PPE Coupon | Cisco Conference Phones | 15 Inspiring Acts of Leadership
Welcome to the CablesAndKits CEO daily email. Read more about this email by scrolling to the very bottom.
A little birdie told me that we just sent an email out with discount coupons on safety supplies. Did you get it?
I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard …
Today’s Product Spotlight from Rerun (AKA Rebecca):
We are currently offering one of our favorite conference phones, the CP-8831-K9 “NEW IN BOX” for just $350!! This VoIP conference phone features high-definition voice performance as well as 360° coverage and a full-duplex two-way wideband audio hands free speaker. We love the Cisco 8800 series of phones for their advanced features and scalability and we believe they are a sound investment for anyone looking to future-proof their space! With this phone, you get superior wideband acoustics with a two-element speaker for maximum voice bandwidth to give you enhanced speech quality and speaker recognition.
The Rerun & Joe Show! (Updates about Safety Supplies Product Line):
The Safety Supply deals just keep getting better! Craig hinted that we sent out an email with a coupon for Safety Supplies yesterday… It was originally going to be for 1 day only, but we are extending it out further! Use code PPESALE to get $10 OFF your order of $50+ (Safety Supplies only)!
Here are a few incredible deals that we have going on right now!
8 oz Gel Hand Sanitizer – $1.50
15 Inspiring Acts of Leadership – by Gary Epp, Chief Administrative Steward
My previous post “It’s an Inspiration. Why You Cannot Motivate Anyone.” explained the differences between motivation (internal drivers that push each of us) and inspiration (external animating forces that pull the best out of others). Here are 15 practical leadership suggestions that can inspire others. Any single suggestion produces positive results. The effects rise exponentially when leaders consistently apply multiple approaches over a sustained period.
Before I launch into the list, let me highlight a subtle trap. Essentially all these suggestions fall into the “I knew that” category, but that’s irrelevant. Many of us too often fall into the I-knew-that-but-I-don’t-do-that category. The key difference between great and average leaders is not what they know about leadership, but what they consistently do as leaders.
- Understand “what” motivates someone before we begin talking about “how” to inspire them. We mistakenly presume too much or overlay our own motivators on others. There are assessments available to help you understand the motivational drivers of your people. Consider using them as tools to help you lead.
- Inspiring excellence is about aligning talents and passions with job requirements and objectives. Business people frequently place too much value on experience and skills and ignore or devalue the importance of core talents. If someone works in a job that utilizes their core talents they will most likely be more successful, and that success energizes them.
- People respond reluctantly to a position. Relationships inspire them. Leaders must make sustained investment into the lives of others.
- Understand their price point. Everyone has a different price point beyond which they will not voluntarily go—you need to know where it is.
- Everyone inherently aspires to belong to something bigger than themselves. People are not inspired by a corporate brand. A soldier fights and dies for the person in the foxhole beside them not the U.S. Army. In the absence of a shared vision / common objectives, we all default to personal motivation drivers (i.e, is this good for me?).
- Principled. Resolute. Predictable. Make sound, principle-based decisions. People despise weathervane managers who too often allow the latest idea or the last voice to sway decisions. Resoluteness also cultivates courage in others.
- Good people inspire others around them. They constructively urge each other on to better performance and unlock positive peer pressure. On the flip side, unchallenged poor performance is a huge de-motivator. Good people will resent it and eventually leave.
- Sacrifice inspires people…especially when it benefits them. It’s not about YOU!
- People reciprocally respond with loyalty when leaders “have their backside.” Team members deal with enough uncertainty and surprises in their lives without having to wonder whether the leader will loyally support them.
- Be a compassionate and timely straight shooter. Don’t coddle people and hide bad news. Be honest about individual and company performance.
- Leadership confidence and energy are contagious. Your passion ignites those around you. Your pessimism drains them.
- Genuineness attracts people. We react to self-serving pretentiousness with revulsion.
- Celebrate success! None of us likes to feel stagnant. Openly acknowledge progress and express gratitude for the contributions of others.
- Committed to learning. People feel inspired by those who humbly admit and learn from their mistakes. Transparent students of life and business unlock the native streak of curiosity in us all.
- Daily practice gratitude. Sharing credit inspires a sense of belonging and fulfills our inherent need to make a contribution. Leaders who regularly express gratitude for the contribution of others inspire team members to do more.
Select a few of these inspiring acts to practice during the coming week.
We’re Hiring for our Product Department! We have an opening, as detailed by Rerun (AKA Rebecca), below. Is this you or someone you know?
Product Marketing Specialist – Fiber Cables
Have you been reading these CEO emails thinking “Wow, CK sure sounds like a fun place to work! Wish I could be a part of the team and contribute to the CEO daily email like Joe the friendly Safety Supplies Product Marketer does!”? Do you love product marketing? Do you revel in the recurring nature of processes and relish accountability? If so, listen up! We are looking to expand our Product Team by bringing on a Product Marketer for Fiber Cables. This is a very process driven role in which the goal is to grow Gross Profit $ and increase inventory effectiveness by effectively marketing the products. We are looking for someone who is exactly like Joe… err… I mean, we are looking for someone who is hard-working, dedicated, diligent, organized, analytical, a great written communicator, and has a GREAT attitude and “can do” spirit! If you are still intrigued, please review the job post (and pay extra attention to the part about the CK Way – We take culture seriously here and are looking for team members who truly “fit”). If you think you do fit and are interested in the position, please send us your resume at [email protected] along with a written note telling us the character attributes, values, and interests that describe you and influence how you approach life and work. Who knows, you could be our next friendly Product Marketer!
I hope you are enjoying these emails. If you are, I appreciate it when you let me know! If not, or if you have ideas for how to improve, by all means, please let me know! Sometimes I “can’t see the forest for the trees”.
As always, please let me know how I can be of service to you. If you need assistance with something, advice, or even if you just need someone to pray for you, I am here and listening.
Craig Haynie – CEO
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Tech / Business News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 32,140,800 cases worldwide, with 23,708,600 people who have recovered, with 982,748 deaths AND 7,141,500 cases in the US with over 4,400,300 people have recovered, with 206,616 deaths.
- Robots in Singapore will soon be stationed in hospitals, taking the temperature of arrivals, checking them in and even denying them entry if they fail to comply with coronavirus rules such as social distancing or wearing a face covering. Beginning October, a security robot will welcome people at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and there will be one at Alexandra Hospital starting in November, local media reported Thursday. The National University Hospital will also be relying on a robot to monitor suspicious behavior such as overcrowding. Once detected, the robot will send an alert to the hospital’s in-house security team.
- Dozens of employees at the world’s largest hedge fund have been working from tents in the Connecticut woods for months, Fortune magazine reports. Bridgewater Associates, which manages roughly $140 billion in assets, attempted to reopen its offices this spring but found that constant mask-wearing and other safety protocols added a new layer of stress. So roughly 50 employees moved outdoors, setting up shop in a rustic pine grove outside the firm’s Westport, Conn., headquarters.
- Thousands of students and teachers have become sick with the coronavirus since schools began opening last month, but public health experts have found little evidence that the virus is spreading inside buildings, and the rates of infection are far below what is found in the surrounding communities. This early evidence, experts say, suggests that opening schools may not be as risky as many have feared and could guide administrators as they chart the rest of what is already an unprecedented school year.
- Shares of Dow component Walt Disney, relatively steady in the premarket, lost 3% on Wednesday after the company moved a number of its movies to later this year and into 2021 as Americans continue to avoid indoor movie theaters during the pandemic. The much-anticipated Marvel blockbuster “Black Widow” was postponed six months to May. “West Side Story” was moved back a year to December 2021.
- Western Digital has announced major reorganization plans designed to streamline development of new hard drives and solid-state drives. From now on, Western Digital will have two separate business units dealing with HDDs and SSDs each led by its own general manager. The flash business unit will be headed by Robert Soderbery, the search for a general manager for the HDD business has started.