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Jun 27, 2018

“The boss is coming today” or “We’re being inspected today”.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to Morning Mindset, and I don't care if you're listening to this in the morning, or the afternoon, or the evening, or midday. If you're listening to this show right now, you're right. You're correct, you're doing good things. Today's topic is always be on your best behavior.

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Now you might be thinking, is this advice for five year olds, or just for advice for people who are not usually on good behavior? Now if you were you may remember being a little child and going to visit your grandma or your great-aunt Tilly or what have you, and your parents before you walk in the house. They they look at you sternly and they say, “Alright. I want you to be on your best behavior”, or maybe you have said that to your children. Maybe you're getting ready to walk into uh, Grandma and Grandpa's house or what have you and you you looking at me like. Being the best behavior. I'm not really talking about that.

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I'm not talkin about advice for children. I'm talkin about advice for adults, and the reason I mention this is because uh, my wife has a job and she has a job on a ranch. Many of you know that and the person who owns the ranch, it's a huge facility, the person owns the ranch doesn't live there. But occasionally they fly in and they, you know, spend some time there and the her boss said hey, You know the big boss man the owner the is coming in.

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So make sure that you take care of everything and she laughed and I said, yeah, I know exactly and she said how I'm always on my best behavior every day is a good day. I don't do things differently when I was working as a contractor many moons ago. I was working on a military contract, and the the big bosses the big military bosses who were in charge of the contract and who oversaw the contract, they weren't actually there on the base that we worked. They were somewhere else.

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They were in Virginia and they would fly down and every once in a while, our contract supervisor, you know, we would be getting ready to to begin the day or the week or what have you and he come by and say “Hey, you know, they're coming down from Virginia tomorrow or they're coming down next week” or what have you “so, you know, make sure that you do everything right”, and it used to used to frustrate me and it kind of made me laugh and I thought I don't do anything differently.

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It's not like I have a Game face in a Not Game face. I don't have good days and bad days on purpose. I don't slack off when I don't think the boss is going to be there, and I would imagine that many of you are in that same position. You may work for a facility or a company where the boss or the owner isn't there every day.

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Maybe you work for a big Corporation and the corporate Executives don't work where you work. They work somewhere else, they work in the big office. But every once in a while, you're your shop supervisor or you know, your manager will come out to the floor and they're like “Hey, the big bosses are coming. They're coming. Uh, so make sure everyone's on their best behavior” and all the worst people about that are the military.I was in the United States Marine Corps, and I spent some time I on an aircraft carrier the USS Forrestal, I spent two years on it and if we were going to have an inspection.

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If we were going to have if the admiral of the fleet, if the fleet Admiral was going to come on board the ship they knew it and what did we do? We polished things that we'd already polished 100 times. We re-painted the ladder wells, you know we repainted this and we repainted that and, we polished things that had already been polished. Polish them so much that they almost like wore away from being polished, and it was ridiculous because we were always spot on, at least in my Detachment.

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We were professionals every single day, we didn't take days off where we were unprofessional and then like, “oh, well, we have to be professional today”. It reminded me a time when George Bush, the first George Bush who was president after Ronald Reagan. He was uh due to come on board our ship.

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We were in the Mediterranean, this is when they were doing the negotiations to tear down the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union was coming apart, and it was kind of a big deal, a big time in history and we were on standby in the Mediterranean Sea, our battle group was. They got word that the president wanted to come on board the ship and give a speech and walk around because if you know anything about the first President Bush, he was a Naval aviator.

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He actually was a pilot during World War two, so he knew a little bit about being in the Navy so well, what did the the powers-that-be do they they did the typical thing, you know, “Oh the president's coming, he have to repaint the entire ship. We need to polish everything we needed this, that” you know that we jumping through hoops, because the president was coming.

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It wasn't that the ship was a piece of crap or that we normally didn't do our jobs, but you know how it is. When Bush came on board, he was in the hangar bay, which is a large area where you store airplanes, and I was able to be a part of the the group when he was you know up front. He was given a speech and he said “Everything looks great”, and he says “I know new paint when I smell it and thank you very much”, and he was joking because he knew that we had re-painted the entire ship in anticipation of him showing.

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What are you always on your best behavior? Are you on your best behavior? Only when the boss is coming today or when you're set for an inspection. I would hope not I would think that you put out your best work, every single day. Whether or not the boss is going to be there, whether or not you're going to be inspected, whether or not you know, the powers that be are going to pop in.

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Dave Thomas from Wendy's and we've talked about Dave Thomas before and cutting corners and so forth. Dave Thomas used to love to pop in, inspect his franchise restaurants. When Wendy's was starting out and he wanted to maintain serious quality control, he didn't call ahead of time and say “Hey we're gonna be there in two weeks or we're going to be there next week or what have you”, he would get some of his people and they would say, okay.

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We're going to go around to blank, and they would show up and they would walk in and they say the manager, “Hi we’re here, we want to take a look around”, and so you knew if you worked for a Wendy’s restaurant Dave Thomas was still around, that anytime day or night unexpectedly, he could walk through the front door.

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So what did you do? Well, you kept things tight, you made sure that everything was right, and that's the way it should be. You know, I think I've shared this with you on Morning Mindset, but maybe I've not, uh, it was a coffee mug that I was given by a company, that I was friends with long time ago, but it was a clear glass coffee mug, it was tinted but you could see through the glass.

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You know what I'm talking about, and at the very bottom of the cup when you finished it and you looked through the cup at the bottom of the cup it said the words “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”. Always being on your best behavior, regardless. Regardless of whether or not you're going to be inspected or whether or not you think the boss is going to show up. That fits in very very well with that, Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking and as long as you do that, you'll always be good.

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So always be on your best behavior. Operate and function as if every single day the big boss man is going to show up, or every single day you're going to be inspected by the company owners or what have you. If you do that, you'll never be wrong. Easy as that. Alright, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being a part of the Morning Mindset audience. I am your host Paul Markel and I'll talk to you again, real soon.


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