Friday, September 30, 2022

TIME

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It has been stated that Time is on our side. That may or may not be true. Actually, Time is either fleeting and can dissipate in the blink of an eye or seemingly last forever. With it, presumably anything can be achieved; without it little or nothing can be accomplished.

Each day begins with a finite allotment of Time. So what will be done with this precious commodity? Will it be wasted on meaningless deeds or exploits or will it be cherished and used to create, accomplish or otherwise achieve a goal? You cannot work forward and borrow the next moments nor can you work backwards and regain what has been spent.

What do you want out of life? Among the possible achievements people strive for are to be healthy, successful, content and to have respect for others and themselves. Therefore, using Time efficiently is of the most importance in achieving these desires and aspirations.

The Time is now because in reality we possess all the Time we will need.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

SUPERVISORS

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Supervisors are not only in charge of a number of people but they also need to be in charge of their personal feelings.

Supervisors are only human; they have likes and dislikes the same as others. But good Supervisors know how not to let their feelings show (which is not always easy) or let those feelings affect the way they operate and treat others.

If people feel the boss is treating them or others unfairly or unevenly, then their performance will suffer. People work best when they feel get the same treatment as everyone else. Also, morale will be low when people are subject to the personal whims of their boss.

Good Supervisors should adhere to these basic principles:

  1. Try to rotate jobs so that some people don't get all the good assignments and others all the bad ones.
  2. Don’t make one or a few employees the favorites.
  3. Reward employees based upon merit and their job performance.
  4. Do not pit an employee against another employee. While competition is good, head-to-head rivalries can easily cause friction and bitterness and dissension among the rest of the employees.
  5. Teamwork achieves far better and greater results than head to head competitiveness.

Supervisors should strive to treat everyone equally regardless of their personal feelings.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

WINNERS

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Do winners take chances or risks or do they act upon an opportunity?

If you were to collectively ask them, the majority would probably reply that they had seen an opportunity and acted upon it. Thus they had become winners.

Winners will seek out rewards and, while acknowledging there is a chance for failure, they do not fear failure. They exclude negative thinking from their psyche and always strive to think positively. Positive thinking people will more often than not achieve their goals and aspiration.

Winners are described as being lucky but they know that so-called luck is actually the culmination of preparation and opportunity. If someone is not prepared, they may not see an opportunity that has presented itself. Opportunities abound for those prepared to act upon them.

Winners are positive thinking people that will more often than not achieve their goals and aspiration.

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Friday, September 09, 2022

ATTITUDE AND MOTIVATION

Sometimes people are bored and frustrated because they do not possess the proper Attitude and Motivation. At times, it may be the business or the field the business is associated with. However, more often than not it’s the people themselves. Unexcited, unmotivated people can carry their boredom with them. This affects everyone they come in contact with whether they are the owner, manager, supervisor or one of the employees

Each of us is responsible for bringing the proper Attitude and Motivation to the workplace. Are you bored, unstimulated and or unmotivated? Then, it is your responsibility to yourself and for the sake of others to change your Attitude so you will have the proper Motivation.

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Friday, September 02, 2022

LABOR DAY

Labor Day is September 5th. It is a federal holiday which honors the American worker, who has added to the prosperity and well being of our country. We as Carpet Cleaners are the embodiment of this classification and as entrepreneurs expand it even further. Small businesses have been and will always be the economic backbone of our country.

In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated it.

Labor Day has been labeled the “unofficial end of summer” because it marks the end of the cultural summer season. It is traditional for parades and picnics to be held in communities all across the country. Many fall activities also begin at this time.

During the Labor Day weekend the NCAA will play a full slate of football games. The NFL traditionally plays their kickoff game the Thursday after Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race is held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park the NHRA hold their finals for the U.S. National Drag races. It is also the midway point between weeks one and two of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadow, NY.

Once again there are a plethora of National, State and Local activities that take place Labor Day Weekend. Wherever you are, whoever you are with take time to acknowledge yourselves and the hard work you do and the fact that our small businesses are the backbone of our country.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

STAFF

Being an owner, manager, supervisor, etc. is easier when you have staff that works hard, follows operating procedures and genuinely care about their jobs.

But what can be done, if whom you have does not fit the bill or you can’t find new people to join your company to accomplish your goals?

Above all, do not complain about the situation in front of the staff. This alienates those that are fitting the bill. Also, it will not improve the attitudes and performance of those who are not doing their job to the standards that are expected.

Different strategies should be taken depending on your position in the Company. If there are multiple owners, then a meeting should be called to discuss alternatives. If you are the sole owner of the Company, you could meet with a trusted Advisor. If you are not the owner of the Company, then go to the owner(s) or your immediate boss and discuss the situation. Whichever scenario your situation fits any discussions certainly needs to be done privately.

After you have stated your case, listen to what is being said. Your boss, other owners or an Advisor are going to have their opinions and ideas. If you felt it necessary to discuss the situation, then once again you want to listen to what they have to say.

Attracting new help willing to work is extremely difficult especially in these current times. So the obvious course of action is to work with existing staff. Your first step is to review with your staff what they perceive their duties to be and what do they do to accomplish them. After that information is gathered, you will know what needs to be done. Do you need to start over with training and procedures? Or is it just a matter of tweaking what is being done and how?

No matter what course you take, be cheerful and encouraging. Above all, be patient, realize that there will probably be some errors or missteps. If your staff is striving to do their best, then acknowledge that effort, even if they are not doing it exactly as you would like. Recognizing and appreciating their effort will encourage them to strive to do even better.

Anyone can be a good “boss” when they have excellent staff to work with. The true test is what can be accomplished when the present staff is not as good as they need to be.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

SUCCESS

What is success?

Common definitions are: “the accomplishment of an aim, goal or purpose” and or “the good outcome of an undertaking by engaging in a certain tactic or position”.

Success has many ways to be achieved and described. To different people it has different meanings or levels.

To a business owner, it is the setting of a long range goal and striving to achieve it by working on it consistently.

To a manager, it is realizing when you have people who know their jobs and assignments and are willing to take responsibility for those and you “stand aside” and let them accomplish those tasks.

To an employee, it is striving to work hard and therefore achieve a job well done and the satisfaction that brings.

For all of us, it is important to know what we ultimately want and to take the short range and ultimately long range steps to attain success.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

LATENESS and ABSENTEEISM

These are two of the biggest issues for any Company. Obviously it may be worse in a small Company because there are fewer employees to pick up the slack. However, it still causes headaches in all size of companies.

When employees are late or absent, adjustments must be made to schedules at the last minute. These changes are potentially costly and inefficient. While lateness and absenteeism are inevitable, there are tactics that can be done to minimize the problem.

Be sure all personnel appreciate and understand the problems lateness and absenteeism create. Impress upon them that these actions affect the entire team. When anyone is late or absent, they are letting the others down. Impress upon each person how much they are counted on as a team member. People who feel appreciated and wanted are less apt to be late or absent.

Whatever position you hold in a Company, whether it be the owner, manager or supervisor, it is imperative you practice what you preach. Regular hours set a good example for everyone. Also, all employees should be treated equally. Don’t allow someone to circumvent the “rules” because they are considered more valuable. This will backfire. Everyone feels better about complying when they know everyone is being treated equally.

If excessive lateness and absenteeism continue to be an issue, then look for reasons. Do employees feel that they are unchallenged or the job is boring? Look into ways to minimize or eliminate these or any other reasons.

It might be considered naive to think that lateness and absenteeism can be completely eliminated, but it is possible to have an approach that keeps them to a minimum. Doing this will help the Company obtain greater success and better profits.

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Friday, August 05, 2022

CONVERSATIONALIST

What defines a good conversationalist?

Here are some do’s and don’ts.

Don’t tell humorous or serious stories about someone or something unless you are certain the person or group you are conversing with would approve. However, it would be acceptable if someone else had already done so.

Don’t endeavor to start a protracted conversation with someone who is obviously busy or in a rush. However, it would be acceptable to inquire when might be an appropriate time for you to engage them in a lengthy conversation.

Don’t inject conversation about yourself while conversing with others. It is rude and projects the idea that you are more important than the person with whom you’re speaking.

Don’t discuss the plot, ending or important points of a movie, book, TV show, etc. unless you know the person has already seen or read it.

Don’t talk about a subject you know nothing about; it will only end up making you look foolish or worse yet ignorant.

Above all, never lose sight of the fact that other people will wish to have a chance to talk rather than listen.

Good conversationalists are cognizant of the fact that they have two ears and one mouth.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

THINKING

Many bosses, managers or supervisors have this idea that they have to do all the thinking. Too often, they feel that those that work for them are just supposed to do what they are told. This is a very impractical idea, it is one that wastes creative thinking, practical experience and will ultimately affect morale.

If a boss is tackling an issue of which they are not completely familiar or lack hands-on experience, then asking questions or opinions of their employees is good thinking. Most workers will gladly provide input and suggestions. This has the multiple effect of making the employee feel appreciated and giving the boss alternative ideas. The boss should listen, think it over and then move forward. Listening to your employees is an ideal way to stimulate your own thinking.

Seeking advice and input is an excellent way to build a thinking, cooperating company.

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Friday, July 22, 2022

SACRIFICE

The prosperity of future generations depends on the sacrifice made by the current generation. What has been done for generations before us is the opening of eyes to possibilities and the potential to build a strong economy and therefore a strong nation.

None of this is free and obviously without sacrifice. Each generation has plotted and planned and laid a ground work that current and future generations could benefit from.

If an entire generation thinks only of itself, what will be left? Even if that generation will not be around to benefit, they must plant the seeds that will bear fruit for future generations.

This “planting” can be difficult depending on current situations. War, political strife, economic conditions and many other factors will have their affect.

Each generation has and will face these situations. Which then tests their drive and determination and defines the poignant meaning of sacrifice.

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Friday, July 15, 2022

HOW WE FEEL

At times we can become down or unhappy. How we feel about ourselves is extremely important. The better that feeling the easier it will be to propel us through any down times. Here are a few ways to do that.

  1. Focus on your good qualities whether it be generosity, loyalty, honesty or other traits.
  2. Face any problems head on, do not allow them to fester or control you.
  3. Look for the good qualities in others not their faults. Ultimately, it will allow you to feel better about yourself.
  4. Be tolerant of others, remember they have to be tolerant of you.
  5. Consider failures as a chance to get better.
  6. Avoid making promises that you cannot or do not intend to keep.
  7. Always remember people are more important than objects or possessions.

Simply put, the better we feel about ourselves, the better we will feel.

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Friday, July 08, 2022

MOTIVATION

Motivation is a powerful tool, it can be positive or it can be negative. Many refer to this motivation as the “Carrot and Stick”. The carrot is a reward for doing good. The stick is the consequence for not doing well. It motivates people by creating actionable goals and desirable rewards when jobs are done well. Conversely there are repercussions if jobs are not done well.

But in the long run, positive Motivation will normally produce the desired results. So how does one provide that Motivation to employees? Basically this is done by providing these wants and desires.

  • Economic stability. Employees should feel that their time and effort is fairly compensated.
  • Emotional stability. Management should create an atmosphere in which employees feel that their jobs contribute to the goal of the company.
  • Recognition. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and praised for a job well done.
  • Self-Expression. Employees should feel that they can communicate ideas or concerns to management and that they will be listened to.
  • Self-respect. Simply put, employees feel that they are part of the company not just a tool.

Positive Motivation in the long run will produce the desired results and therefore more success and better profits for the company.

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Friday, July 01, 2022

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Obviously Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is the day the United States commemorates its Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject and subordinate to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free and independent states.

This day historically has been marked by various activities. Among them parades, celebrations, baseball games, reunions and firework displays. Much has transpired over the past couple of years and these events continue to affect our daily lives. Some, if not all of these aforementioned activities, are once again being enjoyed although unfortunately some may still not take place. We continue to face trying and abnormal times, times that continue to challenge the very fabric of America.

We should not forget this fact, that this day marked the beginning of a long and bloody conflict to gain the Independence that our founding Fathers felt was so very important. It is what became the American Way of Life and what was so eloquently stated in The Constitution.

The fact that not everyone agrees with what everyone else says is what makes America great. The fact that we are free to disagree, the fact that we are free to voice our opinion and the fact that we are free to live our lives as we see fit. As long as we do so with honor and respect of all others and within the confines of the law.

So as you participate in whatever you have planned for this day, take a moment to be thankful for what you have and the fact that you live in The United States of America.

God Bless America!!

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Friday, June 24, 2022

RUMORS

It is nearly impossible to prevent almost any Company from occasionally being affected by rumors.

Everyone that works for the Company likes to feel they know what’s going on. However, if they start interjecting their suspicions into a situation then it will cause harm. That said, there is basically no way to stop rumors from being spread.

Good supervisors, managers and or owners can do a lot to keep suspicions from developing into rumors. They can work to minimize the possible damage even though it is impossible to stop completely.

The initial step is to be as open as possible about everything, while maintaining the fact that certain things are not to be divulged, if they would damage the Company.

Management should keep their eyes and ears open for things that could be misconstrued or twisted. Also, if management becomes suspicious about something, whether it concerns people who work for them or that they work for then don’t speculate.

They should go directly to the people involved and gets the facts.

It saves time, headaches and the potential start of rumors.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day is June 19th. It is a day to mark and celebrate the contribution that our Fathers have made in our lives. Many people send or give cards or gifts. These gifts are often related to their Father’s hobbies or interests.

Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday, so different families have a range of traditions. Besides cards or gifts, many Fathers receive a phone call, if circumstances prevent a family from being together. If families can get together, activities may revolve around church, since the day is Sunday. Many families will have parties or outings that honor all the Father figures in their extended family. These Father figures include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great grand fathers.

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Happy Father’s Day !!

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Friday, June 10, 2022

PEDESTAL

Putting people on a pedestal has the connotation of putting them above you.

However, you can use pedestal words or phrases that will endear them to you. While possibly not making you their equal, they will raise your stature.

Here are a few examples:

  • May I? Asking permission implies authority.
  • As you probably know. Implies knowledge.
  • I’d like your advise. Implies you respect their opinion.
  • You’re right. Is a complimentary comment.
  • Do you have a moment? Implies you know they are busy.
  • Please. The ultimate word when establishing a relationship.

Ultimately smart people use pedestal words and or phrases.

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Friday, June 03, 2022

MORALS, VALUES and ETHICS

While Morals, Values and Ethics may be taught in professional colleges and universities, these subjects are rarely taught or discussed in high schools and elementary schools. The reason being is that these are topics that are usually left best being taught by parents. These lessons can be self taught at home through normal day to day actions or addressed by religious organizations if appropriate.

While they may be discussed at a religious function Morals, Values and Ethics are not a religion. They are logical, sensible principles of proper conduct regardless of anyone's religion or beliefs. These are needed for a peaceful and productive society. Is enough focus and instruction being given to them? Certainly that is subject to debate. One indisputable fact is that unless that attention is given, our society suffers.

Moral, Values and Ethics are a simple and direct path to happiness and success.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

MEMORIAL DAY MAY 30, 2022

The custom of honoring those who have fallen in battle by cleaning and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition. It was originally called “Decoration Day”.

In early rural America, this duty was usually done in late summer and became an occasion for family reunions. After the “Civil War”, the practice became more prominent as America’s need for a patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead. After “WW I”, the day was expanded to honor those who had died in all American Wars. The tradition of wearing red Poppies as a symbol of this day was actually the idea of an American, Miss Moina Michael.

The holiday, which is now observed on the last Monday of May, was originally observed on May 30th. It is considered the unofficial start of Summer. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of “The Indianapolis 500” which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911, will be run Sunday May 29th.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, first used in 1882. However, it only became the most common name after “WW II” and was not declared a Federal Holiday until 1967. While the passing of an act in 1968 created 3 day weekends for Memorial Day and other holidays, it has also no doubt contributed to a general nonchalant observance by some people for this important day.

We at Bane-Clene® do not take that nonchalant attitude. We realize that our great country is just that because of the dedication and countless sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and died to keep us,

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

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