Sounds Bad...Turns Out Good

One Thanksgiving I fried a turkey for the first time.

Sounds Bad . . . and Turns Out Good!

“Let’s Talk Turkey!”

Just as the original idea of frying a turkey after roasting one in our home for 35 years seemed like a bad idea at first . . . so might other changes that are implemented in your areas.

I know one thing for sure, and that is that many things are hard before they are easy.  Getting used to new ways of doing things is always a little frustrating for a few reasons: 

  • The first reason is that we don’t know how to do it.
  • The second reason is that it takes time, attention to detail, and just plain old hard work.

At first there are people who are the naysayers.  You have to ignore their negative attitude and work on educating them so that they can be part of the solution—instead of part of the problem.

As the old saying goes, “Bad attitude, bad results. Good attitude, good results.”  This saying is 99 percent accurate in most cases.

Most people want to do the right thing, but sometimes they are wired to be in the negative zone. It is our responsibility to prepare ourselves and our team for any important project, thus ensuring that it goes right.

I hope all of you will remember the lessons of Turkey Leadership when you have to make any changes related to your culture, your processes, and your business practices.

Don’t be a turkey when these opportunities present themselves.  Be a leader who figures out how not only to get the project done, but also one who gets everyone on board as a team.   . . . Lee

  1. This is one for the keeper files. As you have said numerous times, “Common Sense Not Common Practice”. In my position, I am in a constant mode of keeping things current and fresh which means, things change. What worked in the past may not work today and vice versa. Keeping our minds open for the next “fried turkey” is important and overcoming negative attitudes is even more important. You never change for the sake of changing but an open mind and ears will always bring change for the good.

  2. Lee:
    Expecta call from David McDade of the William Deutsch Co. (wines) to address their folks.
    Ben May

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