Weekly Newsletter 09/13/19



Please enjoy this simple message about what it takes to create a great team enviroment. Here at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce work is underway to do just that. Each person in our organization must perform at a level of professionalism, competency and helpfullness that sets us apart and encourages our business community to want to work with us to grow thier business! We are in a state of "becoming"! Stay tuned!

Scot Andrews
CEO & President Peoria Chamber of Commerce

From Gifford THomas on LinkedIn

​David Marquet became the Captain of the Santa Fe, the worst performing submarine in the history of the Navy. Marquet knew very little about this sub because he was initially selected to captain the USS Olympia, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, he studied for over a year.

During a simple drill to simulate a fault with the sub reactor, Captain Marquet ordered, “ahead two-thirds.” The officer on deck repeated the order, “ahead two-thirds.”

Nothing happened.

Captain Marquet noticed the helmsman looking very unsettled. Marquet asked "what's the problem", the helmsman pointed out that there were no two-thirds in the electric propulsion mode, unlike all his previous submarines. The officer was asked, “did you know there were no two-thirds” the officer responded “yes” but repeated the command knowing it was wrong.

Now Captain Marquet did not have the luxury of changing his crew, unlike what typically takes place in most business organization. Captain Marquet realized that the leader-follower environment his team has grown accustomed too failed, and if he had any chance to turn around the performance of this sub, the environment must change.

Marquet began treating his crew as leaders; giving control, not taking control; he changed the environment and not long after, the Santa Fe went from the worst performing submarine in the Navy to best navel sub in the history of the Navy.

As leaders when you get the environment right, great thing can happen because it’s never the people, it’s the environment; and as the leader, you have the responsibility to ensure you create a place your people love to come to. We spend so much of our time at work, so it’s only natural to feel some sense of comfort while at work.

Fear Has No Place At Work.

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No amount of yelling, shouting, or screaming can transform any environment into one that allows their people to be their very best. It’s quite amazing that many people in management positions will resonate to creating an environment of fear to get their people to work. All the research in the world has proven that fear base environments are not sustainable and are incredibly damaging to the morale and sanity of anyone who has to work in that kind of environment. Fear has no place in work, it may have some impact in the short term, but it is never sustainable in the long run.

People Don’t Leave Companies, They Leave Lousy Management.

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Great leaders set up shields according to Lori GolerJanelle GaleBrynn Harrington, and Adam Grant, to protect their employees from toxicity. Passion is contagious, and the more negative energy that drips into the culture of the organization, the more dysfunctional the organization will become. The ‘quietness’ of typically motivated employees is an organizational alarm which leadership needs to recognize as a sign that the culture is becoming or has become toxic. This is an excellent indicator that something is amidst and as a result, the leadership needs to act on it, according to Jonathan Mills.

The Simple Things Make A Huge Difference

Appreciation is one of life’s greatest motivators, so when we take the time to let people know that we value them, it inspires them to continue doing even more. That's precisely why gratitude is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, according to Amy Rees Anderson. There is no doubt that when we say the words “thank you,” for example we make the other person feel important and valued, which help create a great work environment and improve the self-image of their people.

Many leaders fall victim to blaming their staff without looking in the mirror; we are not meeting our projection, it must be the staff; we are underperforming, we need a new team. As a result, all kind of changes takes place without really looking at the root cause of the problem. When the fundamentals of a company are in place (purpose, vision, and values) and everyone is singing from the same hymnbook with the leader leading by example, your organization will find its pulse of existence to become one of the best in the world.

David Marquet transforms his underperforming sub into a world-class entity because he understood that it’s never the people; it’s the environment.

Week Ending 09/13/19

Peoria Unified Override Election


Arrowhead Valley Grand Opening

Coffee is for Closers!

OUR Government Affairs Committee

We are searching for civic minded Chamber Leaders to serve on our Government Affairs Committee. One of the most important roles the Peoria Chamber of Commerce plays is understanding and advocating for our businesses relative to legislation that is an enabler to a healthy business environment. Please join us for an ALL CALL meeting and discussion on the potential of this very important and influential committee. 

FREE Breakfast & Learn - Securing
your Company Data

A Sweet Act Of Joy!

September Networking Breakfast "History of the
Peoria Times" - The Auberge


Tax Updates & Top 10 Challenges for Business Owners in 2019

September Women 4 Women Networking Group 



Visit with our Legislators

Monthly Board Meeting

September Chamber Mixer "News & Brews"


Why morphine? Hospice of the Valley top doctor explains


Coffee is for Closers!

Wild Wild West Event


Peoria Unified's Fall Field Trip


Native American Heritage Festival featuring the 19th Annual
Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow


September Book of the Month


Week 2 Lesson 2 

The EOS Worldwide website shares the following information
on why EOS works.

Thousands of entrepreneurial companies around the
world are running on The Entrepreneurial Operating System®.
What is it about EOS® that makes it work so well in a small, growing business?

· Built for Busy Entrepreneurs. EOS is made up of simple
concepts and practical tools that can be easily applied in a
fast-paced small business. There’s no theory, no management fads – just basic, useful tools that help people get more of the right stuff done every week.

· Holistic Model and Approach. EOS doesn’t treat symptoms –
it helps you cure the “whole body” by strengthening the Six Key
Components™ of your business – Vision, People, Data,
Issues, Process, and Traction.

· Designed to Solve Issues Once and For All. By helping
you and your team focus on the “root cause” of your issues
- EOS takes you below the surface to produce real,
permanent change.

· Brings Focus, Discipline and Accountability. EOS is a simple
framework for defining what’s important, who owns it,
and exactly what success looks like. With every member
of your team accountable for a handful of goals and
numbers, you’ll get consistently better results.

EOS works in any entrepreneurial company – across
all industries and business models. If you’ve got people
in your business, EOS can help you clarify,
simplify and achieve your vision.


Tiered Members


PEORIA CHAMBER NEWSLETTER. - Weekly Newsletter 09/13/19