There is an old
saying that regardless of how great a battle plan you have, your
enemy gets a vote. Because they will change their actions in order
to block what you are doing, you must adapt and
Adaptability is a
process that has propelled America to create the most envied
standard of living in the world. Our ability to question the status
quo, to innovate, and to correct our mistakes keeps us constantly
moving forward. Let’s examine some areas where obstacles, created
by competitors, created opportunities for
Amazon started as
an online used book store. When competitors threatened, they
adapted to meet the competition, becoming the world’s largest
online marketplace. McDonalds had market dominance in fast food,
but was challenged with new menu items and special-order
availability from Burger King. They adapted their limited menu to
include more burger items, chicken, and breakfast to retain their
first-place status. Ford helped create the automobile. To meet
challenges from other auto makers he invented the moving assembly
line which kept manufacturing costs low so they could sell more
affordable cars. All these examples show that by adapting to
challenges from competitors, these companies
Sports teams are
very familiar with how their opponents get a vote. Games are won by
adapting to changes in personnel and tactics by opposing teams.
Basketball was created by adapting off season football player
training from weight lifting to additional athletic competition, to
keeping them in shape. When taller players began dominating the
game, it adapted, creating a great equalizer…the 3-point shot.
Football is the ultimate adaptation based on formations, the
forward pass, the no-huddle offense, and the run-pass (RPO) option.
Offenses and defenses constantly adapt during games to take
advantage of what their opponents are doing.
Wars are won or
lost by armed forces who adapt their strategies and tactics to
defeat the enemy. Families will adapt their activities based on new
jobs, new opportunities like time saving products, new births,
deaths, or the special needs of family members. Farmers are
producing more and better crops and livestock by adapting to new
equipment and processes.
Here in America,
let’s not lose our competitive edge by failing to adapt, so we may
always overcome our competitors. Our founders never quit and
neither will we. Let us continue to use our intelligence, our
adaptability, and our trust in God, knowing that when we do, we
will always leave a better America for those who come after
And, that is
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another arena of adaptability…education.
at birth. The first most important teachers, are the child’s
parents. They teach what is, and is not, acceptable behavior. As
they adapt to their new life, young children learn speech, habits,
and routines from their parents.
has several goals. It should be designed to support their parental
instruction while assisting the student to learn the skills
necessary to achieve successful outcomes. Quality education teaches
students how to adapt to different roles and responsibilities as
they progress in school and grow into adults.
Let’s look at
required skills of a quality education.
skill is a necessary requirement for students to be able to
effectively communicate with others. They must learn how to take a
thought, and, by using the spoken word, convey that thought to
Critical thinking teaches the student to question what they are
being taught to determine its relevance to a subject, person, or
event. Having the student examine the motives and background of the
person or group sharing the information, will enhance their ability
to understand the benefits of the information that they see, hear,
able to communicate with the written word is critical to being
understood. Written communication is not just pen and paper. It
includes the effective sharing of information and ideas using
electronic tools as well.
The desired goals
of a quality education include:
1. How to be adults
who are responsible for themselves and others. This affects their
decision making, and the outcomes of those decisions. It also
includes their participation in their government with informed
2. How to earn a
living. As they are exposed to many different roles, they must
decide how they will support themselves and how they will adapt
their actions to achieve their desired results.
to be happy. Happiness is not derived from things. Relationships,
purpose, fulfillment, and a sense of belonging create
As adults, we
will need continuing education to successfully adapt to our
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“I can’t find
anyone who wants to work these days!”
Yeah, it’s tough
recruiting good team members who truly want to work. Much less,
attracting people who have the drive to get ahead. That sentiment
has been shared with me a dozen times in the last 2 weeks. So,
let’s look at some non-traditional ways to add to your current
1. Think about all
the places where you do business: the grocery store, drug store,
dry cleaners, restaurants, retail shops. There are good people in
all these facilities. When you find a good prospect, introduce
yourself, and invite them in for an interview.
2. If you work
remotely, and you talk with a customer service rep or supplier who
impresses you on the phone, invite them for a Zoom interview.
Quality team members with great phone skills are very hard to
3. 3. Your service
club, union, church, industry group, any organization to which you
belong or are invited, has many members who want to advance their
careers. Plus, those members know many other people. Ask around.
You may be pleasantly surprised.
4. You have good
team members who will help you recruit. If you hire someone they
bring in, pay the referring employee a graduated bonus: $250 if the
new person stays 6 months, $250 at 9 months, $500 at 1 year. This
keeps your team engaged in recruiting and retaining quality
Most of your
competitors have websites that list their team members. Spend some
time searching for people who are currently doing the job you need
to fill. A well-timed contact may yield great
Most high schools
and trade schools have students being trained in the roles that you
need. Talk to their counselors about the opportunity for part time
work, apprenticeships, or referrals prior to their
7. 7.. Your state
employment service usually has many qualified military retirees
ready for a new career.
may know of qualified candidates who are seeking new
9. Your family
members may know of someone who would be a good
are just a few non-traditional sources to find team members. And,
don’t be afraid to brainstorm the issue with your current
the 1970’s, the same statements were made about no one wanting to
work. Yet, we staffed our stores and offices and created great
companies. Be creative! And, remember:
without ACTION, is just Entertainment!”
And, that is
today’s Morning Minute.