It’s time to declare our independence…again

By Jim Whitt This was orginally published two years ago but the message needs to be repeated until we “get it.” There is one number that needs to be updated in paragraph four. Our national debt is now nearing $17.6 trillion. If you want to know what led to the creation of the United States of America you have to read the Declaration of Independence. The defining statement of this document would have to be: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that… Read More

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:00pm

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Are you in the people business?

    By Jim Whitt Having accumulated a coat of mud and manure on my boots while touring cattle operations in Texas I decided to climb into the shine chair at Love Field. The man revitalizing my boots asked what kind of business I was in. I told him I was in the people business. He looked at me with a big smile on his face and said, “Just like me!” Indeed he is. He’s in the people business and he’s good at it. While shining my boots, he kept a patter going to attract customers, “You can’t close the… Read More

June 26th, 2014 at 2:25am

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Who’s to say what’s possible?

By Jim Whitt On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4 minutes. That’s no big deal if you consider the fact that his time has been broken hundreds of times in the 60 years since then. But it was a big deal then because he accomplished what most considered to be impossible. He ran a mile in less than four minutes. No human being had accomplished that feat until then. In my work as a consultant I am constantly provoking people and businesses to consider new and different ways to do what they do every day. It’s… Read More

May 6th, 2014 at 7:49pm

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Is your business sustainable?

By Jim Whitt When was the last time you saw someone using a Blackberry? In the not too distant past they were the king of the mobile phone hill. Now they are struggling to survive. They cut 4,500 jobs in 2013 and accepted a buyout offer from a private equity firm for only $9 a share. That’s how quickly things can change in the world we live in today. Blackberry is proof positive that your business could be on the brink of imploding and you might not know it until it’s too late. The window of opportunity is unforgiving in… Read More

April 23rd, 2014 at 4:48am

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Matt Dillon on leadership: If you behave badly there will be consequences

By Jim Whitt In the opening scene of an episode of Gunsmoke, Matt Dillon rides up on a peddler who is camped alongside a creek. When the peddler learns that Matt is a U.S. Marshall the following conversation ensues: Peddler: “Say, you aren’t after a bad man are you?” Matt Dillon: “I was.” Peddler: “Where is he?” Matt Dillon: “I buried him this morning.” I’ve found many lessons on life and leadership watching Gunsmoke. This particular scene offers a message that every leader needs to send to every employee in the organization: “If you choose to behave badly, there will… Read More

April 1st, 2014 at 10:44pm

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Eight elements of critical thinking

The following is a favorite of Noel Ledermann, one of our longtime readers. It was originally published October 18, 2006. Please let me know if you have a favorite you think is worth sharing again.   By Sondra Whitt   “I had always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it,” wrote Carl Jung, “and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.” In a workshop on Critical Thinking that I recently conducted for a group of teachers, we… Read More

March 2nd, 2014 at 7:41pm

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The future belongs to contrarians

By Jim Whitt If you were going to build the largest hotel in North America, where would you build it? The logical thing to do would be to build it in one of the continent’s largest metropolitan areas. Maybe New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Florida. That would make sense, wouldn’t it? Find out where the most people need overnight accommodations and build a hotel big enough to hold them. But William Cornelius Van Horne didn’t choose New York, Los Angeles or Florida for the largest hotel in North America — he chose Banff. Banff? Yes, Banff — Banff,… Read More

February 19th, 2014 at 3:54am

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The brilliance of today’s success can blind us to the opportunities of tomorrow

By Jim Whitt When you walk into a fast-food restaurant, how long do you expect to wait from the time you order until you get your food? Five minutes? No, five minutes seems like an eternity in a fast-food place. Think about that — fast-food. It’s part of our culture. Where did the concept for fast food begin? Fast-food started when the McDonald brothers opened a drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, California back in the 1930s. It had car hops and curb service. It looked like a scene from the movie American Graffiti. It took about twenty minutes from the… Read More

February 4th, 2014 at 9:41pm

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Business Building Workshop to Take Place in Tulsa

Two business consultants are conducting an event in Tulsa on Feb. 20-23 which they admit is not for everybody. Jim Whitt and Nathan Mitchell designed the “Riding for the Brand Business Building Bootcamp” only for serious business people who want to: • Attract, hire, and develop loyal employees • Increase employee productivity • Develop a long-range, sustainable business model • Structure your business to increase revenue and profitability • Effectively market business to attract loyal customers This intensive four-day event will provide attendees with the exclusive opportunity to experience the same proprietary process that Whitt and Mitchell use with their consulting clients. That principles involved… Read More

January 8th, 2014 at 10:28pm

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Too good to be great?

This is a favorite of Angie Youngblut, one of our longtime subscribers. It was originally published August 9, 2006. I think it’s a great message to share again in our first issue for 2014. If any of you have favorites you think are worth sharing again please let me know. Thanks Angie! By Jim Whitt Whenever I’m speaking I’ll ask the audience, “How many of you want to reach your full potential?” Every hand goes up. Now, I believe they mean it. They really want to. But I also know that when most of them walk out of the room they will… Read More

January 5th, 2014 at 1:58pm

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