Quotations of the Month -“Johnny the Bagger’s® Thoughts for the Day”
These quotations are taken from an ebook titled “Johnny the Bagger’s® Thoughts for the Day.” They are the kind of “happy” thoughts he puts in everyone’s groceries as he bags them up.
– “I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way.” – Edgar Guest
– “Normal day – let me be aware of the TREASURE you are!”
– “A man’s character is like a fence-it cannot be strengthened by whitewash.”
– “Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”- Henry Van Dyke
– “Be kind and merciful. Let no one come to you without coming away better and happier.” – Mother Teresa
– “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying something.”
– “Tears are the holy water from our deepest place of loving.”
– “I still find this day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”- John Burroughs
– “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”- Emily Dickinson
– “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”- Abraham Lincoln
– “It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”- Samuel Johnson
– “The best things in life aren’t things.”
– “Fear knocked at the door. Faith opened it to find no one there.”
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“One may walk over the highest mountain, one step at a time.”~John Wannamaker
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Idea of the Month –“Make a Thanksgiving Tree”
(This idea is excerpted from Barbara’s book “CARE Packages for the Home – Dozens of Ways to Regenerate Spirit Where You Live,” Andrews McMeel 1998. Copies are available on Barbara’s website.)
It doesn’t just have to be the month of Thanksgiving that we share our gratitude and appreciation for blessings in our lives. One of the ways to keep “an attitude of gratitude” in our homes as well as in our workplaces is to make a Thanksgiving tree.
THE IDEA IN ACTION:
Many years ago I created a Thanksgiving tree for our home. I took a large manzanita branch, sprayed it gold, and secured it in a base of plaster of Paris. Beside it I kept a basket of small plain cards with holes punched in them, another basket of pieces of colored yarn, and pens. The tradition in our family is that the month before Thanksgiving, the tree is placed on a table in our living room, and each family member writes down things for which he or she is thankful and hangs them on the tree all month long. We also encourage guests in our home to participate. In fact, the mailman always knocked on the door on November second to write his blessings and hang them on the tree!
At the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day we read the cards from the tree as an affirmation of our blessings. Then we save the cards from the year before, and we read those as well. It is a wonderful way to remind us of all the goodness in our lives and reinforces the importance of sharing our appreciation. You might decide to read the cards in a workplace at a weekly or monthly meeting.
A number of my business clients have started this tradition in their workplaces, and all month long employees write on cards what they are grateful for. The “trees” have been made from many different kinds of materials, but the idea is always the same –taking time to be thankful!
This could also be used year round in a family or in a workplace to focus on the good things happening every day. We found that guests in our home for the month of Thanksgiving would almost always take time to read at least some of the cards on the tree. Many from the children brought smiles to their faces and added a special sunshine to their day such as one from my youngest daughter when she was about 8 years old. Since they were studying the Pilgrims, she wrote, “I’m thankful I don’t have to kill the turkey before we eat it!” If the tree is kept up all year long, it will be important to remove the cards on a regular basis to make room for others and to encourage continual appreciation.
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How Engaged Are YOUR Employees?
HR Magazine, May 2014 recently quoted the following survey:
According to Gallup data, what percentage of employees are fully engaged at work?
And in another article in the same edition, they asked this question:
TRUE or FALSE:
Someone who starts showing up to work late, fails to return e-mails, and takes many sick days is more likely to quit his or her job within a couple of months than other employees.
Thinking of your workplace, what would your answers be?
Sadly, recent Gallup data indicates that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are fully engaged with their work, and surveys of CEOs repeatedly show engagement as one of their top concerns. Employee engagement definitely correlates to retention, productivity, and financial results. My most popular speaking topic, for example, is “Spreading Contagious Enthusiasm™–Creating Workplaces of Passion, Purpose, and Productivity.” The need for employees to find purpose and meaning in their jobs is critical today.
Surprisingly, the answer to the second question is FALSE! According to Utah State University research that drew on three studies and seven survey samples of students, managers, and other business leaders around the world, these behaviors, though often associated with quitting, were also exhibited by people who stayed. Again, these findings indicate a malaise and lack of purpose and mission in one’s work that are disturbing, both from a business and a human standpoint.
In my next few blog posts at www.barbaraglanz.com/blog, I am going to share many very simple, no cost or low cost ideas to help boost employee engagement in any organization.
One of the most simple and yet most profound concepts I have ever discovered to share with my audiences can immediately change their perspective about the importance of their work.
When I ask people the question, “What is your work?”, I always get the very same response – either a job description or a job title. What I want everyone in my audiences to realize is this – we are all SO MUCH MORE than a job title or a job description!
When I ask, “What is your work?,” this is what I want to know: “How is what you do every day making someone’s life better?” THAT is your very important work.
It doesn’t matter whether people are emptying bed pans, carrying out the garbage, working on an assembly line, taking calls in a customer service center, or managing an entire team, they can find a way that their “work” makes someone’s life better. Think of how different that idea is from simply “having a job.”