Monthly Archives: October, 2011

    Eulogize your Employees

    Plagerism is the sincerest form of flattery – or so says my senior advisor (he also refers to himself as my ‘OWG’ or ‘old white guy’). This morning’s sermon was about the concept that a eulogy is wasted on the dead and wouldn’t we all rather hear the good things people have to say about us when we are alive.. Some of you may remember the movie ‘Waking Ned Divine’ from 1998 and the scene ‘Eulogy for a Friend’ where Jackie eulogizes his friend Michael who is sitting in the congregation. “The words that are spoken at a funeral are spoken too late for the man that is dead. What a wonderful thing it would be to visit your own funeral.. to sit at the front and hear what was said.” So what does this have to do with business and being an accidental entrepreneur? Our employees are our greatest asset and I believe that positive comments, inspirational words and motivating support produce more than harsh words meant to prod. Don’t miss the opportunity to eulogize someone now before it makes no difference to them. You have the chance to lead the legacy of others. We underestimate the power of the spoken word – it is your choice to use that power to tear someone down or to bring them up and lead them to greatness. Parent, teacher, minister or friend – we all have the power to eulogize those around us and pay it backward and forward.

    Family and Friends

    One of the drawbacks of hiring family and friends is the misconception by others that these individuals were chosen solely because of genetics or familiarity and with no consideration for their skills. I want to tell you that in my case, this is farthest from the truth. When your home, belongings, future and family are at stake, your standards for employee and support selection are much higher than those standards held by others with less to lose. In my world, there is no favoritism toward employees or family, only favoritism towards those who work hard, respect others, treat everyone with compassion, speak to others without condescension and with a supportive tone, and have the same passion for supporting the mission (no matter what the mission may be) as I do. And to be honest, I’m blessed to have a company that has resulted in favoritism toward everyone.