Friday, August 28, 2015

What are your greatest fears?

Sheryl Baumeister,
Human Resources
I know you hear us preach about the importance of educating your staff all the time, but that is because it is so important. Actually, last week a cross-section of our staff spent the day learning about the “Basics of Lean Leadership.” We were overwhelmed with information about "lean" – what it is and what lean tools can do. I believe at the end of the day, the majority of us felt this new way of thinking is the way to go. It will make our work environment better by developing procedures that assure smooth product flow and a decrease in inventory and operating expenses. Sounds like a no-brainer doesn’t it? Will it be easy? NO!

To get to where we want to be will require change. I know, I said a bad word. The evil “C” word. Often times, change is what keeps us from moving forward and from growing. We like the comfort of what we know and sometimes fear the unknown.

As Zig Zigler says, “F-E-A-R has two meanings:
  1. "Forget Everything and Run" 
  2. "Face Everything and Rise" 
The choice is yours.

Fear is something we have all faced and will face again. It’s inevitable in our life, career and business. So rather than fearing the unknown, let fear be a driving motivation to actually help you make the change necessary to succeed and rise. Moments like this provide us with an opportunity to show our resolve. Taking on uncertainty is a great confidence builder.

Where will you let your fear take you today? What successes await you just around the corner? I challenge you to be bold and step outside your comfort zone. Challenge yourself and do something you might fear. There are only two possible outcomes.

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