Team work

  Not only in the Accounting Department is Teamwork a necessity but in every business MEI owns it should take top priority.  Focus on being a great “Team Player” today and every day.  Ask yourself how you can contribute to your team more every day.  Below are a few key traits of a GREAT “Team Player”.

 Demonstrates reliability

You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done and does his fair share to work hard and meet commitments. He or she follows through on assignments. Consistency is key. You can count on him or her to deliver good performance all the time, not just some of the time.

Communicates constructively

Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible — in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.

Listens actively

Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every point.

Functions as an active participant

Good team players are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings and listen and speak up in discussions. They’re fully engaged in the work of the team

Shares openly and willingly

Good team players share. They’re willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed.

Cooperates and pitches in to help

Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Effective team players work this way by second nature.

 Exhibits flexibility

Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations.

 Shows commitment to the team

Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.

Works as a problem-solver

Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They’re problem-solvers.

 Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner

Team players treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration — not just some of the time but consistently.


“If we are together nothing is impossible.  If we are divided all will fail.” —Winston Churchill



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5 Things You Must Do To Be Successful In Life

Here are the five things that you need to do in order to be extremely successful and happy in life. If you practice these daily it will make a positive impact in your life and a change for the better.

1) Know what you are worth and never settle for less.

2) Refuse to believe those who put you down.

3) Believe in yourself.

4) Be Brave.

5) Keep trying and learning.

Think about each one of these and how you can customize them to your life. Have a great day!


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Words from the wise…


“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

– Albert Einstein


“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

– W. Somerset Maugham


“Wisdom lies not in possessing knowledge
— which quickly becomes outdated —
but in perpetually seeking it.”

— Paul Johnson


“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Have a wonderful Wednesday! – Kim

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Adaptability – It’s all about attitude!

I was reading LaTessa’s blog about change yesterday and I thought it was very accurate. Change can be very difficult for people who aren’t very adaptable. Our own adaptability can be improved through our attitudes. I found this article about adaptability and wanted to share it. For those of you that don’t have time to read the entire article, I have listed five positive and negative characteristics of change from the article.

Negative Characteristics


Rigidity—“It’s my way or the highway”

Discontent—“No, I don’t like it this way. Why can’t we…”

Unapproachable—“Don’t bother me unless it’s worth my time and you agree with me”

Bluntness—“That’s a stupid idea!”

Resistance—“This is the way we’ve always done it”


Positive Characteristics

Confidence -means that you believe in yourself; you trust your own judgment and resourcefulness.

Tolerance – That means you’re open to accepting opinions and practices different from your own

Empathy – “I feel what you feel. I can put myself in your shoes.”

Positivity – A positive attitude leads to positive events in your life.

Respect for others – This is the sincere desire to understand and consider other people’s choices, commitments and needs in relation to yours.


“If at first a new idea doesn’t seem ridiculous, then there is no hope for it.” Albert Einstein

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often” -Winston Churchill


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Webster’s Dictionary defines change as to:

  1. become or make different: to become different, or make something or somebody different
  2. substitute or replace something: to exchange, substitute, or replace something
  3. pass from one state to another: to pass or make something pass from one state or stage to another

Have you ever thought about what you think of change? As humans, we typical all cringe when we hear the word change.  That’s because for the majority of us, it is something new, and with anything new we tend to fear it rather than taking the opportunity to completely embrace it.   Last month we as a company implemented a new budget/bonus program in order to strive to become an even stronger and more prosperous company than we already are.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to see how truly awesome our employees are.  It was so great to see our offices meet the challenge head on and not shy away.  So give yourselves a pat on the back and let us continue to keep meeting the challenge and keep moving forward.


This is one of my favorite quotes about change and moving forward.  Enjoy and have a great Monday!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”   – Walt Disney


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A Reason to Celebrate

I am a firm believer that anytime you find a reason to celebrate then it is important to celebrate as soon as possible.  During the month of February the team members of Approved Auto Sales had four goals that they were striving to reach.  Due to their hard work and the attitude that they all bring to work everyday the team members at Approved Auto were successful in reaching ALL FOUR goals that were set for February.  Let’s celebrate!

As soon as the final figures were tallied for February and we saw that we had hit all four goals the team members at Approved were asked how they wanted to celebrate.  Their quick reply was that they wanted to have dinner at the Outback in Tupelo.  Last night the Approved team, Louis and myself capped off a successful month with blooming onions and juicy steaks.  Keep up the great work at Approved Auto everybody and be thinking about where we can eat next month! — Luke

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from reaching his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” 



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Not Just a Poster

There has been a lot of focus on our Vision and Values statement as we have started 2014.  Much of the discussion has centered around making sure we are living by our values on a daily basis in everything we do with Montgomery Enterprises.

I spent last Thursday sitting in on P&L reviews with Janna in all district one offices.  There was one value that stood out that every office was living by.  Cleanliness- Out of respect for our customers and ourselves, our locations will be shining examples of cleanliness and attention to detail.  All of the offices were neat, organized, had no trash in the parking lot, and signage was updated and displayed in a professional manner.  Great job district one on living this value!

A large part of virtue consists in good habits.-William Paley

Have a productive day….Louis

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Find someone doing something right

To improve performance most would think, you must be focused on areas where employees are doing things wrong. It is not to say that we must overlook areas that need improvement, but there is another way to improve performance.

Instead of always looking for someone doing something wrong, find someone doing something right. By recognizing someone doing something right you are promoting the behavior you expect. When someone is noticed doing something right others take notice. Ask yourself have you ever seen someone other than yourself being recognized for their performance? How did it make you feel? Most would say I want to be recognized too.  In turn those not recognized will begin to alter their behavior to fit those that were.

Over the last few weeks I have been able to find people doing things right:

Christie and Susan in Fayette – they both have been helping out the Hamilton store. They have offered their time and effort to help a store in need. They both have been training a new hire, again offering their time and effort. Doing something right!

Tracie from Kim’s area – She also has been helping out in Hamilton. She has offered her support and time to help the store get back to where it should be. Doing something right!

Stephanie and Kelly – Both of these ladies have given their time and effort to help out in Camden and Greensboro. They have taken time away from their store to help others. They are also going to be training a new hire for the next few weeks. Doing something right!

Tracy – A customer came into the Tuscaloosa store needing a title loan, his car was in the shop across the street. She found a way to do the loan instead of a way not too. She spoke to the mechanic and he was more than eager to help. She was able to do the loan, and has begun to develop a new business relationship for the store. Doing something right!

Finding someone doing something right is rewarding not only to those that receive the recognition, but also for those that have observed it.


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The Importance of Acknowledgement

This past weekend, I had to go to a new pharmacy because the one I had been using no longer accepted my insurance. I was not upset about leaving the pharmacy I had been using because the customer service was so bad I had actually completed an online survey (which I never do)!  I walked into the new pharmacy right when the sign said the pharmacy part of the store opened. Ten minutes later….they finally opened the windows. Then, the pharmacist and a pharmacy technician went about their business putting up inventory and answering the phones never once acknowledging that I was standing only a few feet away. When they finally came and talked to me, I explained that I needed to transfer a prescription and that I would be back later. I was so livid at this point that I had to leave. When I came back, the same scenario replayed out again. The technician got on the phone and the pharmacist typed away at her computer. I started to wonder if I had invisibility powers….after all the technician was wearing a shirt that said “we love our customers” wasn’t she? Needless to say, my husband starts a new job in April and I hope our insurance will allow me to go to elsewhere….hopefully somewhere where they truly do love their customers.
My first job was working at a pharmacy with a drive-thru window. I was terribly shy but my uncle, the pharmacist, stressed to me that when a customer came in the door or through the drive-thru window that I was to immediately acknowledge them. Not only did I overcome my shyness but I also learned the importance of an acknowledgement. It doesn’t take much; a simple “I will be with you shortly” will do. It makes the customer feel welcome and important.  So, even on busy days or when you are having a bad day, just remember a simple acknowledgement can make a significant difference.


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Big Month at Simple Pawn

February is shaping up to be the best sales month at Simple Pawn in the shop’s history.  Coming in to this last week of the month we have set the Simple Pawn team a stretch goal to end the month this Friday with a total of $50,000 in sales.  We feel great about their chances of hitting this goal as their sales have been trending upwards significantly over the last few weeks. On top of that, yesterday we received a huge load of electronics to sell that included fifty flat screen TV’s, I-pods, Go Pro cameras and several other hot items that should be a hit with customers.

I want to wish Alex, Melissa, Justin and Josh good luck in hitting their stretch goal this week!  We can do this! — Luke

“In order to succeed your desire for success should be stronger than your fear of failure.”  Bill Cosby

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”  Vince Lombardi

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