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Attention Business Owners and Executives: Don’t Be Like My Son!

A few weeks ago, I was playing cards with my son (R.D.) As usual, he had a permanent smile on his face. We were playing gin, which I love to play; it brings back so many memories with my mom/dad/sisters and best friends (A.S./G.S/A.B./S.S.) I truly love all aspects of the game: the fast pace, the competition and especially the strategy. After one specific hand that we finished, I asked my son to tell me what cards he thought I might have in my hand. For those who aren’t familiar with the game, you are dealt 10 cards and you alternate picking up cards until one person has either 3 or 4 of a kind or a run in the same suit…basically everything in your hand matches. Before he answered my question, I said to him, “let me tell you what I think you have.” Then I proceeded to tell him to lay his cards down as I guessed them. One by one, I was able to correctly guess 9 out of the 10 in his hand.

Then, it was his turn. He looked at me a little puzzled, smiled a little bit more and then said, “Dad, I don’t have any strategy, I just go”.

I must admit, I did chuckle a little.

As a business owner and an executive, strategy is very important!

  • How long have you been preparing for 2015?
  • Who participated in planning your 2015 strategy?
  • Have you communicated your strategy to your team?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

    P.S. Please don’t be like my son without any strategy and “just go”.

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