May 14, 2012
Marta Ruggles, District Manager

As many of you know, Fred Fralick was our consultant (and coach!) for a number of years.   But for most of us, he was much more than that.  He was (and still is) a friend, MG family member, mentor and yes, a respected professional that taught us a lot about business and teamwork and life…we’ve come to call many of those lessons "Fredisms."   Do some of these sound familiar?

Tackle “Big Rocks” first
You are only a LEADER – as long as people choose to follow you
It takes COURAGE:
    to change yourself
    to make tough decisions
Your actions and behaviors count…not your title

What’s missing?  Ahhh yes….."Feedback is the breakfast of champions."
This was one of Fred’s strongest messages.
To truly learn, grow and improve, we have to get, understand, and try to use open, honest, direct, timely, constructive feedback.  That’s a mouthful!

Fred led us through our first 360 process.  He coached us, held our hand and helped us "depersonalize" the feedback.  He helped us understand how much we can get out of feedback given with good intention…if we can receive it in a non-personal way.  And, in the end, he showed us that if we do this….we can grow.  I honestly believe he was right — then and now, and that we are a stronger MG than we were 5 years ago.

As we look to the next 5 years, please help us by participating in the 360.  As a team we need everyone’s feedback, regardless of who we directly supervise.  As individuals, this is an opportunity to focus on our weaknesses and strengthen our strengths.

I assure you, this process can make a difference.