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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence


Excel at Excuses – Fail at Life

May 16, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

I once read, “excuses are the lies you tell yourself.” That is a powerful statement. It is important to understand that great leaders never expect results from those who give excuses. They will go find someone else to get the job done. So, if you are looking for a great excuse to explain why you didn’t accomplish something, remember this rule: those who excel at excuses seldom excel at anything else. Great leaders are well aware of that rule. I find people who are good at making excuses, are seldom good at reaching goals, solving problems, and leading people. I am tired of people who say…



Get the M.U.D. Out of Your Life

May 9, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

Years ago, Toyota embraced and developed a methodology for identifying and removing inefficiencies and waste in what came to be known as the famous Toyota Production System. Companies worldwide came to their facilities to see just how Toyota was accomplishing such incredible production efficiencies.



Give More - Get More

May 2, 2020

by Robert Stevenson

Sometimes you can end up getting more by giving more than is necessary. I think the following old story gives a great example of what I mean. (the author is anonymous)



The Art of Decision Making

May 5, 2019

by Robert Stevenson

Back in 1920’s the life expectancy for a U.S. Mail pilot was a mere four years. Flying in bad weather was proving to be detrimental to a pilot. In fact, of the first forty U.S. Mail pilots, thirty-one died carrying the mail. Something had to be done to change the attitude of the people who were making the “DECISION” of when a pilot should fly. The pilots worked out a deal with their field managers. They said they would fly in bad weather if the field manager would be willing to get in the co-pilot’s seat and take-off and fly once around the airfield and then come back and land. If the weather was so bad, that the field manager was too scared to comply with that rule, then the pilot would not take-off. The year this rule was made, 1922, U.S. Mail pilots had zero fatalities.



Shortcuts

May 20, 2018

by Robert Stevenson

One of the definitions of the word “shortcut” is, “an accelerated way of doing or achieving something; a shorter alternative route”. But, if you do further research you will find people who will tell you there are no shortcuts to success. People have stated, “When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts.” Others have said,“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” Or how about this one: “There are no shortcuts. It takes time to build a better version of you.”



Mother’s Day Wish

May 13, 2018

by Robert Stevenson

On this Mother’s Day
my wish is simple for you.

That you feel your mothers’ love as I always do.

Happy Mother’s Day to
all you wonderful mothers.



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