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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence

Once-in-a-While Won’t Cut It

November 4, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

If you want to be the person or company they can always count on, then it is critical you deliver DAY-IN & DAY-OUT. Consistency is what transforms a reputation of average into one of excellent and it will also create TRUST with customers and bosses. When people know they can count on you, you will always be in demand. Consistency is essential to your success and nothing great will ever happen without it. What matters most is what you do every day, not what you do every-once- in-a-while. The power of your personal brand is based on four things: Competency, Reliability, Consistency and Trust.

Handling Irate People

October 29, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

In most all cases, the person yelling the loudest is the one losing the argument. Yelling at a person, doesn’t make “the thing you are yelling about” any more possible. Yelling may intimidate, but it will never persuade or convince someone about anything. I once heard it said – Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers, not the thunder.”

Formula for a Well-Balanced Life

October 8, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

Mr. Edwin C. Barnes became one of the business partners of Thomas A. Edison. He was a very detailed and disciplined man and, because of his nature, decided to write down a list of principles to follow (a formula) to live a well-balanced life. It is called “The Barnes Creed”. Here is a shortened version of what he wrote. I will…

Success List

September 24, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

You may not agree with all the points on my Success List below, but it gives you some things to think about. If you feel there is a better answer for any or all of them, then scratch out my opinion and write in yours. You might have more than one thing that you feel should be listed by each point … and that’s okay. (In some cases, I found it extremely hard to identify just one) The objective here is to get us all thinking about what is really involved in being successful: it sure made me think. We all need to understand: before we can be it, do it, and live it … we must recognize it.

The Destructive Attitude of Arrogance

September 10, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

One of the biggest destructive forces today that causes countless large companies to fail is an ATTITUDE of ARROGANCE. Bill Gates said, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Couple that statement with one from former Intel Chairman Andy Grove, who said, “Only the paranoid survive. Paranoids believe someone or some force is out to get them,” and now you should have a better perspective on how two enormously successful men remained successful in such competitive, turbulent times.

Fix What Needs Fixing

August 26, 2023

by Robert Stevenson

I see a lot of valuable time being wasted in companies with people trying to improve something that is already working great. It is important to always be looking for ways to improve, but it is more important to be working on things that need improving. I live, work, and operate by what I like to refer to as The Stapler Principle. This principle has helped me immeasurably in being more efficient, which can also equate into being more successful.

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