Mike Babcock’s Perspective on Winning

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Frustrated Leaf fan after loss

“I’m not happy,  because I like winning! That’s how I measure my enjoyment.” -Mike Babcock, Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club (after a loss)

 

Motivational Quote: World Series Champions 2010

Congratulations to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

Here are a few quotes on how they won it.

“Persistance, work ethic,  team effort and everyone made a huge contribution this year. “ -Brian Wilson, Closing Relief Pitcher, San Francisco Giants

“Keep working, stay in shape and good things are bound to happen.” – Edgar Renteria, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants & World Series MVP

“It goes to show you what a team can do when they play with heart & effort.” – Bruce Bochy, Manager, San Francisco Giants

But the best quote of the night, in my opinion came from the manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington, when he said, “It’s not the best team that wins, its the team that plays the best. “

Motivational Quote: Focusing on what you can control

“You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.” A.J. Kitt

This is a key message for all those individuals who are wasting so much time and energy worrying about something that is outside of their control, instead of investing their time and energy on what they can control.

Motivational Quote: Losing

“One loss is good for the soul. Too many losses is not good for the coach.” – Knute Rockne, Notre Dame Football Legend

The Key to Reducing Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is crippling many organizations.

Here are some thoughts on this subject from Leigh Branham, Author of the book titled: Keeping the People who Keep you in Business. http://www.keepingthepeople.com/ (excellent book)

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Which is more expensive, the cost of doing the things necessary to retain your most valuable people, or the cost of losing and replacing those people?

The companies that achieve dramatic reductions in turnover are often the ones at which the top executive or owner makes the commitment to do something about it.

When the CEO is committed, the organization usually falls in line.

If your CEO is not committed enough to retaining the right people as a long-term business strategy, it may be only because he or she has not yet realized the cost implications and long-term business consequences of continuing turnover. If you run the numbers, most CEO’s and CFO’s, of course will pay attention to them.

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In my experience, I have found this to be true, because as I often say,

“The number one sport in business is watching the boss.”

And when the boss see something as important, the employees take it a lot more seriously.