Thursday, July 9, 2009

I got her flowers, now why is she still mad?

This entry is to explain girls to guys. Because face it, sometimes things just need to be squarely explained. Situation: Girl has been asking Guy for *flowers. Guy finally gets girl *flowers, but Girl is still not happy, in fact, now she is frustrated. Why?

*(Substitute Guy, Girl and Flowers for names and object that fits your situation)

There is a secret about women that you should know. We don't always verbalize exactly what we want, but we still want it. So, every so often we would like unrequested thought put into us. We don't want to nag, and we don't want to ask for it, but we want it. So, in the back of our mind we always have this wistfulness about us. "Man, I kind of wish he would...(buy me flowers); (buy me jewelry); (plan a vacation); (take me out) ; (propose); (give me a compliment); (fill in with anything)." It's not that we particularly really want those things, we just really want to know that you are listening to us, thinking about us, and that you care enough to do it.

If you do or plan something at this point...she is thrilled, and you get the full love treatment.

So, time passes, and it's not happening. The thought is moving from the back of our mind, to the front. And instead of our unsuccessful hoping and hinting, we finally blatantly ask for it. So, you can tell now that it is in your best interest to do it, so you do. You would think she'd be happy and content, but instead she is frustrated and mad. By the time we better go above and beyond, because its the extra thought that we actually wanted.

If your boy needs a hint, or your girl needs insight, send them this way.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Business Partners and Building a Brand

It's been an interesting time, and as always, I've been learning plenty.

I've recently taken on a business partner, and I'm confident that it was a good move. Finding a business partner is a tricky move, and it is not something you should decide to do overnight. When you have a project, it becomes like your child, and not everyone is equipped to handle such responsibility. Not only does it take someone who has the same vision as you, but it take someone with the same passion for making it happen. Most... if not everyone in the world would like to be rich. It's the world dream: to have at least so much money that you don't need to worry about money. Well, in order to pioneer a real project with a great goal it is important to have people who don't just see the value in money. There is much more, such as building good relationships with employees, consumers, suppliers and investors. It is important to have the belief that your products and company goals are honorable and for the greater good. No one can argue with a company who is out to better everyone's world.

Most companies start with that passion driven person, but over time the business people take over and the focus becomes pure profit, which short term may work wonders, but dooms the company for the long term. Keeping control of cash flow is important, but it should not be the number one. Toyota is a great example of this. After working for Toyota, it has earned my respect in a number of ways. The number one priority of Toyota? Safety 1st. The ironic part of this is that by making safety 1st, the company actually saves tons of money in the areas of lawsuits, health care, and employee downtime. Not to mention that employee satisfaction increases, and that employees now can work for longer without injury.

Not focusing on the green doesn't mean that you aren't going to produce a successful products. It means that you have a greater shot of create a successful company. Build a brand that people can trust and relay on, and you can be sure that your company will generate a stronger consumer base and loyal customers who will pass on your company name and products like wildfire. Customers don't like to just buy products, they enjoy the story. Make sure your company has a good story to tell, and let your customers enjoy it over a nice tall glass of milk and chocolate chip cookies.