OK, I admit it. I’m turning into a bit of a coffee snob. My daughter works part time for Starbucks as a barista. I’m impressed – she knows all the Starbucks lingo, she knows all the recipes for the various coffee drinks they offer, and she has developed a real appreciation for quality coffee. One of the perks of her job (see what I did there? Too bad we don’t percolate coffee any more. The pastor of my church growing up could percolate a pot of coffee until you could stand a spoon in your cup – “Lutheran Coffee” he called it. But I digress…) is the discount she receives as an employee. Starbucks also has special days from time to time on which employees can purchase coffee and other items at an even steeper discount. As a result, we drink only the finest coffee in our house, and I love it. Starbucks treats their employees very well also. Having worked for a few large corporations throughout the course of my career, I know that many companies could take some lessons from Starbucks on how to treat their most important employees – the ones who serve the customer.
I’m proud of my daughter and the work ethic she is learning at Starbucks. And I’m very pleased that I get to share in the rewards!
“Starbucks has a role and a meaningful relationship with people that is not only about the coffee.” ~ Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks via brainyquote.com
The best part of waking up? Helps make morning my favorite time of the day.
A former boss once told me, “Seek first to understand, second to be understood.” In reading my Bible this morning, I came across the Proverb below. I try to live this in all aspects of my life, sometimes more successfully than others. It’s a process.
I love weddings. They are one of the happiest occasions we as humans celebrate. My niece was married in Georgetown, TX this past weekend. During the photo session after the ceremony, I handed my iPhone to one of the groomsmen and asked him to take a photo of our family with the bride & groom. As we were being positioned by the photographer, he snapped this candid with a very nice “Hook ’em Horns” in the foreground. I really like this shot, as it takes me back 20 or so years to the time in my life when I served as a groomsmen in several weddings. This is something I would have done had the uncle of the bride asked me to snap a pic on his cell phone. It brought a smile to my face when I first discovered it in my camera roll late last night. To the anonymous groomsman I say, “well played, sir!”
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. ~ Genesis 2:22-24
Wedding “Hook ’em”
My daughter took this pic of our Golden Retriever, Lucy, and called it “Business Dog”. Whether working or just having fun, Lucy craves human contact and she loves being around us. And she always has this happy look on her face. This is our first Golden, and I’m a fan of this breed. Maybe I should bring her to work and let her charm my prospects!
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” ~ Warren Bennis via brainyquote.com
“Leave it to the pros.” It wasn’t too long ago that I scoffed at that notion. Why call a pro when I can save a few bucks and repair or install it myself? Case in point: our kitchen faucet bit the dust last weekend. It had been showing the signs – hard to rotate, slow to shut off, and when I nearly pulled the handle off the other day I knew it was time for a replacement. My wife bought a lovely Delta faucet at Lowe’s Sunday afternoon. As I perused the directions and prepared to undertake my project, that voice inside me said, “call a plumber.” I tried to ignore it, but it was quite persistent and even resorted to calling me names. “Dummy, call a plumber.” I finally gave in, and am I glad I did! After just over two hours’ work, including having to grind away a lip of our sink that was partially blocking the hole in the granite countertop, I happily wrote the $247 check to the man that did such a good job. “Leave it to the pros,” indeed!
“Leave it to the pros.” ~ We all say it from time to time, but since I could not find an original source, let’s call it Anonymous.
Kudos to Jim England Plumbing of Keller, TX for a great installation! 5.5.2015
According to yourdictionary.com, the poet author of “Piers Plowman” is credited with penning “Patience is a virtue.” I was reminded of that today during a telephone conversation with a coworker. Sales, especially in my line of work, is a process. In our conversation my coworker reminded me that it is important to be patient and allow the process to play out, because it will play out over time. It was just what I needed to hear, and I thank God for that conversation at that moment. God can use anybody to achieve His divine purpose. We must pray for His intervention and then tune in, for He may surprise you with His source.
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” ~ Arnold H. Glasgow via brainyquote.com
What does this have to do with patience? Sit, sometime, and watch a sunset. You’ll understand.
My wife and I are big fans of The Voice on NBC. The talent that graces that stage is absolutely amazing, and we really enjoy watching each artist grow week by week as they heed the advice of their coaches. Voting gets tougher by the week also, but here are my votes based on last night’s performances. These are the 10 artists I would advance to next the next round if it were up to me.
“I think all music is a gift from God.” ~ Pharrell Williams via brianyquote.com
My votes for The Voice performances of 4.13.2015.