Smart Move

We had a very successful Manager’s Meeting yesterday highlighted by John Thedford’s book reiew of his book Smart Moves Management.  I encourage you to view John’s book review as the beginning of a journey of learning as opposed to a two hour book review.  It would be a great practice to start each day out reviewing a couple of his “Smart Moves” in your store and discuss how we can implement them as a team each morning.  I believe this will not only create an environment of continuous learning, but will also be a great way to get us focused on the day ahead.

“The most important job of a leader is telling your people where they are going to go.”   John Thedford

Have a great day….Louis

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Thank You to Our Veterans

Today is the day we honor the great men and women of our U.S. military.  I recently read that there are more than 23 million veterans living worldwide – that is 23 million people to which we owe gratitiude for all the liberties and freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis.  I have mentioned before on the blog that my husband served 10 years as an active duty officer in the Air Force so I know firsthand the sacrifices that are made by not only the men and women of the military but also their families.  All who have served have suffered in some way and will never be the same.  It may seem small but it is an important matter for us to simply say “thank you” to these courageous Americans.  I have included a favorite picture of mine – my oldest daughter seeing her dad for the first time in 6 months.  My youngest daughter was also born during that time.

Dana

Rachel

“Let us never forget the blank check each of them wrote to us, at the value of their lives, in service to our nation.”

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Another Class

Pictured back L to R:  Angela Blankenship, Johnna Coffey, Chelsea Caygle, Kelly Arrington, Tina Brown, Chantel Williams, Dellynn Kennedy, Justin Ling  Front L to R:  Louis Lee, Kim Wright, Janna Tolar, Luke Montgomery
Pictured back L to R: Angela Blankenship, Johnna Coffey, Chelsea Caygle, Kelly Arrington, Tina Brown, Chantel Williams, Dellynn Kennedy, Justin Ling Front L to R: Louis Lee, Kim Wright, Janna Tolar, Luke Montgomery

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending another class graduation of the Montgomery Enterprises’ Leadership Skills Program.  Having seen several classes go through the program  over the past few years its still just as much fun to witness the change in the participants over the course of the class.  Rubye Del has a special talent for bringing the best out in people.  Congratulations to yesterday’s graduates!

On another note, as many of you know one of my favorite hobbies is reading . . . often books about business.  It’s not often I get to meet and discuss one of my favorite books with the book’s author but that is exactly what we will be doing Monday morning when, at our companywide Manager Meeting, we do a book review of Smart Moves Management with its author John Thedford.  I have had the privilege of seeing John speak on a couple of occasions and am especially excited to have him sharing his knowledge of running a highly successful business with us on Monday. John’s presentation will be a great way to kick off our “busy season” as 2013 winds down to a close.

I look forward to seeing everyone Monday! — Luke

“Ultimately, business building is nothing more than people building.”  John Thedford

 

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Super Successful People

I was recently looking through Forbes magazine when a title of an article caught my attention, “5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM.”  I have always considered myself somewhat of a “morning person” and who isn’t trying to be super successful so I decided to read the article. The five ways are:

1. Exercise

2. Map Out Your Day

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

4. Visualization

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy

Out of these five things I realized I only do two or three on a regular basis. This past week I have made an effort to do as many of these as possible. I have found that the more of them I accomplish before 8 AM the smoother my day goes. I have gotten more work done and had more free time when I got home. This article really motivated me to wake up earlier and get a head start on the day, in return I feel much more successful at the end of the day. I hope you will start using these tips in order to become a super successful person.

“The best time to get ahead is while others are sleeping.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2013/10/02/5-things-super-successful-people-do-before-8-am/
Meredith

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Congrats

Congratulations to our staff at Approved Auto Sales for finishing up a great month in October.  They were successful in meeting all four goals set for the month.  Our business has experienced great growth over the last year.  The growth can be directly attributed to the growth of the staff at Approved.  I look forward to having many successful months down the road.

Louis

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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes is a serious disease that affects your body’s ability to produce and use insulin adequately resulting in a build-up of glucose in the blood known as high blood sugar.  Nearly 26 million Americans are currently living with a diabetes diagnosis.  Of these approximately 813,000 live in Mississippi and Alabama. 

There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in children but can occur at any age.  It limits insulin production but its causes are unknown.  Type 2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of diabetes cases.  It has been linked to older age and family history, although it is increasingly being diagnosed in younger Americans. 

While you cannot change your family history, knowing about it can give you the information you need to take action on the things you can change.  If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can prevent or, at least, delay the onset of this disease by making important lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and increasing physical activity. 

Visiting your primary healthcare provider for routine check-ups is also important.  This allows your doctor to monitor your health and identify health issues before they become serious.  Employees and their dependents covered by the Montgomery Enterprises Health insurance plan are eligible to receive one glucose screening each year at no cost to the member as part of the Healthy You! wellness benefit.  Annual glucose screenings are available for high-risk individuals between the ages of 3 and 39 and for all other individuals beginning at age 40. 

For covered employees or dependents that have already been diagnosed with diabetes, benefits are available to help you manage this disease such as annual diabetes self-management training, dilated eye exams and preventive routine foot care.  Equipment and supplies for glucose monitoring and insulin administration are also covered under our plan.

By taking steps to prevent or effectively treat type 2 diabetes, you are also taking steps that can help lower your risk for other serious health problems such as stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness.  Feel free to contact me for information on the benefits available for diabetes prevention and treatment.

~ Kandi

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

~Maria Robinson

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Happy Halloween!

I hope you all are having a spooky Halloween! I would like to share the costumes from today. You all look great!

Happy Halloween from Cleopatra (Dawn McGee)
Happy Halloween from Cleopatra (Dawn McGee)
Elisha Hopkins and Jennifer Wilson
Elisha Hopkins and Jennifer Wilson are looking good as Toddler’s and Tiaras.
Kim Woods1
Kim Woods makes the cutest panda bear I know.
Kim Woods4
Here is another picture of Kim as a panda
Bellena Criddle and Shauna as MEI Minions :)
Bellena Criddle and Shauna as MEI Minions 🙂
Chistina Sciple makes a cute nerd
Chistina Sciple makes a cute nerd
Lynn Johnson as "A Blessing in Disguise"
Lynn Johnson as “A Blessing in Disguise”
Lynn Johnson as Medusa for Truck or Treat
Lynn Johnson as Medusa for Truck or Treat
Lynn Murphree and April Moore are Angry Birds today!
Lynn Murphree and April Moore are Angry Birds today!

 

Dorothy (Christie Nuckols) and the Wicked Witch of the West (Susan Sudduth) and Toto visited Fayette today.
Dorothy (Christie Nuckols) and the Wicked Witch of the West (Susan Sudduth) and Toto visited Fayette today.

 

Crystal Dabbs makes a fine scarecrow!
Crystal Dabbs makes a fine scarecrow!

 

 

Salt and Pepper's Here! Julie Snow (salt) and Mattie Doss (pepper)
Salt and Pepper’s Here! Julie Snow (salt) and Mattie Doss (pepper)
Sons of Anarchy have taken over Simple Pawn!! Pictured L to R: Alex Bost, Justin Ling, Melissa Whitehead, and Austin Ramsey
Sons of Anarchy have taken over Simple Pawn!! Pictured L to R: Alex Bost, Justin Ling, Melissa Whitehead, and Austin Ramsey

 

Lakisha McCants and Kerri Hellmers are rockin' it 80's style!
Lakisha McCants and Kerri Hellmers are rockin’ it 80’s style!
Here's another one of Lakisha and Kerri.
Here’s another one of Lakisha and Kerri.

 

Kiss is performing live at Belmont! Pictured L to R: Shane (Deborah's son), Deborah Wood, Hope Newcomb, and Whitney Sanders
Kiss is performing live at Belmont! Pictured L to R: Shane (Deborah’s son), Deborah Wood, Hope Newcomb, and Whitney Sanders
Deborah Wood and Hope Newcomb
Deborah and Hope are hard at it.

 

Hey there Minnie!! (Dorrice Griffin)
Hey there Minnie!! (Dorrice Griffin)

 

Shavon Travis is looking scary as  and Tracy Jones is mustard :)
Shavon Travis is looking scary as a cat/witch/vampire and Tracy Jones is mustard 🙂
The Robertson Family of Duck Dynasty will be at Approved Auto today. Pictured L to R: Jase(Zack Jones), Uncle Si (Misha Come), Ms. Kay (Janie Bates), Phil (Laken Graham), Willie (Amy Alexander)
The Robertson Family of Duck Dynasty will be at Approved Auto today. Pictured L to R: Jase (Zack Jones), Uncle Si (Misha Comer), Ms. Kay (Janie Bates), Phil (Laken Graham), Willie (Amy Alexander)
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Here they are again.

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Quotes from Winget

 

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to read non-fiction books.  I generally keep a few books on hand that I am either reading or intending to read.  One of my favorite business/self-development authors is Larry Winget.  Having been labeled “the Pit Bull of Personal Development” Winget’s short books serve as the kick in the pants we often need to get moving and do the things we need to do to make our life and job better.  I just finished his most recent book and thought I would share of few quotes from his bestseller. — Luke

“Success comes from what you do, not from what you say you are going to do.” 

“Those that consider themselves the exception to the rule should reread the rule.”

“Can’t usually means won’t.”

“The best way to get ahead is to move your behind.”

“Your time, energy and money always go to what is important to you.”

“You can’t step up to the next level as long as you keep one foot on the lower level.”

“If it’s right and no one else is doing it, it’s still right.  If it’s wrong and everyone else is doing it, it’s still wrong.” 

and finally. . .

Larry’s Number One Rule for Life and Business:  Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it.

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Synergy

Merriam-Webster defines synergy as the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together. I recently heard this word for the first time and it has really stuck in my mind. The phrase “two heads are better than one” is a simple way to remember what synergy means. This should be a key word that we use in our company every day. Teamwork and open mindedness to ideas other than your own fall under synergy and it definitely takes that to run a successful business. Together we can produce far better results than we could individually. Let’s all practice “synergizing” and watch as it helps grow our stores and company as a whole.

Have a great day!

Meredith

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Some Quotes to Start the Week

My father always used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your
argument.” –Desmond Tutu

A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates.
A great person inspires others to see for themselves.- Harvey Mackay

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have never been hurt by what I have not said. –Calvin Coolidge

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.- Aristotle

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character
is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you
are.- Dale Carnegie
Have a great week-Louis

 

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