Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I don't know about you but I am sick and freaking tired of hearing about the Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman tragedy that occurred in Sanford, Florida. I am absolutely appalled at the behavior of folks protesting this unfortunate event and making it a racial situation. There are elected officials, professional athletes, and other media hungry zealots jumping on the race/hate crime bandwagon and wearing their hoodies in protest... What a bunch of ignorant morons.

This incident is NOT about race people, it's about poor judgement and quite frankly, it isn't real clear exactly who had the worse judgement, Martin or Zimmerman. Either way, the one thing we do know is a human life was lost. A "colorless" spirit  was taken from his family too soon and that is unfortunate. What's worse is the likes of Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson getting involved and making it into something it never was. You can bet your sweet ass anytime these two knuckleheads get involved it's going to be a circus.

We now have the family of Treyvon Martin in DC meeting with Democrats to share their experience and help further legislation on racial profiling. The "white" police chief in Sanford resigned and has been replaced by an appointed "African American"... Oh, that's sure to solve the problem. My head is spinning from this insanity.

Color should be irrelevant here. America is RED, WHITE, and BLUE. It's not black, white, or any other color of the rainbow. Slavery ended decades ago and most folks who complain about their persecution because of race really have no idea what that really looks like. In fact it's much more likely that any persecution they have suffered is because of their ignorance or misplaced sense of entitlement. I spent many years as a law enforcement officer working the streets and I can tell you without any doubt that stupid comes in all colors and is present in all levels of society.
It's time we, the American public comprised of all colors and ethnic backgrounds stood up and put an end to this nonsense. We cannot stand by and allow our judicial and political systems to be influenced by the squeaky wheel.

Enjoy the Ride...

Friday, March 2, 2012

Business is About People First, Numbers Second!

Wow, it's been too long since I sat down to write an entry in this blog. The topic people focus vs. numbers focus in business and my somewhat strong opinion on the subject combined with some recent transactions compelled me to write this... Enjoy and practice it! PEOPLE ARE YOUR BUSINESS.

I am a firm believer in the fact that leaders who focus on the numbers in business more than they focus on the people will ALWAYS be chasing the numbers. Conversely, those focusing on the people while still paying attention to the numbers will find hitting those numbers is a little easier.

This seems like a really simple process yet countless leaders, or should I say, people in senior positions who are supposed to be leaders, continue to miss the boat on this. Wake up folks and smell the damn coffee. If you keep focusing on only the numbers, those people responsible for helping to make the numbers are going to get fed up with your BS and dial it back or go somewhere else. Seriously, how are you caring for your strongest asset, your people? How about the person or persons responsible for closing the last "big deal", how did you thank them, did you thank them? If you are thinking to yourself, "they were paid a commission, or they got a paycheck", you are exactly the knucklehead I am addressing by writing this. It's time for you to step up and pay attention to what actually matters to people. Beyond making enough to survive, monetary compensation doesn't even make the top three on the list of what is important to employees. Strangely enough, when management is asked to list what they think matters most to employees, money is usually at the top of the list.

Don't misinterpret what I'm saying here, numbers are important, we are in business to make money. My point is they aren't as important as the PEOPLE. Focus on the PEOPLE and the numbers will follow.

Now get out there and LEAD and remember to ENJOY THE RIDE!