This is a must read for those who follow the Automotive Industry…This company and their operating philosophies has been under immense scrutiny lately by some industry “experts”, I really appreciate Arnold’s different perspective and take on this topic.
These stories are good reminders of how proud and thankful we should always be as Americans
JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” DeGaule did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ‘empire building’ by George Bush. He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.” You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?” A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?” You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?” Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.” You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE… Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !” The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.” You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A few months ago I posted for this position. We found such an awesome colleague in Jamie, we can’t wait to add another team member! Here is the same posting again with an updated link for the new search
There may be no better way to learn about big fundraising for nonprofits. We have a…
The change isn’t anything like an order of magnitude, as even early reports had Amazon ordering “millions” of screens, and leaked sales estimates were for four million units sold before 2011 ends. Considering the relative unpopularity of even the highest-profile Android tablets preceding it, these numbers appeared optimistic at first; now they appear to have been conservative…Full article below
Phew. Take a deep breath. Relax. Even if you’re guilty of multiple felonies from this list, I have good news for you – it only takes a little extra work to fix everything, and before you know it your follower dilemma will be over.
It’s pretty simple. You know those things you are doing that are putting other people off? Stop doing them.
See? Problem solved.
(PS. You’ll have your own list – feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.)
Great Music. Good Food. Awesome DJ. Opulent Venue. Scenic Views. Oh and FREE DRINKS!!! Sounds like an awesome party right? But what if no one showed up. Or even worse what if the wrong people showed up? “The Life of The Party” is the people.
This is my perception of Google+. The “Social Network”…
Are you a professional? Armani or Merona...I hope Merona
Working with a very successful dealer the other day I looked around the room of attendees and noticed something unique. What was unique about them? Was it their ages or their level of involvement with Social Media? Was it their smiling faces as we discussed strategies and processes? No, it was what they were wearing.
I have traveled the country and at a Subaru dealership in UT these “Car Peeps” were the epitome of professional as they sat in their polo shirts and cargo shorts. I have said for years that… "Professionalism is not dictated by the suit you wear, rather the way you treat your customers"… Do you know how heart warming it is to work with people who portray themselves as reallife everyday professionals who can connect with their customers without wearing a suit and tie or cufflinks? Yes I understand the argument that when you wear a suit you carry yourself with a greater level of professionalism, that you have an aire about you that is different from when you wear "casual" clothes, but I can not help but disagree with them. I rather work with real people. If the sales professional I am working with to buy a car is dressed like a stock broker I am moving on to the next store.
You want to build rapport with me? Take your tie off roll up your sleeves and show me your forearm tattoos that the GM has asked you to hide all these years. A car is nothing more than a hunk of metal with five wheels, this is a business that revolves around relationships, friendships and trust, not your armani… Show me the features and benefits of the car but do not forget to share with me in the same breath the benefits of working with you… Show me that you are knowledgable, but in the areas that I care about. Be a real person. Now I know that not all dealers will adopt the dress code I just described, but I hope it mad you think a little bit. When I first started on the floor at Stillwater Ford Lincoln Mercury, one of the best desk managers I ever worked for, Tom Taube, called me ES on days that I blanked… ES=Empty Suit. Now how many times have we sold cars while wearing a three piece suit and tie, and even though we had good grosses and our volume was up we were still empty. How many of us knew our customers? I am not talking about their names, how many kids they had, or what they qualified for a loan but how many of those customers did we really know, and how many of them did we share who we really are? Who would you rather be? How would you want your customers to see you?