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First, a definition. Psychological Safety. That’s the common label for the kind of safety we’re speaking of today. Of course, physical safety is equally paramount. Even in the brutal training of military special forces, safety during the training is stressed. Participants may feel as though they’re going to die as they push to never-before-experienced extremes. … The Role of Safety In High-Performance Cultures (Season 2021, Episode 13) Read More »
Here's one theory about the origin from Wikipedia: The origins are uncertain, but a common theory is that the expression arose after Conservative Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury ("Bob") appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1887, an act of nepotism, which was apparently both surprising and unpopular. Whatever other qualifications Balfour might have had, "Bob's your uncle" was seen as the conclusive one. Salisbury is widely believed to be the Uncle Bob that the expression refers to. "Bob's your uncle" is said to derive from the supposed nepotism of Lord Salisbury, in appointing a favorite nephew, Arthur Balfour, to several political posts in the 1880s. "Bob's your uncle" is an exclamation that is used when everything is alright and the simple means of obtaining the successful result is explained. Here in America, we'd say, "a piece of cake" or "easy as pie." But I rather prefer, "And Bob's your uncle." Today's episode was prompted by something that happened one year ago. I recorded the event on my personal Facebook page. Here's what I wrote. Grandson #3 (Easton) and grandson #4 (Cason) went with us to see my parents yesterday. On the ride home Easton sees something and the obsession begins. It's the little marking on the side pillars of the car indicating that there's a side curtain airbag. He's reading out the letters and asking, "What does that say?" All the letters are capitalized though, presenting a new challenge for his reading skills. From the backseat he's announcing the letters. "S, L, D, E, C, U, R, T..." No break or pause, just reading the letters in straight succession. I quickly realize the problem. The L isn't an L. It's a capital "i." Me: "That doesn't spell anything. S,L,D aren't the first letters to anything." Easton: "Yes, it is. That's what it says, S, L, D, E, C, U...(he goes on to announce every letter for the umpteenth time)." Me: "That says, 'Bob's your uncle." Easton: "No, it doesn't. Bob's your uncle doesn't start with S." Me: "Sure it does." Easton: "No, Bob's your uncle doesn't start with S." Me: "What does 'Bob's your uncle start with?" Easton: "B." Me: "Very good." Me: "That second letter isn't an L, it's an "i." Easton: "But it doesn't have a dot." Me: "It's a capital i. All those letters are capitalized." Easton: "But it's S, L, D, E..." (again reciting every single letter) Me: "It says, 'Side Curtain Airbag." (I go on to explain what that is) Then comes a 10-minute conversation on how those airbags deploy. And I interject "Bob's your uncle" some more along the way. Me: "When the airbags come out they say, 'Bob's your uncle' on them." Easton: "But I've never seen them say, 'Bob's your uncle.'" Me: "Because you've never seen airbags. They don't come out until you crash the car. You never want to see 'Bob's your uncle' unless you crash." To add confusion, Rhonda inserts, "Cale is YOUR uncle." Easton: "Then why does it say, 'Bob's your uncle?" Me: "To let you know the airbags are out. And uncle Cale answers to, 'Bob.'" This goes on for about 5 more minutes with Easton growing increasingly skeptical. Rhonda finally tells him I'm "pulling his leg." Of course, that means she has to explain what that phrase means. Easton: "I thought so. I knew it didn't say, 'Bob's your uncle.'" Now, I'm Googling for Bob's Your Uncle t-shirts in kid's sizes! I'm also coaching him to call Cale "Bob" the next time he sees him! I smile every time I think of that car ride. I wish Bob was my uncle, but I do have a cousin named Bob. Easy peasy. That's our hokey American equivalent. Much less clever than, "And Bob's you're uncle." That's that. Kinda sorta the same thing. I don't know if the story is the correct origin of the saying, but I hope so because that makes it funnier to me. Some ner-do-well fella gets a high position and everybody stands around questioning, "Who? Who? Who got it?
Joining us today is Clint Pulver. Clint Pulver is an Emmy Award-winning, motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. He is also the president and founder of The Center for Employee Retention. Clint’s new book, I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want To Leave, is a must-buy for managers and employees. Oh, and he’s also a drummer! While you’re compiling a reading list, we hope you’ll read Leo’s latest book, Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-Performing Teams. The Kindle version is just $3.99 (as we publish this today, April 2021) in order to make it available to as many people as possible. Buy it for you and your group or team members today. If you like to listen, the audiobook is available now, too!. #ThePowerOfWEBeginsWithYOU #Peernovation For ideas on why leaning on your peers and serving one another at this critical time has never been more important, listen to our podcast. If you have questions or ideas for us, contact us today. Useful links: Leo’s latest CEOWORLD articles Leo’s books – The Power of Peers, What Anyone Can Do, Peernovation (now published) Subscribe to the YouTube channel Connect with Leo on Linkedin | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Randy on Linkedin | Twitter | Instagram 
Persistence is defined as: • continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition • continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period Learning is defined as: the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught High-performing organizations have a superior commitment to persistent … Persistent Learning (Season 2021, Episode 12) Read More »
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