Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

This goes out to my wife, who I adore, on our thirty eighth wedding anniversary.

I have been in my new home for a few months.  I have been settling in and enjoying my new residence and location. Yesterday I came to a somewhat sad realization but at the same time it affirmed to me what really makes me happy and what is most important in my life.

If you’ve read my previous post (Star Trek In A Band) you know that I have an affection for the original Star Trek TV show.  And you would know that what I liked most about the show was the comradery of the crew, the all for one and one for all attitude, the common goal of the core characters, the brothers and sisters in arms.

When I was young, and still to this day, the brothers in arms attitude in a band was one of the things that attracted me to music.  I thought I had found it in one band when I was much younger, and have been looking for it ever since. Continue reading

Good and Evil – Deal With It

Good and Evil – Deal With It

I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.

It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.

I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today.  Continue reading

Lessons From A Hurricane

Lessons From A Hurricane

What a week it has been.  It is one that I will never forget, nor should I forget.

At the age of 59 years I experienced something I have never experienced before and hope I never experience again.

I have learned valuable lessons, lessons I must never forget.

Last Tuesday was my birthday and on that day the weather forecast became very dim.  On that day Hurricane Matthew was forecast to strengthen to a category 4 storm and head my way.

My wife and I live on the central east coast of Florida and the consensus was that this powerful storm was going to track right up the coast.

A part of me was attributing these forecasts to the weather hype machine and my assumption was we’d get up the next day and the forecast would finally show the storm drifting harmlessly out to sea.  But the next day was worse. Continue reading

You Gotta Understand the Business Before You Can Sell It

You Gotta Understand the Business Before You Can Sell It

Here are some business lessons I’ve learned over the years.

There was an outside salesman who was part of my department when I was a sales manager.  He was hired at the direction of my boss.  I probably would have fired him by now. His performance has been marginal at best.

The problem with him as is the problem with a number of salespeople is they don’t understand the business they are selling and therefore don’t really know good business from bad business.

When I would voice my displeasure to the higher ups I would get responses like “he doesn’t take no for an answer” and “he doesn’t know to stop after the door’s been slammed in his face several times.”

Now tenacity is great but make sure you’re barking up the right tree. Continue reading