House, Senate Talks to Reform the VA Close to Collapsing over Money

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Efforts by the House and Senate to agree on a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared close to collapsing Thursday over how to pay for billions of dollars in spending. The fight raises the possibility that Congress will leave for its August break without passing…

Actions Speak's insight:

This is what happens in a poisoned culture when doing the right things right are put on the back burner because of side issues.  The right thing in the VA is to walk the talk for each and every veteran that served this country.  Service to our veterans needing help is paramount.  Paperwork, political posturing, suffocating bureaucracy, ineffective communications, and all the other challenges can be overcome by focusing on service and a ‘can-do’ attitude.  There are alternatives.  Activate them.

Any fool can make a great system fail.  But people working together can make a poor system work.  It is time to make the VA system work for our veterans.  

The VA culture is terminal as it stands without senior adult leadership stepping up to the plate to lead by example and blowing away all the barriers in the way of providing award-winning service to our veterans as the #1 priority - with a sense of time is of the essence.

Talk is cheap!  Enough talk.


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Create a high performance organisation with wisdom of effective work teams - Daily Mirror

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Create a high performance organisation with wisdom of effective work teams
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Actions Speak's insight:

Look at these 12 points and grade (school grade A, B, C, D. F) one team you are on for each point.

Which point is your strongest?

Which point is your weakest?

What would you work on first to make the biggest difference and why?


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Leaders need to be team players - Milford Daily News

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Leaders need to be team players
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Great teams have leaders who act more like members, because high performance teams don’t need to be led - in fact, an overbearing leader can often get in the way of a team reaching it’s potential.

Actions Speak's insight:

A leader is a great team player if he/she simply removes the barriers in the way of teammates so they can excel.


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Turnover drains profits and productivity - Post-Tribune

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Turnover drains profits and productivity
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Employee turnover is a serious profit-draining issue with small firms and contributes to poor productivity as well as a disengaged workforce.

Actions Speak's insight:

What do you do at your company when someone leaves for any reason?  Interview them to learn what could be improved?  Ask them what was the determining factor in their decision to leave?   Find out if they had the power and they could have made any 2 changes while they worked at the company, just what would those 2 changes be and why?

Turnover is expensive.  But it is really much more expensive if you don’t learn from it.  


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Unleashing the power of teams to deliver superior customer value

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Early on the Journey, when you start a Lean Transformation in any company, you usually find that the level of capabilities on the operating teams is low and therefore, continuous improvement work is (“The three areas of concern when moving a team …

Actions Speak's insight:

When you read this article ask yourself how hard  you really work at continuous improvement of all of these aspects to increase your value to your customer and to your teammates?


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4 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You About Advancing Your Career - Forbes

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4 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You About Advancing Your Career
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Those who have successfully advanced in the workplace—and hope to continue on that path—know that working for the right leader is the first logical step to becoming a leader.

Actions Speak's insight:

Yes, these are good points.  But not all organizations work this way.

3 things that work almost every time to earn opportunities others won’t get a chance for are:

1) a great can-do attitude

2) asking ‘what else can I do to help”

3) excel at each task you do and exceed expectations

Everyone loves a team player with a great attitude and work results they don’t have to worry about.

 


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