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It’s that season when a box of toys becomes a project. The warning
    label on the box, “some assembly required’ really      means “prepare
    yourself to read instructions that were translated into English and not
    translated very well, making   your job of assembly more arduous and
    somewhat daunting task.”

      “Some assembly required” is just work.

      Isn't that true of our businesses? Isn’t “some assembly required” for
    the work we do?

      Whether we produce a product a service, an experience, or a
    lifestyle, we are always into “some assembly required.”

      "Some assembly required" means getting it done and to get the work
    done (we all have great ideas, it’s getting it done    that’s important
    is something I have heard from proprietors for many a year) you only
    have to do two things:

      First, set a deadline to get the task done. Set penalties for not
    getting it done (a $5 penalty for the owner and $2           penalty
    for the employee who misses the deadline).  This money will go to a
    charity, but more importantly it will tell       the proprietor who is
    getting it done, who is taking it seriously and who really gives a
    damn...including the                 proprietor.  Post the results.
    Eventually the non performer will either start to perform better, quit
    or get fired.

      Second, hold meetings every week and have the team members report
    their progress of meeting the deadlines for      their tasks.
    Eventually peer pressure will force them to perform or to quit.  In
    either case, you win.

      T’is the season.  "Some assembly required."
      Set it up for January and February league starts.

      Do it now. Christmas is almost here.

      Good luck and good hunting!

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Comment by Rob McNaughton on December 10, 2011 at 6:33am

Fred, does this mean I'm fined for not reading your blog sooner! The cheques in the mail!


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