I attended your seminar in New York and you addressed the
issue of employees not willing to sign disciplinary letters. You
recommended that a statement be written that states the
signature does not represent agreement of the counseling. Can
you recommend what that statement should say?
Here’s some standard
boilerplate copy. Have your company’s lawyer review it in case
he or she wants to tweak the wording:
acknowledges receipt of this notice and does not imply agreement
Thanks for your question.
- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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This year marks the tenth anniversary
of my first #1 Best Seller (click
So far, I’ve written 6 books, 13 video programs, over 300
audio CDs, and over 500 articles.
None of which is
particularly noteworthy except for one fact:
I’ve come to accept being called an author
because technically I am one. About once a month, someone will
ask me to autograph one of my books they bought at Barnes &
Noble or Amazon. I get that part, and admit it’s gratifying (and
more humbling than you know).
But whenever someone calls
me a writer, I correct them. To me, writers are people who enjoy
I’d rather have a root canal without anesthesia
than write another book, or record another program (aka Product
The only thing I hate as much as writing is
marketing. People who’ve never done it think it sounds fun, but
it gets extremely boring and monotonous.
trying to book speaking engagements, it means “smiling and
dialing”. For seminars, it’s analyzing response rates, setting
up A-B splits, reviewing selection criteria for mailing lists,
rewriting ad copy, etc.
Yet I spend 90% of my time on
marketing and product creation.
love what I get to do the other 10% of the time – speak. I love
meeting people, hearing their stories, energizing live
audiences, and helping people.
If I didn’t do the stuff I
HATE doing, I wouldn’t get to do the stuff I LOVE doing. I’ve
met hundreds of speakers who haven’t reached the level of
success they want. Without exception, they’re not spending
enough time on marketing and product creation. They want to skip
the cruddy parts of the job and just do the fun parts.
They don’t understand that every job requires doing the cruddy
stuff in order to get to the good stuff.
My E.N.T. doctor
loves what he does so much that he has pictures of Reba McEntire
and Vince Gill’s vocal chords in his office. He hates paperwork,
but spends more time on paperwork than seeing patients. As he
put it, “Taking care of patients is the easy part. But if I make
one mistake on the paperwork, I’ll be making my lawyer’s house
payments for the next two years”.
And speaking of
lawyers, it’s no different for them.
Being a legal eagle
in the courtroom is great. It’s the countless hours of boring
depositions, research, and paperwork that take up 90% of their
No matter what field you’re in, you have to do the
parts of the job you hate in order do the parts you love.
To Your Success,
We’re in the final stages of seven months of production of a
tenth anniversary DVD edition of the #1 best seller from 2006,
"How to be the Employee Your Company Can't Live Without".
It contains over 20,000 separate audio and video files, which
makes that root canal even more preferable right about now.
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