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I Gave Myself a Raise – $300 an Hour

Posted on 08/29/2012

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Did you ever catch yourself handling a high dollar client differently? I have. It seems easier to act efficiently professional in profitable situations.

A few weeks ago I hung Tim Miles’ blog article on my wall in front of my desk. It has not made me an expert in this area but I do see an improvement. That is my goal – improvement.

Here is an excerpt from his blog:

I decided – in 2012 – my time would be worth $300 an hour. I don’t mean necessarily charging $300 an hour. I mean – acting like it.

This year, fueled by my new-found mental wealth, I’ve watched two things radically transform:

  1. Who I decide to spend time with and how much of that time.
  2. How I carry myself to make sure I’m delivering $300 an hour to myself and to others.

Nothing changed. Except my mindset……… Read the rest of Tim Miles’s blog here

From this day forward, if you want to hire me for my services, I’ll provide you with $300 an hour service for much less than $300 an hour. Just ask.

Other articles:

How to Build a Kingdom Minded Company Through Mission, Vision and Values

Posted on 08/28/2012

Is it against the law for a company to say they are a Christian organization? May you have a Bible study in your workplace? These are just a few of the questions that were asked.

This morning I had the privilege of listening to Mark Griffin as he spoke about core values within an organization. He wrote a book called how to build a kingdom minded organization. After hearing him speak, this is definitely on the top of my reading list.

Mark specializes in human resources work for companies. As an HR person, he encourages the people to open their workplace to the gospel and share their beliefs  – a voice of truth that will serve as the pillar of the mission, vision and values of their organization.

In his talk today Mark clarified the differences between your mission, values and vision statements. Here is a brief overview of what he said:

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  • Mission: This is what you do every day. This is what you sell. This is your occupation.
  • Core Values: This is how you do it. This is what your employees would tell their friends when they ask what it is like to work for you.
  • Vision: Where are you going? This is your plan or goal for the future.

Having a mission for your business is essential to its success. Otherwise, you or your employees will not be sure what direction you’re heading. Therefore your vision will be compromised.

That being said, it’s time for me to start working on my mission, values and vision statements. My preliminary strategy to build these statements is to read Mark’s book and possibly bring some outside help in to help me brainstorm. This may be another business person or two that is willing to help. And start brainstorming. Right now I think it is important that I do this and it is more important that I do this than to wait in order to try to do it perfectly. Perfect is nice but it is not as important as accomplishing the goal.

And my goal is to have a mission, values and vision statement.

Go here to buy Mark’s book, http://kingdommindedorganizations.com/

And here to visit Mark’s blog, http://inhisnamehr.com/category/blog/

Now back to the original question, yes you may tell the world that you are a Christian organization. Yes, you may have Bible study within your organization, just be careful, it is illegal to make it mandatory.

Other posts by Dave:

Fix This House Up for a Cheap Rental

Posted on 07/26/2012

Rehabbers Special

 

FOR SALE

 

132 Howard Ave, Lancaster  PA

$19,000

 

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/132-Howard-Ave-Lancaster-PA-17602/9732069_zpid/

 

Small 2 BR 1 bath house. Double lot allows for lots of off street parking in an area where parking is very limited. (Potential to rent spaces to neighbors)

 

Has newer gas furnace. Roof appears to be good but has some old water damage.

Some soft spots in floor will need some new subflooring. Some walls need to be dry walled.

 

Electric is on but some lights not working. Take flashlights.

Water turned off in basement, small leak in water line under basement steps.

If you are interested, do not wait till next week on this one.

Call Dave Miller, Realtor 717-951-0201

Refreshing! Home Values First Annual Increase In Nearly Five Years

Posted on 07/26/2012

“There was a surge in real estate this spring”, I answer to the question,”How is real estate?” I’ve been asked the question many times lately and that was my response. Really the response was just a gut feeling. Until I read the following article:

The housing market has finally turned a corner. In Q2, we saw continued momentum in the housing recovery, despite of some economic turmoil, like flagging job growth numbers and sovereign debt issues in Europe. Nationally we hit a bottom in the first quarter of the year, and the Zillow Home Value Forecast shows that 67 of the 156 markets it covers will experience an increase in home values over the next 12 months. Nationally, Zillow forecasts home values will rise 1.1 percent……………………………(Click to Continue Reading Article)

My final thought summed up in one word, “Refreshing”.

 

Create a Phonestack

Posted on 07/20/2012

by Dave Miller

It’s called a phonestack.  At dinner time everyone puts their phone on a stack, if someone removes their phone they pay for everyone elses dinner. It’s that simple.

Sit down to eat and everyone removes their phone from their pocket and put it on the stack . If you remove your phone then dinner is on you.

The main thing is you can sit back and watch dinner etiquette improve.