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Don’t Let A Friend Use Powerpoint

Thursday, April 29, 2010
posted by Lee Cockerell 4:09 PM

Good Morning Everyone

I love the following article about the evil of Powerpoint.

Super Strong, Super Slow In 20 Minutes

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
posted by Lee Cockerell 3:56 PM

Below is a  link to an article about a seminar I did in San Antonio recently at the Super Slow Zone.

My Golden Corral Experience

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
posted by Lee 4:58 PM

I just finished spending three days with the Golden Corral restaurant group in San Antonio. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Favorite Books of Famous People and My Personal Favorites

Saturday, April 17, 2010
posted by Lee 11:41 AM

Books that inspired famous people. It just takes one good inspiration to set you off to achieve your dreams.

My Grandchildren and I Love 7-11

Friday, April 16, 2010
posted by Lee 9:46 AM

 First of all this morning before we get to the main blog post I want to give you my opinion of Charlie Christ’s (Our Governor),

Training And Development…They are different!

Sunday, April 11, 2010
posted by Lee 12:16 PM

Remember that there is a big difference between training and development.  You need to be doing both for your children and your team members.

Training is when you are preparing me to do something for you.

Development is when you are preparing me for a bettter future.

Training is teaching me how to do something.

Development is teaching me how to be a whole successful person, to be competent not only technically,  competent as a manager,  competent technologically but also to be a great leader who is has relationship competency and can get along well with one on one relationships and multi-relationships.

When your team feels like you are developing them, they become committed to your organziation and your mission.

Training without development is selfish. Doing bothh is a win win for all involved.

Remember that people will not be committed to you unless they are sure you are committed to them.

Have a nice Sunday everyone….Lee

Email Etiquette

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
posted by Lee 9:04 AM

 

Email Etiquette Guidelines

 

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E-mail Etiquette Guidelines: Quick Reference List 1. Be polite and respectful.

2. Answer all questions.

3. Be concise.

4. Know the difference between “To” and “Cc”.

5. Make it personal.

6. Use templates for frequently used responses.

7. Use descriptive “headers”.

8. Use shorter paragraphs.

9. Line length: don‟t make lines too long.

10. Use proper structure and layout.

11. Don‟t leave out the message thread.

12. Add disclaimers to your e-mails.

13. Do not overuse Reply to All.

14. Use discretion when quoting documents.

15. Be swift.

16. Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.

17. Proofread or spell-check before you send.

18. Take care with abbreviations and emotions.

19. Be careful with formatting.

20. Do not attach unnecessary files.

21. Continue to network by other means.

22. Do not overuse the high priority option.

23. Do not bold, underline, use red font, larger size font or write in CAPITALS. ( actually I do this sometimes)

24. Make sure your signature is in accordance with corporate standards.

25. If you receive a message that seems out of character for the sender, double-check before taking seriously.

26. E-mail can be misdirected, even when you are careful.

27. E-mail is easily forwarded to someone else.

28. Delete sent messages with attachments.

29. Eliminate unnecessary e-mail.

30. Do not forward chain letters and do not reply to spam.

31. Do not request delivery and read receipts.

32. Do not ask to recall a message.

33. Do not copy a message or attachment without permission.

34. Do not send or forward e-mails containing: libellous, defamatory, offensive, racist or obsceneremarks.

35. Keep your emails gender neutral

 

Efteling Creating Fantasy One Guest At A Time

Sunday, April 4, 2010
posted by Lee 7:01 AM

Hello everyone… Happy Easter and Happy Passover this morning. I am about to go out and hide the eggs for my three grandchildren to hunt. I buy plastic Easter Eggs and put IOU’s in them for such things as a trip to the bookstore from the educated bunny a sleepover at our house with a pancake breakfast from the breakfast bunny. The kids keep these  IOU’s and turn them in during the year…..Tons of fun! Don’t worry, we have taught them the real meaning of Easter and of Passover.

I just returned from a wonderful trip to the Netherlands where I was doing some consulting for Efteling Theme Park and Hotels. The park opened in 1952 and is a wonderful park based upon fairy tales.  This is a very large park just 75 minutes outside of Amsterdam. The park for the last 57 years has been open only seasonally but as of a few days ago on April 1 they became a year round park which will never close again. Since they don’t have hurricanes in the Netherlands it is unlikely that they will have to close.

The park and hotels are very well done. I stayed in the Efteling Hotel for a few days in a themed suite that was themed to a theater. It was supplied with  cotton candy, popcorn and a very large screen TV in the theater room and even a bar with coffee and hot chocolate. I also stayed in one of their new properites which are villa’s that sleep 4-8 complete with a childrens room with bunk beds and a full kitchen and best of all a sauna out on the deck overlooking the water.

The park has a wonderful balance of attractions and shows that are appropriate for any age. They are currently in the final stages of building a giant wooden coaster which will open in July. The coasters theme is the battle between water and fire, complete with a two story fire breathing dragon.

I saw my old friends Sleeping Beauty and the Seven Dwarfs ( I even spotted the poison apple with one bite taken out of it). Cinderella and the prince were there too and I witnessed Cinderella puting on the glass slipper.  Many other fairy tale friends were also present and working hard to “Create Fantasy” for their guests.

The real upside for Efteling is the staff which are all called hosts whether they are front line or management. The service levels and hospitality of the hosts is really exceptional. They are all proud of Efteling. I observed this in their performance. I would have to say that I witnessed some of the best attitude’s in friendliness, caring and genuine hospitality that I have seen anywhere in the world in any theme park or hotel.  The food everywhere was excellent. Every meal I had was perfect unlike many theme parks and hotels…..great job chefs.

The other big advantage this operation has is that there is great leadership in place at every level.  They all understand the importance of continual learning and are working hard to get better in their technical, management, technological and leadership competence for everyone…..They understand the importance of role in the show and that they are all onstage or backstage to create a perfect experience, day in and day out for every guest. Even the board took time to have dinner with me one evening and they are very busy people.

On opening day April 1st I was there with Coen Bertens who leads park operations. It was raining and sleeting and it was windy and cold. There was no sun outside until we stepped into the park where magically everyone was smiling and having the time of their life. It immediately felt like the sun was shining and the rain and sleet turned from cold to a warm refreshing environment. This is what smiling friendly smiles do for guests in any organization.

Efteling leadership really believes with their hearts and minds that everyone is  important. They realize that this philosphy is the foundation for excellence. They also keep their guests central to all of their decisions.

To the Coen brothers and their fantasy sister Elly and all of my new friends in the Netherlands and especially at Efteling, thank you for a wonderful week. I hope I was able to inspire you as much as you inspired me. Good luck with your opening and best wishes for a record year of creating fantasy for your guests of every age….I hope to come back next year so my family can experience the fantasy with me….Thank you all for making me feel special all week long…….Lee “Creating Magic” Cockerell

PS: Margot (11) and Tristan (9) just got up. Our next goal is to get Jullian (14) out of bed. Teenagers are the same everywhere in the world. They like to sleep late.