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Work Tip #26 - Don’t Completely Shut Out Low Performers

If you are competitive and good at what you do, you will undoubtedly run into someone you consider to be an under-performer. Some of them will be workers that have been in their position for years and have never progressed, some will be workers that just happened to squeeze by, and some may even be in charge. Don’t completely shut them out.

Some of these people, despite their poor performance or incompetence, actually have some experience and perhaps have something to teach you. If you enter the relationship thinking you have nothing to learn from them - even if you happen to be smarter or more competent - you may miss out on something.

The best method is to get along as best you can, milk them for the information they have to offer, and then move on. Chances are they will appreciate you for doing so, perhaps be motivated to improve themselves, and maybe even follow you more willingly one day when you are in charge.

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Hello Charlie, by Grandpa Harry

I guess you would be about thirty now. Probably time to start your own family. I should probably tell you something about my family.

My mother’s family came to this country before it was a country. They were all farmers. My great-great grandfather, Asa Little, came to Illinois in 1847. He settled in Lake County. He and his son fought in the Civil War together. The family cemetery is on Grass Lake Road, where they are all buried. The cemetery, at one time, was located at the corner of their farm. One of my aunts traced the family back to Massachusetts  where there is a big rock with the family names (English immigrants) carved in it. One of these days I’m going to get to the East Coast and check it out.

I live pretty close to the family cemetery, so I have been to it a few times. The last person to be buried there is my Grandpa. That should give you a head start when get to the age where you want to know where you came from. By then, though, you will probably be able to pay Ancestry.com $20 and they will do it all for you.

I have found that it really doesn’t matter where you came from. Some of the wealthiest people do nothing with their lives, and some of the poorest people end up as president one day. I would say it all comes down to one word: persistence. Which I probably misspelled … ;)

People who never give up are the ones who make the biggest impact in this world. Good looks will only take you so far, as well as brains ,or even wealth. Many good looking people end up in the gutter. Many rich people end up going broke, and smart people are the worst! They sit around at Mensa meetings playing games. Think of people who have impacted this world:

George Washington, one of the few Founding Fathers without a formal education. But we wouldn’t be a country without him.

Henry Ford, the first to mass produce the automobile … no formal education.

Thomas Edison … well you get the idea.

I’m not saying a education is bad. I’m just saying it’s not mandatory to be a success in life. Our school system is setup to turn out good workers, but good workers do not change the world. They maintain the world. If you want to change the world you have to look to the creative people. The ones who are not afraid to think outside the box.

Whichever you are, I’m sure you will make your family proud! May the great spirit always watch over you.

Love, Grandpa

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Hello Charlie, by Grandpa Harry

Hope you had a great high school experience. I guess you will be headed to Harvard now! Success!! I am sure you have heard about that by now. When I was young, I thought success was having a lot of money, and being able to do whatever you wanted to do. Now I am not sure.

I think success is different for everybody. For some people success is making it through high school. Others believe they need a Ph.D. I have found that a Ph.D or M.B.A. one day will be forgotten. That’s why successful people are always erecting statues! They’re going to stay here in one form or another. ;)

I would define success as doing whatever makes you happy and do it to the best of your ability, which is not as easy as it sounds. First you have to figure out what makes you happy, and also allows you to support yourself. Sleeping until lunchtime everyday may may make you happy, but can you do it and still support yourself? Eventually you will have to provide for yourself.

I think probably if you really liked taking photos, then a career in photography could be good. Maybe working for Playboy! Well, you get the idea.

Good luck in college … and let me know about that secret society, Skulls and Bones!

Filed under Skull and Bones SNB Harvard Yale Success High School Photography Education Playboy Ph.D M.B.A. Statues Michigan College University

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Work Tip #22 - Practice Responding to the Unknown
You can practice and be amazing at your job. You can know the details inside and out. And all that is great. But if you really want to be successful, be good at responding to and solving surprises and problems - be good at functioning well under pressure.
The reason this is so important is because no matter how well you do your job and no matter how happy your bosses are with you, the real measure of your performance will be taken when you are faced with adversity. This is when everyone pays attention. It’s when people start to fall apart, forget what they know, and shut down. Or in the best scenario, they just fail to handle it.
If you have learned and practiced how to respond well in these moments, you will be seen as an invaluable asset - sometimes even if you suck at your job the rest of the time. People rely on the person who pulls them through and out of messes.
So if you want to get ahead, get noticed, whatever - practice handling the the unknown.
Work Tip #22 - Practice Responding to the Unknown

You can practice and be amazing at your job. You can know the details inside and out. And all that is great. But if you really want to be successful, be good at responding to and solving surprises and problems - be good at functioning well under pressure.

The reason this is so important is because no matter how well you do your job and no matter how happy your bosses are with you, the real measure of your performance will be taken when you are faced with adversity. This is when everyone pays attention. It’s when people start to fall apart, forget what they know, and shut down. Or in the best scenario, they just fail to handle it.

If you have learned and practiced how to respond well in these moments, you will be seen as an invaluable asset - sometimes even if you suck at your job the rest of the time. People rely on the person who pulls them through and out of messes.

So if you want to get ahead, get noticed, whatever - practice handling the the unknown.

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Work Tip#12 - Strong Leadership is Invaluable

Strong leadership - or the image of strong leadership - is worth preserving at almost all cost Charlie.

It’s what makes the workplace (amongst other things) function.

People need to beleive their leaders are capable of carrying the torch, so to speak. If they don’t, their performance will degrade…no question about it.

So do everything you can to preserve the image. It could be anything from refusing to badmouth the boss, to dying for him (if you think that’s extreme, talk to some war veterans).

Sometimes the boss is not the leader with the most impact, but instead a junior leader. The same rings true, preserve that leader.

If you really believe in your workplace (and its mission) and you want it to be successful, then you should be willing to sacrifice for it. Whether its quietly picking up the slack of a good leader or stepping in to absorb a blow for her, do what’s necessary to maintain the image.

At the end of the day, the image of strong leadership just may be the only thing that gets your organization through its most challenging times.

Work Tip#12 - Strong Leadership is Invaluable

Strong leadership - or the image of strong leadership - is worth preserving at almost all cost Charlie.

It’s what makes the workplace (amongst other things) function.

People need to beleive their leaders are capable of carrying the torch, so to speak. If they don’t, their performance will degrade…no question about it.

So do everything you can to preserve the image. It could be anything from refusing to badmouth the boss, to dying for him (if you think that’s extreme, talk to some war veterans).

Sometimes the boss is not the leader with the most impact, but instead a junior leader. The same rings true, preserve that leader.

If you really believe in your workplace (and its mission) and you want it to be successful, then you should be willing to sacrifice for it. Whether its quietly picking up the slack of a good leader or stepping in to absorb a blow for her, do what’s necessary to maintain the image.

At the end of the day, the image of strong leadership just may be the only thing that gets your organization through its most challenging times.

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Work Hard, Play Hard

This is the motto of my life son.

I guess it’s because I see life as such a precious resource - one not to be wasted. And I think to myself, “Is there really any time to just malinger through it all?”

Nope, there’s not. So work like hell, and have a blast.

We all know work is a part of life. We’d love for it not to be, but it is. So why not be good at it? Set goals and bust your ass trying to meet them. Go above and beyond expectations, and set the bar in everything you do.

Then, when you’re done, party like there’s no tomorrow. Go on extreme vacations, meet new people, act like you don’t even have a job! Work hard, play hard!

Don’t work hard and then come home and plop on the sofa every day. That’s just “work hard.” That’s not what we’re talking about here son. Work hard, play hard.

Don’t malinger at work, stay out late, and then show up late the next day. That’s just “play hard.” So let’s not miss the point. Work hard, play hard.

Go to work, win the “Most Amazing Award in History” award … and then bring it home and help your kids make a replica of it with Play-doh!

Get selected for a challenging job, take your wife out to celebrate her new promotion, and write a blog for your first-born son!

That’s bad ass Charlie. ;)

Filed under Work Hard Play Extreme Going All-Out Life Lessons Success Enjoyment Party Rock Star