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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

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

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

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

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