Saturday, May 20, 2017

A R R O G A N C E


 A good friend of mine, Jim Shorkey*, will tell you that arrogance is a sure road to leadership failure.

3 questions and food for thought---

1. Why do I act like I know something when I don't?
---  "The need to appear competent prolongs incompetence." ~ LF

2. How often do I get defensive when questioned?
---"Stagnation is the consequence of defending rather than exploring." ~JM

3. Am I the smartest person in the room?
 --- If you answered yes...then you are in the wrong room.

"The pursuit of excellence includes the acceptance that you aren't there yet." JM

The best leaders are the best learners. I say, ask the stupid question. Leadership is about being vulnerable enough to say,  I don't know. The more you ask the more you learn.

Excellent leadership begins with humility.

Humility enables development... arrogance destroys it.

*Jim Shorkey, creator of the Jim Shorkey Auto Group (7 dealerships throughout Pennsylvania)
and Life Success Coach.
www.resultsfromthinking.com

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Get The Lead Out Of Your ______ !!!!!

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PROCRASTINATION!!!

AKA...Paralysis By Analysis

Calling all Entrepreneurs!....why do we do this?!

Yes, it is good that we examine things.
Yes , we need to be patient and cultivate business relationships.
Yes, we need to do our due diligence with respect to weighing our options.

But what I am talking about is; when the ball is in our hand, not a defensive player is in sight, our Team is surrounding us, and yet, we are afraid to run!?
… because we might trip, fumble, or not make it to the end zone?

*** Here are 7 great quotes about procrastination.
Read them, and then read them again…and oh by the way…read them one more time.


“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln

“How soon not now, becomes never.”
Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar. 

"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy."
Wayne Gretzky


Even if you’re on the right track-you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers

“One of these days, is none of these days.”
Proverb

“I remember reading somewhere about an organization called Procrastinators Anonymous. I think they had been in existence for some years but had never gotten around to having a meeting.”
Unknown Source 

“By not making a decision, you have made one.”
Bob Gambone - The Pecan Pie Guy. 

*** So come on entrepreneurs! Get the lead out of your butt and make a run for it!!!
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Blankie"

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A very good friend of mine shared a great story with me a few months back. Her daughter, a very successful business entrepreneur, called her in a frantic and wanted to know when her “blankie” would be repaired.

“Blankie” was a blanket, hand sewn by her mother, and given to her on her second birthday. Now thirty-three years old, married, owner of a business, mother of two, and still relying on her “blankie” for security and comfort (especially for falling asleep at night)...well, she was in a panic because she had been without her "blankie" for three days.

Now before you stop reading this and thinking this is silly…hear me out!

Most successful people, that I know, have a “blankie” in one form or another.
Why not?! If an object brings us warmth, inspiration, security, happiness and hope…I say, got for it!

Recently I conducted my own little survey among some of my closest friends. Their “blankie”?  
Here are their answers:
  • -          Carries a picture of his dog in his wallet.
  • -          Bible in her purse.
  • -          Teddy bear given to her by her dad.
  • -          Cross hanging on lamp near his bed.
  • -          Lucky coin in his wallet.
  • -          Christmas pillow made by her grandmother.
  • -          Birthday pillow made by his mother.
  • -          Picture of her entire family taken at a reunion, placed safely on her mantel.
  • -          First love letter from her husband.
  • -          Blue scarf given to him, from his childhood sweetheart.
  • -          Mine?   My four marathon medals draped over the baby pictures of my three children.
So…….Who’s your “blankie”?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It's Not Always "Time" Management

If you currently are disorganized and your "to-do list" is longer than your day, don't despair; some of the most organized people once were among the most disorganized, including myself. This quiz is intended to help you see your strengths and weaknesses in this area.*

Keep in mind, it's not always "time"  management.... we all have the same 24 hours in a day;  energy, focus and direction play a major role in how you manage your day.

Answer Yes or No to the following:

  1. When meeting with your team or a one to one, do you always come prepared?
  2. Do you sort your work by priority.
  3. At the end of the day do you make a list of your next day priorities?
  4. Do you list recommended actions?
  5. Are you drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day?
  6. Do you start each day tackling your most immediate goals?
  7. Are you sleeping at least 7 hours a night?
  8. Are you limiting your caffeine intake?
  9. Do you spot check yourself, to be sure you are keeping on schedule?
  10. Do you commit and follow through with a structured exercise program?
  11. Do you congratulate yourself when you complete a task?
  12. Do you allow time for the unexpected, such as phone calls and interruptions?
  13. Do you have a plan for eating foods that maximize your health vs. inhibit your well-being?
  14.  Do you check items off your list as you accomplish them?
  15.  Do you help keep team meetings and one to one meetings organized and on schedule?


Total up the Yes answers. A score of 12 or more is a sign that you are on the right path to maximizing your time. A score of 9 to 11, means you get lazy like me sometimes. A score of 8 or less?.... I am thinking you may need some help.

* Teamwork notes

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Become a Better "Receiver"

We always talk about "Giving".
We also need to be talking about "Receiving".

Why? Because when we all become better receivers, we will in turn be better givers.

The problem is most people do not know how to receive.
Really?   Yes...

How many times have you heard the following statements or something similar:
"I can't accept this, it is too much..."
"You shouldn't have..."
"Thank you for the offer, and that is kind of you to help us at no fee, but we can't accept..."

Or- no thank you at all. Or- the giving is taken for granted. Or- we give it back.

Here are some good quotes to think about...

" In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive." ~ I. Ayivor

Let's continue the discussion, bobgambone@bobgambone.com

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Story

***Reposting from 2010***

It was 5:00 pm Christmas Eve 1989, and I was locking the front door of the supermarket where I was Store Manager.

Over the years, I had made it a tradition for me to be the "closer" of the store on Christmas Eve.

Inside the store, my employees were rushing around counting their register tills, sweeping the floor, and generally preparing the store for closing down, so they all could rush home to their families for Christmas.

At approximately 5:30pm, I heard someone tapping on the front door.

“I just got off work and I need to shop for my family", the gentleman on the other side of the glass door shouted.

“Sorry, we are closed.” I answered.

“Please, I really need to shop and you are the only grocery store open.”

In the background several of my employees yelled out to me… “Mr. Gambone, I hope you don’t let him in, we all want to go home.”

I turned to my office manager and said , “Cindy, I feel bad for this guy…will you stick around with me until we get him checked out.”

She looked at me with a frown, “Well, I hope he only needs a few things, OK.”

We let him in…he was very gracious, grabbed a buggy and started to shop.

“I’ll only take a few minutes,” he said.

Then all of a sudden, he turned around and looked at Cindy and me in desperation… “Shit!..I’m sorry for swearing, but I left my wallet in my overalls at work….I can’t believe this!!!”

He abandoned the buggy and started walking towards the front door to leave.

Cindy looked at me and said… “Well, I guess we can leave now.”

“Hold on!” I said… “Sir, you pick up what you need and come back the day after Christmas and pay us.”

Cindy looked at me as if I was crazy. The gentleman was overjoyed and continued to shop.

When he completed his shopping, Cindy and I checked him out and bagged his groceries. He purchased lots of milk, cereal, bread and basic groceries along with some gift-wrap and children’s toys.

We wished him a Merry Christmas as he left and Cindy and I locked up and went home to our families.

...............the gentleman never returned...................

Yes, I took some heat from my boss when he found out…but that’s okay. I knew in my heart that it was right thing to do at the time.

It is moments like this is my life when I am reminded of the words a mentor of mine once shared with me early in my career...“The good you do, will come back to you.” Lou Z.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you and your family have a glorious New Year.

Bob Gambone, The Pecan Pie Guy!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Scrooged?!

aka,  Conflictor!

We all know one:

1. "Conflictors" know something about everything, just enough to be dangerous.

2. Disagree with you on everything, in a passive aggressive manner.

3. Challenge your knowledge, in a condescending manner.

4. Devalues your time, while their time is precious.

5. Tells you others are not team players, while stabbing you in the back.

6. Creates a positive facade, and then is negative about your positivity.

7. A "Conflictor" is always right, and if you try to prove them wrong...you will become mentally exhausted.

Bottom line; a "Conflictor" is a predator. When you are up they will get you down. And will you are down, they will take you deeper.



When a "Conflictor", by no choice of yours, tries to ruin your Holiday Season...do not try to handle them alone. One on one they will drain you. Bond together with people you trust and eventually the "Conflictor"  aka Scrooge, will get frustrated and move on to other prey.

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