Have you ever believed in a concept, idea, or philosophy so strongly that it seemed spiritual to you?
This spirituality evokes passion in your voice and conviction in your heart.
What are you “wired” to do? The book, First, Break all the Rules talks about employee engagement and managing people effectively to tap into what they are wired to do. (see next slide)
Are you doing in accordance with your spirituality and what you are wired to do? Are you convicted about certain ideas or concepts but your actions speak differently?
Example: Does your job allow you to exercise your God given abilities every day?
The things you are passionate about
Do you apply them and share them with others?
Gallup Organization’s 12 Questions for Measuring Employee Engagement This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress. I have a best friend at work My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work. The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important. At work, my opinions seem to count There is someone at work who encourages my development. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right I know what is expected of me at work. Score on a Scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) Question
We Must Continuously Improve and Help Others Continuously Improve
Look beyond (and within) the walls of your workplace to apply your spirit and God given skills
Church, community, schools, organizations, etc.
Work should not define who we are
Do you have a job or a career?
Read New York Times obituaries
I worked as an engineer but my career is a statistician
Love your neighbor as you love yourself
Start a genesis for your life
Invest in yourself using the TPDCA cycle of improvement
Step One of Continuous Improvement: T(Thoughts) PDCA
“ Fix” Your Thoughts:
Before the cycle can be used to improve your life process, you must “fix” your thought process (T)
Get yourself in the right frame of mind
“ Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.”-Walt Whitman
Define the scope of the “fix”?
Search on the web for “thoughts” and you find sights stating the average human has twelve thousand thoughts per day
What’s in Our Mind? These six thousand to nine thousand negative thoughts are ball and chain to our attitude dragging us into a bitter, inescapable quagmire. They close our minds and hearts to wonderful opportunities in life. 120 thoughts per day 3000 thoughts per day 6000 thoughts per day 9000 thoughts per day Negative 11,800 thoughts per day 9000 thoughts per day 6000 thoughts per day 3000 thoughts per day Positive 99% Positive Thought Rate 75% Positive Thought Rate 50% Positive Thought Rate 25% Positive Thought Rate Type Thought
Thoughts (Cause) and Feelings (Effect) Bad Feelings (Effect) Good Feelings (Effect) Positive Thoughts (Cause) Negative Thoughts (Cause) The red zone is where we don’t want to be but sometimes find ourselves stuck inside. The negative thoughts keep us from seeing a way out to the green zone Strong correlation (r=1.0) There is no relationship between negative thoughts and good feelings (r=0) There is no relationship between positive thoughts and bad feelings (r=0) Strong correlation (r=1.0)
If we have, on average, twelve thousand thoughts per day and we stay awake, on average, seventeen hours each day, we have, on average, eleven thoughts per minute. If we are being fed by bad inputs, we waste approximately eleven thoughts each minute.
Think about the lost opportunities in the squandered thoughts:
Great ideas for a business
Another way to reach out to a friend in need,
A different way to deal with a “difficult” employee.
Metric Feelings Family Community Friends Congregation Thoughts Sense Assimilate Generate People News Experiences Attitudes Work/Home/Church TV/Newspaper/Rumors Family/Hometown/Career You Customers Outputs Process Inputs Supplier
Often, we don’t trust what we think. Some of us need objective evidence to validate our thoughts
Get Objective Evidence:
Take a personality test. There are multiple tests online that are free. Most tests will give you a four digit personality profile. For example, the first digit is typically an I (introvert) or E (extrovert)
Take several different tests over time to see if your profile repeats. If it does, you have your objective evidence
Many sites match each possible profile with careers best suited for the profile.
Positive thinking gives you energy to create a Plan
I had a vision for holding a seminar. The more I thought of it, the more excited I became. I booked a room and a date and started planning. This presentation was used in the seminar and I also have the beginnings of a book. All possible because of the energy created by my vision.
A plan starts with a vision:
“ A mental image produced by the imagination”
See yourself accomplishing something: A promotion, More money, A graduate degree, Better health
Leaders and Vision
Maybe this sounds familiar to you. A new plan or vision comes from the top. At some point, the communication breaks and the commitment starts to dilute.
When the rubber hits the road, not all stay with the plan.
Leaders must believe in the vision and unequivocally know it is the right thing to do. If they do, they will have a steely look in their eyes, passion in their voice, and conviction in their heart as they communicate the vision to their employees.
You have a vision. There is incredible excitement. One week later, you fall into a rut and give up on the vision. Why? You were results oriented instead of process oriented
If you only focus on a result, this will be your only method of measurement. You either meet the result or don’t meet the result
If you focus on process:
Good processes yield good results, bad processes yield bad results
If you focus on the process, you will notice small successes that incrementally move you toward a good result:
Multiple emails during the day from potential clients
A great lunch with a client or friend
Several phone calls from clients asking for advice or help
An employee solving a problem or getting recognition
Example: Curtis Martin recently retired from professional football. In announcing his retirement, he said that football was never his vision. Team ownership was his vision and football was part of the process to realize the vision. He was asked why he never showboated or engaged in self promotion. He quickly and firmly answered that such behavior would not have been in accordance with his vision. He respected the process needed to reach the vision.
Organize Your Thoughts: Current State Diagram of Your Life
The diagram depicts the current state of your life process.
This act of documenting should help you collect your thoughts.
Step One of Completing the Diagram: Life Process
These are the priorities in our lives. We spend most of our time and devote our energy to these areas
What to Do:
Starting with life process (P), list in order of your priority: Work, Family, Play (self), and God.
The priority should reflect where each stands in your life. Where are you spending your time and thoughts? Your day rises and falls with what occurs in these arenas.
Study your life process, output, and customers. What does this self reflection mean to you? Hopefully, this allowed you to organize your thoughts.
What to Do:
Go to the third row and summarize each section of the diagram
Example of Current State Diagram I don’t serve my customers well enough. I need to do a better job of taking care of myself so I can better serve others Nineteen Feelings 53% negative 47% positive Priorities are not in the right order I can be in better physical condition. I have occasional back pain. My thought process is one of accepting where I was in life. No real goals or strong vision. I don’t drink a lot but when I do, I feel sluggish. I try to walk every day but don’t always get to do it. I can lose about fifteen pounds. I try not to eat fried foods but occasionally do. Paying bills depresses me and puts me in an ill mood. I let the actions of other parents throw my thought process off. I can be judgmental of colleagues and others Family First (me) Clients Friends Colleagues Congregation Positive: Pride, Comfort, Accomplishment, Energetic, Enthusiasm, Euphoria, Eagerness, Inspiration, Joy Negative : Envy, Cynicism, Anger, Despair, Fatigue, Hopelessness, Boredom, Lack of Direction, Pain, Apathy Work Family Play(Self) Church Physical Condition Thought Process Alcohol Exercise Family History Diet Newspaper Talk Radio Other parents Colleagues Bosses Television Family Members Bills to pay Friends My past Customer Output Life Process Inputs Supplier
Step Three of Completing the Diagram: What do you want the output of your life process to be?
What you put on paper does not have to be correct. There is no right or wrong. The significance is you are putting you innermost thoughts to paper.
What to Do:
In the output column, write down what you want the output to be. What do you want in life? In the form of a question starting with “I ask for/that,etc.”, write down what you are asking for in the output column. This is your vision.
Write the question on the form in the appendix, fold it, laminate it, etc. and post it to constantly remind you of your vision.
Step Four of Completing the Diagram: Prioritize Your Customers
How is your customer service?
What to do:
Critique your prioritized list of customers on the current state diagram
If the order is not correct, prioritize the list in descending order from the most important customer to the least important customer. They all are important but this helps you maintain priorities.
In the third row, write comments on the customers.
Example of Future State Diagram I need to call family members more during the month. I will join at least one civic group to meet other doers. I will get more involved at church by joining a weekly men’s bible study group, attending a weekly men’s lunch at the church, and attending a weekly men’s study group. I will order my prayer life according to this list. I eliminated work related suppliers because I felt the corporate work environment was not best for me and was not in line with my long term goals. I will start reading the Bible with the book of Genesis. I will try to read daily for at least twenty minutes. I will stop drinking. I will walk at least three times each week for at least thirty minutes. I will pray when I walk. I will quit eating fried foods. I will get my family to church every Sunday. I will go to lunch at least three times per month with a friend or client. Congregation First (Me) Family Friends Colleagues/Clients
God, I ask that my company succeed in terms of:
Giving back to you
Supporting my family
Helping people and businesses
Developing me as a person
God Family Work Play (Self) Physical Condition Thought Process Alcohol Exercise Diet Family History Bible Prayer Other “Doers” Customers Output Life Process Inputs Suppliers
Step Two of Continuous Improvement: TP D(Do) CA
Faith without works is dead
Be in a spirit of doing
Planners and Doers of the World Great Doers Poor Doers Poor Planners Great Planners Movers of the world, leaders Stay at a macro level May not be doing the right things Stuck in a rut and may not know it
You planned and asked for something. You have it written down as a reminder.
Now, sit back and wait for it to happen, right? No, you must move into the second phase-Doing.
Faith Without Works is Dead!:
You must act as if you already have what you asked for. Start Doing in accordance with what you asked for
My grandfather always told me “Hard work and perseverance”
Consequences of Not Doing:
What I learned from working in corporate America.
Movers up the ladder: I and others were often critical of people that moved ahead of us on the corporate ladder. We called them silly names like brownnoser. But looking back, I realize that they were doers. They expected to be promoted and acted accordingly. The thought of not being promoted never entered their thought process.
Hard work and perseverance, doing according to principles
Consistent faith and consistent doing.
Strong faith and strong doing.
If you think you have it bad, consider what happened to Joseph before his thirtieth birthday:
His brothers threw him in a pit and left him for dead
His brothers sold him into slavery
He was falsely accused of sleeping with his slave master’s wife. This landed him in prison for two years.
But in the midst of mass negativity, Joseph never felt sorry for himself, never stopped trusting God, and kept doing good deeds for others. He did not know when things would get better but knew they would and the way he carried himself influenced others.
While continuing to Do, you may struggle with your thoughts and voices may say you can’t. This is normal and you should take comfort in the fact you are not the first person to experience this and you will not be the last.
If We Are not Careful, the 5Ds will Take Over Our Thoughts:
You start doing with vigor and enthusiasm. When the results don’t immediately come, you may encounter at least one of the 5D’s of negative thinking:
Doubt: You question what you are doing
Discouragement: Focus on what is not
Diversion: Makes wrong things seem more attractive
Defeat: Makes you feel like a failure
Delay: Makes you put off something so it won’t get done
The Critical Moments:
There will be points where you must make ethical and/or moral decisions.
As we continue to Do, it is important to make correct decisions and choices. We should not hastily decide nor deliberate too long. But we must respect this point of the cycle and approach it rationally:
Poor Quality Decisions or Choices:
Adam and Eve
Good Quality Decisions or Choices: Manage Variation
When these decision points arrive, we must be prepared to think correctly and rationally respond to the situation at hand
How to Prepare:
A good understanding of variation helps create this perspective:
There are two types of variation:
Food and Drug Administration’s Inspection of Chinese Imports This shows the number of Chinese imports rejected each month by the FDA. Though no rejection is good, this picture exhibits a steady process which appears to be in control. It seems that the monthly number of rejected imports averages 147 and could be as high as 235 and as low as 59. Performance between these extremes would be considered normal and resulting from common cause variation.
Trend of a Person’s Body Temperature This shows the ebb and flow of a person’s body temperature. Over time, the average temperature is 98.6 and the normal range is from 97.6 to 99.6. At the end, something happened (ex. Virus) to cause a spike in temperature. This event was not part of the normal behavior and is due to a special cause.
Teenage Behavior Sometimes they do things that are not normal. Their action was driven by a special cause. They made a conscious decision and the effect was negative. In these times, punishment is certainly justified. As a parent, your first thought is often to punish especially when they do “bonehead” stuff. But if their action was driven by common cause variation they really were acting normal for a teenager. A good dose of advice is the right medicine. Behavior Governed by Special Cause: Drinking, Drugs, Breakup, Bad grade Behavior Governed by Common Cause Variation: Friends, Social Environment, Hormones, etc.
Checking a business process involves frequently comparing actual practice to a standard which is typically a work instruction detailing what must be done convert inputs to outputs.
If the practice deviates from the standard, corrective actions should be taken.
We must have standards for living:
The Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers
Truett Cathy: Never opens on Sundays
Curtis Martin: Never showboated
The consequences of missing standards:
Without the standards, we will flail through life with no purpose or direction and will never be able to check ourselves
The Spirituality of the Bell Curve The bell curve is a graphical representation of a characteristic which has been measured in a large quantity. The behavior of the characteristic ranges from the left to the right. The bell curve is symmetrical about a point in the middle. This “balance point” is the center of gravity for the data.
The first of the ten commandments is “You shall have no other gods before Me”. The others are anything that rule our lives: money, selfishness, work. If we break this commandment, we lack a balance point.
We let a source pull us too far right or left and soon, our priorities are not in the correct order.
These drifts can be disastrous or hazardous to health. They may affect or destroy families.
Step Four of Continuous Improvement: TPDC A ( Act)
To this point, you have 5s’d your life-you see opportunities and are more receptive to change
Sort: You eliminated negative thinking
Straighten: You asked for something
Sweep: You cleaned up the trash in your life by reaching a balance point and holding on to standards
In lean manufacturing, 5s is a technique for organizing the workplace. Over time, workplaces take on personalities. Desks become cluttered and items are stored wherever space is found. Disorganization is not obvious because it is part of the scenery. After a good 5s exercise, people see the workplace in a completely different manner. They find items thought to be lost. They throw away hundreds of pounds of junk. They start to take pride in the way things look and vow to keep it that way.
If you have lived the majority of your life, Not doing, With no balance point, With no standards
To take on all three gives you a completely, refreshing perspective.
At a minimum:
If you stay balanced, keep doing, and check yourself to your standards, the actions will fall upon your heart.
I find my mind is clearest when I walk which I try to do at least three times each week. When I walk, I talk to God. The topics of conversation are ordered according to my customers as they appear on the future state diagram.
If I consistently do this, I find that ideas come more freely and I am more aware of “things”
One of the easiest ways to decide on actions is to read positive material- Words that inspire and offer new ideas and concepts.
If preparing for a big exam, you would establish a routine for studying. You can wait until the end to cram, but adults know this is not the correct approach for learning. Think of the times you studied late into the night for a subject of no interest to you.
Not many will argue that the Bible is a “How to” manual for life. Surely we can devote a portion of our day to reading and studying the book to understand what it means for us.