Hanging out at home

Last night was the first evening in a while that I started a Google + Hangout from home. I truly believe in moderation and for me I have to temper myself and set limits on the frequency that I hang out while home.

Most people who know me know that I love to talk, socialize, joke, etc…. These characteristics make Google + hangouts and me a great fit. That said, with the friendships I have established over the last year and the various time zones, I can easily stay up WAY past my bedtime and occasionally enjoying a beverage or two with folks from around the world.

The hangout last night was filled with some familiar faces and we had a great time watching Mohamed Mansour build his kitchen set, we were all dropping some epic hangout quotes left and right, and generally having a good time.

Next thing I know it is almost 2:00AM. That is the appeal and danger of hanging out from home for me. There is the old saying, ” time flies when you are having fun. ”
Ain’t that the truth.

Summer has been busy for me and as a result, I have not been hanging out from home much. It is night’s like last evening that makes me wish I have been more often. So many laughs with great folks. It is really like meeting up at the local watering hole to catch up after a long work week.

I love google +, I love hangouts and last night was just one evening more reaffirming evening why.

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Plans are important but execution is vital

We all plan our daily activities. I should rephrase that, most people plan their days.

Having a plan is the first step and it is important but executing the plan even more important.

To summarize the importance of this, take a look at the The Big Bay Boom Firework Show in San Diego for 2012. This 4th of July celebration was squandered due to a unfortunate mishap in the execution of plan. Blame has been placed on a technical glitch but chances are that behind that glitch is an oversight made by a team member.

How many months of planning went into what was supposed to be a spectacular event. In truth, it was spectacular but for the wrong reasons. Due to a technical mishap which I imagine will cost someone their job, a 15 minute firework display set to an orchestra was discharged in about 20 seconds last night.

In our day to day life in the offices, dealerships, etc… we have the best laid plans but without proper and diligent execution they can all go poof ( pun intended).

When you lay out your day, your work week, keep in mind that you hold the keys to success. One of those keys is executing your daily action plan as it was drawn up.

If you are able to do that consistently you and your teams will stand to be more successful.

Now let’s watch that incredible video one more time! And remember plans are important but execution is vital.