Judy Crockett

Judy Crockett
Judy Crockett

Friday, June 24, 2011

A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach

Now available at The Bookstore - Manistee is this curl-up-in your beach chair read by Loreen Niewenhuis. A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach - - One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan tells the story of the author's walk many of us only day dream about taking.

The next time you are drawn to the shores of Lake Michigan to watch the sunset, to search out beach glass, or just to enjoy the sights and the sounds of summer, ease yourself into A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach and read about the accomplishments of one determined Michigan woman.

What significant goal would you like to reach? What do you day dream most about?

A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach is available downtown Manistee at The Bookstore - Maniste 391 River Street.

Friday, June 17, 2011

High Trust Leaders - - Stephen Covey

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Stephen Covey. He helped me prepare for an important presentation. This is part of the information he shared with me.

What separates the great leaders from the good ones? What makes a manager a manager of choice by her reports, peers, and boss? What makes an individual credible with customers, suppliers, distributors,investors, and other stakeholders? While there are many dimensions to these questions, there is one common thread throughout: being an individual who can be trusted.

Perhaps a more important question than, "Who do you trust?" is the far more personal question of,"Who trusts you?" There are some organizations who ask all their employees directly the following simple, key question in formal 360ยบ feedback processes: "Do you trust your boss?"

These companies have learned that the answer to this question is more predictive of team and organizational success than perhaps any other question they might ask.
A High Trust Leader is an individual who has unquestionably strong personal credibility, has the ability to create and grow trust with others interpersonally, and who is then able to extend that trust organizationally.

High Trust Leaders are managers of choice who understand the impact trust always plays on two key outcomes—speed and cost—and how low or high trust either extracts a tax or produces a dividend on every activity and dimension within a relationship, team, or organization.

High Trust Leaders have learned how to interact with others in ways that increase trust levels while avoiding the pitfalls that deplete trust. While there are numerous actions and behaviors that affect trust accounts, we have identified the 13 key behaviors that High Trust Leaders have in common (the first five
behaviors are primarily character-based; the second five are primarily competence based; the last three are equal parts character and competence).

As you go through these behaviors, you may also find it valuable to consider the opposite of these 13 behaviors and how such "withdrawals" deplete trust.
What’s most exciting is that these 13 Behaviors of High Trust Leaders can be learned and applied by any influencer at any level within any organization. The net result will be a significantly increased ability to generate trust with all stakeholders in order to achieve better results.

The 13 Behaviors of High Trust Leaders are as follows:Stephen M. R. Covey
© 2004,-2006 CoveyLink | www.coveylink.com | Page 1

1. Talk Straight

2. Demonstrate Concern
“I look for three things in hiring people. The first is personal integrity, the second is intelligence, and the third is a high energy level. But if you don’t have the first, the second two don’t matter.” - Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire-Hathaway

“The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you."
- Anita Roddick, Founder & CEO, The Body Shop

Be honest. Tell the truth. Let people know where you stand. Use simple language.
Call things what they are. Demonstrate integrity. Don’t manipulate
people nor distort facts. Don’t spin the truth. Don’t leave false impressions.
Genuinely care for others. Show you care. Respect the dignity of every person
and every role. Treat everyone with respect, especially those who can’t
do anything for you. Show kindness in the little things. Don’t fake caring.
Don’t attempt to be “efficient” with people.

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." - Oprah Winfrey

"If people know you care, it brings out the best in them."
- Richard Branson, Founder, the Virgin Group

. Create Transparency
“Trust happens when leaders are transparent."
- Jack Welch, Former CEO, G.E.

Tell the truth in a way people can verify. Get real and genuine. Be open and
authentic. Err on the side of disclosure. Operate on the premise of, “What you
see is what you get.” Don’t have hidden agendas. Don’t hide information.
"The people I have trouble dealing with are people who tend not to give full information. They purposefully leave out parts of the story—they distort facts."
- Shelly Lazarus, CEO, Ogilvy Mather Worldwide

4. Right Wrongs

5. Show Loyalty

6. Deliver Results
“Watergate wasn’t so much a burglary as it was the failure to recognize mistakes, to
take responsibility for them, and to apologize accordingly."
- Jon Huntsman, Chairman, Huntsman Corp.

“If you want to retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent. The
key to the many is the one." - Stephen R. Covey

“Get good people and expect them to perform. Terminate them quickly and fairly if
you make the wrong choice." - Bill Marriott, Jr., CEO, Marriott Corp.

Make things right when you’re wrong. Apologize quickly. Make restitution
where possible. Practice “service recoveries.” Demonstrate personal humility.
Don’t cover things up. Don’t let personal pride get in the way of doing
the right thing. Speak about people as if they were present. Represent others who aren’t there to speak for themselves. Don’t bad mouth others behind their backs.
Don’t disclose others’ private information.

Establish a track record of results. Get the right things done. Make things
happen. Accomplish what you’re hired to do. Be on time and within budget.
Don’t overpromise and underdeliver. Don’t make excuses for not delivering.

"What I call Level 5 leaders build enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of
personal humility and professional will." - Jim Collins COMPETENCE BEHAVIORS

"There is no ambiguity around performance at Pepsi, which some people perceive
as harsh. I see it as an important and necessary part of how you operate. You can't
create a high trust culture unless people perform." - Craig Weatherup, former CEO, PepsiCo

7. Get Better

8. Clarify Expectactions

9. Practice Accouuntability

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

“Almost all conflict is a result of violated expectations." - Blaine Lee

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him and to let him know that you trust him." - Booker T. Washington

Continuously improve. Increase your capabilities. Be a constant learner.
Develop feedback systems—both formal and informal. Act upon the feedback
you receive. Thank people for feedback. Don’t consider yourself above
feedback. Don’t assume your knowledge and skills will be sufficient for
tomorrow’s challenges.

Disclose and reveal expectations. Discuss them. Validate them. Renegotiate
them if needed and possible. Don’t violate expectations. Don’t assume that
expectations are clear or shared.

Hold yourself accountable. Hold others accountable. Take responsibility
for results. Be clear on how you’ll communicate how you’re doing—and how
others are doing. Don’t avoid or shirk responsibility. Don’t blame others or
point fingers when things go wrong.

"An individual without information cannot take responsibility. An individual who is given information cannot help but take responsibility."
- Jan Carlzon, former CEO, Scandinavian Airlines

"Remember, when you were made a leader, you weren't given a crown, you were given
a responsibility to bring out the best in others. For that, your people need to trust you." - Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric

11. Keep Commitments

“Trust doesn’t mean they tell you everything. It doesn’t mean they don’t posture. But it means if they say, ‘We will do this,’ they will do it. It is credibility. It is integrity." - Scott Smith, Publisher, Chicago Tribune

Say what you’re going to do. Then do what you say you’re going to do.
Make commitments carefully and keep them at all costs. Make keeping commitments
the symbol of your honor. Don’t break confidences. Don’t attempt to “PR” your way out of a commitment you’ve broken.

10. Confront Reality

“Leaders need to be more candid with those they purport to lead. Sharing good news
is easy. When it comes to the more troublesome negative news, be candid and take
responsibility. Don’t withhold unpleasant possibilities and don’t pass off bad news to subordinates to deliver. Level with employees about problems in a timely fashion."
- Jon Huntsman, Chairman, Huntsman Corp.

Take issues head on, even the “undiscussables.” Address the tough stuff
directly. Acknowledge the unsaid. Lead out courageously in conversation.
Remove the “sword from their hands.” Don’t skirt the real issues. Don’t bury
your head in the sand.

"We strive to tell everyone everything we can. We want a culture with open dialogue and straight answers. In terms of our work with employees, we have been direct with them even when they don't like the answer. Our goal is not to please everyone but instead for them to trust that what we tell them is the truth. You can't work the tough issues we face unless everyone, starting with the senior team, trusts one another." - Greg Brenneman, former CEO, Continental AIrlines

"Trust is established through action and over time, and it is a leader's responsibility to demonstrate what it means to keep your word and earn a reputation for trustworthiness." - Hank Paulson, CEO, Goldman Sachs

13. Extend Trust

“People ask me how I’ve had the interest and zeal to hang in there and do what I’ve
done. I say, ‘Because my father treated me with very stern discipline: he trusted me.’ I’m stuck, I’ve got to see the trust through. He trusted me. I trust other people. And they did the job." - Robert Galvin, Jr., Former CEO, Motorola

Demonstrate a propensity to trust. Extend trust abundantly to those who
have earned your trust. Extend trust conditionally to those who are earning
your trust. Learn how to appropriately extend trust to others based on the
situation, risk, and character/competence of the people involved. But have a
propensity to trust. Don’t withhold trust because there is risk involved.

12. Listen First

“We’ve all heard the criticism, ‘He talks too much.’ When was the last time you heard
someone criticized for listening too much?" - Norm Augustine, Former CEO, Lockheed Martin

Listen before you speak. Understand. Diagnose. Listen with your
ears...and your eyes and heart. Find out what the most important behaviors
are to the people you’re working with. Don’t assume you know what
matters most to others. Don’t presume you have all the answers—or all the

"Nothing beats personal, two-way communication for fostering cooperation and
teamwork and for building an attitude of trust and understanding among employees."
- Bill Packard, Co-Founder, Hewlett Packard

"The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man
trustworthy is to trust him." - Henry Stimson, U.S. Statesman

"I have found that by trusting people until they prove themselves unworthy of that trust, a lot more happens." - Jim Burke, former CEO, Johnson & Johnson

Thank you for your interest. These 13 Behaviors of a High Trust Leader are part of a new programen titled Leading at the SPEED of TRUST®, which is based on the forthcoming book by Stephen M. R. Covey.
If you would like to instill these behaviors in leaders and workers in your organization, call Tami Harmon at CoveyLink to reserve a date (801-756-2700 x 201) or email her at Tami@CoveyLink.com. A limited number of dates remain available for 2006. © 2004,-2006 CoveyLink | www.coveylink.com | Page 6

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Women-Owned Business Assistance

Did you know...The Office of Women’s Business Ownership's mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

Learn more at: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2895

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Girl's Night Out in Manistee Friday June 17th

SUVI BOUTIQUE is inviting you to an evening of pampering. As you enjoy some wine, hors doeuvres, Arbonne Consultant Jennifer Carlson will be giving facials and foot soaks as you shop. Take advantage of Father's Day specials, win prizes, and earn discounts.

Friday, June 17th
5:00pm - 8:00 pm
Suvi Boutique
River Street
Downtown Manistee

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Hosted by Benzie County Economic Development Corporation and Alliance for Economic Success
Benzonia and Manistee, Michigan - Banks, businesses and others wanting to expand business , increase jobs and strengthen communities will have a chance to learn and make their pitch to sources of federal and state government funding and business support programs at a June 16, 2011 forum to be held at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, Arcadia, Michigan.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m., conclude at 3 p.m. and is hosted by the Benzie County Economic Development Corporation, the Alliance for Economic Success and the Pleasant Valley Community Center, located just off M-22 near the Benzie/Manistee County line. The offices of U. S. Senator Carl Levin and U. S. Senator Debbie Stabenow are co-sponsoring the forum, with representatives on hand to talk about the role of their offices in support business growth and development.

"This forum will focus on connecting banks, businesses and communities with sources of capital to expand businesses and create jobs," said Mary Carroll, President of the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce who also serves on the Benzie County Economic Development Corporation Board. Together, we will identify the needs and priorities for capital to support business growth and provide time for businesses to speak directly with financing sources about their particular needs. We have a great line up!"

Carroll said that key representatives from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development; U. S. Small Business Administration; U. S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Services; and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will discuss the availability of business financing and support programs and be available for one-on-one discussions with banks, businesses and others.

Cyndy Fuller, Executive Director of the Alliance for Economic Success is hoping for an overflow crowd.

"We hope that all area banks and other lending institutions as well as small businesses, downtown development authority representatives, locally elected officials and others who are concerned with the vitality of our businesses and communities will participate," she said. "We need to be taking full advantage of all of the tools available to build our economic base just as we are working to strengthen the appeal and amenities in our communities."

RSVP's should be directed to Jami Schneider at 231-723-4325 or jami@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com. The forum is free of charge. A light lunch will be served. Attached is the agenda for the forum.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Nelson Mandela...Wise Words

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

My niece posted this quote on her Facebook account and I thought it was worth sharing.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Sisterhood of the Traveling Butterfly

Time Passes.....

Life happens.....

Distance separates......

Children grow up.....

Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do...

Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Careers end.....

BUT.....Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach...

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf,
and waiting with open arms at the valley's end...

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you....or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters.....

Daughter-in-laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.