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What Are We Going to Do Differently?

December 03, 2018

It’s been said that if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. So, what does it really mean to “make a difference”?  It’s an oft-used phrase, but have we really thought about what it means?  Is saying “I want to make a difference” enough?  Is simply trying to make a difference enough, or is a tangible improvement...

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Consistency and Courage

November 27, 2018

Whether we're talking about our home lives or our jobs in vegetation management, making a difference takes time and a ton of heart. It’s HARD WORK to make a true difference. Two words come to mind when I think of making a difference.

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D45 Total Safety Culture

November 08, 2018

Kudos to Division 45 for their participation in our Total Safety Culture meeting in Kingston NY. I truly believe this meeting was a success as we had some all of our new employees, as well as some of our most qualified, interacting, communicating and asking questions.

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But Wait, There's More: Improvement Minded

October 05, 2018

Improvement Minded.  I want to share some thoughts about this term as it relates to our pursuit of our safety vision:

  • Improvement Minded is one of the 5 key Operating Principles of Lewis Tree Service. Therefore, it’s one of the most important traits or characteristics you bring to the job every day.
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But Wait There's More: Honest

September 04, 2018

Recently, I asked my 6 year old niece what it means to be honest. Not surprisingly, she responded by saying that honesty is “not telling a lie.” She, of course, is correct. I think we are all taught at an early age that we should not lie and that we should always tell the truth. Words are important in demonstrating honesty. In addition to not...

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But Wait There's More: Responsible

August 24, 2018

Responsible. Response. Able. When it’s broken down, we can ask ourselves: Are we able to be responsive? Do we have the right skill sets? Do we have access to the right tools? Do we fully understand the situation and what actions are required? Do we recognize the impact our actions have on others?

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Operating Principle: Improvement-minded

August 20, 2018

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities. A very little key will open a very heavy door.”  -Charles Dickens

Individuals and organizations with proven track records of success have one commonly exhibited behavior: they are never...

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Operating Principle: Act with Integrity

August 13, 2018

Today’s operating principle is Act with IntegrityI found a great quote that describes what integrity looks like in action. “Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you.” 

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Operating Principle: Being Honest

August 06, 2018

Wikipedia says “Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.”

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Operating Principle: Trustworthy

July 31, 2018

Being trustworthy is being able to be relied on to do, or provide, what is needed or right: deserving of trust. 

TRUST is the one thing that changes everything.

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