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We’re halfway there! It’s Hump Day!
(October 21st is National Reptile Awareness Day…with Halloween close by, I guess this applies to Slytherin House as well.)
This year for homeschool I am walking through a United States history curriculum with my girls. We started in 1000AD with Leif Erikson coming to North America, and we’ve worked our way up to the early 1700s. Last week our lessons were about Benjamin Franklin. We talked about his Poor Richard’s Almanac, and the girls had a project to cut out and assemble an elementary version of it. Inside there were several pre-printed words of wisdom:
- Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Haste makes waste.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Half the truth is often a great lie.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- The rotten apple spoils his companions.
- Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
- Well done is better than well said.
Timeless wisdom. In some ways these things seem to be reminiscent of a time past, but in reality I believe they are just as relevant today as they were when Mr. Franklin printed them. I think we (all humans) often make things more complicated than they have to be. I seek to intentionally speak and live more simply than my detail orientated brain would like because I believe there is wisdom in it.
King Solomon was given “wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore” (1 Kings 4:29) and said in Ecclesiastes 1:9:
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
I am thankful today for being able to homeschool my children and learn lessons with them all over again from an older (and hopefully wiser) point of view.
What is something you are thankful for today? What wisdom do you have that you can share with others?
Today’s Product Updates from Rebecca:
Happy Wednesday!! Today we are taking a look at some of our most popular PPE products!
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Set Clear Expectations then Stand Back – 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 #13
In Mission Moment #4, I described a crisis where the Apollo 13 team improvised a life-sustaining solution that adapted square carbon dioxide filters from the Command Service Module to work in the Lunar Excursion Module, which had been designed for round filters.
When presented with the carbon dioxide filter problem, Flight Director Kranz listened to engineers describe the problem, asked several pertinent questions, and then gave them a well-defined objective (“Gentlemen, I suggest you figure out how to put a square peg into a round hole. Rapidly.”). Beyond that, Kranz never got involved until he saw the final solution. NASA managers assigned the right people to the carbon dioxide filter project team and defined the available resources. The result was ugly, but extremely effective!
Too often in business we launch projects with ill-defined objectives, no description of available resources, and assign whomever is available…and then try to fill the gaps with micromanagement oversight. It is little wonder such projects fail to produce desirable results and breed disillusion and disrespect.
LEVERAGING THE MOMENT …when launching a project:
- Define success. (What is the objective?)
- Outline the available resources.
- Assign the right people to the project.
- Get out of the way!
“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” (Booker T. Washington)
I trust you’ve enjoyed this 13-part series of leadership lessons from the mission of Apollo 13. We are up product business and typically don’t provide advisory services, but our corporate purpose statement is “to model for and inspire others in how they build and run their companies…”
If you are part of an organization that would like to dive deeper into some of these lessons, I have a full-day workshop around the Apollo 13 mission, which I can customize to your specific challenges. It is both a fun and challenging day that over 100 organizations have previously experienced. Just reply to this email if you’d like to learn more.
News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 41,137,250 cases worldwide, with 30,677,420 people who have recovered, with 1,131,120 deaths AND 8,521,500 cases in the US with over 5,546,700 people have recovered, with 226,204 deaths.
- A new White House task force report classifies 31 states as “red zones” because their positivity rates exceed 10 percent.
- On Tuesday, local health authorities issued an emergency stay-at-home order for the entire U of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., mostly restricting students to their residences unless they’re getting food, doing an essential job or going to class. Athletics, though, are exempt — meaning that the Wolverines’ football team will keep preparing for a road game in Minnesota on Saturday and an Oct. 31 home opener against Michigan State University.
- Amazon said Wednesday that it’s launching free, one-hour grocery pickup for Prime members at Whole Foods locations nationwide. Curbside pickup has taken off during the coronavirus pandemic amid an overall rise in demand for online grocery services.
- The US Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a landmark lawsuit against Google that accuses the tech giant of illegally holding monopolies in search and search advertising, the culmination of a more than yearlong investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices at the company. The federal government alleges that Google violated antitrust laws to act as a “gatekeeper” to the internet. The complaint says the company unlawfully blocked out competitors by reaching deals with phone makers including Apple and Samsung to be the preset, default search engine on devices.
- Netflix added more subscribers in the first three quarters of 2020 than it did in all of 2019. In a shareholders’ statement the streaming giant said that in the first nine months of this year, it added 28.1 million paid subscriptions. In all of 2019, the service added 27.8 million.
- Amazon will reportedly let corporate employees work from home through June 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in an email to Bloomberg, which first reported the move. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021.”
- Microsoft is working on an update that could save you from future videoconferencing faux pas. The company’s Microsoft 365 roadmap lists as in development “AI-based real-time noise suppression,” which is scheduled for release in November 2020. The feature will automatically remove unwelcome background noise during your meetings. Artificial intelligence technology is used to analyze a user’s audio and “specially trained deep neural networks” will filter out noises and keep the person’s voice, the software giant’s planning document says.