On the Velocity Channel I watched a reality show about a classic car restoration shop in Canada. In the episode I saw, the owners of the shop had hired an apprentice mechanic. After a few months on the job [...]
A typical home improvement store here in the United States is over one hundred thousand square feet in size, cost almost $20 million to build and $5 million to stock. Other big box stores would be similarly equipped and [...]
You are the owner/manager of a retail department store. Your store is busy so high sales volume also means a lot of returns. One of the [...]
In the November 14th issue of The Practical Leader Newsletter I reveal the ten stupid things leaders do and what they do to leaders once they do them.
But, the list will NOT appear here [...]
You are the owner/manager of a retail department store. Your store is busy so high sales volume also means a lot of returns. One of the new employees is tasked with handling the checkout register and for restocking items [...]
I’m Irish so I have an affinity for Irish tradition even if it has given rise to all sorts of stereotypes. But perhaps my favorite is the oh-so Irish gift of gab, the ability to tell stories and [...]
The myth of the superhero leader, a person of unlimited ability, charisma, and strength persists. Indeed, throughout all of history we have forced the illusion of the larger than life figure who is faster than a speeding bullet, [...]
As 1944 drew to a close, the general feeling among Allied commanders was that the German Army was finished. Many in positions of authority speculated that the war might end before 1945 began. But General Patton, whose Third Army [...]
Perhaps the greatest challenge faced by the wordsmith is brevity, to never use two words when one will do. Writing by [...]
His was a politically unpopular act. The tension between the American colonies, particularly Massachusetts, and Great Britain had heightened. The resentment against the crown had grown and the mere presence of British troops only made feelings more bitter.
The room was filled with donors, political consultants, business owners, and bureaucrats. It was a meet and greet sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Office of International Trade, an agency of the Department of State. I was [...]
In a Sicilian hospital, the career of one of the most capable Allied generals nearly came to a premature end. General George s. Patton slapped a soldier because Patton considered the man to be a coward. It was [...]
One IT tech reported that, “As far as we know our computer has never had an undetected error.” The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent out a letter to certain organizations which said, “Dear Taxpayer: Your permanent certificate of [...]
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