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April 25, 2009

I was spending some time yesterday with my good friend, Oswald Chambers .  I feel like I know him, even though he died years before I was even born, but his devotional book lives on and has impacted countless lives.  It’s refreshing to know that the answers to life’s toughest problems don’t change.

I came up with a little drawing that I am very proud of, not because it is a good drawing, but because it is a good visual of the difference between worry, fear and burdens, and trust, faith and peace.  The funny thing is the load doesn’t change that much, but how you carry it totally changes, and that totally changes your life.

The drawing is a picture of a teeter-totter, or a see-saw if you prefer.  On one side is your life’s burdens and the other side is you.  When you are very young you don’t have many burdens and it’s pretty easy to lift the weight.  You may not even know you really have burdens and responsibility.  But as time goes by, the burdens get bigger.  Things like your job, family responsibility, sickness, heartbreak, disappointment and failures start to add up.  Before you know it your feet are off the ground!

Then you learn a few things and you stop being so self-centered.  You start serving your family and your fellow man.  This makes your side of the teeter-totter a little longer, giving you more leverage.  This works great until you get whacked!  (And the fact is, we all get whacked at some time in our lives.)  You may even create a little more leverage by doing things for God and “serving” Him.  That feels great for a while, but it is very tiresome balancing yourself at the end of your side, lifting your burdens and spending so much time serving Him.  And then you learn that serving Him doesn’t keep you from getting whacked.  If anything, it pretty much guarantees you will get whacked in a big way!

And then, just when it seems your feet will never touch the ground again, a quiet voice says to you, “Trust Me, let Me carry your burdens.”  So you step out on your teeter-totter to a part of it you had never seen before, and you put your feet down on the planks of Trust and Faith and you walk towards God.  You realize that serving Him is not about the results you get, but instead just doing what He asks you to and leaving the results up to Him.  Your worry, fear, and burdens begin to melt and become weightless, not because they have gone away, but because you have given them to God.  You finally understand that you still get to do the work, but as long as you are focused on Him you don’t have to worry about the results – He has that covered.

I know there are readers of this blog from all over the world from many different faiths or even no faith.  You might even be wondering why this subject is included in a primarily business blog.  I thought you might like a little insight into what I believe, and why I have so much hope in such a tough time, and why, despite whatever circumstances may be going on, I have so much joy in doing the work because I don’t have to carry the fear and the worry.

(Forgive my bad drawings below!)


What if… Remote Officing?

August 5, 2008


The Ziglar, Inc., offices have been run traditionally for over 30 years now.


What if we started remote officing?


Our current lease is up in December.


What if we cut our space needs by 50% or 75%?


What if, when you called the office, the phone rang in the right person’s home office?  Would you care?


What if people came into the office one or two times a week instead of five?


What if we had more company meetings and social gatherings, not fewer? What if people came to the office only to work together and share updates and critical information?


What if there were standard “office days” and everyone scheduled their smaller team meetings on these days?


What if we were very purposeful and strategic about company communication? 


What if we created a company social network with a common place for people to share updates and news and ideas?


What if our team members saved 50% on gas and enjoyed an extra three hours a week because of no longer commuting?


What if people who didn’t have the discipline to work this way just were not a fit for the company anymore?


What if going to the office was a rare treat rather than a Monday morning have-to?


What are the downsides?


Please leave your comments, short or long!  I am especially interested to know if you are currently home officing and what pitfalls you can advise us to avoid.  We know it’s not possible for every person to remote office, but what if…


(Check out The Great Shift for more thoughts)




Generational Communication – the 7 Minute rule is now the 2 minute rule

August 2, 2008


Dad learned speaking from the front of the room.  No speaker school for him, just plain old-fashioned verbal and non-verbal feedback. 


Twenty years ago a psychologist heard Dad speak and met with him after the program.  He commented to Dad that he used a lot of humor and asked him why.  Dad’s answer was he used the humor to regain everyone’s attention.  Hearing laughter around you makes you want to know what was said.  The psychologist then told Dad that he told a joke about every seven minutes and wanted to know if it was purposely timed that way.  Dad said no, he was just responding to the room. 


The psychologist then said Dad was telling a joke every seven minutes because that was the length of the average attention span.   He then told Dad that the average attention span was seven minutes because that was how much time there was between commercials on TV!


Dad’s communication skill is off-the-charts-effective because he intuitively knows how people want and need to be communicated with.


Succession planning in companies today is all the buzz.  Frustration is rampant because the Old Guard (those in control of the business usually 55 years old and up) and the young workers (under 35 years old) can’t seem to communicate.  Knowing the future of your success depends on growing young workers into business leaders means everything depends on being able to communicate with them.


Take a lesson from Dad.  People choose their leaders, leaders don’t choose their followers.  Dad realized he had to keep the crowd engaged and it didn’t really matter if he liked or disliked how he had to do it.  He adapted because his passion was to make a difference in their lives.


Young workers today are more eager than ever to step in and make a difference in their company.  The reality is their attention span is no longer seven minutes!  Text messaging, e-mail, the Internet, multitasking, multimedia, and on and on, and you can see that young workers need to be communicated to differently.


You have two minutes to make a difference now.  How are you going to use it?