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I Love my Leader

Love is a pretty strong word to use about your leader.  We use the word pretty flippantly any more though. We’re quick to use “love” when are talking about a movie, a book, pizza, a car, a cup of coffee, a beer, or our new smartphone.  But we are slower to say “love” about a person.  I guess that is because we don’t know if the other person loves us back.  We know the frosty mug of beer or a movie is not going to love us back, so who cares if we say we love them? So do I love my Leader.  Some of my leaders I genuinely do love.  I love parents, I love my Pastor and the Elders of my church. Those are some of the easier leaders to confess my love for.  But what about my government leaders, police, teachers, or boss.  I’m happy that I live in the USA and I would defend America to the end.  I’m thankful for police that they are here to serve and protect me.  But for the most part, my government leaders and policemen are at a distance.  It’s hard to love them because I don’t feel loved back.  I know that they are concerned for me, but that is about as far as it goes.

Teachers are in closer contact to me.  They see me regularly, so I interact with them, sometimes on a personal level.  But we rarely discuss personal things.  I don’t know what is going on with their lives nor them about me.

Then there is my boss. This guy knows my kids' names and I know his.  He is genuinely invested in my life.  Yes, he asks me to work, and work hard for the company, for him.  But it’s easy for me to do, not because of the paycheck (although I’m thankful for that as well), but because I want him to succeed.  I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great bosses in the past.  Don't get me wrong, I’ve had a few jerks as well.  But the attention and concern my boss gives to me and to all that are around him, makes me want to give back.  I see how he wants our customers to succeed without being selfish about his own company growth, and that speaks loud to me as a man, not just an employee.

Do I love my leaders?  Not all of them, but the owner of MacExperience, Joel Read… Let’s just say he knows how I feel.

Time Keeps on Slippin...

…. in to the future…. (digital arpeggios)  We love to spend time with friends and family.  We love to spend time relaxing at the beach. We love to spend our time with a good book. Time is a commodity and we spend it like we do money. You’ve even heard it said “time is money”. We pinch pennies when we need to with research to make sure that we don’t waste our hard earned paycheck.  We search for the cheapest gas prices, we even drive to multiple grocery stores to save a few bucks.  We spend a lot of time and effort to save money.

Would you be willing to trade $50 a month for 4 hours of time with a loved one? I would.  The time it takes to drive from one store to the next, plus the time in the store waiting in line at the checkout, adds a lot of time and effort.  (side note: are you really saving money after you add gas and vehicle maintenance driving from store to store)

Here is a thought. Stop spending time and effort on crazy things that really don’t save you that much money.  Go to one store.  Make it a local store to support your community. Take that precious time you save and spend it where you want.  Like that yard project, or book you’ve been meaning to read, spend time with your kids over a board game, or catching up on sleep (your complaining of being tired is getting old).

For the businesses out there: Learn to love your job again by spending your time and effort on what you do best.  Hire someone else to design the website, to do the bookkeeping, to clean the toilets.  It’s not an easy thing to just jump into when the pockets are empty.  But I’m sure that if you spend your time and efforts on what you love, you will reap the benefits and be able to outsource the things you hate.

Stoke the Fire with Love and Passion

FireLovePassionLet’s be honest. It’s cold enough to freeze the tail off a brass monkey! You and all your friends have made it known on Instagram, Twitter, and every other social site. I know it’s hard for me to even get out of bed in the morning. Winter is also a time of year when our businesses can suffer. Fewer feet, slower sales, and an overall slump in morale can cause any business to sing the winter blues.

How are you going to heat things up right now? How are you going to shake off the winter blues? Whatever business you’re in, you have ownership in making it successful. You have to take the first step to stoke the fire with the love and passion of what you do.

Like the guy who throws gasoline on a fire, maybe you need to pitch that crazy idea to your boss.

Or the guy that fans the flame, you should make that call to the client who’s been MIA for a few months.

Perhaps you’re the person that adds another log to the fire, and invites that colleague out for a beer and brainstorm.

Now’s the time to get your creative juices flowing and think forward. What are you going to do differently today to make your company warm up in a cold season? Are you going to stoke the fire or let it die from being cold.

MacExperience is a Boring IT Company

Did you know that MacExperience has been in business since 2001? In that time we have had, several retail relocations, from Bloomington to HTC and from E Washington to W Michigan. But one thing that has not changed is our service to companies that need our expertise to manage their IT needs. We have a team of System Engineers that could bore you to death with their amazing technical skills and wizard-like knowledge. We could talk about Layer 7 traffic classification and control, integrated intrusion detection engines and scalable management architecture. We could help you fall asleep with a bedtime story about geographically dispersed switches, CMX and API.

We’ve been boring people with our nerd talk for years and that’s OK. We’ll continue to be the Boring IT Company if it allows you to concentrate on creating, building, connecting and producing. We’ll keep our taped glasses on our face with the help of a finger pushing them up, and geek out about keeping your system running like you would expect.

If you’ve never heard that we offer professional services, that’s OK. We don't expect our customers think about us when everything is running so smooth. They don’t have to because we keep them safe, secure, running and up-to-date.