Jim Maguire was the founder & CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY). PHLY is a company with a most unbelievable success story. Consequently, it is the place that formed me as the out of the box thinker & entrepreneur that I am today. Jim’s approach was, “build a team of winners and you will win.” This philosophy has stuck with me, and I use the same approach today at 9DOTS by teaching my team to “just show up…every day!

Jim Maguire said many thought provoking and influential witticisms in my time at PHLY. No witticism is more influential to me than “JUST SHOW UP….EVERYDAY!” This simple phrase was used not just by Jim but by many of us at PHLY when under pressure to deliver.

Just show up is an interesting statement, isn’t it? So, you get it. “Make it to work.” But it means more than arriving to your desk every day at 8am. 

The idea behind “showing up” is that work is your arena & work is where winning is done. Anyone can show up to work everyday and go through their regular job function: Get Coffee, Sit at desk by 8am, Complete Tasks, (maybe more coffee), Go home, Repeat tomorrow. 

BUT how many of us “show up?” I believe that each person, each team member, can make the company better by thinking about excelling at their own job. Be a winner on a team of winners. Use every day experience, even after you leave your desk, to brainstorm how to be better. For example, spending time with your kids after work is a great way to perfect multitasking. Find a way to use that to win. Maybe showing up, for you, requires staying a little later on Tuesday to finish the project you have been working so hard on instead of finishing it Wednesday morning. 

Showing up is how you win in your arena. 

When the Sunday Scaries hit & bring on the work dread, remember Just Show Up! Figure out a way to get excited. Think of new ways to win & keep you motivated. Bring coffee for the team on Monday because, well, those Sunday Scaries can be stressful and we want to start Monday off right. Who knows, maybe a new opportunity is waiting for you.

I’m often amazed at the different ways our customers solve the same problems. As the CEO of a solutions company, I love to solve complex problems. Understanding the puzzle and unraveling the issue gets me excited and happy to Just Show Up…EVERYDAY.

Here at 9DOTS our team will show up for you…EVERYDAY. We will show up with new ways of thinking, new ways to solve problems & more. You may not need us today, and that’s fine, but we are constantly thinking outside of the box for the way to move, not just our company forward, but yours as well.

Finally, just Show Up. Yesterday’s bad day is a new chance to start again.





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Success can be defined in many different ways. Some see success as finishing a task they have spent months on and others may see it as just getting through the day. However, a CEO might have a different approach on the term success. CEO’s have to look at the big picture for their company. In a CEO’s mind, success is a moving target and is very hard to achieve. In the world of business owners, if you think you have accomplished your biggest goal, then you have stopped pushing yourself.  There are 7 distinctive qualities below to becoming a successful CEO, and we believe at 9DOTS that it is possible for any of our readers to nurture these qualities within themselves:

  1. CARING –  A successful CEO cares for his or her people. The people around you during your daily lives are the ones that will help you and your company.  Remember to ask yourself if you care about your people — do you think about their dreams and goals? You have to make sure to care about the clients and employees needs and wants as well as your own.
  2. INTERGRITY/ETHICS – A successful CEO does the right thing, not the thing that feels right. To have a company that trusts you is very important. Admitting to your mistakes when you know you did something wrong is what will make your clients (and your employees) trust you even more. 
  3. EXTREMELY DRIVEN – You have to be very dedicated to your company. If you seem like you’re slacking with the work you are doing, others will follow in your footsteps. Coworkers will begin to slow down and not work as hard if their leader isn’t working as hard. Successful CEO’s always push their workers to the next level.
  4. CREDIBILITY – CEO’s who lose credibility can usually never regain it. When communicating with other clients, you want them to trust you 100% of the time. It only takes one moment for your credibility to be lost for years!
  5. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS – A CEO must have good relations with all clients and coworkers. Positive relationships also create great word-of-mouth! Networking is very important when you are a CEO of a company.
  6. GOOD LISTENING SKILLS – Flexibility to listen to your workers is a very important quality for CEO’s.  Just because they are the CEO of the company doesn’t mean they always have to make the ultimate decision. Listening to the opinions of others might actually give a CEO some ideas. Productive environments come from listening to your employees and making sure that they feel comfortable with their work environment.
  7. THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX – The market is always changing no matter what your field is!!  A successful CEO connects the dots and thinks about doing things a little differently. They recognize that you can’t always do things the same and expect the same results. Think outside the box to find success. 

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Have you read last week’s blog post? Did you take the quiz to see if you were left or right brained?  I am more right-brain dominant. I love the creative aspects of my job (& I use as little numbers as possible in my day to day!). After chatting with a bunch of 9DOTS blog readers last week, I realized MANY are left-brain dominate. I also learned that data visualization can sometimes seem foreign to those  who love numbers & figures. What are we gonna do with a bunch of pictures!?

To respond, I have to point out this fact again: “The brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it does text.”

data visualizationAnalyze patterns & trends, find a problem, and make a change sixty-thousand times quicker! Let’s say you make data visualization a part of your organization. Take a look at this image to the right. Immediately, it is clear to watch for pedestrians as they cross. Did you have to grab your reading glasses for that sign on the right? The sign on the left is bold & simple. It is not an overly artistic or creative photo, but it offers ALL of the information you need in the blink of an eye.

Look at this chart below titled “Utilization by Employee.” In a split second I can see that three employees, Andy, Wade & Mike are under utilized. Without this chart, it would take time to run reports on each employee and compare all of the numbers & figures. With this chart, I analyzed my employees markedly faster. 60,000 times faster to be exact. 
Utilization RateA bold and simple picture can explain all of the insight that you need. In fact, it doesn’t even matter which way you think best. Experiment with different charts, tables & patterns. There are hundreds of ways to glean insight into your organization and solve any problems you have with your data.

Data Visualization

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