Volume 3, Issue 7

July 2014

Blue Ridge Conference



October 8 - 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

Black Mountain, NC

Leadership and It's Never Too Late!

December 31, 2013, was the last day of a Birmingham institution.

Since 1957, Lyric Hot Dogs has been serving up delicious dogs for businessmen, locals and tourists.

I have worked in Downtown Birmingham since April of 2007...and today was my first (and apparently only) trip to the Lyric.

How depressing.  How sad.

The 'special' dogs and fries were awesome.

The decor was perfect!  (sort of a cross between an old Woolworth's counter and a 50's diner).

The employees were friendly.

But it's too late.  I will not be able to enjoy a 'special' dog there every again.

Let's tie this into leadership.

Have you ever taken advantage of an employee who is a great performer?

For example, this employee always works hard, is always on time, and always does whatever you ask of them? take advantage of them!

Do you thank them for their work?  No!

Do you recognize them for their achievements?  No!

Do you help them with their career development?  No!

Then you come in to work one day, and their resignation is on your desk.  They have "closed" for good.  There will be no more 'special' work for them to do for you.

As humans, we tend to take for granted what is right in front of us.  We don't go to the Lyric for hot dogs as it will ALWAYS be there...and we don't thank our high performers because they will ALWAYS be there.

Make sure you are taking a good look around your office at your staff.  Make it a priority to recognize and encourage them on a daily basis.  In fact, it might be a good idea to send a couple of your high-performers to the 2014 Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership.

Otherwise, you might look up one day and see that a true treasure, which has been there for you all these years, is now gone...

and there is nothing you can do to save it.

Pete Blank
Training Manager | Training and Development
Personnel Board of Jefferson County



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