Sharp Knives…and Focusing on What Matters Most
Dec06

Sharp Knives…and Focusing on What Matters Most

Please listen to my interview with Jon Gordon here: Plant the Seed of Your Passion and Allow it to Grow by Jon Gordon I was speaking to the employees of a hotel/resort the other day and the head chef shared a comment that really stuck with me. “Yep, I’m a typical chef,” he said. “At work my knives are all nice and sharp. But when I cook at home, all my knives are dull.” Sharp knives at work… Dull knives at home. How many of us need to spend more time sharpening our knives at home? Reminds me of the time I was writing SOUP and my son kept coming to my office asking me to play ping-pong. “I’m busy,” I kept telling him with an agitated tone in my voice. And then it hit me. Here I am writing a book about engaged relationships and building a culture of greatness and I’m not living it or doing it at home. I felt convicted. I made a commitment right then and there to sharpen my knives at home. We often think that to be successful we have to limit the time we spend with people at home so we can focus on our work but I have found the more we make the people at home a priority the more we grow and grow in our work! The past few years I have had many conversations with friends such as Dan Britton and Ken Blanchard about ways to sharpen my knives at home. I asked questions, listened, learned, implemented, failed, succeeded and have discovered some great sharpening tools. We are all in this together and as iron sharpens iron and the people in my life have helped sharpen me I want to help sharpen you. So here are some sharpening tools to invest in your relationships and create a culture of greatness at home. (Note: While some reading this might not have kids or their kids are grown, you can still do these with a 2 person family) 1. Create a Family Mission statement – We have them at work. Why shouldn’t we create a mission/vision statement at home? A mission unites everyone in the family towards a common goal. 2. Family Meetings – A great time to connect and talk about the mission statement, challenges, successes, expectations and goals. How are we doing? Who needs help? How can I help? 3. Movie Night – Movie, pizza, ice-cream, family time and no distractions. 4. Show Them You Care – This will be different for each person. For my wife it means I fold the laundry. My daughter knows I...

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