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We have all had the experience when we asked someone for something or a call back and it did not happen. It always is a surprise and feels good when a person actually does follow through on what they said they were going to do. We certainly set that expectation on others so if you turn that around to yourself, how do YOU do with the follow through?

 

There was a fantastic fourth grade teacher that emphasized two areas throughout the year. The first was current events and public speaking. Every week, each student had to speak in front of the class about something that had happened in the world. It could be about a sporting event, a weather report, it really did not matter. The key was to get them comfortable with sharing their ideas in a public forum and to become aware of a world beyond their home, school and community.

 

All hotels provide you with toiletries such as bar soap, shampoo, etc. For business travel, we are often only there for one or two nights. One area that has always bothered me is the waste for a basically brand new bar of soap which will be thrown out after just a few uses. It’s just a little thing but multiplied across many hotels, it exponentially becomes a huge issue. So how can we change that? What can we do to increase sustainability, one bar of soap at a time?

We spent a good deal of our last weekend planting our gardens. We had some plants and some bulbs. We watered, weeded and fertilized. We really tended to what hopefully will make them grow and become a beautiful back yard retreat.

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When we are expecting guests, we pay attention to putting away the surface clutter and cleaning the general area that our guests would be in. If they are coming for an overnight, there is a greater area involved. However, we often are not focusing on the extra areas such as closets or under the beds. That would the last 20 percent which is most often skipped.

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As a young child, you think nothing of jumping off of something like the high dive or riding your bike really fast down a bumpy slope. My daughter took a risk one day of walking the dog and riding her bike at the same time. Risky decision making for sure. Unfortunately she wrapped the leash around her handle bars. When the dog found something to chase, she went one way, the bike went another way. A few cuts and bruises resulted but it sure could have been more serious.

Do you get nervous when you have to make a presentation? I know I do. I can’t decide what to say,

how much to say, and of course what to wear!!

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There are many ways to value your worth. The important aspects of life that include health, family, and happiness far outweigh money. However, we do need to earn a living to support ourselves and our families.

Trust Is not easily come by and once lost, very hard to earn back. We gain trust by having good experiences with others and showing them we will do what we say we are going to do, when we said we would do it.

I have had the opportunity to be in the selection and implementation of MANY supply chain solutions. There were bumps along the way and lessons learned as well. I know some of you think this was in the dinosaur days, but before there were packages to buy, everything was home grown to custom processes and requirements. Often a pitfall was that IT would gather the requirements and disappear while they were building it. Then when it was presented to the business user, it was not really what they wanted. Everyone learned it was an iterative approach and a business lead was a critical component to a successful implementation.

I recently attended a supplier presentation that was horrendous. Their product was amazing but they really blew it. The team interrupted and contradicted each other. They were unable to get their technology and projector to work. They were not prepared for Plan B. It was a terrible first impression.

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As seasons change, we clean out our closets and freshen up the household. We may wash windows, and take on household projects like painting and planting gardens.

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As a student in school, everyone would receive report cards on the same day. This happened 4 times a year. Next of course was the conversation with Mom and Dad. Sometimes it was good news and sometimes not so good.

I read an article a few years ago about being friendly in an attempt to deliver better customer service. Shortly after that, I put a smiley face on my keyboard next to the phone. It is to help remind me to answer the phone with a smile in my voice. I don’t always feel like doing that. I get tired or frustrated or distracted like everyone else.

We love vacation. Who doesn't? The glorious freedom from schedules and responsibilities. Time for adventures and to spend with our friends and families.  Sometimes we like to plan the next one while we are on the current one. That way the post-vacation blues are not so intense. We can look forward to the 'next big thing' as far as vacation goes anyway. 

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Several years ago we installed a water filter in our home. We strive to drink water over other beverages and carry reusable water bottles with us to work, the gym and on trips. We will occasionally purchase single use plastic bottles, especially for holidays and large family gatherings.

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Our discussions these past few weeks have been about sustainability and procurement. When I came across this blog about Simpa Networks by Lindsay Clinton, I realized it fit our sustainability theme. I also found that it discussed an especially creative approach to making solar energy affordable.

When someone kicks it up a notch, you think about going at warp speed or running a marathon instead of a 5K.

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The world has been captivated by the Winter Games in Sochi for 17 days. Our family is glued to the events every evening. When they conclude on Sunday, there will be significant withdrawal in our household and many others next week for sure.

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As Procurement professionals, we are accustomed to using analytics for our decision making, negotiations and final awards. How does that apply to other professions like Fire Fighting?

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