CAE Briefing E27: 2019-12-01

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This week’s video is about year-end reflections, expressing gratitude, and Mr. Rogers. You can listen to the video at: https://youtu.be/YyMopEn4V8A

For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! We are coming out of a long holiday weekend and ready for the busy end to the year.

Take some time to express gratitude to your staff. This little effort will go a long way, as most employees say that is what they lack in their job.

With the end of the year coming, that means I will have 2 slots opening for individual executive coaching. If you would like to be considered for one of the slots, set up an appointment so we can talk and see if this would be a good fit for you: calendly.com/jasonmefford/30min

BTW, let me know if you saw the new movie about Mr. Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and,

Have a great rest of your week 🙂

Transcript

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welcome to another edition of the chief
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audit executive briefing hey everybody
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for those of you in the United States
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happy Thanksgiving
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this is our one of our long holiday
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weekends here towards the end of the
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year now at this at this time of the
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year you know it’s a it’s a great time
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to just kind of stop and feel grateful
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and also to start reflecting on what you
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were able to accomplish this last year
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and what you want to accomplish this
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next year you know for many of you this
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is kind of the annual audit planning
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time as well and so I know you’re right
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in the thick of everything and of course
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along with all of that you know I have a
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whole stack of the holiday cards here
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that my wife has me filling out to be
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able to send out because here’s the deal
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right it’s actually the first part of
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December already there’s only one month
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left this year and I cannot believe how
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fast it is actually gone but I’m so
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grateful to you and to you know
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everything that I actually have in this
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in this life I’m grateful that you show
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up each week and actually that we can
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communicate this way and yeah now a
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couple things for this week for you one
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of the things that I would really
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suggest that you do if you are not
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already doing it is just stop and take
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some time to express gratitude to your
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employees now you don’t want to do it
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all at once because just like you know
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these little holiday cards I have mixed
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feelings about them because you know a
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lot of times it’s like I received cards
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from people and they never really think
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about me the rest of the year I’m
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grateful that they think about me but
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because they show up at Christmas time
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it makes me wonder a little bit so
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here’s a little trick for you right
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again especially if you’re in the u.s.
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we just had Thanksgiving so sometime in
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December just randomly pick a few of
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your employees and actually express
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gratitude to them send them an email
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actually handwriting mcard you know do
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something that’s a little bit out of the
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ordinary and at not one of those times
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when they’re necessarily expecting it
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and it goes a long way because here’s
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the deal one of the things that
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employees kind of complain about the
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most or that they want at work that
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they’re not getting is simply for their
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boss to express gratitude to them and
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appreciate the work that they’re doing
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so a very very small act like that can
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actually make a huge impact and really
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develop the relationship with your
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employees now I remember
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you know one time I received just a
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little handwritten note it was just on a
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little kind of three by five card and my
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CEOs name was Larry and so at the top of
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this note was you know a note from Larry
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and all he wrote on it was Jason you did
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a great job on the last audit keep it up
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and signed it Larry and he sent that to
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me in interoffice mail now I got to tell
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you how excited I was when I actually
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received it I think I still have it in
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my files it’s close to 20 20 years ago
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out in my garage I could probably still
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pull out that card that Larry wrote so
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what I’m telling you is it has a big
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impact on your employees take the couple
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of minutes to actually do it now this
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week I also want to talk about Mister
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Rogers as well so I am a big Mister
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Rogers
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nerd in fact my wife Ally got me this
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little mr. Rogers figurine because
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there’s the the movie coming out and
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listen to this watch this
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so I actually have a little mr. Rogers
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on my desk that I can get the little
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inspiration from now as a kid you know
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growing up I love mr. Rogers I love the
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way that he made me feel and some of the
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messages about you know you’re good
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enough and you’re perfect just the way
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you are and I know a lot of times as
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executives
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excuse me you know when we have a lot of
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stress and other things going on and
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sometimes people are saying things about
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you that are not the nicest thing that’s
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one of the reasons why I like to think
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about mr. Rogers because I’m here to
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tell you as well you’re good enough and
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you’re perfect exactly the way that you
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are and you’re lovable as well and so
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you know kind of remember the words of
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mr. Rogers reason I’m bringing it up too
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there’s a new mr. Rogers movie a
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wonderful day in the neighborhood
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where Tom Hanks is actually playing Fred
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Rogers in the movie now I’ve always had
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this affinity for mr. Rogers and here’s
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maybe why even though I didn’t realize
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until this last week a friend of mine
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was was actually doing found something
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online about the movie and the article
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said that Tom Hanks and Fred Rogers are
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actually related that they have the same
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common ancestor and so when my friend
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read this she sent me a media message
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and said hey Jason it says that Fred
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Rogers and Tom Hanks are related and
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they’re related to some guy named
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Mefford is he related to you and so I
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went back and looked and actually
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Johannes mefferd my ancestor that came
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over from Germany in in the 1750s where
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I get my family name from we’re all
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related so Johannes mefferd Fred
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you know down the line – Fred Rogers and
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even Tom Hanks that were actually all
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related through the same ancestor back
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at that time so that just made me feel
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really good and again I told you I’m a
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little bit of a mr. Rogers nerd anyway
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okay probably enough about that now the
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last thing because it is the end of the
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year as well I just wanted to make sure
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and put this out there for anybody I’m
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going to be having to new executive
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coaching slots open up this next year so
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if this is
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something that you would be interested
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in and actually having some one-on-one
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coaching from me then just click on the
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link down below to be able to set up an
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appointment we can have a short
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discussion see what you’re actually
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dealing with and whether or not this
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would be a good fit for you so as again
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I said there’s only going to be two
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slots opening up so if you’re interested
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in trying to qualify for one of those
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slots sign up for an appointment we can
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talk and we can go from there so with
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that my friends hope you had a blessed
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weekend and good luck and have a great
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rest of your week and I’ll talk to you
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next week

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