Saturday, July 17, 2010

Heating it up

The actual temperature here right now is 106 with heat index above 110. The strange part is the wind. Usually when we get the hot weather we get wind to help cool it down. Not this week.

I checked Miami FL. 89 with heat index 95

Highest I could find was the Mohave Desert. Currently 109 with expected high 117. Their temperature is forecast over 110 every day for 7 days. BUT their heat index is lower than actual temperature.

I guess I live in the desert.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Jenifer Followup

So I think she enjoyed the week about Jen. She did state that it was interesting. However now that is not about her it is boring.

That's my life.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flip Flop

OK Remember my "Fun hater" neighbor Fanny? Well, Fanny has recently found herself in the court room. As much as I would love to say it was for something interesting, it was for speeding. No, not just speeding but also having illegal tint on her windows.

Here in KS you can only have tint so dark. (Which is so light why bother) anyway, it is still illegal. She had to go to court to show she had it removed. (OOPS she forgot), anyway, she went to court in flip flops. Guess what. No flip flops in the court room! The way she described it to me is the public defender had to walk in and out of the courtroom to where she was to ask questions and such.

Guess what, she paid.

I will add that she was not the only member of the "Flop" club. There were more outside the court than in.

Guess I am not the only one that pays attention to footwear.

Lesson, flip flops are for the pool and beach. Not the court room!

PS I saw her yesterday. Guess what, still wearing the $200 flip flops...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Which way is North

In business it is very important to know which way you are headed. We have some navigation tools to help us in business. Financials, surveys, employee satisfaction, sales reporting and more. However those tools are like a compass. Sure, you know what direction you are going, however you cannot program in where you want to go and have it take you to it. You know like a GPS.

BI (Business Intelligence) is what you use like a GPS. I work in the technology business. With that you would think we would have a real advanced GPS (BI) tool. Unfortunately, many of our tools are elementary when it comes to getting us where we want to go.

Then there is your career. Do you know where you want to go? Do you know what direction it is? Do you have a career GPS? Have you ask?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Too Busy?

Lately I have seen more businesses that have said they are too busy to help me. From stretching carpet to getting a car serviced and more.

What options does that leave me? Even though I am loyal to some of these companies and they have provided me good service in the past, I need service now? Most likely it will cost these companies my business for good. That means that when I am ready for a large purchase, I am not coming back to those who were too busy.

We deal with this in my industry every day. The challenge is that you cannot have resources just sitting around for every call, however we have to have them available for those who are loyal and good customers. I have yet to see a system that works.

I think the solution lies in process and fully utilizing resources.

How do you handle this problem?

I make every effort to make sure that I am never too busy for customers, vendors, employees and family.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yea, I have been quiet (I know that is unusual!)

I have had quite a few opportunities knock this week. Opportunities to learn and grow my self.

I did a Robin Robins event on Thursday that was great, I will post the link when it is up. As always I learn a lot doing these events and it stretches me. It was lots of fun.

Off for a round of golf this morning, not as early as I have been going. Hard to get a group motivated at 6:30....