretching
and then running for several miles. This invariably involved rising
early, starting my run, and completing it in short order. I would
do this regardless of whether I was home or away, in a house or a
hotel, and whether I had 2 or 8 hours sleep. This run allowed me to
really wake up and to think about what I needed to accomplish that
day. Now that I am older, the runs are now brisk walks as my ankles
have vetoed my ability to run successfully.
This time alone
by myself with God allows me the time to pray, to plan, and to
prioritize. A review of yesterday’s mistakes teaches me how to not
repeat them. A similar review of yesterday’s wins helps build my
self-confidence. If I am teaching that day, it also provides me the
time to align my thoughts with my messages.
How do you start
your day? When your alarm rings, do you say “Good morning,
God!” or, “Good God, it’s morning!” Do you have a plan
for your morning? Or, for your day? What tasks will you complete to
have a productive day? When will these tasks be completed? Whom
will you collaborate with to be successful? How will you gauge
whether or not you had a productive day?
A daily plan is
simply a goal to be completed. In order to have a successful goal
or plan it requires five S.M.A.R.T. characteristics. It must
Instead of saying “I will get better,” list what must be
completed to get better.
How will you measure results, with numbers or
Exactly who is accountable for this plan or goal? If everyone is
responsible, no one will be held accountable.
Given the task and the required people, materials, and time
available, can this be accomplished?
When will it be started? When will it be completed?
Finally, when I
was younger, I would place the toughest part of my run at the
beginning thinking I would complete that before I tired. Now I
place the easiest part of my walk at the beginning. That way I
experience early winning setting me up mentally to complete the
toughest section. Either way is OK.
Just plan your
work and work your plan.
That is today’s