My house is on lockdown. My daughter just became a teenager. Only the latter of these comments is true, but thinking of the years ahead perhaps a lockdown may not be the worst of ideas. Then again, I think things are probably going to be OK.
I have been secretly dreading this day, and I think deep down most dads feel the same way. Turning 13 really is a number that signifies change in a way that no other age does.
Change from the little girl who wanted to dance on your feet at parties into a young lady with a mischievous streak that now takes great joy in tickling my tummy.
Lately there have been a number of instances in my personal and professional life that have left me pondering this question. Was the person I just dealt with an amateur or a professional? I don’t mean are they professional as in highly educated, or amateur as in doing something in their spare time. I’m talking about one masquerading as the other. Read on (and my apology in advance if this sounds a bit like a rant).
Bus Sotp (c) Ross Parry
I’m a firm believer in entrepreneurial spirit. On the other hand I am also a realist. Just because you are an incredible carpenter does not mean you are going to be able to open an incredible carpentry company. A magnificent cook is often well served continuing to cook for friends in their home and not heeding the advice of those same friends who say, “you know, you really ought to open a restaurant.”
I can’t tell you how many stores I have been into lately that seem to have no clue whatsoever. The joke is clearly on me and the rest of the people who allow such a business to continue in operation. How else could a business that says they open at 9 stay in business when in fact they really mean, 9 ish… sometime between 9 and 9:30. Why would I expect that a question on availability of a certain size be met with anything other than, “I don’t know.”
Some stories are told with words.
Some stories tell themselves with just a glance.
Easter. Cayman Kai. Grand Cayman.
As a Rotarian for around 15 years and proud Past President of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman I can tell you that I have heard many guest speakers. Most are are ok, some are even good. This past Thursday I was so fortunate to be there when Dr. Thomas Haggai, Chairman of IGA Global Supermarkets, spoke to our club. He would be in the rarefied company of great guest speakers at our club. His comments really resonated with me, and I think they will with you also. Read on.
Dr. Haggai is a well-respected speaker, and has lead IGA supermarkets on a global growth strategy over the almost 40 years he has been with the company. He keeps up a grueling travel schedule, and this trip to Cayman was to personally present the local owners of the IGA store here in Cayman with an award. The company honoured Woody Foster of Fosters IGA at a company event in the USA several weeks ago, but it is an important part of the culture of IGA to have the award also presented locally.
Rotary was the real beneficiary of his visit as he used the time allotted to him to share his thoughts on how to be successful in life… in three easy steps. They are:
I enjoy what I call the ‘process of business’. That is, I love researching a business, working the mechanics of getting it launched and going. As soon as it gets formed I normally start looking for something else to do, a new business. The recession forced me to dial back my new business starts. Now, its startup time again. Read on.
Over the past several months, with two seriously energetic staff, I have been in one of the most pure startup modes I have ever experienced. Massive Media is one of the companies under the Massive Group umbrella. It has been around for several years now as an advertising sales company for Cayman Airways in-flight magazine, Cayman Airways Skies, published by HCP/Aboard. This, then, is Massive Media’s second startup, so to speak.
The first was, in many respects, like the other businesses I have started. There is an idea, company formation and registration, trade and business licence application and grant, business cards, website, and we are off to the races. This second startup round is completely different.