July Blog

This month we will address:


  • Important verses Urgent
  • Quotes
  • Chesapeake Consulting News and Opportunities




It isn’t Urgent – until it’s Urgent


My mother used to say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  I would also add, “The road to terrible problems and higher cost is also paved with good intentions.”


You knew it was important to get new tires.  You could see the wear on the old ones.  That was six months ago.  It is now 10:30 PM, raining and there you are stuck on the side of the road trying to change a tire with interstate traffic whizzing by you.  Now it is an urgent situation. 


You knew it was important to get that colonoscopy.  That was six years ago.  You found out yesterday that you have colon cancer.  It is now urgent.  You will probably live.  It would have been easier to have snipped those small tumors out before they became malignant. 


You knew you should have given that officer an emotional intelligence test and remedial training afterwards.  Today you and your department are on the front page of your newspaper because he lost his cool and killed an unarmed civilian.  It could have been avoided if he had maintained his cool – an effect of good emotional intelligence.


I can recall as a young shift engineer at Stauffer Chemicals; the PA system rang out “This is not a drill!  This is not a drill!  Those on response team B don your Scott Air Packs and proceed to the Carbon Bisulfide plant.”


Fortunately, we had trained and knew what to do.   I was on response team B, so I grabbed an air pack and off I went.  We all knew our roles.  We were not to go into the plant structure without our air packs on.  Others found the source of the hydrogen sulfide leak while we drug bodies; still alive, out of the structure and into fresh air and help.  Lives were saved that day because the leadership of our plant realized that our emergency training was “Important.”  The gas release was a horrible event, however had we not been trained it would have been a crisis involving death.  Training would have then become urgent.  Thank heavens it wasn’t as our leadership understood that “important” cannot be delayed until it reaches urgent.


Adding value to your employees and your teammates is important.  Please do not wait until it is urgent. 


There are two major components to developing your folks; knowledge (what they know) and character (who they are).  Many of the knowledge issues are straightforward, especially if they are skill based in nature.  Many of the character issues are not so obvious.  Are your executives and supervisors providing wholesome leadership to their employees?  Do you have employees leave your company to work for someone else because of the way they were treated (the most common reason for people leaving their job)?  One of the reasons people stay in their current jobs is because their employer adds value to them in the way of training.


We would love to help you put together an ongoing program for your team.





  1. Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.  John Maxwell
  2. The man who concentrates on the root system of his life is going to bear fruit upward, but if he concentrates on the eye-appealing foliage he may end up a rootless failure.”  Robert D. Foster
  3. Wisdom is like a hidden treasure that is found only by those who search for it.
  4. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.  Nothing you desire can compare with it.  Proverbs 8:11
  5. Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.  John Maxwell
  6. When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.  But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.  Proverbs 28:2 
  7. Relationships are a buffer on how words are received.  Anderson Walker
  8. Don’t let the negative write the narrative. 
  9. You must manage your thought life daily and then you can manage your life.  John Maxwell
  10. Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.  Socrates
  11. Don’t put your trust in humans, they are as frail as breath.  What good are they?  Isaiah 2:22
  12. Change is inevitable.  Growth is optional.  John Maxwell
  13. I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility.  Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them.  And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, incredibly merciful.  John Ruskin. 
  14. Small disciplines repeated with consistency everyday lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.  John Maxwell


Chesapeake Consulting News and Offerings:


The Community Unity Event that we co-sponsored last month was a booming success.  Over 60 found jobs (although it was not a job fair), over 60 vendors participated adding value to those in the West End Community.  It was a fun event with basketball, softball, good music and employment and health care opportunities.  Learn more by going to our link. Community Unity Video


  We have the next one planned for October 20th at the McDonald Hughes Center.  We are also pondering doing a similar event on the east side of Tuscaloosa.  All of this stemmed from the small unity group that gathers to discuss racism.  I was honored that we used my book as a resource.  “Don’t Do Anything Stupid, A White Man’s Guide To Racial Harmony”


“Friday’s With John” has begun.  We go over general business knowledge and the Theory of Constraints based on my background and nearly 50 years of business and process improvement experience in a variety of industries.  We limit each session to seven people.  We go from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and cost is $500 per person.  Pop us a note if you would like agendas or more information. 


Please pray for our president and my daughter, Leigh.  She is currently in intensive care with a variety of problems.  We are praying for a rapid healing.