Peer Power Blog
This blog is about the power of peers in the IT space. It is designed as a place to share things I have learned the past 24+ years running a business as well as meeting the growing demands of business owners we experience leading the Heartland Tech Groups - a peer group network for IT business owners.
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A Little Pet Peeve
One of the things I depend on when I travel is wake up calls. Last week in DC, I was at the Marriott and had a very nice room. The check in process was great - they met me as an Elite member of their program and got me to my room in record time. Part of the process was finding out what welcome treat I wanted and what time I wanted my wake up call the next morning. I told them 5:30 which is my normal time (even though you eastern people are really getting me up at 4:30). Well, no wake up call. I awoke purely by accident at 7:09 and was supposed to be ready to go by 7:30. I was not pleased. I hurried and it all worked out even though I didn't get any breakfast from the concierge lounge like I had planned.
This week, at HTG2, I stayed in a Hilton property and deja vu - same experience. Check in was smooth - they took my wakeup time - no call. This time I woke up a little earlier - 6:15 but still not as planned and it screwed up my day. I am a pretty focused guy - schedule driven and planned. Minutes matter to me. Not denying the sleep was good, but it really did get me off on the wrong foot.
Big deal? Not really in the grand scheme of life. However, in both cases, an extremely positive experience 99% done right was tarnished way over 1% by lack of follow through. I often worry about this when I have a flight to catch, like this morning when I had a 3:30 wake up call which came on time today. But I set the alarm because I no longer felt I could trust the hotel. It is the little things in business that sometimes make a big difference. Had these little mistakes caused me to miss a flight, the tone of this blog would have been much different. But that is the key - we never know when our failure to pay attention to detail will be the straw that breaks the camel's back - if you know what I mean.
Those who know me are probably getting a chuckle out of this because a detail person I am not. If life depended on my ability to even notice details let alone make them happen, I would be dead. Fortunately God blessed me with a partner in my bride who helps take care of those things. It doesn't excuse my lack of attention, but she can cover my you know what pretty darn good after 30 years of practice. That is the other part of reality we need to get - when we are weak in any area - we need to admit it and surround ourself with those who are able to do what we are unable to get done well. That is the secret of HTS - we have a team of brilliant folks who are stars at what they do. They make it happen. It sure isn't about me. So pay attention to the small stuff - don't sweat it - but make sure you get it done!
I am just a plain old Iowa farm boy who loves technology. Fortunately I have been blessed with a job of putting the two together, living here on the farm and leading our companies in the Heartland family - HTG, HLG, Varvid and HTS Ag. The real fun is the learning shared with peers through HTG Peer Groups. It is the relationships that make life worth living, and this industry is full of really awesome people. I am blessed every day!