Thu, February 29, 2024

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

A weekend with friends: How did we get so lucky?”

I spent this past weekend in rainy, chilly, South Bend, Ind. However, the weather did very little to spoil my enjoyment. I was there to attend a football game between my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, and one of its greatest football rivals, the University of Southern California (USC). While Notre Dame (ND) clearly played its best game of the season, routing the Trojans 48-20, that was only one of the highlights of my weekend. I was also able to spend the entire weekend with three close friends

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Lessons Learned: Mr. Smith of Smith’s Chevron

Publisher’s Note: Former Advanced Services For Pest Control CEO, Jeff Annis has been a mentor to many in the CSRA. He learned many lessons along the way about the importance of passing on his gifts. One such person he learned from is Tommy Smith, who retired a few days ago, after running Smith’s Chevron on Walton Way Extension and Wheeler Road since the 1980’s. Yesterday, he dropped off the following letter of thanks and drove his car to Smith’s Chevron one last time. Dear Mr. Smith: I don’t think I

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Consumer Stories

Nuck Services: The Best Way to Find the Perfect Candidate

Nuck Services began after working with several established recruiters and learning that I could help companies in all industries, on a local and national level. Our number one goal is to work with employers to identify candidates that fulfill the required needs and fit within the company’s culture. People often ask, “Where does the name “Nuck” come from?” For those of you that do not know, the name “Nuck” not only consists of the first four letters of my last name, but it is also my son’s nickname in baseball. This

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Commencement Lessons: Make Your Bed, Life Isn’t Fair, Don’t Quit!

For most of us, but particularly those of us in higher education, this is “Commencement Season.” During the month of May, institutions of higher education hold their primary graduation or commencement ceremonies for the academic year (Note: Some universities also hold such ceremonies in December and/or July at the end of their Fall and Summer terms.) As I conclude, my 25th year in academia as either faculty member and/or administrator, I have attended well over fifty such ceremonies, plus three others as a graduating student. Therefore, I have heard more

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A different perspective of the Masters

Working at Augusta National during the Masters Tournament is a unique and unforgettable experience. As a staff member at the main golf shop and bag check stand, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the excitement and energy of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. The main golf shop at Augusta National is a bustling hub of activity during the tournament, with thousands of patrons passing through every day. My primary role was to assist patrons with their purchases and provide exceptional customer service. This involved

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Thoughts from the General: Lighting up a room – a guide to public speaking

One of the secrets to outstanding leadership is the ability to make really good speeches and briefings. Although trust and integrity are more important, speaking skills are high on any list of qualities of great leadership. The following are suggestions on how you might make your future speeches lead to “oh wows” and standing ovations from your audiences—large and small. This list contains many ideas on how to make a better speech. It also suggests areas which are not helpful or are counterproductive. When you introduce yourself, take no more

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Workplace Wednesday: Working styles for a prosperous and sustainable future

The latest research by IWG shows that both business leaders and employees are equally united in their concern for protecting the well-being of the planet – even at a time of almost unprecedented increases in the cost of living and conducting business. Climate change is a global problem, but the solution lies in the changes we can all make locally, which collectively add up to a more sustainable future for all. This means less commuting, sharing and utilizing resources better, making greener choices on the suppliers we choose, and taking

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B2B Stories

Travels with Rick: A busman’s holiday

You do not hear the expression, “busman’s holiday” much anymore. The phrase dates back to the 1890’s to describe someone who does something during his/her vacation, that he/she does for work. In the busman’s case, it is a vacation which requires him to do a lot of driving. For someone like me, who has taught and researched in the area of operations management for the better part of thirty years, I cannot help but observe things related to my work on an almost daily basis. However, when I travel, whether

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Vacations are vital

A report published by the Xero accounting software company found that 85 percent of small business owners admit to working while on vacation, with 60% checking in proactively at least daily. We are ready to help business owners during a vacation, so you can make time for what matters. This past week we endured Masters week locally and vacations started in full swing, but a new survey from Accountemps found that 54% of workers say they plan on checking in with the office at least once or twice a week while on vacation.

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B2B Stories

Thoughts from the General: Role Models: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Rather often in life, it is helpful to find role models. Both good role models and bad ones can help you make good decisions and avoid making bad ones. I once worked for a boss in the Pentagon who was a micromanager, did not trust his people, and was afraid to make decisions. After working for him for a year, I learned so much. Often, I would ask myself, what would he have done in a certain situation.  Avoiding stupidity is almost as useful as making good decisions. After a year,

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