Category: Outside Insights

How to be a hero in the year 2020

by placers on June 26, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

Superheroes of comic books and Marvel movies wear costumes and save the world from evil. Most come from humble beginnings and experience the injustices of their world first-hand. Their experiences forge their character and will in ways that enable them to later protect and fight for the rights of others. Think of Superman as he […]

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

by placers on June 12, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

Over the past two decades, my personal secret to success has been a simple one. To outwork and outlearn everyone else as best I can. This is so much a part of me; therefore, it is also a part of our Placers DNA. Part of our purpose at Placers is to serve our customers, including […]

The Human Factor, Trust Me

by placers on May 29, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

In business, as in life, there is a hierarchy of needs. Abraham Maslow proposed that we have physiological needs (air, water, food, etc.), safety needs (security, health, employment, etc.), love and belonging needs (friends, family, co-workers), esteem needs (respect, status, recognition, etc) and finally self-actualization (a desire to become the most that we can be). […]

The Next Migration, Are you ready to play a game?

by placers on May 15, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

  We are all human.  We expect our needs and wants to be met.  I believe you know what I am talking about.  As you went about your Pre-COVID life you had wants like a new truck, travel, an active vacation, or that next promotion; perhaps, this all seems less important now. The world as […]

The Great Reboot

by placers on May 1, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

Have you had that frustrating moment when your computer screen freezes as if suspended in time? Lately, our Zoom screens lock mid-sentence making our faces look contorted and unnatural. Our lives and interactions are being played out over grainy pixels. Oh, what a difference a few weeks makes to our ability to adapt, thrive, and survive? The quarantine of […]

How will you re-enter the workforce post-quarantine?

by placers on April 17, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

I’ve been joking that it feels like the last 30 days require a daily business plan; things have been changing that quickly. We ask, “what is our priority today and do we have the focus and ability to get it done?”. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day, but my day is spent […]

Abundance in the time of COVID-19

by placers on April 3, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

In the material world of late, we have seen what fear and anxiety can do to us. The concept of hoarding has become the new normal. Good, everyday citizens are feeling the need to acquire mass quantities of essential items: milk, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and bleach. The supply chain can’t quite catch up and […]

Our Acts of Kindness Promise

by placers on March 20, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

When we are afraid, we make a choice. There is light, and then there is darkness. There is fear, and then there is hope. We are trudging tepidly down a tunnel of uncertainty – chaos even. While there is no playbook, there are distinct paths you can choose to go down. We could choose to […]

My View from the Road

by placers on March 6, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

For the last few weeks, I have been in Wyoming on my sabbatical (all Placers team members take one every 10 years). I’m accompanied by my wife, Kim, and two Aussie Shepherds, Ziggy and Gracie, in a small cabin-style rental.   Nature has welcomed us into its embrace as short-term guests in a place where […]

Leadership by Temper Tantrum

by placers on February 21, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

As a history buff, I recently read a short story about the fall of Napoleon. Yes, the Emperor of France who conquered most of Europe in the 1800s. In a famous event, Napoleon raced back to Paris from the battlefields after receiving intelligence that his two top government officials were apparently conspiring against him.   […]

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