Monthly Archives: November 2011

Be Thankful!

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

A Time for Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year and one we can all appreciate. We get to enjoy family, friends, fun, food and be grateful for all we have. It’s our special reminder to stop the craziness of everyday life and just enjoy the good we have been blessed with. Even though I believe more days of the year should be spent enjoying and celebrating our blessings, I understand it’s difficult for most of us to stop our schedule to give thanks and come together. So today I’m grateful for this wonderful American tradition that sort of forces us to take a day and enjoy one another in joy, abundance and love for life!

Today I am grateful for YOU for sharing this moment with me while reading my blog. I’m grateful for family, friends, clients and the opportunity to reach out to you and share my thoughts in this blog. I’m grateful for the inspiration that God gives me and the words to be able to inspire you a few times a month in this space. 

Over the years I’ve come to understand that the Holiday’s can be a very difficult time for those who have lost a loved one. We spend years coming together, laughing, loving and sharing and then in an instant they are gone. With their absence we are left with an incredible void that nothing can fill. Suddenly life seems pointless and meaningless without them as we struggle to carry on. Thanksgiving can be especially difficult for those whose tradition has been interrupted by the loss of mother, grandmother or whoever it was that always opened their home for everyone to come over. Everything seems lost and out-of-place without them… nothing is as it was and pain is all that comes to overwhelm us and remind us of our great loss.

Sadly death is an inevitable part of life and in our society we just aren’t taught to handle it properly. In this day and age death is still a taboo subject that we brush under the rug and pretend is never going to touch us. We fail to realize that if we simply changed our views about life and death this difficult chapter in all our lives wouldn’t be so heartbreaking and pain filled. Now I’m not saying that there is any way we can experience the death of a loved one without grief and suffering because that would be not only impossible but ridiculous. 

What I am trying to say is that if we take the time to celebrate our loves ones to the fullest while they are alive we just might have less regrets when they are gone. If we are more honest about death and we open ourselves to discussing the inevitable we might be able to not only make peace with it but plan for it as well. We can get grandma’s favorite apple pie recipe while she’s still with us and then bake it every year after she’s gone in her memory. We can discuss the details with mom about one day having Thanksgiving at our house and get all her ideas and secrets for doing such an amazing job at it. We can take a moment to accept and prepare ourselves that our parents, grandparents and loved ones aren’t going to be around forever so we need to put our feelings in order about it.

In short there is a lot we can do to prepare for death before it happens, ask questions, speak the unspoken and make peace with it all. We can honor our loves ones that have passed and celebrate their lives during all those holidays that they aren’t with us anymore. We can start new traditions, light a candle, bring out their photo or cook their favorite meal in an effort to feel them close and remember them with love instead of drowning in the pain of their absence. Life is all about choices and today I invite you to live in gratitude for all the beautiful moments you shared with them instead of continually mourning what is no more. In life and in death – Gratitude really does make all the difference in the world!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

What’s Buggin’ You Lately?

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work.  Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Lenny Volberg from Lenny’s Pest Control! We help Lenny put together his blog and newsletter every month and we very much enjoy working with him. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!

Holiday Bugs are Happy Bugs!

So are YOU ready for Thanksgiving this year? Where did the days go? I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! This Holiday is a favorite in our home! We love the family, fun, friends and the freedom to eat a little more of the good stuff without any of the guilt. I read a post recently on facebook that said “Holiday Calories Don’t Count!” I chuckled a little before I responded “Yeah, wouldn’t that be the perfect Holiday gift?!”

So, are you planning a fabulous family get together with all the relatives over for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the fixings? Is everyone invited? Even the bugs? Did you do know that Holiday Bugs are the happiest bugs in the world? Do you know why? Guess! Maybe it’s because they get lots of yummy sticky, gooey, ooey, sweet stuff everywhere! This is the time of year when the leftovers can’t fit in the fridge so they get left over on the counter over night! It’s when your lovely nieces and nephews leave sticky handprints all over places you didn’t even know they could reach! And it’s when your neighbor drops by to say hi and her not so cute kids leave cookie crumbs all over the floor, the couch, the counter and who knows where else! Oh them kitchen critters just love this time of year!

We just came out of a pretty wet rainy season and if you haven’t called me to come visit you yet you just might have a nice collection of bugs hidden in those secret hiding places in your kitchen, pantry, laundry, bathroom and anywhere else they find comfy enough. Those pantry bugs just love to get into your flour, pasta, cereal and spices. Those suckers reproduce faster than you can blink and if you have one you better bet you have a good fifty or more! The last thing you need is crazy aunt Rita screaming and carrying on like it’s the end o the world in front of all the family while nearly giving grandma a heart attack all because she found bugs in the flour when she went to make the biscuits!

You have Thanksgiving next week and Christmas shortly after that with New Years on their trail and each event is more food and happier bugs. Now we’re all for happy and have nothing against bugs but we really like making our clients happy and keeping the bugs out of their living space so holiday life can be a little more enjoyable. So right about now is the PERFECT time to call Lenny’s Pest Control so we can come by and spray your place just to make sure all your guests are the ones you really invited this year!

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on facebook, following us on twitter and connecting with us on linkedin. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage and we wish you and everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season!

Battery Fundamentals from Battery Giant SWFL

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Brittany King with Battery Giant of SWFL! We help Brittany put together her blog and newsletter every month and we very much enjoy working with her. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!

Wow – where has the time gone! We have been pretty busy serving our customers here at Battery Giant in Cape Coral, and the holidays are sneaking up on us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which will kick off the holiday season. And since we’re on the subject of giving thanks, we would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your patronage and loyalty. Thanks for taking the time to connect with us, read our blog and for making Battery Giant of SWFL you favorite place to go for batteries!

In anticipation of the holidays, we’re going to be getting some cool battery related products in which will make fantastic gifts for the folks on your list. I’ll provide a couple of examples before I go into more battery fundamentals.

For example, for the holidays, we have stocked up on some really sweet LED flashlights that are incredibly powerful and bright. And for those of you who have four-legged friends, we’re also getting some awesome LED collars so you can see – and your friend can be seen – at night. Come on in and check them out – we think you’ll love them. We have lots of awesome stocking stuffers that your family, friends and employees will absolutely love!

Enough of the commercials – lets get back to battery fundamentals. Last week, I spent some time to explain three of the basic types of batteries that customers need. In today’s blog, I’ll cover off four others, which make up the balance of the market for replacement batteries.

As before, I’m going to take advantage of materials provided by our Battery Giant headquarters operation to provide the content I’ll use.

  • Nickel – metal – hydride (NiMH): these types of batteries have a higher energy density compared to Nickel Cadmium. However, they have a reduced cycle life compared to NiCd. The other good news is there is relatively little toxic metal in NiMH batteries, but please bring them to us for responsible recycling anyhow. Popular applications for NiMH include cordless phones, rechargeable batteries, and older generations of cellular phones.
  • Alkaline: Alkaline batteries are one of the most popular consumer batteries. They are available in a number of different sizes – the most popular are AA, AAA, C and D. They have high energy density, long shelf life, superior leakage resistance, and lower internal resistance that allow it to operate at higher discharge rates over a wide range of temperatures. Popular applications include radios, watches, toys and numerous other household applications.
  • Lithium Phosphate:Lithium Phosphate batteries have high energy density by weight and volume, safety (high resistance to thermal runaway), and high current or peak power rating. Typical applications include power tools, solar lighting, and a broad range of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators, defibrillators and EMS equipment.
  • Lithium Polymer: Lithium Polymer batteries provide higher volumetric energy density. Beyond this benefit, the primary advantage for manufacturers of consumer devices such as iPods and cell phones is that Lithium Polymer provides great flexibility in cell size, shape and weight. Lithium Polymer also provides superior stability in over-voltage and high temperature conditions.

Finally, I wanted to let you know we’re preparing our first email newsletter, so for those of you who have given us your email addresses, expect to see our newsletter in your inbox in the near future. Don’t delete it – it will have a valuable coupon for you to use on your next visit to us! If you would like to subscribe now – click here!

Clarity and Preparation…

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Angela Patterson from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services! We help Angie put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell

Anyone who has ever wondered how successful people achieve their goals has quickly discovered that preparation was the key and the main difference between those who win and those who fail in life. I wonder how something so simple and obvious can be so complicated and difficult for so many people. If you want to arrive from point A to point B you get a map and take the quickest and safest route possible. If you want to learn a new trade you research, study and plan out your goals and then walk in that direction. If you want to be happy in life you stop doing the things that make you unhappy and start doing the things that make you happy. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it is!

I’ve come to understand that the problem most people have in life isn’t necessarily in failing to take the steps they need for success but rather in not knowing what they want to begin with. Most people tend to go through life wandering aimlessly… searching without a clear direction of where they are headed. Sadly they have no idea what they are actually looking for. They don’t have a list of goals and they don’t even have a map. They haven’t searched within to understand who they are and what they really want out of life. They lose their faith and forget to call on God for guidance. Then the years go by and time takes its toll and life passes them by. They waste their youth trying to be someone they aren’t and then they waste their adult life trying to buy back their youth. They live a lie and they don’t even know it. They are lost and they can’t even see it. They struggle just trying to keep up with the Jones’s or in wanting to have it all while in truth they had nothing at all because they lost themselves in the process.

My last blog was about the importance of pre-planning for your death and enjoying the peace of mind that your family will not be burdened with the details of your funeral. Click here if you missed it, it’s important! And while I feel it is very important to take the time to plan out the details of your end of life I feel compelled at this moment to urge you to plan for LIVING now, before it’s too late and your time has run out. Being in the funeral business here in Southwest FL I have seen more grief and regret than any person needs to see in a lifetime. The purpose of this blog and maybe my purpose for being here at this moment, writing for you, is so that I can inspire you to look within and discover who you are and what your own purpose is.

The only way for you to plan your life and really enjoy each day God grants you is to know who you are, what your purpose is and how you’re going to achieve it. I invite you to search for your personal map so that you can find that quickest route to your own personal happiness. Write down your goals and start walking in that direction now, today… there’s no need to wait until Monday or next year. Life is shorter than you realize and sometimes the things you think are important really aren’t that important at all.

This brings me to something I read in a book recently and I’d like to share it with you now: Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you dont’ try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. As psychologist Viktor Frankl said, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Each of us has a purpose for which we were created. Our responsibility – and our joy – is to identify it. – Taken from: Leadership Promsises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell.

You have a purpose and only you can discover what that purpose is. My goal today was to inspire you to live life in a manner that can bring you happiness, joy and peace now and all the days to come. In my next blog I’ll get back to more benefits of pre-planning for your funeral so stay tuned.

Anderson Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services is here to help you find Peace of Mind today knowing you have taken care of all of the important details ahead of time. We have experts waiting to answer all of your questions and help you pre-plan your funeral. Please feel free to contact us at (239) 694-4121 or (239) 368-7080 or visit our website at www.AndersonPatterson.com.

Solutions for Your Hiring Problems!

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Maryanne Preston and Hiring Solutions! We help Maryanne put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

Persistence –   How to Hire Great People 

It’s no secret that hiring is one of the biggest challenges of managing and growing a productive team. So why do we chronically underestimate the time and energy that we need to dedicate to this crucial task?  Business owners frequently minimize the importance of hiring. It’s a “tertiary task” superficially unrelated to client work, and often triggered under duress: a huge new client project to ramp up for, the opening of a new office, or the exodus of a few great employees. For this reason, hiring often takes on a stressful tone and is executed hastily. Yet no decision can have a bigger impact on the direction of your work and the long-term success of your business.

Hiring exceptional people allows a leader to set strategic direction and then hand over incremental decisions to smart, capable team members.  Letting people in the organization use their judgment turns out to be faster and cheaper – but only if you hire the right people and reward them for having the right attitude.

The trick is uncovering those talented and trustworthy people – and knowing what they look like when you find them. Here are a handful of tips:

1. You cannot clone yourself. One of the first obstacles in expanding your team is re-wiring your brain. Subconsciously or not, you may be fixated on looking for someone with the skills, mannerisms, single-minded passion, and other useful qualities that mimic your own. Instead, look for a cocktail of complementary skills to balance your weaknesses. Seek a foundation of rudiments and a likeable and hard-working personality. There is no one who loves your work more than you.

2. Persistence is golden. There’s a rule of thumb called The Rule of 100. Assume you’ll need to make contact with 100 people in order to find 10 prospects to narrow to a pool of 3 great matches. Sometimes this is an overestimation, but the point is that finding the right person is usually a matter of persistence. Don’t stop looking if you’re having trouble finding the right fit, just keep looking.

3. The best resource is your personal network. Hands down the best source for locating a person that fits you and your company is your circle of contacts. It’s your job to communicate effectively to your network by being clear about what you’re looking for and the context of the hire. It helps to be specific when approaching your network to give them information that’s easy to act on.

4. But… don’t forget to look beyond your network. It is a common strategy (and a common mistake) to stick to your personal network to find quality people. Go beyond your circle of contacts. Make a list of people and companies you respect or admire and reach out to them for assistance. Always ask who you should speak to next to continue to expand your network concentrically outward.

5. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior… but it’s not always obvious. Often a person’s interests are found in the seams of their resume or professional trajectory. Find out about hobbies, art projects or groups they started outside of work. This type of initiative will provide insight into how well a person works independently and if they’re prone to turning ideas action.

6. Use “critical incident interviewing.” This is an interview model that queries specific past events as a basis for discerning a person’s capabilities. It’s all about cascading questions. Start by asking about an incident, then peeling back the layers to evaluate the person’s thought process, judgment, and how he or she deals with a situation.

For example:

  • “Tell me about a time you disagreed with your supervisor on a creative issue.”
  • “Walk me through the problem.”“What did you do about it?”
  • “What led to that decision?”
  • “Why do you think that was effective?”
  • “What was the outcome?”

7. Assign homework. After a series of interviews, it is common practice for companies to assign a phantom project or problem to solve. Some even hand off a client assignment and compensate potential employees for their work. There’s no better way to predict performance than by having the opportunity to evaluate the work directly and get a feel for a prospect’s style and habits.

8. Do great work and make great stuff… so the best people find you. It’s no surprise that the best companies always have the easiest time hiring. That’s because people are clamoring to work for them. Strive to do mind-bendingly great work and the hiring will take care of itself!

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