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professional reminder

Professional Reminder, Hire a Pro

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Are you a DIY kind of person? Are you versatile with your skills? Do you need a professional reminder of the costs associated with hiring a pro?

The consideration to hire a pro often is followed by the fear of the price tag. Do individuals or businesses really consider the costs of amateur versus pro?

Saving Money?

Can you change the oil in your car, do a little landscaping, or paint and wallpaper your home? Would you consider yourself handy?

Do you have the skills but cannot afford the time, so you hire it out?

What about in your workplace, do you hire for high level expertise or do you hire a dependable human who can put the widget in the box?

Small business CEO’s can be an interesting observation. Sometimes they can’t get out of their own way. They hire less skilled and experienced employees in a mindset of keeping costs low and keeping themselves positioned as the most knowledgeable expert.

Malcolm Gladwell, examined in his book, Outliers, a standard that 10,000 hours of work in specific area or skill makes you an expert.

Think about the…

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Accountant
  • Carpenter
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • Creative Advertiser
  • Landscaper
  • Lawyer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Photographer
  • Welder

You may be a little bit savvy at one or more of these skill areas but it doesn’t mean you are an expert. Unless, perhaps, you’ve had great education and massive experience doing this work.

Professional Reminder

Sometimes good enough is good enough, yet when it comes to your business or your career are you just going to get by or will you excel?

What are amateur mistakes costing you?

None of this is new. We’ve heard it all before.

Red Adair seems to get credit for this savvy statement: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Are you an expert or pro? Is good enough okay? Are you sure?

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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organizational success

Organizational Success, Roof Repair, and the Mechanic

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What is the connection to creating organizational success, making a roof repair, and a fixing a car? Likely not much, and there probably shouldn’t be since each require different types of expertise.

One of the biggest mistakes I often observe with small businesses (less than $35.5 million in annual revenue and 1,500 employees) is that they can’t get out of their own way.

Field of Experts

Theoretically, small businesses are led by experts in their field. Engineers lead engineering firms, attorneys lead law firms, and the landscaping business is owned and operated by those who are experts in landscaping.

This seems to make sense, it is practical, and likely an appropriate pathway for success.

What happens when the landscaper needs legal representation, or the widget manufacturer needs an advertising campaign? What if the convenience store needs a new roof or the local insurance agency needs car repair?

If you are the executive leader of an advertising agency, city mayor, or the director of a thriving non-profit humanitarian organization you are likely not also a computer engineer, tree trimmer, or carpenter.

Are you going to fix the bug in the software? Cut down the 85-year-old maple tree that is threatening the office, or build an additional room for your expansion?

Organizational Success

Creating organizational success comes from your expertise.

Just because you had a college class in psychology or business law, does not make you an expert.

Because you once participated in a strategic planning session you are not an expert at facilitating strategy.

Reading a book, watching a video, or attending a seminar to expand your knowledge on any topic is valuable. Becoming an expert requires hours and hours of pounding on your craft.

Organizational success develops from focus. Know your lane, leverage and outsource everything else.

As an organizational leader your job is not to do everything. It is to create the best of everything.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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correct lane

Are You Choosing The Correct Lane?

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For all the highway drivers out there, you know being in the correct lane is important. You would also quickly recognize that you can’t be in more than one lane at a time.

If you’re halfway in between, things aren’t so good. Not for you, and not for the other drivers sharing the road.

In business or in your career, many people talk about the idea of staying in your lane. It is a metaphorical expression mostly targeted at keeping a specific focus and not being spread or scattered to thin.

Focus is important, so is knowledge and expertise. I love the entrepreneur spirit of businesses, people, and ideas that are on the move, but is there a time to stay in your lane?

Yes, of course there is.

Which Lane?

I can read a lot medical information online. I can even manage a cut on my finger with some peroxide, antibacterial ointment, and a Band-Aid. I can tell friends to take a couple of Tylenol capsules and get some rest.

It doesn’t mean I can hang out a shingle and self-proclaim I’m a medical doctor.

Balancing my checkbook and managing a personal budget I’ve been doing since my teens.

In business, I’ve been responsible to manage multiple tens of millions of dollars. I have a solid understanding of an income statement and balance sheet. I can even explain it to others.

It doesn’t mean that I am a CPA and I should hang out a shingle and start an accounting practice.

Correct Lane

Today it is easy to hang out a shingle for just about anything. Buy a domain name, put up a website, create a Twitter and Instagram account and self-proclaim that you’re an expert and open for business.

Unless it is your focus. Unless you are committed to operating in that lane you may be better off staying positioned in the lane you are in.

Halfway in between doesn’t work out so well. Not for you, and not for others sharing the road.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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developing habits

Developing Habits May Be Why You’re Overlooked

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Brush your teeth, go to work, and drink your coffee. Hit the gym, eat the low carb foods, and shower daily. Largely, most of the actions we take are based on habits. Are you developing habits? What are they?

Learn, Do, Repeat

Most of what we do is approached by learning first. Some of our work, often the best work, develops from the repetitive nature of execution. Time spent on the execution across many hours and we’re an expert.

There is an evolution for most careers and most organizations. They don’t exist just because they learned. They exist by what is replicated across time.

Online retail businesses, they market and advertise, they book orders, and ship.

Manufacturing, starts with a design, some raw materials, a build, and then ship.

Education teaches to curriculum, follows the plan, and diplomas or degrees are awarded.

It is mostly about a repetitive process. Executed day after day across time. Perhaps a habitual process that results in success.

Developing Habits

Often one of the biggest stumbling blocks for success in a career or for the organization is that they fail to develop the right habits. The habits that lead them to success.

People earn the degree, but work in a different field.

People buy the most expensive technology product but only use the simplest features. The ones they are comfortable with based on their habits.

Someone reads the book, watches the video, or attends the seminar. No new habits formed, no change occurs. Knowledge matters, but habits not knowledge create results.

Habits Are Impact

Nearly everything we do is approached by learning it first. It is the actions taken after the learning that are the most impactful.

For example, many people believe they are experts at customer service. Their belief is based on their mastery of knowledge. This knowledge often fails to translate to actions and habits that lead to better results.

You may know much, you may even know a whole lot more than the average.

What you do across time may be exactly why you’re being overlooked.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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daily grind

Daily Grind, Why Grit Means You’ll Stand Out

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What is in your daily grind? Do you have the grit and determination to go all the way? Does your tenacity develop your assets or is it all for nothing?

There is an old adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” We’ve heard it, and maybe we’ve even said it.

Sand, Kittens, and Clovers

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes up your daily grind? What are your habits? Are you building something that makes you stand out?

We may often strive to live in the moment, feel the moment, and enjoy the moment. However, when it comes to our careers or lifelong endeavors, it is often the compilation of moments that sets us apart.

Go to the beach and pick out a grain of sand. Just one, one single grain. Not a handful, not a dozen, one tiny grain. Why did you pick it?

How about picking a kitten from a litter of  five when they all have similar markings? In the lawn or field, can you find a four leaf clover?

Daily Grind

When was the last time you stopped to think about what you are building?

Who you are, what you become, it is all based on a collection of outcomes. The outcomes from daily habits that are produced across a period of time.

I heard recently that the designation of expert is when you practice a kraft, trade, or skill for ten-thousand hours or more. I don’t know how scientific that statement is, but it may work as a measurement tool.

If you’re doing the calculation in your head now, it may be, on average, about five years of what you do at work.

Stand Out

Being just like all the rest makes it hard to stand out in the crowd. It will be hard to get picked for advancement if you aren’t an expert.

Everything you are doing each day is building something. Everytime you skip a day, a week, or a few months it will cost you irreplaceable time.

The decisions you make today about your habits across time will condition the assets you are building for tomorrow.

Build the right assets. Stand out.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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