SandBlog 2017-09-10T18:47:55+00:00

Avoid Problems By Preventing Them

An excellent way to solve problems is by not letting them happen in the first place, through prevention. Prevention is why we bring our cars in for maintenance, visit our doctor for an annual exam, and have a mid-year check-in with our boss. We want to avoid surprises and discover potential issues while they’re forming to prevent bigger problems in the future. We examine something, monitoring [...]

Make Your Plans Bulletproof

This week at work, bulletproof your ideas. If you've got a new idea, a plan, a program; find people you trust who can poke holes in it for you. Not someone who is going to agree with you, nor someone who will simply be combative. Get someone to provide instructive criticism. The Starbucks marketing team used to practice this all the time. Often to implement an [...]

Arrive With A Solution

While you may feel like a smarty-pants worker to be the first to discover and inform your boss of a problem, don't alert them without also being able to offer a potential solution. Anyone can point out problems. Finding something broken without a suggested fix can position you as part of the problem. It is when you arrive with helpful recommendations that makes you part of [...]

Attention To Detail

You're looking at an interior detail from the pop-up (i.e. temporary) Museum of Ice Cream located in the Meatpacking District in New York City. Not only is their lighting made to look like upside-down ice cream cones... But, the walls are decorated with the texture of a sugar cone. Great attention to detail that helps envelope the Guest in their experience. Hurry if you want to [...]

10-Point Presidential Formula For Success

I didn't know a lot about President Lyndon Johnson, but I've enjoyed learning about him via Wikipedia. While reading the terrific book, The Magic Of Thinking Big, by Dr. Joseph Schwartz. In a section about "Thinking Right Toward People," Dr. Schwartz featured the 10 Point Formula For Success created and followed by Lyndon Johnson. And now I share it with you... 10 Point Formula For Success [...]

Do First Things First

Where to start, huh? No matter what system you use to plan your activities - paper or digital - sometimes it can be difficult to determine what to do first. Especially since *all* of it is important, right? I've tried lots of approaches over the years, the ABC/123 method combined with a prioritizer tool has worked the best. ABC/123 Approach This was taught as part of [...]