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Archive for April 2013

Handout #129: In Search of Excellence

IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE

LESSON’S FROM AMERICA’S BEST COMPANIES

By: Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.

 

Big 8-Basic Principles to Stay on Top 

One: A bias for action: a preference for doing something — anything — rather than sending a question through cycles of analyses and committee reports.

Two: Staying close to the customer — learning his preferences and catering to them.

Three: Autonomy and entrepreneurship — breaking the corporation into small companies and encouraging them to think independently and competitively.

Four: Productivity through people — creating in all employees the awareness that their best efforts are essential and that they will share in the rewards of the company’s success.

Five: Hands-on, value driven — insisting that executives keep in touch with the firm’s essential business.

Six: Stick to the knitting — remaining with the business the company knows best.

Seven: Simple form, lean staff — few administrative layers, few people at the upper levels.

Eight: simultaneous loose-tight properties — fostering a climate where there is dedication to the central values of the company combined with tolerance for all employees who accept those values.

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SUCCESS:  Your success depends on you. You have to steer your own course. You have to do your own thing. You must make your own decisions. You have to resolve your own problems. Your character is your handiwork. You have to write your own record. You have to build your own monumentORdig your own pit. Which are you doing? – B. C. Forbes

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #129: In Search of Excellence.  Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #128: Pursuit of Excellence

 

PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE ….

  • A good friend never gets in your way unless you’re on your way down.
  • Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstance.
  • Nothing is too high for a man to reach, BUT he must climb with care and confidence.
  • People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.
  • No one can walk backwards into the future.
  • Friends are what you think you have plenty of until you need just one.
  • Education is what you get from reading the small print in a contract. Experience is what you get from NOT reading it.
  • Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • The world is as vast as your imagination. Most people choose to live in a half vast world.
  • Do not take life too seriously – You will never get out of it alive.

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KIND HEARTS are the gardens — KIND WORDS are the flowers — KIND THOUGHTS are the roots — KIND DEEDS are the fruits.

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BE INTERESTED – DON’T try to be interesting.

BE PLEASING – DON’T expect to be pleased.

BE LOVABLE – DON’T wait to be loved.

BE HELPFUL – DON’T ask to be helped.

BE ENTERTAINING – DON’T wait to be entertained.

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  • COWARDS can fight when they’re ahead, but the uphill grind shows the THOROUGHBRED.
  • A GENIUS is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.
  • A FRIEND is one who walks in when the others walk out.
  • Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.

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NEW TERM RULES: (Non-negotiable and available to all.)

RULE NO. 1 – the Head Coach is always right.

RULE NO. 2 – If you think the Head Coach may be wrong … Refer to Rule No. 1.

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No problem can stand the assaults of sustained thinking.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #128: Pursuit of Excellence.  Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #127: Enthusiasm – Ambition

ENTHUSIASMAMBITION

ENTHUSIASM WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE is like running in the dark.

Do the very best you can with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt

The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.

A person who is enthusiastic soon has enthusiastic followers .

To activate others, to get them to be enthusiastic, you must first be enthusiastic yourself.

Big shots are usually little shots who kept on shooting.

Size isn’t everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.

You are the fellow who has to decide whether you’ll do it or toss it aside. You are the fellow who makes up your mind whether you’ll lead to linger behind. Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar or be content to stay where you are. Take it or leave it. Here’s something to do, just think it over, it’s all up to you.

He who would leap high must take a long run. – Danish Proverb

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PRESENTING and idea and convincing people of its value is a lot like courtship.  Easy does it. To avoid resistance, use an oblique rather than a head-to-head approach. “Have you thought about this?” is a much better way to reveal your idea rather than a flatThis is the way it should be.” The latter approach is likely to create antagonism. The former gets people thinking about your idea. Next thing you know, some people may be arguing for your case, not against it.

Presenting your own objection or misgivings often helps. “The best way to convince another,” Benjamin Franklin said, “is to state your case moderately and accurately. Then say of course you may be mistaken about it; which causes your listener to receive what you have to say and, like as not, turn about and convince you of it, since you are in doubt.”

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WHENEVER something goes wrong, there’s always a temptation to lash out and criticize whoever seems to be responsible. Unfortunately, it isn’t good human relations, and it isn’t good business, either.

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There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.  – DOROTHY PARKER

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Whatever you have to say to people be sure to say it in words that will cause them to smile and you will be on pretty safe ground. And when you do find it necessary to criticize someone, put your criticism in the form of a question which the other fellow is practically sure to have to answer in a manner that he becomes his own critic. – JOHN WANAMAKER

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #127: Enthusiasm – Ambition.  Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #126: Life . . .

 

LIFE …

  • “God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.”  – Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.  An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.” – Harold V. Melchert
  • “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – Somerset Maugham
  • “Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”
  • “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or observation.” – Sir Walter Scott
  • “Winners expect to win in advance.” – Brother Jupiter
  • Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Brother Jupiter
  • “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Make good habits and they will make you.” – Parks Couzins
  • “In golf and in life, it’s the follow through that makes the difference.”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #126: Life . . ..  Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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