You Could Carve a Roast With a Jack-knife,
But Would You?
Probably not, for these and more reasons:
It takes too long
The roast slices would be small and chunky and
The knife blade, not designed for slicing meat,
could easily slip and cut you
In plain words, it's unwise and not something you'd want to tolerate. Tolerations in business, however, aren't always as easily
As an example, my aging
laptop had gradually slowed in its ability to process and load information on
the screen. I was aware of the reduced
operating speed, but chose to live with it as opposed to spending the energy to buy a new computer and transfer all of the files and programs.
It was no surprise when a failing screen on the laptop forced my decision to invest in a replacement. The file transfer process was painful,
granted, but the end result was well worth it-a lightning fast processor, tons of RAM and storage and updated software. My toleration of the old laptop's inadequacies had been
costing me money and time due to its logy pace. The inner voice I had been ignoring shouted, "I told you so!"
The reasons why we allow tolerations are as plentiful as
horse flies in August. But, it's safe to
say no matter how good the reasons, tolerations are always costly financially
Thinking about your business, are you or your employees
tolerating situations that cost time and money similar to my aging laptop?
You may have these tolerations draining time from your
The plastic shavings pitchfork is missing more teeth than
The wheelbarrow with the slow leaking tire
A tractor with a dead battery (a Diehard, that
did, long ago)
Permanently temporary baling twine fence repairs
A precarious manure pile board ramp that would be envied by Rube Goldberg
Scarcity of lead ropes without knots or broken snaps
Sliding doors that only slide when opened with a
steel pry bar
Brooms so worn and tattered even a witch wouldn't ride it
Switches that only perform after the right magic "jiggle"
Mountains of tack to clean with no convenient
soap, sponges and warm water for hundreds of feet
A leaky fifty foot hose intended for a job sixty feet
Worse yet, keep in mind what you will tolerate for tools and working
conditions may be far greater than what employees will tolerate.
While there are many hard working Generation
Y youth, this age group is strongly conditioned
to a throw-away society mentality. If it's broken, buy a new one.
Which means workers in this age group will not be tolerating
broken tools and equipment. If you're a duct tape repairman, you may be wasting what you think you're saving with additional labor expense.
No one enjoys working with "make-do" tools and equipment.
employees happy and productive with functional, efficient tools and equipment. Their success at their jobs is crucial for
your business's success.
|Others Have Said |
"Let's define tolerations as things that bug us, sap our energy, and
could be eliminated! There's a small payoff to carrying tolerations -
you get to feel kind of noble about your burdens and your forbearance.
But, believe me, it's a very expensive source of self-esteem.
are holes in your personal success cup; they drain away your
contentment and good fortune. They drain YOU. They make you feel less
attractive to yourself.
Tolerations often represent compromises
you've talked yourself into."
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|Back At The Barn
Because cold temperatures kept a continuous snow cover for most of winter in my neighborhood, mud was actually a welcome sight last week when our winter melt-down started. Snow, in the last weeks of winter, fits into the category of "weather tolerations."
Just like weather, indoor riding arena birds are another farm toleration.
Many folks have a permanent bird colony like we do. For me, most of the time, their chatter is "white noise" in the background. In spring however, I can't seem to tune out their incessant birdspeak.
In desperation the other day, I shouted SHUT-UP at the top of my lungs at the squawking birds.
Just like demanding that your congressman lower taxes, it sure felt good, but got no action.
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