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Intel Management of SC, LLC


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Happy New Year: Open a Disco!

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on Monday, 04 January 2016
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Seeing television images of the recent New Year’s Eve celebrations, I was mentally transported back to my days at Huntington’s Dining and Disco. Yes, this CAI banker and leadership consultant had once crossed over from rock ‘n’ roll to the dark (but glittery) side... disco.

 

It was 1978 and I was fresh off a remarkably successful run with my rock ‘n’ roll club, F.U.B.A.R. in Goleta, California (near Santa Barbara). I was 23 when I opened the club and sold it five years later, probably for more than it was worth. I had learned a lot about running a business, particularly a nightclub, and was confident that I could generate that kind of success with just about any new endeavor.

 

So, when I met the owner of a shuttered nightclub that was about 40 miles from Goleta, I saw opportunity. I was on the hunt for a new venture, and he was willing to turn over the operation to someone with more experience and more time. We became partners; he put up the capital, and I took care of everything else. I was energized to make the new place work, and once again, I was cruising down Risk Road.

 

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Risk-Taking with Charlie Brown

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on Wednesday, 16 December 2015
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I think it’s amazing that A Charlie Brown Christmas was in the news earlier this month. Sure, part of the media attention consisted of reports that in President Obama’s recognition of the Christmas special’s 50th anniversary, he explained the “true meaning” of Christmas without, you know, explaining the true meaning of Christmas.

 

But, a cartoon that airs once a year for 50 years? It’s inconceivable that a program created that long ago can still be watched on live TV, particularly in today’s hyper-competitive battle for a television-watching/data-streaming audience.

 

I grew up with A Charlie Brown Christmas and always looked forward to watching it as a kid. Today, as a risk-taker and entrepreneur, I have a real appreciation for what appears to be a simple, animated work because its creation is a remarkable story.

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On Thanksgiving

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Last weekend a friend told me about one of the more memorable Thanksgiving Day conversations that have taken place at his family’s annual gathering. His two young granddaughters were visiting with his aunt who, while not as mobile as she used to be, was still mentally sharp. This sweet older lady was enjoying the conversation with the children. My friend smiled to himself as he moved closer to join the discussion. When he got within earshot, he heard his aunt tell the two girls, “I just had my birthday, and I’m ninety.”

 

His youngest granddaughter asked, “Does that mean you’ll be ten soon?”

 

Her sister replied, “No. That means she’ll be dead soon.”

 

Thankfully, his kind-hearted aunt saw the humor and laughed heartily. Her grace and understanding in that situation reminded my friend of how special this lady was and how one action or reaction can teach others and make a lasting impression on loved ones, acquaintances or even strangers.

 

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I Understand

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on Monday, 09 November 2015
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As consumers, we’ve all experienced episodes when the service that we have received was substandard – and worse yet, when the retailer or service provider did not quite connect the dots as to exactly why we were dissatisfied, nor how to appropriately “make good” on our lousy customer experience.

 

It reminds me of the time I purchased a breakfast item from one of the world’s largest fast food chains. Sitting down in the restaurant with a Diet Coke and a newspaper, I began to remove the mass-produced muffin from its plastic packaging when I noticed a pea-sized patch of mold. Thankful that I hadn’t taken a bite, I returned to the counter to share my discovery with the young man who rang up my purchase.

 

To his credit, he promptly recognized the need to restore my faith in the restaurant’s food and its commitment to customer satisfaction. Interestingly, his solution was to offer me two more muffins – identical muffins in the same see-through packaging. These showed no visible signs of mold. Great.

 

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Leaders Don't Flop

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on Friday, 16 October 2015
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Yes, I’m old school. I believe in integrity, hard work and success based on performance. I place tremendous value on honor and fair play and sportsmanship. That doesn’t mean that I’m not competitive; I am. But in business and in life, I compete in a manner that allows me to sleep at night. Please understand, I’m not bragging. That’s just how I was raised. Plus, I’m convinced that doing things the right way ultimately makes life easier.

 

That leads me to the subject at hand, the thing that I can’t stand about modern sports: the flop.

 

What is a flop? By my definition a flop is a physical act by a player that was performed to intentionally deceive a game official into thinking that said player was hit, pushed or in some other manner violated in a way that unfairly disrupts the contest. It is done to gain a competitive advantage, to draw a penalty on the opposing team – when they don’t deserve it. A flop is sort of a testosterone-spiked cocktail consisting of equal parts lying and acting – with a dash of shamelessness.

 

Sports today is riddled with flops. Football, basketball… European football (soccer) is lousy with them; players drop like those little goats that fall over when they get startled.

 

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