Policy & Procedures
As we focus on having good communication between the office and you as foreman and crewman I want to emphasize a few points.
GENERAL SAFETY - BACKING INTO TROUBLE
When we are walking around on the job, particularly when handling material, we are subject to many dangers. Walking backwards is obviously an essential part of our job but consider the following scenarios that can take place while walking backwards.
I realize I have shown this several weeks ago but it illustrates my point. Let's not do this:)
Notes from the boss
Leadership - Not being envious
Do you struggle with envy? I know I have. Over the years there have been many times that I have been envious over someone else's success, or position, or talent. Sometimes we can laugh about the things we have been jealous about. But when it comes to leadership - envy is no laughing matter. It's the root cause for unhealthy comparison, unnecessary attacks, and wasted energy in a business or a family.
Envy is something we need to be constantly on the lookout for and ready to root out. If we allow it to take root in our hearts and minds, it will make us - and the people we influence - unhealthy and unfocused. It's easy to become so envious of what weems to be going well for others that we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for in our own situations. The following points are good things to keep in mind on the subject of envy as we lead others.
1. Envy stifles celebration.
When it comes to the success of the people we work with or lead, we have a choice: we can criticize them because we're jealous of their accomplishments, or we can celebrate alongside them. We can't do both. It's only when leaders learn to celebrate the success of others that they can lead in the best way.
2. Envy promotes the lie that life is fair.
We all have an innate desire for justice, which is a good thing, but real justice doesn't mean that everyone gets treated exactly the same. I f you spend all your effort trying to make sure everything is completely fair you are setting yourself up for disappointment. As a leader if your priority is to try to keep everyone happy instead of doing the right thing, you'll bend over backward trying to accommodate the people who are making accusations against you. As a leader it is important that you seek to do what is good and right but it doesn't mean it will be fair to everyone involved. Learning to be okay with this not easy but it is necessary.
3. Envy drags others down
Envy causes us to drag others down. If we get hung up on comparing our success (or lack of success) to the success of others, we tend to pull people down to our level instead of being encouraged by what they're doing and allowing it to produce a healthy drive in us.
Envy can lead people to play political games, embrace mediocrity, make excuses, and become known for what they're against rather than what they stand for. Not only does envy hold leaders back, it paralyzes the entire organization. If we can learn to celebrate the success of others, keep our eyes on the unique calling we've been given, and replace envy with gratitude, we'll be one step close to leading in the most excellent way.
Fun & Interesting
Sam & Rivas working hard loading a shipment last week.
Eric Johnson getting Atlas Van Lines' attention by winning the Customer Service Award and helping Kearney Moving win the Hauling Excellence Award!
Coming soon!! - the overhaul is almost done on Jimmy 3
On the road with Bill - handling a shipment in New Mexico last week
I always appreciate a guy who knows how to use his equipment.