“A Tale of Two
John and Anne
were fourth graders at Federal Elementary School. They were not
friends when they sat down at the same table in the lunchroom. Anne
looked unhappy, so John asked her what was the matter. Anne
explained that she forgot her lunch today and had no lunch money.
John said that he had a sandwich and an apple and would share them
with her. He shared and she thanked him. This started a long
lasting friendship between them.
Let’s make a
small change. After John sat down, Anne complained loudly that her
Mom did not give her any lunch money. She shouted, “Mom didn’t
even make my lunch. This is so unfair!” Seeing John’s apple,
she demanded that he give it to her because she was hungry. She
continued complaining until John finally gave her the apple. She
was ungrateful and acted like John owed this to her. John decided
that he would never sit with her again.
Let’s change this
again. John’s and Anne’s relatives had bad blood between them. 50
years ago, Anne’s grandmother accused John’s grandfather of keeping
her from getting the job she wanted because of her race. The
families were enemies from that day forward. Earlier that day, Anne
was crying as she shared this story with the school
John did not want
to sit with Anne. He sat there only because there were no other
seats in the lunchroom. Anne began shouting at John, demanding that
he give her his lunch because he owed her. Hearing the commotion,
the counselor approached their table. Seeing who was involved, the
counselor told John that he must give his lunch to Anne due to what
his grandfather had done. John did as he was told, but not before
shouting that he was not responsible for something his grandfather
did 50 years ago.
Can you relate to
these stories? How does the attitude taken by Anne in the second
story change its outcome? In the third story how was the
relationship between John and Anne shaped by an event that happened
50 years ago? Based on the third story, how would you react if you
these stories to what is happening between people in America today.
Do you see any similarities? Why do we not treat each other with
respect? How are we so set in our opinions that we do not listen to
Lastly, how must
we change for Americans to peacefully discuss issues, by listening
to each other, and begin working together to create positive
And, that is
today’s Morning Minute.
Morning Minute 4/07/23:
“How Do You Decide?”
We all face making decisions every day.
“What do I do or say?” “Which route should I take?” “Who do I
trust?” “Do I buy this or that?” “Do I sell now or later?” “How do
I accomplish this task?”
In solving problems, we can use previous experience or seek a new
solution. We can use emotion or logic. We can trust our intuition
or use data. Most people will decide on a solution that uses
several of these approaches.
A dealership’s finance team was not meeting quota. They believed
that the sales team was preventing them from doing their job
effectively by not following the company pricing policy. They
expected the GM to settle this issue. Mike, the GM, pulled the
first 15 proposals for the current month. The data showed that the
sales team was following their policy. Sharing that data, he
required the finance team to stop blaming others and meet their
quota. The leader used data to assign
A championship basketball team played poorly in first half. They
weren’t playing together, nor following the game plan. Two starters
were in foul trouble. At halftime they were down 16 points. The
head coach usually met the players as they entered the locker room.
Instead, he paused, sending in the assistant coaches first. The
team was confused by his was absence. After 7 minutes, Pat Riley
entered the room and silently strode over to the ice bag kicking
ice across the floor. He shouted that he was ashamed to coach this
team. He was embarrassed for the fans and Los Angeles. He shouted
that if you want to play Lakers basketball, you can come out for
the second half and perform like champions. If not, you could stay
in the locker room and forfeit the game. He left the room. The team
rebounded to win in the second half. Riley used
emotion to turn the game around.
To achieve their goals, a Savannah service club needed 25% more
revenue than last year. The club was also losing members. Analyzing
programs for the previous 3 years, the president shared with his
board that they needed to use the previous processes, while adding
a new campaign. Each current member who recruited a new member
would receive three months dues free. Plus, he attracted more
interesting and entertaining speakers that aligned with his effort
to “Have fun being a Rotarian!” By year’s end, they earned
the additional revenue while adding 18 new members. He used
previous experience with a new solution
to achieve superior team performance.
Making decisions is integral to successfully achieving your
Decide how best to make each decision.
Then, execute your plan with confidence.
That is today’s Morning Minute.