I’m focusing today’s post on the Entrepreneur from the E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber.

The Entrepreneur is the big-picture thinker, looking at projects on a macro scale. Often times the Entrepreneur will go against the grain by challenging existing ways of doing, operating, and thinking in the world. The Entrepreneur is often asking why not? A reluctance to readily accept the status quo is key here.

Gerber believes that the Entrepreneur in us is the visionary, the dreamer, the creative force, the innovator, and the grand strategist. The Entrepreneur is also a lover of the unknown and the untested.

According to Gerber, the Entrepreneur is the “Energy behind every human activity. The imagination that sparks the fire of the future, The catalyst for change. The Entrepreneur lives in the future, never in the past, rarely in the present. He’s happiest when left free to construct images of “what-if” and “if-when.”

How the Entrepreneur, the Manager, and the Technician interact with each other will be the subjects of future in 2018. Happy New Year!

I am very grateful to Jenna Pontious, Branch Manager at La Sierra branch and literacy coordinator for the Riverside Public Library, for this guest column on the 2017 California Library Association Conference. Thank you Jenna!

This year, the 2017 California Library Association (CLA) Conference was held in my home turf of Riverside, CA from November 2-4. Since the event was held in the city with the library system I work in, I (along with 21 of my coworkers) was able to have my conference fees covered by our FOL group.  It was my first time attending CLA and it was a rewarding experience. I volunteered to work the registration desk for 4 hours for pre-conference, on Thurs. Nov. 1. I met a lot of fellow librarians and vendors, and was able to see a lot of old coworkers too. I ran in to these same people throughout the conference, so it was great way to network and see who made it in. I also volunteered to be a session monitor for 3 hours on Saturday, Nov. 4, where I was in charge of 6 rooms. Session monitoring consisted of checking in with the speakers, making sure their surveys got filled out, turning in the surveys, and contacting the building/tech services if the speakers encountered any problems. I got a nice sampling of the workshops that afternoon, like volunteering away your library fines, a reading ambassador program for kids, and I got to hear a bit of the State Librarian’s speech. In the exhibit hall, I spoke with our credit card system rep, Comprise, tried out Occulus, a virtual reality head set, and attempted to win a marshmallow catapult contest with my coworker. Sadly, only 4 out of 8 marshmallows connected with their target. The Headshot Truck generously donated their time to take free headshots, which I took advantage of. All in all, the conference was great for networking, professional development, new ideas for programs and services, and promoting issues like social justice and equality.

 

30. November 2017 · Comments Off on Communication is Important · Categories: Uncategorized

Was just checking out Entrepreneur Magazine’s December 2017 issue. Loved the short article on communication on page 68 by Cal Henderson, co-founder and CTO of Slack. He writes as follows:

“We regularly hear from CEOs that the number one issue they’re focused on is improving communication within their organizations-helping their teams find information and identify key decision-makers, maintain alignment as an organization, and so on. It may not sound like the most exciting topic, but it’s fundamental to business and will continue to be a core focus for years to come, because the sheer volume of information flowing through companies today is incredible. A McKinsey study found that employees spend nearly 20 percent of their time looking for information or tracking down colleagues to help with specific tasks.”

Henderson argues that we ought to automate routine tasks and integrate “AI into workplace tools” with the goal being to “free us up to do more of the creative work we are uniquely suited to.” This needs to happen, but I also think more traditional one on one verbal communication can compliment these tools. The end result of being able to work on more important creative tasks is definitely where both communication methods take us when they are used effectively.

My communication approach is old-school in that I like to find out from people directly what they need to be successful and then get the required resources to them. Certainly posting/sharing available information electronically is great, but given the amount of information out there locating electronic documentation is not always easy. As a supervisor the number one area of importance thus far for me has been communication. Without it nothing can truly be successful.

My take on Henderson’s article?

People who can quickly access important information, people, or resources and get them to the right place will be in high demand in the future. These people will be masters of both electronic communication platforms and traditional verbal in-person communication styles. They embody the Networking Manager referred to in Koch’s 80/20 Manager.

19. November 2017 · Comments Off on The Manager · Categories: Uncategorized

I’m focusing today’s post on the Manager from the E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber.

The Manager is the one that handles matters through the paradigm of what is practical and what is realistic. Theoretical constructs do not usually apply to this work perspective as they are the domain of the Entrepreneur work personality which will be the focus of another post.

Seeking order through creating organized, reliable, and predictable work flow systems is the role I envision the Manager playing under Gerber’s definition.

For clarity I will quote Gerber as follows from page 26 of E-Myth Revisited:

“The Manager creates neat, orderly rows of things. The Entrepreneur creates the things the Manager puts in rows. The Manager is the one who runs after the Entrepreneur to clean up the mess. Without the Entrepreneur there would be no mess to clean up. Without the Manager , there could be no business, no society. Without the Entrepreneur , there would be no innovation.”

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28. October 2017 · Comments Off on The Technician · Categories: Uncategorized

Earlier in the month, I was reflecting on Michael Gerber’s thoughts on the 3 different work perspectives. The Technician is the one I’ll address in this post.

To me the technician is the implementer of an organization’s vision. That is to say the person who actually does the work on the front lines. This person more often than not is a “doer” rather than a “thinker”.

As Gerber points out in E-Myth Revisited on page 27, “The technician isn’t interested in ideas; he’s interested in “how to do it.””

While implementation is critical, to first get to the implementation stage you need an organized structure to make sure the work is completed properly. You also need to articulate a guiding vision to ignite passion in the work in the first place and to direct energy/resources to achieve an overarching goal. The next posts will focus on the Manager work perspective and then the Entrepreneur work perspective.

 

07. October 2017 · Comments Off on Three Different Work Perspectives · Categories: Uncategorized

Looking at E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber in which three different work personalities of Entrepreneur, Manager, and Technician are presented. I believe all three perspectives are needed for success and want to make this the content for future posts.

15. September 2017 · Comments Off on Thoughts on Passion from Michael Gerber · Categories: Uncategorized

Enjoyed this quote on Passion from Michael Gerber’s E Myth Mastery:

“Passion is the fuel that drives an enterprise forward. The passion to invent. The passion to create value. The passion to build something that has a life of its own. The passion to lead, to inspire, to put the pieces of your world together in such a way as to blow people’s minds, not the least of all your own. And most of all, the passion to do something remarkable with your life. It is the connection with this passion that enables a small business owner to move through all of the inevitable external obstacles that get in the way, that, of course, each come with their own set of internal obstacles to be overcome. It is the relationship with this passion that can transform a reluctant entrepreneur into an electrified entrepreneur.”

14. August 2017 · Comments Off on Soar Like an Eagle; Don’t Quack Like a Duck · Categories: Uncategorized

Was just reading the One Minute Entrepreneur and came across a reference to Wayne Dyer’s philosophy on eagles and ducks.

Ducks tend to get all caught up and rules and regulations creating a lot of mess which prevents them from thinking entrepreneurially to better serve their customer base.

Eagles soar to go above and beyond to serve their customers. They are flexible and malleable in their thinking.

However, organizational leaders need to allow their people to soar like eagles to deliver superior customer service.

As stated in the One Minute Entrepreneur (page 90), “If we want our people to soar like eagles and take care of our customers, we have to create an environment where they can win-where they know that we’re on their side-so they will be empowered to act like they own the place.”

23. July 2017 · Comments Off on Good to Great by Jim Collins: Thoughts on People · Categories: Uncategorized

Thinking about what I’m learning through Good to Great and Great by Choice by Jim Collins.

On people Collins says the following:

“In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline—first the people, then the direction—no matter how dire the circumstances.” See the article Good to Great for details.

 

Again on people, Collins notes:

The good-to-great leaders understood three simple truths. First, if you begin with “who,” rather than “what,” you can more easily adapt to a changing world. If people join the bus primarily because of where it is going, what happens if you get ten miles down the road and you need to change direction? You’ve got a problem. But if people are on the bus because of who else is on the bus, then it’s much easier to change direction: “Hey, I got on this bus because of who else is on it; if we need to change direction to be more successful, fine with me.” Second, if you have the right people on the bus, the problem of how to motivate and manage people largely goes away.  The right people don’t need to be tightly managed or fired up; they will be self-motivated by the inner drive to produce the best results and to be part of creating something great. Third, if you have the wrong people, it doesn’t matter whether you discover the right direction; you still won’t have a great company. Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” See the article First Who-Get the Right People on the Bus.

18. June 2017 · Comments Off on Three Things on my mind during June · Categories: Uncategorized

Three things have been on my mind for June

  1. PlayTape. With this product you can, “instantly create roads and rails for toy vehicle play anytime, anywhere!”  I wonder if any children’s librarians would be interested in this.
  2. One Minute Manager. Interesting to learn about One Minute Goal Setting, One Minute Praises, and One Minute Reprimands.
  3. Mindful Librarianship article by Ellyn Ruhlman. Kenley Neufled is mentioned. I briefly discussed him on a previous post in March concerning the 5 books that I brought with me on vacation.