Keeper Trait #8 – Prudence
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Keeper Trait #8 – Prudence

With nothing to do but wait while we stood patiently in line at the local Post Office, we happened to see that there was but one “If It Fits It Ships” box in the rack. For those readers outside the United States, the Post Office here has a product  that lets a shipper send a...
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Keeper Trait #7 – Diligence
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Keeper Trait #7 – Diligence

I went through 26 employees. 26 employees hired and fired over the course of five years. In that time I was approached by the Job Corps people with candidates for work, by who knows how many walk-ins, and by people responding to ads in the newspaper. Some lacked the talent to be trained for even...
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Keepers – Trait #6 – Organization
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Keepers – Trait #6 – Organization

A woodshop in the Caribbean uses a lot of mahogany. Lots and lots of it. In my business, Dunigan Designs, (I sold the business a few years ago but you can check out the website here). Since we made doors, windows, custom furniture, closets, kitchens, and molding, we accumulated a lot of cut-off pieces called...
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Keepers Trait #5 – Creativity
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Keepers Trait #5 – Creativity

For my birthday, my son took me to a new restaurant in downtown Ft. Myers, Florida, near where I live.  Ft. Myers was winter home to Thomas Edison. While here, he invited close friend Henry Ford down for a visit. Ford liked the place so much he bought the house next door to Edison. The...
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Keeper Trait #3 – Emotional and Psychological Security
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Keeper Trait #3 – Emotional and Psychological Security

You’ve encountered them, those insecure types who have a point to prove, weight to throw around, and a chip on a shoulder they are just hoping someone will knock off. Ok, it does sound like a cliché festival but it is true. (Clichés became clichés because their observations are both obvious and common.) Remembering that...
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Accountability, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #2
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Accountability, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #2

I had ordered a meal and let the conversation around the table carry away the wait. When the order arrived, it was a different server who placed my plate in front of me. It was almost correct. I had ordered fish and what was on my plate was indeed fish. The problem was I had...
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Resource-fullness, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #1
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Resource-fullness, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #1

A fellow woodworking business owner has a unique and clever way of qualifying applicants for jobs. He brings them into the shop and offers to pay them for one week. During that week they have but one assignment. They can build anything they want in the shop, use the shop’s equipment and supplies under the...
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Keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful
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Keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful

She was a hidden gem. A degree in Business Admin, she had taken a job as a server just to get a job. In the economy of her city, jobs were not that easy to find and even though she was way over-qualified, she took the job. For several months she worked, showed up on...
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Motivators that don’t motivate – 5 Ways to kill the engine of ambition and progress in your associates and make yourself look completely inept.

Motivation is a very personal thing so when you find it alive and well within someone you work with, it’s in your interest and theirs to do all you can to keep it vibrant. The challenge with those who would be motivators is they easily disconnect themselves from the perspective of others. Being egocentric beings,...
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5 ways to make your important sales quotas, annual projections, and other vital numbers completely worthless.
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5 ways to make your important sales quotas, annual projections, and other vital numbers completely worthless.

He had one of two nicknames which I had given him and I used one or the other depending on my mood. He is the sales manager of a large retail outlet at which I worked for two years on my way to retirement from working at large. (I have since “retired” but powered up...
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