Jun 11

Just A Game?

“All just a game. A board game … like scrabble. That’s all. Nothing more and nothing less.” So said the mid-afternoon caller who had made contact with me after reading my blog of about six weeks ago or so, wherein I claimed that a business is kind of like an orchestra with various instruments and players. I further suggested that the quality of the conductor had a tremendous influence on the performance of the orchestra, just as a business leader has an enormous impact on the performance of a company’s employees.

Well, the caller said I was right to some extent, but that he felt business was more like a game of scrabble. He went on to explain that you have to play the letters you’re given, and the more creative, insightful and focused you are, the better you will perform—and therefore, the more successful you will be. Another caller told me a business is like a car. It runs well until something (or someone) wears out or breaks down and needs be repaired, or replaced. Yet another caller said to me …… oh, never mind. I’m staying with my orchestra and conductor analogy. These other theories are giving me a headache!

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Scrabble, anyone?

To Tell The Truth

A Cornell University professor by the name of Jeff Hancock reports in a study of undergraduate students that depending on your form of communication, you are more (or less) inclined to lie. Specifically, 37 percent of the individuals studied lied during their phone conversations with others, 25 percent of them lied in face-to-face conversations, and yet only 14 percent of these same individuals lied in their emails. The guess here is that because emails can be traced and referred to at a later time, people are less inclined to lie in them. The scary part to me, though, is that 37 percent of the people studied lied in their phone conversations. Wow! Makes me want to disconnect my phone. 

For Hot Dog Lovers Only

Got an email from longtime friend and former co-worker Tom Hiebel (we worked at the old Globe Glass together many years ago) telling me that he is trying to put a group together to buy the very famous Portillo’s restaurant chain. The Portillo’s beef sandwiches and hot dogs are some of the best in the world and the chain recently went up for sale. Few people know more about hot dogging than Tom Hiebel, and I have no doubt he could successfully manage this very large, multi-unit, multi-million dollar business. I told Tom to put me down for $15. If you are interested, contact Tom directly. I’ve done my part.

Keepin ‘Em Straight

Go ahead, it’s OK. You can tell me you think the following picture is cute. I do, and I won’t think any less of you for admitting it.

salt creek 021 I’m Sorry – But

If you have followed this blog for the past few years, you should know that I avoid political issues like one might avoid the plague. And while the next comment is not meant to be overly political, it is simply what I think is a legitimate question, but please accept my apology if you are in any way offended. BUT, can anyone explain to me (intelligently) why we can’t get that American soldier out of that Mexican jail??? A phone call is all it should take. Just tell them we’re going to cut off the gazillion dollars we give them in aid until the kid is released!!! This situation is ridiculous. Again … sorry.

On A Sad Note

I got a call yesterday informing me that Elmer Hayes (former owner of E.J. Hayes Glass & Mirror) had passed away. I genuinely liked Elmer. He was a distinguished World War II veteran and ran a successful glass business in the north suburban area of Chicago for many years. He was forthright, honest, and always quick to help a friend in need. He’ll be missed by many. Elmer was 92 at the time of his passing.

The Sports Thing

Well, this could be the night. The night the Kings of Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup, that is. They are up three games to none against the Rangers of New York and looked pretty much unbeatable this past Monday night when they beat the Rangers 3-0 at New York. I said in last week’s blog that I “pitied” the Rangers for having to face the Kings in the finals, and I got a couple of calls about this (from Rangers fans of course), but I watched the Kings beat my Blackhawks in seven games (including three that went into overtime) and they (the Kings) are one really tough bunch. I would have liked to see the Rangers win, but I just don’t believe they play at the same level as LA.

On another sports related note, I was asked over this past weekend if I would serve as the official photographer for the Willowbrook Renegades high school hockey team this coming season, and I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. Should be fun!

The Quotable Thing

I don’t know who sent this quote to me, so if I owe someone credit for it, please let me know and I will gladly do so. It is appropriate with Father’s Day just a few days away (this Sunday June 15th). It was said by Charles Wadsworth.

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong”

“Have a Wonderful Week Everyone”

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