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Best elevator pitch ever

I was leading a job seeker workshop group the other day. Folks from all walks of life.  We were talking about self confidence, making a good first impression, and how to best introduce ourselves when we meet people for the first time.

The task was to sit down with a piece of paper a craft a “30 second elevator speech.” Each person took their shot at it. One in particular silenced the room. Let’s call it a walk-off home run. It was Roger, an unemployed Carpenter. He said…

“I make beautiful chairs.”

 

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Silence.

The class sat stunned. Some put their pens down.  One guy said.  ”Wooden would’ve made it 5 damn words!” which made the group erupt in laughter.

Truly a defining moment in elevator speeches.

I have never heard one better!

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Bring on 2014!

I can’t wait to start a new year! I am ready!  How about you?

Do you know what you want to accomplish? Are you a goal setter? I have all my 2014 working papers ready. I am all set.  Now if I just survive the Michael Bolton Christmas carols and car commercials.

Here is my Tiger. This is my desktop on one of my business computers. Just a little reminder of what it takes to make a success of yourself. Well I already know.

  1. Don’t underestimate your abilities
  2. Don’t sell yourself short.
  3. Be bold in the face of danger.
  4. Take high road in human communications.
  5. Controlling what you can and forget about the rest.
  6. Tenacity. Tenacity. Tenacity.
  7. Do something to build your business every day.
  8. Say hello to my little friend pictured below to remind you;)

Right now you have couple of weeks to get ready. Write down your goals, your dreams and what you want to accomplish. Find out about visualization. Sit quietly and think through your daily activity for 2014. Write your goals on a sheet of paper and put them in an envelope. Seal it and don’t open it until this time next year. YOU WILL BE AMAZED by what came true. I have been doing this for years. Somehow it works. I think it has to do with the power of the subconscious mind. 

Share your thoughts with us.  Or you can always email at dpatlarge@yahoo.com

Happy New Year!

Cheers!  -DP

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Fast-food workers strike, organizers want wages to double?

Fast-food workers strike, organizers want wages to double?

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Wait a minute. You want to double your pay?  Yes, of course. Willing to walk off the job to get what you want?  There will be job openings at your former place of employment.

Organizers say walkouts are planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it’s not clear what the actual turnout will be, how many of the participants are workers and what impact they’ll have on restaurant operations.

This is a really poorly thought out idea. I am not against fighting for your right. Just want to remind you that to go from $7.25 to $15.00 is so dramatic that it can’t be done. Don’t forget, many of these stores are franchised and as such are small, investor owned “formula businesses.”

Unless you are planning to sell fries for $8.95 and 20 ounce soft drinks, which may be illegal where you are anyway, for $5.25 all day long. And I mean all day long. Wages can’t be out of whack like this. Organizers and workers pushing for this have no understanding of how wages impact a business model. Actually, the reverse is what is true. The business model and associated cost structure defines the dollars available to pay a worker’s wages. Can someone just calculate fast food turnover? 300% annually? More? I know a worker who went through an entire employment process, got interviewed, drug tested, trained, uniforms assigned, then never worked a minute because the manager decided the person wasn’t needed on the schedule after all and terminated her. What did that cost?

You don’t launch a business, establish it, then make a change such as a doubling of wages in one fell swoop and then move on without a ripple effect.

Don’t believe me? Do some checking. Ask the GM at your company what doubling everyone’s wages would do to costs of goods. Do some research at the compensation sites. Etc, etc, etc.

Bottom line… these protests are emotional…. not based on number crunching, and cold hard business logic. Without a way to pass the costs of labor on to the consumer, i.e, in the form of $12.99 double cheeseburgers, these folks will have no chance.

Despite the growing attention on the struggles of low-wage workers, the push for higher pay in the fast-food industry faces an uphill battle. The industry competes aggressively on value offerings and companies have warned that they would need to raise prices if wages were hiked. Most fast-food locations are also owned and operated by franchisees, which lets companies such as McDonald’s Corp., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Yum Brands Inc. say that they don’t control worker pay.

Unionizing these businesses will only run the workers and their employers into the ground. Or force the current owners/investors to sell, and to whom, and then what? Who wants to invest more than a million bucks, sign a franchise agreement, toe the line, then have to deal with a seat of the pants union group and an unstable, inexperienced union workforce. Just think what it will cost to have them enter the building in their own separate union entrance like the union members do on construction sites and big hotels.  What is the cost of that remodel? Where will the entrance go? Is there space in the fast food box? I don’t think so. The restaurant business won’t be able to support the union demands, the workers won’t be able to pay the dues and the entire thing will end in collapse. Oops, I forgot, won’t the union dues come out of the higher wages? Meaning what? Lower take home pay for the worker? So instead of going from $9 to $15 you go through all this extra effort to really end up with $11.50 then pay taxes, leaving you where? Back at $10 bucks an hour?

If you didn’t run the restaurant into the ground. What was accomplished? Just my 2 cents.

BTW, no offense… I make the best potato chips…for pennies… at home.

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Cyber Monday from your desk? Think twice!

Cyber Monday from your desk? Think twice!

If you were not one of the 30 million shoppers who wrestled with his fellow man to get the best of the door busters on Black Friday in recent years, you have another chance on Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday means Black Friday from your computer and you can shop online from the comfort of home. If you are planning to shop from your office computer this Cyber Monday, think twice. Or least make a plan so you don’t get fired for it.

More companies care blocking access to on line shopping sites this year. Being careful is sound advice. The deals are great. Having it turn into a problem with your boss is not.

Lots of workers think Cyber Monday is no big deal and shopping on line is a way of life. Companies permitting on line shopping may set guidelines, limit hours of the workday that shopping is possible, or even monitor a worker’s usage to ensure the focus is on work.

More good advice, if you miss a deadline and the excuse is that you were shopping on line. Think of a better excuse.

Here are some ideas that will help you strike that “I have a job- I have to shop” balance.

  1. Learn the rules of your employer then follow them. Your company may have a policy, make sure you know the lay of the land before you log in to a shopping site.
  2. If you are allowed to shop from your desk on Cyber Monday, make your purchases and get back to work as soon as possible.
  3. Your Android or iPhone may be your constant companion and allow to you to shop on line during work hours. Take you smart phone to lunch and shop then. You don’t want to be head down in your smart phone with work undone.
  4. There is always a chance that your invite a virus into the company network. IT works continuously to lock down the company network. Use your head and avoid possibly malicious links or sites that could infect the company network.

2012 was a banner year for Cyber Monday with sales topping one billion dollars for the day. If you must shop from your desk, make sure work comes first then click away.

 

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Quotes about success and being successful

Quotes about success and being successful.

One the things famous and successful people do is they say things that other people want to hear. After they hear what they have to say they want to repeat what they heard to their friend, co-worker, or brother over a cup of Earl Grey.

Well, just in case you haven’t heard any good ones lately, you have no idea what I am talking about, or you just need to restock your supply of quotes on your way to tea and crumpets with Uncle Larry, try these on for size.

Maybe someday, you need one or two for your IPO roadshow. Yes, they serve Earl at roadshows.

1. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Peter Drucker

2. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Vince Lombardi

3. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs

4. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.”
– Richard Branson

5. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
– Oprah Winfrey

6. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
– Bill Gates

7. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
– Warren Buffett

8. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
– Jeff Bezos

9. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas Edison

10. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

11. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
– Donald Trump

12. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

13. ”Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison

14. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

15. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
– Vince Lombardi

16. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

17. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
– Bill Cosby

18. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.”
– Bo Bennet

19. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cant.”
– Warren G. Tracy’s student

20. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”
– Corneille

21. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

– Christopher Morley

23. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill

24. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
– Albert Schweitzer

25. “What is not started will never get finished”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

26. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.”
– Malcolm Forbes

27. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
– Jim Rohn

28. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”
– Adam Osborne

29. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
John C. Maxwell

30. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
Ralph Nader

31. “Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
– Confucius

32. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

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Firing of Paula Deen latest proof of double standard.

I am probably wrong and you are probably right. This is strictly my opinion so if you don’t like it… well…

Paula Deen got fired for admitting she made references to slavery and admitting the use of the N word. I am not clear that she said these things on the air. Her offices, her show prep, kitchen studio, etc are considered her work space so if she said these things in that setting…Houston, we have a problem.

You don’t even have to like her… or her show. Not the point really, the point is… it is time to stop using the N word altogether.

Personally, I find the N word used in any manner detestable, degrading, and disgusting. I think that because my parents taught me racism was wrong when I was a kid in the 60’s. I grew up in a melting pot. I know racial tension. I lived it. I didn’t like how it made me feel.  I hate racism. I hate when we hate because of what a person eats, thinks, believes, how they pray, what they wear, how much money they make, how they smell, where they live. I want you to find a way to be your best. I want to see you bloom. I love the underdog. I marvel at the waste of limited thinkers. People who argue their limitations live in a little box.  I don’t ever want to say CAN”T in front of another human being. That’s just me.

Have we as a society not learned from and moved on from the pain caused by name calling, hate speech, torturing, scarring, killing, and all kinds of evil doing to one another because on skin color?  May I ask you a question? Did you get to pick your skin color when you were born? When will organized ignorance cease?

We glorify those who lead us, who educate us, who try to  improve our lives. Not all of the people who influence us and our society are perfect human beings. Who is perfect after all? Don’t we pick and choose who we love and who we hate? Is Paula perfect? Lil Wayne? Brent Musberger? Fuzzy ZoellerTell me who is. Are you? I’m not…as far as I know.

Didn’t we hate Lebron James for a couple of years? Now look. What changed there? Did he change that much, or did our attitude towards him change? Maybe we just learned more about him and now understand him better. Now people think he is a hero. 

Sometimes we just find heroes in events. Heroes do things that no one can argue with. They earn everyone’s respect. When I say…. the gentleman who landed that airplane in the river and kept it above water until everyone got out… you go to the visual of those people standing on the wing of the plane in the middle of the river. You may not recall which airline, which river, or the name of the pilot. But your mind goes there to the image of the people on the wing of the plane in the water.  You go to that gentle soul, that humble man. He explained it by saying, “All I did is what I was trained to do.” He then faded away. Out from the spot light. Hero. End of story.

Sully and his plane

Some of our heroes were taken from us. Ayrton Senna, Versace, John Lennon, JFK, Dale Sr, Dr. M. L. King, Marilyn, Michael Jackson,  Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Some did themselves in. Jimi, Janis, John Belushi, and an incredible list of others. Imagine the lifetime output of these men and women ha they been able to endure.

Some lived long and quiet lives and some just could never put down the spotlight…Gene Hackman, Joan Rivers.

A few we were even glad to see go.

We let the people we look up to establish our standards of behavior. Like it or not. Elvis did a lot for you. So did Eli Whitney, Abraham Lincoln, Muddy Waters, Charlie Chaplin, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford,  Miles Davis, Rosa Parks, your teachers, your family doctors, the man at the bank who gave your parents a mortgage in 1959,  Eric Dickerson. Sandy Koufax, Bo Jackson. Everyone before you set standards you were meant to live by as our society progressed.

The Food Network  exists as a profit making vessel for those who choose to invest in it, own it in whatever form, or support it through advertising, or consume the shows which technically could be considered an artist’s work product. You know the drill. For the everyday JOE, The Food Network is entertainment. As such, Paula Deen is an entertainer. Do you follow me? She was raised in the south. She has her own life experience, her own perspective. Her life and attitudes were shaped by those around her and as she grew up. She came to believe the things she knows and believes today as an adult by her early influences.

Don’t get me wrong…racism is never ok. You can explain away or justify anything, even jumping off a bridge.

Paula is an American citizen and is free to express herself in any damn way she chooses.  ( unless of course she is a Verizon customer then she better be careful! )    🙂

Let’s hip hop over to another form of entertainment.

Record companies exist as a profit making vessel for those who choose to invest in them, own them in whatever form, or support them through advertising, through purchase of the artistic work product, or the products of their sponsors. You know the drill. For the everyday JOE. The record producers, record companies, along with musicians are in the entertainment biz. Am I wrong? As such, a rap artist  is an entertainer. Do you follow me?

Have you ever heard hip hop music? If the answer is yes, then I am willing to bet you have heard the N word in the music somewhere. You almost can’t ignore it.   A few years ago, a high profile hip hop music mogul, with a mansion, a hot wife, the  fancy cars, etc. defended the use of the N word in hip hop as a necessary artistic device for the artist to express their personal life experience growing up in the ‘hood. Really? In 2013?

It’s like saying that rat bastard Monet and his available light, or Picasso and those damn eyes on the same side of that bitch’s face, or what the hell was with Miles? Or that soup can thing? Really Andy?  Using the N word is not art and it is not an artistic device. It is something else.

In my opinion, there wasn’t a big enough truck to haul that load of Mogul crap away.  Best part of it, Mr. Mogul got away with it.. people agreed…the media lined up and adored his words.

Today they remix the songs your hear on the radio to INCLUDE THE N WORD so they will PLAY IN THE SONGS IN CLUBS. That’s vulgar plain and simple.

I was in a high profile Vegas night club not long ago. The DJ was from LA. The music he was playing was an onslaught of N words. Filthy, vulgar lyrics, Endless N words, F words, P word, bitches this, bitches that. The music was an assault. It was beyond edgy. I had a sense that the music put the crowd on edge. It never stopped. I found the music offensive. I was not entertained.

The crowd was mostly Caucasian. People paid $50 to go in at the door. All this to be cool and listen to a DJ spin racial slurs, derogatory and demeaning phrases against women, and describe sex acts and body parts. The DJ was paid as an entertainer. Just like Paula.

Anyway, sure, a Hip Hopper has their own life experience and as an American citizen is free to express themselves in any way they like. Just like Paula.

I have a choice about how I spend my $200 on Saturday night. Let me tell you, my choice is not listening to the N word being blasted over a PA system until 5 am. I hope the highlight of any night on the town is not DJ somebody screaming ” PUT YOUR FUCKING HANDS UP.” 

There is more to life. Corvettes, amusing little Cab Savs with nutty finishes, 6 foot tall smoldering hot brunettes named Blair who would just as soon wait for you in the lobby of the palms as they would stand you up for a lunch date. Life is Junior Wells , Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, a handful of fresh habaneros, 91 Kenny Burrell songs in row, or uni over hot rice with an ice cold Asahi Super Dry.

Isn’t it funny that who says the N word makes it right or wrong.

Our Hip Hoppers can say N 36 times in 3:53 seconds and make millions. Paula says it  and loses a TV show. Don’t hate Paula, hate the double standard.

Like it or not, agree with me or not…. I think it is…. a double standard.Tell me if I am wrong… Double standard or no?

And that’s just the world of entertainment.

What happens in the streets? In high schools? On workplaces? In neighborhoods?  Oh, you never hear the N word there? Right!

I’ll drop you off on the corner in some the neighborhoods I know. You N word till you hit the ceiling. I don’t mean a little. I mean a lot. I mean at the top of your lungs. Go ahead, express yourself, the N word is an established artistic device. We’ll even stick around and video the whole thing and send it to your boss on Monday morning. You don’t need an entertainer contract. You are free to speak. You won’t offend anybody. Double standard? Hell no! Ain’t no big thing. Just a word.  

Knock yourself out. I won’t need to come back for you.

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