Sept. 29, 2020

 Close your eyes and say “thank you.” Many if not all of you will instantly feel positive😉

Sept. 27, 2020 2

Life is like fighting in a ring.  Unless you're Mohammad Ali, which you aren't, you are going to get hit, more times than you'll be able to connect punches.  Life hands you opportunities everyday, and you've got to climb in that ring and go for it with the intent of winning, even at the risk of getting knocked out for the ten count.  Getting knocked down isn't your failure.  Your failure is refusing to get back up and try again. 

Sept. 27, 2020

I found out that if I feel anxiety or fear, I face the source and say "Thank You for the opportunity" and, for some reason, I'm no longer anxious or afraid.

Sept. 26, 2020

When life hands you a shovel full or putrid and foul smelling manure, throw it on the ground and grow something good.

Sept. 25, 2020

 

Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome.

Strategic Plan Explained


Face it, this new normal will not go away. 

It caused hardships some worse than others and, like a heavy sledgehammer, slammed hard without much time to prepare.  It was a hurricane that showed up with no warning, and businesses reacted the best way they could to survive. 

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As time passed, running a business has taken a new face, some uglier than others.

Miyagi "Best defense is no be there"


The best way to avoid being in the "line of fire" is practice "best defense".

Physical distance

Wash hands

Wear a mask

Bassai Dai at 67 Years Old

One challenge that I face as a martial artist nearing 70 years old is the workout.  Though I spend much of my training practicing Tai Chi and Qigong, which are slow moving and practical for old timers like me, occasionally, I don on a karate gi (uniform) and perform kata, which are pre-arranged movements for exercise, good health, martial arts self defense, external and internal development.  After doing it, I feel compelled to train more, as long as my body can handle it. Though many may argue, it takes it toll on muscles and joints, especially those riddled with years of abuse and arthritis.  

I had not practiced this kata in about five years, which makes this workout difficult with me thinking about the sequences and performing at the same time.

Like Nike says it so well, "One more time."


September 13, 2020

Everybody has a plan.  Until they get hit in the face.  - Mike Tyson

 

SOPs and Audits Part 1

 


One of my jobs as a consultant is to audit companies. There are several types of audits that I, personally, work on: one that is purely objective and the other that aims at identifying the cause and effect of company matters that were identified as problematic. I built a checklist against the Standard Operating Procedures general and specific to the sore spots. I notify the department head in advance about this checklist and the corresponding SOPs. This way, there are no surprises.

For a first-time audit, I meet with management and go over the process. We discuss the basics, and target problem statements that they would like to address. I ask how they would like to see this data and modify my checklist to accommodate their request. With that established, I develop a level of expectation of what to look for as potential failure points. 

Though I may not advise the division date and time when I will arrive, I give them enough warning for the selected department to prepare its employees, process and equipment. I have, on occasions, set my checklist to management to thoroughly prepare my visit. In my experience on both sides of the audit process, I remembered it being standard practice to forewarn the auditee.

If I show up unannounced, it's because I've been tasked to check up on specific issues or problem statements.  I’m given a preview or a list of suspicions some intelligence on what to look for. By showing up without a notification, it resolves a “Hawthorn Effect” where the preparation does not truly reflect the practices of the department but a primed version that is not representative of the division thereby hiding “hidden factories” that affect quality, safety and productivity. 

When I conduct the audit, I presume the department and its staff are competent and versed on the procedures, especially if I had no history with the client.

The SOPs are my means to verify and validate my visits. Though I use standards based upon ISO as a method for pass or fail, the SOPs provide the strength and basis for compliance and grading.

It’s that easy. 

Those who fall in the gray area are commented on the checklist, but the grade I give them still stands. The division can contest it after the report is submitted. 

The audit, though daunting and revealing, is a powerful tool for process and continuous improvement and should be a routine part of a company’s annual routine.


SOPs and Audits Part 2


It is customary for me to interview employees during audits, failures identified or revealed, unless glaring and evident like driving a vehicle with a flat tire

One example that I immediately bring attention to are incomplete forms discovered with missing signatures or dates, on packing slips or bill of lading, like proof of delivery and transfer of ownership not verified. 

This is basic and fundamental.

Sept. 11, 2020

I am asked why I teach tai chi and qigong for free.  I tell them, they pay me through their gratitude, positive energies and good health.