Mondays are Great

The Mondays Are Great philosophy had its beginning for me 38 years ago. In the early challenges of starting a transportation company, often I made the actual deliveries. While delivering a package and obtaining a signature, I would fill those idle seconds with conversation, as most of us do in those moments -- “How are you,?” and “How is it going?” were my frequent questions. I was excited every moment of the day, including during those delivery experiences, because I was living my dream -- … [Read more...]

Never Give Up

I love basketball. I played city league basketball when I was growing up in Birmingham. I also coached over 10 years of basketball. I continue to love to watch the March madness basketball tournament. Now, I have grandkids that play basketball and having coached and played just adds to the enrichment of watching from the sidelines. Caroline, one of my granddaughters, played in a game this weekend that I will never forget for the rest of my life. She is eight years old and plays on her school … [Read more...]

Are Positive People Ever Negative?

Have you wondered if positive people are ever negative? Do they get down or experience disappointment? Do they ever have a bad attitude? The truth is, bad things happen to everyone. All of us have challenges in life. There are disillusionments. We do not get everything we want. Sometimes we lose. We have family, friends and coworkers who suffer. There is sickness and death. What we expect does not always happen. Our deepest desires sometime become our largest disappointments. Life is … [Read more...]

A Worthwhile Purpose

When people first meet me and hear that I own a transportation company, they always ask what we deliver. It is their first question. I use to answer by describing the products we deliver or our geographical locations. My answer today is totally different. I say the following: “We save lives daily. We keep the wheels of commerce moving. We make your life at home comfortable.” That answer usually elicits more questions. They really want to hear about saving lives. They are intrigued by my … [Read more...]

Leadership Is Influence

I couple of years ago, I presented a few words at the funeral of a 12 year employee and consultant to our company. Of the audiences I have spoken to in the last few years, most of them were larger in number and the topic was usually on success, motivation or transportation. What a difference it was to speak in front of family and friends who were there to honor their loved one in the midst of their grief. I have lost my own parents and my wife has lost both of her parents as well. I have felt … [Read more...]

Define Attitude

"Define Attitude" was the request by Greg Williams, the host for the radio show, "Your Emerging Small Business", lunch and learn series. It was directed at me as I was the guest speaker yesterday on his show. I told Greg and the listening audience that I used a three-part definition for attitude The first part is what I call the glass half full. This was the mentality that Norman Vincent Peale so strongly talked about in his many books and speeches. When you think about this, a half full glass … [Read more...]

Beginning

“Beginning” is a frightening and powerful word. After delivering a presentation titled, “Beginning Your Speech,” I could not help but think about other beginnings. Like when my wife and I started Hackbarth Delivery Service in 1975. We started with $500 capital borrowed from my sister Janice. The first month’s revenues were only $7.50. It is interesting to me that when we had what was probably the least in life, as measured by assets and financial wealth, was also the time that we had a great … [Read more...]

Seat on the Bus

Jim Collins, in his book, Good to Great , talks about seats on the bus. It is important in your business for people to have the right seat on the bus and to be on the right bus. A company can have the right people but have them in the wrong place. This can lead to many problems and the worst might be losing a valuable person that could succeed in a different job, the right seat. Even more important are people on the bus that do not belong on the bus. Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, often … [Read more...]

The Female Advantage

I grew up surrounded by women. I had three sisters and no brothers. I remember in the second grade one night preparing for my reading assignment in class next day. Brenda, my oldest sister, was listening to my practice. She said, "Robert, whenever you have an exclamation point, you should add excitement and passion in your voice. That's why you have an exclamation point." When she said this, I got it immediately. In class next day, I read like I have never read before in my life. The … [Read more...]

Success is

Success is ____________. Successful people have ___________. When I think of successful people, I think of _____________________. What words did you use to fill in the blanks? I know you thought of something because success is a word often used in our country. We all have our thoughts about this subject and all of us have been exposed to the huge amount of conversation surrounding this topic. There are many who say success is all about getting rich. And people who have a certain … [Read more...]