All posts tagged: leaders

Avoid Failing the Test (of life)

Positively impact her life!

Positively impact her life!

I was reading this morning and loved this story…..Walt Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab, had 4.0 in college until he took his final in one course.  He got the test which was a blank piece of paper.  He turned it over and it, too was blank.  The professor said to them, “I’ve taught you everything I can about business in these ten weeks, but the most important message, the most important question is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”  Derringer had no idea and failed the test, brining his grade to a B.  It was the only B he received, but it was this one experience, that taught him to open to the world. From that point he didn’t look through people, even if they were doing a job that might be considered menial by some.

Inspired by the story, I walked into church this morning. The shy little man who passed out the papers at church looked at me and said good morning as he had for the last 7 years.  I never said anything other than “Hi” before.  Today I said, “Good morning, how are you? I have seen you here every week for years. My name is Sean.”  He replied, “I am Bill,” with the biggest smile I had ever seen.

And I thought I was good this stuff but today I learned a valuable lesson.  If our purpose, both personally and as a company is important, we need to do this kind of thing daily.  “To Positively Impact Lives”

Will you join me in recognizing people?  Vince, the Homeless guy who walks by your hotel? Bill at the entrance of Church? Sam, the parking lot attendant that Paul Lohnes delivers coffee to daily. Or that little old lady sitting on the bench by herself.

I’d love to hear your stories on the  Maine Course Facebook Page


Sean RileyAvoid Failing the Test (of life)
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Tiepo Is My Middle Name

ImageYes, Typo’s are my specialty. Many are amused by it, some even concerned. But as I publish my first Blog with the new software, on our new website, I started thinking about my weaknesses.  I am sure we all do that from time to time and get somewhat negative about our self image. Yes, it happens to even Sean, Mr Positive.

But I started thinking about all the people I am surrounded by who have unbelievable strengths. Those front line associates who take care of our guests with passion. The leaders who work tirelessly to support their teams and each other.  The senior leaders who always have my back (and correct my Typo’s) Owners who use their resources to provide careers for each of us.

I look at the team we have been able to assemble and ask myself…. Do typo’s define me as a leader?  Or should I focus on all the good things we have, our strengths?

So as each of us recover from a very busy year, lets focus on our own strengths and the strengths of those around us.  Lets believe in each other, for we have many varying strengths!  I am proud of what this 500 person family has been able to accomplish with all their strengths and weaknesses.

As we talk with each other next week,  lets  focus and praise the strengths.

Tank yuo!

Sean RileyTiepo Is My Middle Name
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