It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience. – Horace Bushnell
A recent story in Business Management Daily about the success of online shoe retailer Zappos brought my attention back to one of leadership’s most needed and personally challenging virtues – patience. Like many, I am not always a patient person and continually need improvement which is one reason why the success of Zappos caught my eye.
That Zappos excels in customer service is a given, but when asked why more organizations are not like them CEO Tony Hsieh said, “Patience.” Hsieh says most firms won’t put in the time to build employee morale and customer service. “It’s whether you’re willing to make that commitment,” he said.
We have been taught from an early age that patience is a virtue, but to what end? To be sure, patience in employee relations, business negotiations, and in achieving strategic goals is important. Let’s look at the value of patience and how it can be a game changer both personally and professionally.
Patience builds your reputation. A well-rounded leader is set apart from the rest of the pack by mastering skill sets that lead to success. At times, many of us are driven more by impatience; with ourselves and others, than by the virtue of patience. Our impatience can be our demise. Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Building your reputation as a leader in these challenging times requires patience. Managing your reputation as a leader begins by mastering the skill of patience and not giving up.
Patience gives way to remarkable results. Part of the Zappos success story comes from strong employee engagement. Hsieh says, “The No. 1 focus and priority for the company, even though we want the brand to be about customer service, is company culture. Our belief is that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff, like great customer service, will just happen.” Developing a culture of employee engagement like Zappos can only be realized through patient dedication. Building your brand and reputation takes times; it doesn’t happen overnight. Successful brand leadership begins with patience and a commitment to the due diligence necessary for excellence.
Patience leads to positive recognition. Ultimately, there is a reward for the virtue of patience. The reward may be greater sales, increased customer satisfaction, stronger profits, or a promotion. Whatever the measure of realization looks like for you it is the dividend of patience and hard work. But this realization begins with understanding the causes of impatience.
Vic Lawrence at selfgrowth.com says the most basic reasons for impatience are: lack of control, lack of understanding, lack of planning, lack of communication and unrealistic expectations. When you claim control of these issues you can claim the rewards that patience can deliver.
Patience is your most formidable resource. Many people in business are looking for a leg up on the competition and ways to improve company performance. Sharp business plans and the best talent money can buy are no substitutes for the virtues needed to guide you in the right direction.
Patience is not easy to come by and when it matters most you want to be the leader who is making smart decisions based upon sound principles rather than knee-jerk reactions. Patience is one virtue that will serve you well. I just wish it didn’t take so long to learn.
There's an unofficial condom sponsor. At this year's London games, British-owned Durex is providing tens of thousands of free condoms at the Olympic Village. It cost them $1.6 billion to become the official sponsor.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Olympians were given condoms covered with the games' motto: "Faster, Higher, Stronger." Very fitting.
There are "days of glory." An anonymous female Olympian told the New York Post that the days following competition are dubbed Days of Glory. Once athletes are finished with their sports, some take part in partying and hooking up.
McDonald's makes breakfast the morning after. According to the Post's source, after a night of drinking and sleeping together, Olympians hit up McDonald's at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast.
Condoms run out -- but not for the reason you think they do. Apparently 70,000 condoms weren't enough to hold over Olympians at the 2000 games in Sydney. But that's not because the athletes were having marathon sex sessions. Todd Lodwick, a former American Nordic combined gold-medalist skier, says, "It's a tradition -- taking so many that they have to replace them." They also make great souvenirs.
We're getting plans in place for our biggest and best season of football yet.
The Panthers come back to Wofford on Friday, July 27 to open training camp. Really high expectations for the team this year. With QB Cam Newton, last seasons NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year back for his sophomore season and a pretty good draft this spring it should be an exciting year.
We'll carry all the Panthers games again this season beginning with the first Pre Season game on Saturday, August 11th when they host Houston. The Panthers Coaches Show with Coach Ron Rivera will be heard on Monday nights statrting July 30th at 8pm.
The defending State Champion Byrnes Rebels are also getting ready for kickoff on Saturday, August 25th when they travel to Chesepeake, Virginia. This year Greg McKinney joins us as the Voice of the Rebels for all the play-by-play.
A new feature this season will be our own WORD Scoreboard show, "The Friday Night Wrap" hosted by "Lonzo" Writesel from our Saturday Scoreboard Show. We'll have all the scores plus interviews and highlights immediately following the Byrnes postgame.
Another new addition this year will be on Saturday mornings from 7-8 a.m., "Pigskin & Eggs". Ken Blankenship will host the live 1 hour broadcast from a local restaurant location to be announced later. He'll have a complete wrap up of all the action from here in the Upstate and around the state. You're invited to drop by for the broadcast. We'll let you know what the location will be shortly.
Another new feature this season will be an entire new webpage devoted to High School sports, beginning with football. This will be your one stop web location for all the scores and details from games. More to be announced about that later as well.
Of course Lonzo and Matt will be back for another season of the Upstate's best scores/information program, The Scoreboard Show on Saturday nights from 7-9pm. They'll wrap up all the college games and preview the NFL games each week.
So get ready for another great season of even more expanded coverage of the Panthers and High School Football here on WORD.
Stay tuned for more details soon!
Who does these things? Another new study, and this one finds women own an average of 34 pairs of underwear –that’s 3 times as many as in 1999, when the average was just 12. The typical underwear drawer contains 20 everyday pairs and 14 for 'best', according to a poll of 2,000 women. Most women (56%) say they have separate underwear collections for special occasions and for everyday comfort. 58% of women said that big and comfortable white knickers are their favorites. (Daily Mail)
SERIOUSLY? I can just imagine…
((Knock, knock)) Who’s there? Yes, I’m here to talk to you about your underwear and count your panties. Why certainly, come on in!!
Why all of a sudden am I doing stories on the air about earthquakes in the upstate? This is weird. A small earthquake was reported yesterday afternoon (Tuesday July 24th, 2012) centered in Spartanburg County. Officials say the 2.0 magnitude quake shook the ground about 4 p.m. 2 miles northwest of Pacolet. No damage or injuries reported.
But quakes and shakes are the only weird weather wackiness going on…we have had storms for how many days in a row now? And winds, hail, lightning, thunder…lots of power outages, trees downed.
All we’re missing are locusts! Shhhh, better hush!
MEN THINK THEIR FEMALE FRIENDS ARE ATTRACTED TO THEM! GET OVER YOURSELF!
You see researchers surveyed more than 80 platonic male-female friendships, and found that the men were often more attracted to their female friends than vice versa. Men also thought -- incorrectly -- that their female friends were also secretly harboring major crushes. Women, conversely, often exhibited less desire to become romantically involved with their male friends. Also, men's interest in their women friends didn't fade if the girl was dating someone else, whereas women were totally turned off once the guy started seeing someone. (Jezebel.com)
There is no cure for Mass Murder! Even if you take away the guns, they will use a knife. Take away the knife and they will use a match. Take away the match and they will use their hands, a rope, whatever is handy!
Evil always has been and always will be! It can’t be cured by man. What happened at the Midnight Movie last Friday in Aurora Colorado is unthinkable. Many are saying they will never go to a theatre again, midnight or not! But these kinds of incidents have happened in churches and schools and we go back there.
Life will eventually continue as “normal.” Until the next time evil rears its ugly head! God Bless us All!
Most people go to their grave with their music still inside them – George Bernard Shaw
Antonio was an Italian boy who loved music, but whenever he tried to sing the music that was in his heart, it came out so badly that all his friends laughed at him. Next to singing, the boy loved to hear the violin. He had a pocketknife he always carried with him and we would whittle all sorts of things with it.
One day Antonio learned that the greatest violin maker in all Italy, the great Nicolo Amati, lived in his village. Antonio began to whittle a violin and worked many hours on it. When finished, the boy walked to the house of Amati, who just happened to answer the door. The boy handed the master the small violin he had carved and said, “Sir, I love music, but cannot sing. I wish with all my heart I could learn to make violins.”
The great Amati smiled, looked at the small gift and said, “Beautifully done. You want to make violins? And so you shall. In time your violins will make the most beautiful music ever heard!” And so, Antonio Stradivari became the pupil of Nicolo Amati and in time made violins that equaled his master’s.
Consider the successes of the likes of Henry Ford, R.H. Macy, Soichiro Honda, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. The common thread among all of them is that their eventual successes were only attained after many failures early on in the careers.
Resilient leaders are not deterred by the disappointment that comes when Plan A is no longer an option. Success comes when Plan B is embraced and that can make all the difference. In business and in leadership, plans do not always turn out as we hope. In these times of testing you have a choice. Here are three things to remember when Plan A falls apart and Plan B falls in your lap and you are tempted to throw in the towel.
Plan B creates opportunity. Stradivari’s contribution to music was not to be found through his voice, but through his hands. He joined the passion of his heart with the skill of his hands and made his mark on the music world with it. The challenge in leadership is not to lay down what is in your hand but to use it. It may not be Plan A, but Plan B turned out incredibly well for Stradivari and it can for you if you choose the right attitude and give it all you have.
Plan B redirects your skills. Upon the outcome of this Hollywood legends first screen test, the director of MGM noted, “Can’t dance. Can’t sing. Can dance a little.” Undeterred, Fred Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer. He kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from. As a leader, you will face many challenges and you will at times hear the voices of those telling you that it can’t be done. But in the end all that matters is what you believe in your heart and having the courage to pursue it; even if it is Plan B.
Plan B prepares you for a rewarding life. In many respects Plan B is not just about opportunities, but overcoming adversity. While his name is synonymous with some of the biggest films in the modern era, this movie director was rejected three times from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television. Years later in 2002, Steven Spielberg returned to school and completed his BA.
The blessing of Plan B is not always easy to see in the beginning. The blessing of Plan B is realized when we embrace it and begin the journey it takes you on. Wise leaders are flexible enough to know that when one door closes it is not the end; it’s just the beginning of living out your dream in a manner you didn’t expect.
A study done by National Car Parks tested 2,500 men and women's "parking efficient" by scoring their performance on 7 parking behaviors. And it finds WOMEN had a higher average score of 13.4 out of 20, while men scored only 12.3. One particular parking move, reversing into a spot, was better performed by women. While the women took an average of 21 seconds to park -- 5 seconds longer than men – 11% more women chose the more difficult, and sometimes dreaded, reverse-park strategy over the easier motion of pulling forward into a spot. Although the women took longer to park the car, it showed them to be more focused on the task of parking: women centered their cars 53 percent of the time, while men lazily made it only 25% of the time.
I will admit it, I am NOT good at that parallel parking stuff, who does that anymore. We have the pull in things; thank HEAVENS!! What about you?
A new study finds 7 in 10 women are so anxious about the way they look, they worry about their weight 3 times a day, with a staggering 80% saying they're depressed by the appearance of their own body. The study also found actress Cameron Diaz's legs, reality star Kim Kardashian's bottom, model Gisele Bundchen's flat stomach and singer Jessica Simpson's bust are considered to be 'ideal'. The poll also discovered that 61% of men stress about their body 3 times a day and desire athletic legs like David Beckham, the bottom of heartthrob actor Channing Tatum and the abs like Mark Wahlberg and Matthew McConaughey. 8 in 10 of them say life would improve considerably if they were happy with their body. Over a 3rd saying it would boost their sex drive.