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Smash Your Alarm Clock

alarm_clockIt appears that fall is here. The leaves in the trees are starting to change colors in our area of the world. We saw the most beautiful fuchsia a couple of days ago in a tree. No painting could possibly capture it.

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georgeI love the coolness in the air as it hits your face. There’s sort of a crisp, clean smell to it. I love fall!

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marylynnWell, I’m a summer girl. This fall has been particularly cool and damp. It’s been so cloudy that, when you look out the window, it seems more like winter except the leaves are still on the trees.

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georgeI think the coolness of the fall helps me sleep better. Maybe I haven’t evolved enough. My genes date back generations to the time before we had air conditioning!

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marylynnThe season doesn’t much matter to me. I think it’s my parent’s fault. When I was a kid, they made me go to bed early, like around 8:30. My room was in the front of the house where I could hear all the other kids outside still playing. I don’t go to bed early to this day! So I’m not a morning person!

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Here’s our point: sometimes, for some people, waking up is hard to do.

Are you one of those people? When the alarm goes off, would you like to smash it?

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marylynnWhen I did morning radio and I was on the air at 5 a.m., the alarm would go off at 4. I definitely wanted to smash it! It was painful for me getting up at that time of the day. But I know some morning disc jockeys for who it is no problem at all.

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georgeI feel very fortunate. With the work we do now, most of the time there’s no need for an alarm. I find that some days, I wake up incredibly early and then the next day, I’ll sleep a couple of hours more.

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What we’ve been told

Of course, there seem to be some societal expectations about when you should get up. We’ve all heard the ancient proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.”

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george
Who wants to eat worms?

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No less an authority than Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

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marylynnWell, I’m a woman and you’ll hear me roar if I try to get up too early.

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Some people say that if you don’t jump out of bed ready to go, it means you’re not happy with your work.

Maybe it just means you’re not a morning person.

What works for you works

Bigg success is life on your own terms. For some people, that means going to bed early and getting up early. For others, it means staying up late and getting up late.

Do what works for you. You have a certain natural body clock. Get in sync with it for your bigg success. It may mean smashing your alarm clock.

We can hear your objections. Your job – your life – doesn’t allow you to smash your alarm clock.

You may have kids.

Your boss may expect you to be there by a certain time.

You may even be in business for yourself and your clients or your employees need you at a certain time in the morning.

It’s a journey to life on your own terms. Just because you can’t smash your alarm clock right now doesn’t mean you can’t ever do it. Know your terms and work toward them. That’s bigg success!

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Thanks so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time when we’ll talk about finding abundance in a world of scarcity. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Save the Holiday Party!

holiday We face many important issues in the coming months and years. So we decided to start a movement – to save the holiday party!

Okay, maybe that’s not the most important thing we could address, but we still think that many business owners are making a bigg mistake by eliminating this annual tradition.

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A recent survey by executive search firm Battalia Winston found that fewer firms plan to host a holiday party for their employees this year. In fact, it’s the lowest number in the twenty year history of the study. The primary reason cited is the poor economy.

We think this sends the wrong message. Leaders who portray gloom and doom create an environment of uncertainty. It scares people. People today are looking for signs of reassurance, not signals of impending disaster.

Holiday parties aren’t just about having a party. They’re a great opportunity to show your appreciation to your people. They can help build your team by getting together without the pressure of work. Yet people inevitably talk about work, recalling fun times together from the past year. This builds a sense of comradery which helps get things done at work.

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If last year’s party is beyond this year’s budget, get creative. There are ways to keep the party without busting the bank. Here are some thoughts:

Look for deals

With more companies cutting back, you might be surprised to learn that facilities are more aggressive in pricing deals for those people who still plan to hold an event. You’ll never know if you don’t ask!

Keep it on site

If you can’t find a good deal, consider having it on site if your facility will accommodate it. Then look for a good deal on catering. You might find that catering firms offer a good alternative since they’re not paying for the overhead of a facility.

Go potluck

If that’s still too expensive, have a potluck. Ask your employees to bring a dish. Consider making it a day-long event. People can “graze” and chat. Just for one day, accept a more relaxed environment full of impromptu conversations.

Make it fun

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marylynnSanta visited us at a radio station I worked at. The employees brought their kids in to tell him what they wanted. It was a lot of fun – all for the price of renting a Santa suit since our General Manager played Santa.

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There are many other ways to make it an event, even if it doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional holiday party. Give out awards. Have an employee who’s into such things produce a fun video or audio.

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marylynnAt one radio station, our production manager put together a fun audio of all of our commercial outtakes. As the disc jockeys recorded commercials, he kept the bloopers and played them at our annual holiday get-together. It was so funny!

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georgeWe gave out gag gifts at one of the companies I owned. They reflected something that an employee had done over the past year that made people laugh. It brought up the joke again and everybody loved it.

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Hold it after the New Year

A number of companies are turning their “holiday” party into an “annual” party. Instead of competing for space during the busy holiday season, they hold it after the New Year. A lot of people really like this because we’re all so busy at the end of the year.

We have friends who turned their annual holiday party into “Christmas in July.” We were fortunate enough to get invited. They had a Christmas tree and played holiday music. It made for a fun evening.

If you do end up doing something different, don’t present it as just the result of budget cutbacks. Tell your people that you want to try something different. Get them involved in finding a good solution.

What do you think? Does canceling the holiday party send the wrong message to your people? What are you doing this year for your people?

 

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