Friday, May 16, 2014

The Dangers of Competitive Relaxation

The other day I came across, or more accurately stumbled across, an article that listed five once-iconic companies that for decades dominated their respective markets, but are now relegated to that ever-widening graveyard of American business fatalities.

Millennials most likely have heard only anecdotes from older friends or relatives or perhaps read case studies in college about companies such discount dry goods brand F.W. Woolworth or Bethlehem Steel, while others like Amoco, Circuit City or Compaq Computer may be more peripherally familiar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Don’t Come Crying Later

Post tax season is what we refer to here as “smiling and dialing,” a lengthy cold-calling process for stagnant leads in an attempt to either requalify them as potentials or delete them entirely from our database.

I’m not going to sugar coat it and regale you with amusing stories as a result of these calls, because they are few and far between. More often than not, you’re relegated to voice mail and the chances of a callback are akin to the Washington Generals beating the Harlem Globetrotters.

But every so often I’ll connect with a firm that on the surface would appear to be right in the cross-hairs in needing our services. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

All I Really Need To Know I Learned at Home Depot

Like many of you, I have sat through more sessions on honing workplace efficiency and operations than should be allowed by the rules of the Geneva Convention. I now consider myself a quasi-expert on how to promote a “we are the world” atmosphere within the office, whether it be a CPA firm or an ad agency.

But like Robert Fulghum’s timeless guide to global leadership: “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” if you really want to learn to foster harmony in a working relationship, try to successfully execute a home improvement project with your spouse.

Case in point.  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

For those too young to remember, the above quote was uttered in absolute exasperation in 1962 by the legendary baseball manager Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel during his tenure as the inaugural manager of the then-expansion New York Metropolitans, or the Mets as they are more commonly known.

The fledgling major league team set records for on-field futility as they managed to lose some 120 games that first year.

Casey by the way, also forbid his players to drink at the hotel bar when on the road, because as he explained, that’s where he drank.