The NSSEA show has drawn to a close, with wonderful results for Master Lock. First, can I just say how very much I love working with these guys? Not only do they have great products (the TSA-approved luggage lock was a huge hit!), but they're always looking forward. Who would have thought that a lock company could create useful software for a school principal? And a little stroke to my own ego after the show--Paul reported that, when the show tallied the leads they'd collected over the two days I helped out in the booth, the show rep said, "Wow! That gives you the highest total number of leads for an exhibitor at this show!" ::Heidi beams:: I love when my clients are successful with their show endeavors! A lesson in time management
As I was on my way to give a seminar last week, a woman with a fur-clad arm hanging out of her Jag signalled me at a light. "Your tire is totally flat!" she advised me. So I pulled over to a service station. Yup. Totally flat. I didn't panic, though; I always allow at least 15 extra minutes for traffic, and I plan to arrive 15 minutes early. So I asked if the mechanic could just pop on my doughnut, and I'd come back for another tire in two hours when my seminar was done. Yup, sure he could! So I breezed in to my meeting (a bit slowly, though, since you aren't supposed to exceed about 50 mph on the spare), 13 minutes early (instead of 15), without an ounce of extra worry or frustration. There's a time management lesson in there somewhere, right? Kaizen
I'm really loving this book on kaizen that I'm reading. Thanks to my friend Kate for not only recommending it to me but also for letting me borrow her copy! I really like this idea of taking small, even miniscule steps to sort of trick one's brain into accomplishing a goal. Think exercising one minute a day won't make a difference? Well, if the hard part is creating the habit, then yeah, if you exercise for one minute a day, you've done 90% of the work already by creating the habit! I love this idea because it's one of those things that seems like it's too easy... so why not do it?