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Stack'em High

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Monday, 19 January 2015
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Years ago I was having lunch with an acquaintance, and over our deli sandwiches and chips, he began talking about his career in a large packaged goods company. Without sounding like he was bragging, this gentleman told me that he had risen quickly through the corporate ranks, leapfrogging more senior people for more prestigious jobs and more responsibility. Soon he became a VP and director of his employer’s substantial sports marketing department.

 

He also told me that a colleague of his had approached him one day and asked him how in the world he had accomplished such a remarkable feat in such a short period of time.

 

“I stacked my chips high,” he said. “When you stack your chips high and you win, you win big.”

 

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Appreciation and Effectiveness at the Mall

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During the holiday season, we reflect on those people that are most important in our lives: family, friends and co-workers. It’s an opportunity to say “thank you” and “I appreciate you.” I’m an advocate of creating a work environment that is fun, where everyone feels comfortable and is respected; where we celebrate team member birthdays and our special accomplishments together throughout the year. But I have always enjoyed the Christmas season the most, and each year we try to do something special for our team.

 

I’ve shared this story before, and it’s a favorite. It happened back in 1985 when I still owned my property management company. At that point we had grown by leaps and bounds and had 25 people working in the office. Christmas was coming, and the usual Christmas party just wasn’t going to cut it. I wanted something they would remember beyond a glass of spiked eggnog.

 

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The Practice of Gratitude

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on Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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One afternoon, a rich man was riding in the back of his limousine when he noticed a man was eating grass by the roadside. He ordered his driver to stop, and he got out to investigate.

 

“Why are you eating grass?” he asked the man.

 

“I don’t have any money for food so I am eating grass,” the poor man replied.

 

“Oh, come along with me then,” said the rich man.

 

“But sir, I have a wife with two children!”

 

“Bring them as well,” said the rich man.

 

So, the poor man got into the limo and expressed his gratitude, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking us with you.”

 

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Patting Backs, Kicking Tail

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Not long ago, I saw a television interview with a very successful major college basketball coach. The TV reporter asked the coach how he kept his team motivated and playing hard over the course of a long, grueling season.

 

The coach explained that he and his staff had identified a number of key metrics for individual player performance, and that when players consistently focused on those important criteria, the team as a whole played better and maximized its chances of winning games.

 

That made sense, but what was really memorable to me was the reward and recognition component of his approach – the actual incentive he used to encourage his players to meet or exceed those key measurements.

 

Gold star stickers and candy.

 

No, seriously.

 

Just like in kindergarten.

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Under the Illusion

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on Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished."

– George Bernard Shaw

 

Shaw, the Irish playwright, journalist, essayist, and co-founder of the London School of Economics, died in 1950 at the age of 94. He lived in an age of hand-written (or typed) letters and spent most of his life without the use of a telephone. Communication involved speaking with or writing to someone.

 

Mr. Shaw never used a desktop computer, laptop or smartphone.

 

He never fired off an email to a client or sent a quick text to a colleague.

 

He never Face Timed, Skyped, voice mailed, tweeted or posted.

 

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