Field Notes

Mar

08

Subject Matter Expert

BE A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT. Become an expert in your field.  Develop a specific product and/or industry expertise.  Be the “go to” person that others look to for recommendations and solutions.

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Mar

03

Use Data to Make Decisions

USE DATA TO MAKE DECISIONS. Make good decisions by relying on facts and data, rather than opinions. Analyze the data and use this information to make better decisions.  If something is important, measure it, track your progress, and improve your performance.

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Mar

01

Find a Way

FIND A WAY. Take personal responsibility for making things happen – somehow, someway.  Respond to every situation by looking for how we can do it, rather than explaining why it can’t be done.  Get creative and follow up everything to see that it gets completed.  We get paid for results, not activity.

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Feb

23

Be a Fanatic

BE A FANATIC ABOUT RESPONSE TIME.  People expect us to respond to their questions and concerns quickly, whether it’s in person, on the phone, or by e-mail.  This includes simply acknowledging that we received the question and we’re “on it,” as well as keeping those involved continuously updated on the status of outstanding issues.  

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Feb

18

Best Places to Work

Field Fastener is one of the 2016 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production, according to the global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This is the second year in a row that Field has made the list.

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Feb

09

Think Team First

THINK TEAM FIRST. Consider how your actions impact other team members.  Be willing to step into another role or help a co-worker when that’s what’s required for success.  Work together and collaborate.  There’s nothing we can’t do when we work together!

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Feb

02

Practice Blameless Problem Solving

PRACTICE BLAMELESS PROBLEM-SOLVING.  Apply your creativity and enthusiasm to developing solutions, rather than pointing fingers or dwelling on problems.  Identify lessons learned and use those lessons to strengthen the team, and to improve ourselves and our processes so we don’t make the same mistake twice. Learn from every experience.

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Jan

28

Speak Candidly

SPEAK CANDIDLY.  Speak professionally in a way that moves the action forward. Be willing to ask questions, share ideas, or raise issues that may cause conflict when it’s necessary for team success.  Address issues directly with those who are involved or affected.

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Jan

26

Practice Active Listening

PRACTICE ACTIVE LISTENING. Listening is more than simply “not speaking.”  Give people your undivided attention, without interrupting. Be present and engaged. Ask questions, suspend your judgment, and be curious to learn more. Listen with care and provide feedback.  Above all, listen to understand.

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Jan

19

Get Clear on Expectations & Purpose

GET CLEAR ON EXPECTATIONS & PURPOSE. What are we doing and why? Create clarity and avoid misunderstandings by discussing expectations upfront.  Establish mutually understood objectives and deadlines for all projects, issues, and commitments with both internal and external customers.  Ensure activities align with our strategic plan.

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Jan

14

Be Passionate and Positive

BE PASSIONATE AND POSITIVE. You have the power to choose your attitude.  Choose to be joyful, optimistic, and passionate about what you do.  Your attitude is contagious.  Spread optimism and positive energy. Demonstrate your passion by approaching every task with energy, focus, purpose, and enthusiasm.

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Jan

12

Drive For Innovation

DRIVE FOR INNOVATION.  Take intelligent risks. Innovation, improvement, and success don’t come from playing it safe.  They come from a thoughtful and intentional willingness to try the unconventional and to ask “What if?” Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  We learn the most when we try something new.  Use sound judgment.

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