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Happy Monday! (A holiday for some, a normal day for others.)
Hey there, friends. I hope you all had a good weekend. It was rainy and wet here due in part to Hurricane Delta making her way through. I have been thinking of those impacted by her direct hit since Friday. My heart just breaks thinking of them being hit by Hurricane Laura just a few weeks ago and now again with Delta. If you are in that area and there is something we can do to help, please let us know.
Have you ever heard of men’s brains being compared to waffles while women’s are compared to spaghetti? I was thinking about that today, feeling like a spaghetti brain myself, and I Googled its origins. Apparently, it was a book (that I’ve never read) written in 2001 by Bill and Pam Farrell. It looks like it was endorsed by Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages. A reader mentioned that book in response to my personality test post on Friday. It is a good one! Craig and I attended a Gary Chapman marriage conference pretty early on in our marriage. He was funny and engaging. We still use some of the content from the conference with each other, so he obviously made an impression on us.
Anyway, back to spaghetti and waffles. I’m not sure if that characterization holds true for the majority of men and women, but it certainly does for us. Craig has the ability to focus on one thing at a time physically, mentally and emotionally much easier than I do. Everything is connected for me. Looking for a sock? Oh, look that toy needs to be picked up and I should probably take out some meat for dinner. Did I move the laundry over? I should do that and I cannot forget to send that email, oh and I also need to take out that puzzle for school tomorrow. Now, what was I looking for again?
I was having a particularly “noodly” day today as I was processing through the weekend, thinking about what’s coming up for the week and also what I wanted to share with you all today. About the time I thought I knew what I was going to write about, a friend shared a meme that induced a moment of panic. I don’t want to frighten you, friends, but I do have a little PSA: there are only 10 more Fridays until Christmas. Eek! How can it be?
6 Fridays until Thanksgiving
10 Fridays until Christmas
81 days left in 2020
This year has been an interesting one. I am looking forward to some time with family and friends at Thanksgiving and Christmas, ready to say goodbye (in due time) to 2020, and I’m praying that 2021 is going to be a little less interesting than 2020.
Happy Monday, you guys!
Today’s Product Updates from Rebecca:
Happy Monday! Our PPE deals just keep getting better and better! We recently dropped our sale price for Nitrile Gloves to only $15/box! You can get an even better deal if buying in case quantities (10 boxes; 100 gloves/box)!
We also dropped prices on Clorox Wipes! These have been flying off the shelf so if you’ve had your eye on them, now is the time to grab ‘em!
I wanted to let you all know that we also just got in a bunch of Dispenser Pumps! These pumps feature a 38/400 neck finish, 9” diptube, and have an output of 4cc! These are on special at only $1.20/ea!
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Alignment & Adaptability – by Gary our Chief Administrative Officer
(If you missed the previous parts of this series, you can read them on our blog.)
Apollo Mission Moment #6
Immediately after achieving nominal stability following the explosion, Apollo 13 Flight Director, Gene Kranz took two crucial actions. First, Kranz shifted focus. He called his team together, dramatically trashed his copy of the project plan and made this simple, but powerful statement…”I want you to forget the Flight Plan. From this moment on, we are improvising a new mission.” Second, he reshuffled assignments, spreading traditional operations across three Mission Control crews, which freed his White crew to focus exclusively on designing and implementing a recovery plan.
Kranz instinctively recognized that he needed a separate management of ongoing operations from major problem-solving. Somebody needed to provide for the hour-to-hour needs of the Apollo 13 crew in space, but asking these same individuals to also solve significant problems would mean something gets ignored. Too often managers fail to recognize the different skills and rhythms required by major initiatives versus managing ongoing operations. Organizations can produce significant accomplishments through intense effort on the right objectives. Sometimes this means juggling assignments so the right people can concentrate essentially full-time on a project or problem. In today’s dynamic and increasingly global economy, organizations periodically face situations that impel them to change plans and/or priorities. High performing organizations learn to balance intensity and flexibility.
LEVERAGING THE MOMENT:
- Think like a race car driver…drive hard, but stay alert to circumstances which might dictate a change of direction.
- Understand what drives the economic engine of your business and track them closely [to learn more see Chapter 6 of “Good to Great” by Jim Collins]. These gages provide early indicators of performance.
- Clearly communicate priorities and drivers so the entire team is focused on the same objectives and equipped to scan your environment.
“The ability to concentrate and use time well is everything!” (Lee Iaccoca)
News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 37,809,900 cases worldwide, with 28,385,700 people who have recovered, with 1,082,272 deaths AND 7,992,900 cases in the US with over 5,128,500 people have recovered, with 219,706 deaths.
- Using grounded planes as novelty concept restaurants could provide a much-needed revenue stream for the struggling airline industry, if Singapore Airlines’ recent success is any indication. On Monday, the carrier began allowing people to reserve seats at “A380@Changi,” a pop-up restaurant on board an Airbus A380 that never leaves Changi Airport. Within 30 minutes, hundreds of tickets had sold out, according to Bloomberg News. Prices ranged from 53.50 Singapore dollars ($39.50) for a meal served in an economy seat to 642 Singapore dollars (roughly $474) for a suite.
- Lockdowns make poor people “an awful lot poorer” and should not be used as “the primary means of control” for stopping the spread of the coronavirus, David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on covid-19, told reporters as several European nations contemplated imposing new restrictions. “We really do have to learn to coexist with this virus in a way that doesn’t require constant closing down of economies,” Nabarro said in a Thursday interview with SpectatorTV, an offshoot of the British newspaper.
- The 48-hour Amazon Prime Day sales event begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday. Retailers with brick-and-mortar locations, including Walmart, Target and Best Buy (click for more info), will try to divert dollars from Amazon by offering their own deals and fulfilling orders quickly through curbside and in-store pickup. Also Tuesday, Apple is set to reveal this year’s new iPhones. Delayed a month due to coronavirus disruptions, the lineup is expected to include the first major exterior redesign since 2017
- After a 0-5 start to the season, The Atlanta Falcons have fired their Head Coach, Dan Quinn, and their General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff…much to the relief of many Falcons fans. An interim coach will be named this week.
- The global PC market grew 13% in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year, rising to 79.2 million units, according to Canalys. That’s the biggest growth in the last 10 years, the tech market analyst said. Over the course of the year to date, shipments saw a weak first quarter, followed by a stronger second quarter that continued into the third. Worldwide notebook shipments hit 64 million units amid stronger demand as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many employees to continue working from home. Laptop and mobile workstation shipments rose 28.3% year over year.
- Broadway theaters have been closed since March and will remain shuttered through at least May 30. Tourists who venture to New York City to see musicals and plays contribute billions of dollars to the local economy as they pay for taxis, food and hotel rooms.
- Ewan McGregor and Disney+ will get to work on the Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” series in five months. This production detail comes straight from the 49-year-old actor, who shared the news on the BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show.” “It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose… It’s not all me, but it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good,” McGregor told Graham Norton and his panel of co-hosts on Friday. “We start shooting it in March next year.”