Striving for Excellence
Accountability is more concerned with finding solutions to problems than it is with laying blame or finding excuses.
Life is full of problems to be solved . . . it is part of the beauty each of us experience in some way during our journey here. Sometimes, in our inadequacies, each of us lay blame toward something or someone. In many circumstances there is truth in the obstacles which we blame for our failings. There may be times that an obstacle overwhelms our capacity to achieve a desired outcome. During those times we can set our efforts aside and look for a different approach. The habit of accountability defines how we solve problems.
Cazier Capital believes that this habit helps us view problems as they really are or prepares us to do so.
Ultimately, if we consistently hold ourselves accountable we will make progress in our efforts.
If you don’t expose something to sunlight, microbes and germs will thrive.
Closely tied to accountability is transparency. Transparency shines the light on our actions in an appropriate way. As part of our culture of stewardship we believe that our five core values/competencies are closely tied together forming the habits of prosperity. We believe that transparency fuels accountability which drives us toward excellence which helps us see the abundance we have so that we can be the founders of our personal life journey.
Building an exceptional team or institution starts with a founder . . . you must first choose whether you want to be a founder or an employee. It’s not a question of literal ownership. It’s a question of attitude.
Laszlo Bock, Chief of People Operations at Google
Stewardship defines the culture we are trying to establish at Cazier Capital. This requires individuals who think like and manage resources like founders. Founders are trustworthy, responsible, dependable and take initiative – more than anything else we need people who will do what they say they will do when they say they will do it.
There is a story in the Bible which tells of a man who invested in three individuals according to their capacity and ability. To one he gave five talents (currency), to the second he gave two and the third he gave one. The first two individuals doubled their investments while the third failed to take action and yielded no return on investment. The first two displayed the founder’s mindset and acted to increase the resources they had access to.
The sociology of poverty will make ordinary things more difficult. There will be challenges and failures, but someone who is trustworthy and dependable will press forward and find solutions when difficulties arise. This competency alone will separate our business and partners from others and will serve as a magnet for customers who are looking for dependable solutions to their problems.
Can’t is the worst word that’s written or spoken;
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning
And robs us of courage we need through the day:
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.
Can’t is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.
Can’t is a word none should speak without blushing;
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man’s purpose and shortens his aim.
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.
Can’t is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and skill.
Hate it, with hatred that’s deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed ’twill break any man;
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: “I can.”
Striving for Excellence
”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.
Thomas S. Monson
The drive to perform well requires that we measure progress. In order to measure we need goals and standards that will serve as milestones along our journey. Apprentices and business owners at Cazier Capital should be able to set the right goals and achieve them at the right pace (remembering that our efforts are comparable to a marathon, not a sprint).
”Abundance mentality is a concept in which a person believes
there are enough resources and successes to share with others.”
The Abundance Mentality enables us to see opportunities where others may not. People with the abundance mentality encourage creativity, maximize resource impact and seek to be generous.
The abundance mentality empowers us to take action and make progress regardless of resources immediately available. It offers the flexibility to adapt to specific circumstances and is especially critical in an environment in which there is vast perceived shortage.
What would you reply to the question of “how many seeds are in a tomato?” You could take a tomato, dissect it and count the seeds, but ultimately the answer is “plenty”. Within those seeds lie the potential to provide future plants for your family, friends and others . . . it just depends on how you look at it! (adapted from http://www.i-open.org/blog/the-tomato-story-and-shifting-from-scarcity-to-abundance-in-half-a-day )
Cazier Capital believes that this mentality is a critical component of prosperity. We will seek to find and develop apprentices and business owners who share this habit.