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How Pride Shuts You Down

February 23rd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How Pride Shuts You Down”

A good friend of mine often says (publicly) that he struggles with pride. I’ve heard him say it enough that I can almost finish his sentence once he starts it.

Every time he says it, I check myself… “do I struggle with pride?”

If my answer is “yes,” the follow up question to myself is “what in the world do you have to be proud of?” Don’t you know that every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no shadow of turning? (My rough interpretation of James 1:17).

If my answer is “no,” this follow up warning pops into my heart/mind; BLINDSPOT! To whom much is given, much is required; and I know I’ve been given a lot. Hey, I’ve got 13 grandkids and there’s one on the way…yes, I’ve been given a lot of blessing!

Pride; so dangerous.

Why? Because if you “know” the answer, you stop seeking for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Pride shuts you down when you think you already know something.

In Sunday School last week, our teacher and my friend Rodney Edwards quoted Howard Baker, Jr. Mr. Baker said that he would often remind himself when he sat down to negotiate that “the other guy may be right.” That’s some wisdom there; that’s some humility too.

If you’re convinced you’re right and the other guy’s wrong, why are you sitting down to negotiate? Sounds to me like you might be sitting down to argue.

If you’re convinced you’re right and the other guy’s wrong, why are you sitting down to negotiate? Sounds to me like you might be sitting down to argue. Click To Tweet

My birthday just recently passed, 1/26. For all my life, I have wanted to be right. I pride myself on being right. For 59 years I could have learned so much more along the way if I hadn’t been so sure I was right so much of the time. With humility, I commit myself to constantly remind myself that the other guy may be right.

I don’t want pride to rob me of all that wisdom coming from “the other side.”

Squid Humility

January 26th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Squid Humility”

There was a time when I would have NEVER told you what I’m about to tell you.

Even now, as I warm up to the subject just a bit, the butterflies have decided to visit my middle regions. Confession time; I don’t like admitting I make mistakes.

But after almost 60 years on this planet, I’m learning to admit that I make mistakes; lots of them. But it still makes me uneasy to say this publicly. I’m a proud man; way too proud.

It’s fairly easy to admit that I made mistakes in a theoretical sense; “hey, we all make mistakes right? Ha Ha.” Next subject, please! But to admit to a particular mistake…to do that, you have to leave the theoretical and enter the world of cold hard reality. And that’s personal, and painful.

Humility is the precursor to gaining wisdom. If you think you know it all, why take the time to learn anything else? If you never make mistakes, there’s no need to learn from them, right? But if you will humble yourself, admit you don’t have it all together, recognize you do need to learn, embrace the reality that you do mistakes, a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you.

Last year, in one of our very infrequent ice/snow storms, I fell. I’m not sure how I fell. I had both feet firmly on the slick ice pack by my car. I had even reached out to the car to establish another touch point. Three points of contact with the ground and my car should have been enough to keep me from falling, but it didn’t. I went down hard and hurt my shoulder. Just thinking about it today makes my shoulder shrug in remembrance. Painful.

I said I didn’t know how I fell, but I guess I really do know. My feet were on a very slick ice pack. The mistake I made? Don’t walk on dangerous ground. Find a way around that “fall just waiting to happen patch” or change the terrain. Find a way.

So when this year’s infrequent ice/snow storm hit us, I changed my routine ever so slightly. I made sure I didn’t step out on slick ice packs. Last year, I was thinking, “I got this…I even have three points of contact!” And then I fell. This year, I’m thinking, “see the danger and avoid it.” And I didn’t fall.

Are you learning from your mistakes? I’m trying to.

Kevin Wax
General Manager, Wax Family Printing, LLC
Founder, Wax Eloquent
Pastor, Blackman Baptist Church
Cell 615-429-7890

Fresh Faces

January 5th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fresh Faces”
Being the “new kid” is always hard, even when you’re a grown-up. When your company makes a new hire, there are a few things you can do to make your new

employee feel welcome and integrate faster into the company culture.

It’s the Little Things

You’ve heard the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” but in this case, it actually is the small things that need your attention. Where’s the coffeemaker and what’s the coffee protocol? How do you use the phone system? Where are the quick lunch locations closest to you? These kinds of things are more helpful than you think to make a new employee feel completely acclimated to their new space.

Show, Don’t Tell

There is already so much to learn when a new face joins the team. Running down a list of things to know is often too much information in the abstract. When you physically/visually show them what you’re talking about, they can make the kind of connection in their brains that works for the way they think and remember.

The Buddy System

Giving a new employee a work buddy or partner will allow them to feel comfortable asking the “stupid” questions to someone other than the boss. Nobody wants to look like an idiot for asking things like “where do I find a pen?”

Shower Them with Swag

Branded gear is the best welcome gift for new employees. Whatever you can fit in the budget to give to a new team member is a must. Even if it is just a pen, the branded gear is like being given ownership.

Call us at (615) 893-4290 or email info@waxfamilyprinting.com for more information.

Stop Doing That – And Get Growing

December 22nd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Stop Doing That – And Get Growing”

In a previous blog post, I quoted Bob Newhart, “Stop it!” Sometimes we need to realize what we are doing and adjust some behaviors.

For small-business start-ups, it can be hard to imagine growth when you don’t have time to get everything done. It’s also hard to imagine taking on the expense of people to do the tedious things that eat up your day.

Growth can only happen if the vision of the company can be realized in the day-to- day operations. When all of the decision making and task completing fall to one person, chances are that sales will stagnate.

If you want to grow, it is wise to hire people to do the tasks you don’t want to do or are not very good at doing. The executive director of Homeward Animal Shelter took a year to convince the board to let her hire a full-time marketing person. This freed her and her staff to raise more money, care for more animals, and forward their mission.

Prosthetics, a 3-D printing company focused on printing inexpensive prosthetics for children, was founded by college engineering seniors who gained a wide following through social media. After two years, they realized they weren’t very good at sales. They brought on a sales director, which allowed the founders to do what they do best.

A great idea and a lot of passion can only take you so far. Surrounding yourself with competent people that understand the mission and vision of your company may provide the right catalyst for growth and success.

Tips

» If you don’t have the budget to hire a new employee, start with a consultant or service company to take those duties. Wax Eloquent can operate as your marketing department.

» Think about how to increase productivity when adding staff or consultants. The goal is to grow your business. The new hires must free up time for moneymaking efforts.

Positivity is Contagious

December 15th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Positivity is Contagious”

The average adult will make about 35,000 decisions every day, from unconscious to very deliberate choices. According to Marcel Schwantes with Inc. magazine, there are a few “smart” choices that successful business people make every day.

1. Make the choice to stop feeling sorry for yourself.
2. Don’t overanalyze each decision with an endless list of “what if” scenarios. Once you’ve made a decision, you have made a choice, and you must choose to be OK with it. No looking back and wishing for a different choice. Move forward always.
3. Choose to surround yourself with positive people. Whether it’s in the workplace or your social life, people around you also influence you. The more you can stay with people who are thinking on the bright side, the more you will look ahead with a positive attitude.
4. Choose to take the initiative. Initiative is both an empowering action and a forward-thinking behavior. But initiative is not barreling over other people. It must be a positive action that is best for others as well as you.
5. Choose to experience joy in every possible opportunity. Joy is contagious, and when you’re working with a team overcoming a fierce obstacle, it instills inspiration in others. This is why we admire many successful people—not because of their success, but subconsciously we see the joy of their success, and that’s what we’re attracted to. Positivity is an integral part of both success and leadership.

So choose to be positive today!