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Don’t Stop Breathing

by Jim Paluch on April 29, 2014 · 0 comments

 

Don't Stop BreathingDon’t stop breathing.

That’s what I think every time I hear a company leader say, “I think we are going to have to take a few weeks off from training during our busy season!” I am amazed because it could be the same leader who a month or a year before had made this statement: “It is exciting to see the team communicating and working together!” whether to solve problems, drive out waste, create a plan, communicate on the financials or a multitude of other benefits from the weekly discipline of meeting.

Stopping for a few weeks can be similar to eating late night ice cream again after a successful weight loss program or only smoking a cigarette with the boys after quitting the habit for several months. It is getting back into a comfort zone.

But in business, taking a break from training is like taking a break from breathing — it may well kill you.

You’re Not Too Busy To Train

It has been my observation through the years that it is not that people are actually too busy to train. Just ask anyone in the company; of course there is an hour we can commit to training. It is going back to a place where we are comfortable when the stress of being busy hits — much like lighting up or eating happens when stress hits.

It is at this point where the right decision can actually create the new comfort zone. If you resist the urge to grab the Ben & Jerry’s from the freezer or skip the cigarette when you are out with the boys, then you have created a new, more positive mental picture for yourself and you will stay on track with whatever improvement you were making.

The same is true in the discipline to train: if you do not allow the stress of being busy to push you back into the behavior that you are more comfortable with — in this case, running and trying to get work done, without the tools of communication and training — then you have broken through a barrier and created a new reality for yourself and your team.

Keep Communicating

Use the Working Smarter meetings to address the issues that may be causing you to fall behind in a schedule or completing a task or shipment on time.

Or use your A Better Way 2 Learn Financials meetings to talk about that big bid and whether your estimate is accurate. Just like life itself depends on taking that next breath, the success of any organization depends on continuing to take time to communicate.

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