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Joshua Dupont Posts

Trust and Training

Trust your employees. Trust them to represent the company’s ideals, because you have instilled those ideals in them. Train your people to view every moment of incident from the client’s point of view. Each moment of incident is an opportunity to determine an action that brings value to the client and, in the end, bolsters the company.

A Great Team

How do you develop a great team?

It’s a big weekend for our company (pianofondue.com), but amazingly I have a relaxing Saturday of casual house work ahead of me. I know that our clients are in good hands.

Develop a great team, and you can take a breath every once in a while.

Good team members know that they have support among their peers. They are not afraid to ask for help, and that help is always forthcoming. In short, your people can depend on each other, and you can depend on that system. They are accountable to each other, and therefore to the company as well. Nurture that.

-Josh

Making People Happy

I had a lovely meeting yesterday with a couple that is getting married at the end of the month. It was a nice way to end the day, getting to talk with a couple of people who are so looking forward to the celebration of their love.

It’s easy to get distracted by the business side of what we do every day. It is such a nice dose of sunlight to be reminded that we are in the business of making people happy. Music is there when people are at their highest and their lowest. Every meaningful event in our lives has a soundtrack, and how lucky are we to be invited to provide that soundtrack for so many people.

Don’t get distracted by the business side of what we do. It’s easy to get caught up in the particulars of putting on the show. Obviously there are many things that need to fall into place every night, but remind yourself to take a moment every once in a while and reflect on the magic of the service we are providing people. At every show we are making memories more memorable. We are making special times more special. We make people happy. For a living. And that’s pretty great.

-Josh

Good Morning, Good Morning! – a podcast

Hi everyone! I have started a weekly podcast. It’s all about positivity and creativity, music and stories. I’ve called it “Good Morning, Good Morning!” and it’s main mission is to start your day off right. Take a listen. If you like it, let me know, and subscribe to it. I have some show notes on my Patreon page. That’s at http://goodmorninggoodmorning.com. Here’s episode number one – “For the Love of Ninjas.” Enjoy!

-Josh

I Got the Blues

I sat down at the piano again, y’all. It feels good to be writing again – I just need to make sure to keep the momentum going. Here’s the latest installment. It’s a bluesy number, so the lyrics are a bit repetitive. Enjoy!

-Josh

LYRICS

I want to believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
I was there when you first promised me
Remember darling you swore

REPEAT

Now lyin’ is easy when it feels like a victimless crime (2x)
But it can crumble apart. It happens eventually every time

They’re gonna believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
If they knew what I know
They’d probably kick you right out that door

You ain’t what you’ve done you are what you do (2x)
If you don’t live in the past
Maybe you’ll let yourself find you

Because we want to believe you but we’ve heard it all before
Oh we want to believe you but you’ve burnt us before
Look at my face
And tell me that’s not you anymore

Cause we’re gonna believe you if you don’t lie anymore
It’ll take us some time to build back that rapport
Just remember people will give you
What you’re asking them for

People will give you what you’re asking them for
If you’re lyin and cheating, they won’t take it no more
Karma will find you, and she’ll settle the score

 

Back to the Drawing Board

I’ve been feeling removed from my music for quite some time recently, but yesterday I found myself drawn to the piano. I sat down and wrote a song. It’s been a long time since I’ve put something like this together. I’m happy to be back.

-Josh

LYRICS

Feeling the pain and reeling from shame
The nights are the same as the days were before
Winning the race and beating the pace
The trials we face we needn’t face anymore if we don’t want to

Breathe…

Expanding the light, and breathe into the night
We’re just borrowing life from the ones here before
If we could see through the dark if the shadows would part
We could walk through the park knowing who we were as a person

And I know we’ll find a way
To discover what we were before
We’ll find the door
The rain will pass, and we’ll sail out from this shore

And find ourselves brighter day
With our brothers and sisters from the war
Not in pain anymore
We could close our eyes in peace forevermore

 

Passion

Allow yourself to feel passionate about your job.

Get attached.

Fall in love.

It’s okay to nerd out. It’s okay to talk people’s ears off about the things you like.

It only makes you happier and more of an asset in the future, so find something you like about your job and focus on it.

-Josh

Versatility

Disclaimer – this post is not meant to dissuade you from specializing. Once you find that thing with which you have a fierce connection, by all means, specialize. Go after it an inch wide and a mile deep. But if you are still looking for that magic nut you want to spend your whole life cracking, you’ll have be open to shifting tides and rolling with the punches life throws at you. Follow the course of progress wherever it leads – we all know the technologies we depended upon a decade ago are now the punchlines of jokes. Never stop learning, and you will increase your marketability every day.

Don’t miss opportunities when they present themselves at inopportune times simply because they aren’t what you imagine yourself doing forever.

-Josh

Initiative

Where there is a spark, you see fire. Where there is a pattern, you build systems. The one who takes the initiative, 100 times out of 100, is going to be the one with the head start, and the one with the head start is by definition the leader.

Here’s one to write down – never complain about a problem without at least the beginnings of an idea about how to go about solving it. In fact, never complain about problems. Problems happen.

Problems are fun!

Attack them – that’s what they’re there for, and if you need help, bring others in on the attack. Formulate a strategy and take it down.