A VERY PERSONAL STORY
Masterful storytelling at its best.
Masterful storytelling at its best.
Institutions are a reflection of the people that run them; they experience fear, greed, uncertainty, and arrogance just as much as any flesh and blood person. Whether it's Lehman, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, or the corner grocery store doesn't really matter.
Everybody scans the headline but nobody wants to read.
If you haven't seen it, you might want to put this little movie on your to-do list. Spacey and Devito are at their best and deliver top notch performances.
Regret. It's just something that you learn to live with -- or you don't.
Storytelling can often be the very best way to get your point across.
I believe in asking your customer for their "budget" number. I don't skip around it and in fact, I like to get that information as early in the process as possible. But a lot of folks are shy when it comes to talking about money. Don't be that way.
Danny DeVito explains value investing in 3 minutes flat. Really.
I have turned his plates in, I'm no longer paying his insurance, and he is technically no longer my dependent. I will either donate him to Durham Tech or to the local high school, where I hope he will at least take some shop classes, maybe get his GED, or learn a useful skill.
If you only know the late Carroll Shelby for his tuner cars, you're missing an amazing story of how, during the mid-1960s, his little, nerd-filled race shop in Los Angeles helped Henry Ford II exercise his famous vendetta against Enzo Ferrari - Mike Spinelli
I can't stress this enough: Find a bank that WANTS YOUR BUSINESS. Don't settle for anything less. Really, just don't.
“There’s a line you cross where your savings alone will fund a reasonably lavish lifestyle. At the risk of sounding like George Bush, this is a Freedom Line — freedom from restrictions about what you can do with your life, family, and career." - Jason Cohen
Human beings’ innate resistance to change is the most perplexing, annoying, distressing, and confusing part… (but) resistance to change is natural and inevitable. To think that it won’t occur… is a fatal mistake.
Getting and holding someone's attention can be as simple as speaking one true sentence.
Do yourself a favor and grab a coke, a coffee, take a break, or even open this while you finish up your lunch. Maybe this could even qualify as a "lunch and learn" kinda deal. Whatever you do, just make sure you see it for yourself.
Once you’ve moved from novice sales rep to “Master of All Things”, feel free to color outside the lines. Until then, observe and learn from other sales folks, but remember to be yourself. Use the talents you have to your best advantage.
DECEMBER 31, 1999
Once you come to terms with the fact that there will be some really bad financial days in your future, you may begin to see a way to truly understand (and compensate for) the risks you take.
Take another look at the picture at the top of this post. What do you see?
Regret influences our decisions far too much and we forget that risk is the real measure we should keep our eye on.
Ask yourself this question: Do the people around you tell you the truth - even when they know you won’t like hearing what they have to say?
Trophy board members are more concerned about their reputations than your company and will often react badly in times of crisis and challenge, which is exactly when you need your board members at your side more than ever.
All you need to know about the problems of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong business - or being too lazy to do your own research.
That’s the worst thing about managing people, is that you make your biggest mistakes on the backs of these people who work for you.
Sometimes we forget that honesty is often the very best approach. And in that spirit, I give you the Used Car Ad of the Year featuring the not-so-amazing 1999 Toyota Corolla.
“But it’s a funny thing about demand: There’s often a huge gap between what people buy and what they truly want and need. That gap is revealed by the Hassle Map…” - The Art of the Hassle Map
Best line of the day: “People do not like being told they have to change the way they work.”
Here’s the deal. We like to bitch about poor service all the time. I mean we gripe about meals, hotels, car dealers, mechanics, plumbers, … you name it. We spend far less time talking about the times when the service is not only good, but excellent. Or, in this case, exceptional.
Ford raised wages, set a reasonable work week, built and shipped more cars than everyone else in the world, managed to lower his costs of production by nearly two-thirds, and build one of the largest and most successful companies on the planet.
Retail is indeed in the midst of a reset, and by extension so is retail real estate.
Today we all live in a marketplace that never closes and is never quiet. Everyone clamors for our attention by every means available – digital, analog, and everything in between.
It stands to reason that the wider and deeper your (economic) moat, the better (stronger) competitor you are (all things being equal).
Today, most of us believe dragons to be the stuff of legend; and nothing more than a creature created to frighten small children or for our entertainment at the movies. However, that may not be entirely true.
Until now, they’ve always worked for approval, abstracted from results: the question has always been, Is this the answer the teacher wants? or Did the committee like it? — not Is it true? and did it help the customer? Or, even worse - will this get me re-elected?
Most of us prefer to deal with problems we can easily solve rather than face up to the really tough ones. How you choose to deal with the large rocks that come your way will define you, your business, and your future.
Darwin was correct. It's called survival of the fittest. If you can't come up with a strategy that will allow you to prosper through your own efforts, then it's doubtful you will do better when paired with other inexperienced pilgrims.
"Little things", he said. "That's how people make up their minds about you and about your business. Little things." "So, how do you fix that?"
Perhaps, in the end, we are all “fragments of a mirror whose whole design and shape we do not know”.
Procrastination is a powerful enemy. It’s so easy to put off something for one more day or one more week or, …
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