The Plastics Blog
By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

Remembering Zig Ziglar, a great motivator

By Don Loepp | December 10, 2012 06:00 am ET

Legendary motivational speaker Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar died in late November at the age of 86. On Dec. 6 there was a memorial service. Many people can quote him, especially business people. On a LinkedIn post in the Plastics News group, I asked people to share their favorite Ziglar quote. These included, "Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side."

Isn't that also true for business? The other favorite one that is passed around the plastics industry is, "The only thing worse than training good employees and losing them is not training your employees and keeping them."

There are many motivational speakers, those folks who remind us that if our get up and go has gone and went, there is a reason to get our spirits moving.

Ziglar was so popular in large part because he spoke the truth and acted on what he believed.

Ziglar also rose from poverty in Mississippi and his actions and beliefs yielded clear results. He was principled and disciplined and saw the fruits of that behavior. But he also knew the alternative. He had a quote about motivation itself, "People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing - that is why we recommend it daily."

But quotes are just words coming out of a mouth unless they're actualized and here, just words on a page if not put into action. Even before Ziglar died, I had been hearing these quotes as we prepare for the 2013 Executive Forum: The Industry Leadership & Skills Summit. The task ahead of the plastics industry is to contemplate worker training and how to build high-performing teams. It's a monumental task.

So in memory of Ziglar, contemplate your favorite motivational quote and think about how to apply it to worker training. It doesn't even have to be a Ziglar quote. Write it down on paper and take the steps to say, how am I going to make this happen within my business?

(Thanks to Angie DeRosa, Plastics News' conference producer, for today's post).


Recent Blog Posts

Thanksgiving balloons — yep, they're plastic   November 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET
New registration process for plasticsnews.com (Psst: It's still free)   November 18, 2014 10:44 am ET
Astronauts, 3-D printing and hoverboards? Sounds good   November 5, 2014 11:01 am ET
A look at the fastest-growing companies in our blow molders' ranking   November 3, 2014 9:35 am ET
Arburg's Heinz Gaub talks about plastics and additive manufacturing   October 23, 2014 9:26 am ET
What's more controversial, legalizing pot or criminalizing plastic bags?   October 22, 2014 9:53 am ET

Comments

Remembering Zig Ziglar, a great motivator

By Don Loepp

Published: December 10, 2012 6:00 am ET
Updated: January 5, 2013 10:18 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events