In my travels, as President of The Nierenberg Group, I am fortunate to meet wonderful people and hear their stories. Please read about some of the fascinating people and situations that make up my world.
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I recently reconnected with a friend who I met when we were at Northwestern’s summer school program in college—so it was a while ago J and we picked up right where we left off –catching up.
When we were talking on the phone, I also spoke with her husband and we talked about their wedding and it seemed like yesterday when we last spoke.They are truly wonderful people!
He is a very successful real estate broker and he told me a story that is so powerful and everyone can learn from it--whatever kind of business you are in.
One afternoon he received a call from a woman who left a message: “I am in Chicago now—at a hotel with my 2 children and I am unemployed and I need to find a house’.
He called her back—they had a conversation and he agreed to meet with her and help her.
It turns out that when they did meet and he found her a home that she liked—he asked her—“ do you have money for the deposit, how will you pay going forward, etc’, etc”---all the questions one would ask in this type of transaction.
Fast forward—‘yes, she is happily married and to the new coach of The Chicago Bulls and they were relocating”. She later said to my friend,-‘thank you so much—you will be hearing from my husband”.
She also said "Before I called you, I called five other brokers and left that same message and no one returned my call.’
Well—now he has already gotten their home, and the husband did call and so have several of the players on the team…. So my friend is an even busier broker now and more referrals keep coming.
When he told the initial part of the story to the other 90 brokers in his office, they all said—‘you called her, what a waste, etc, etc’—He then relayed the rest of the story. Who is laughing now????
As we know—never judge a book by its cover—you just never know and also there was a lot of karma here. Do the right thing and things have a way of coming back to you.
Yesterday I had coffee with Ivan Mann, one of the co founders of Corporate Essentials www.drinkcoffee.com who I have known from The Executives Association of New York City-(EANYC) and who I always think of as "The King of Coffee." His firm has been in business for 15 years and he is also an active member of the International Facility Managers Association and the Society of Design Administrators.
Talking over coffee--(how could I even think of my green tea), Ivan shared some of the new expansions of his firm and one of them is Shoffee.com which is the the fastest-growing coffee retailer on the web offering more than 500 coffee and tea related products, specializing in single-cup coffee (including the Keurig Brewing System which I have). Shoffee started out as a way to reach the rapidly growing market of home coffee consumers with a website that was not only user friendly--it is actually fun to order from!
First time users get 5% off of your first order with www.Shoffee.com in addition to the 5% off, you will earn back 2.5% of your total purchase in Shoffee Perk Points. These can be used on future orders (and are earned on each order). If you are already a customer of Shoffee.com, you can receive a free Shoffee. com travel mug with your order and still earn the 2.5% back in Shoffee Perk Points . It's all marketing!
Ivan is a great person and also--a comedian and karaoke singer--so when you are ready to order coffee for your company--make sure it comes from Corporate Essentials and you will also receive a smile with your morning cup! www.drinkcoffee.com or call at 973-227-9001
Four time Emmy award winner and current special correspondent to syndicated PBS "My Generation" TV show, best selling author and speaker extraordinaire, Bill Boggs educated and entertained us at the New York Rotary luncheon today at the Harvard Club.
His message and riveting stories come from his thousands of interviews with many of the world's leaders in all types of industry.
His style is motivational and his messages are all about leadership and success strategies and his book is appropriately called : "Got What It Takes" as he recounted stories on how people 'made it to the top."
Bill's passion is personal empowerment and he has been called "The Inspirational Story Teller".
I can vouch for this and say YES!!!
When you are looking for a terrific speaker to motivate, inspire and teach your teams--visit Bill's website to book him.
I have just spent a lovely weekend with my sister, Meredith in her home in Sarasota, Florida where besides having our usual fun, we had a very enlightening experience when we attended the Yom Kippur services at the Chabad synagogue.
The service was extremely meaningful and uplifting and it was a time of deep reflection and introspection of all that has happened in the last year as we atoned. It is amazing how much you learn about yourself when you sit in any House of Worship and take the time and determination to be totally present.
A terrific surprise and a major highlight was listening to the motivational sermon of Alan Veingrad who is an Ex-Dallas Cowboy and Green Bay Packer lineman and now is an Orthodox Jew who talked about rediscovering his spiritual roots through the guidance of the Torah. He travels the world sharing his views and passion combing 'football and faith'. He was an excellent, entertaining speaker that that truly made you think through his stories and passion.
My visits in Florida with Meredith always fly by too fast and this one seemed like a flash.
I do believe I am going home though with more inspiration and enlightenment to reflect back on the High Holy days this week.
Friends recently told me a story about an experience that is one that we can all learn about customer service.
They had gone for a massage at a new salon in their city. It seemed like a great experience and when they left, they were relaxed and ready to pick up their kids from the grandparents.
They even commented how they would definitely return from time to time to this new find.
However, as they were leaving, they were bombarded by the manager trying to sell them a full package--that they had a special and a discount that was only good for the next week..... and his pitch went on for over 3 minutes non stop and he was relentless. They finally escaped.
As they left, they looked at each other and said 'Forget this place' and they even got a bit stressed out!
If the manager had just thanked them and welcomed them back and even sent a brief note of thanks or even did nothing, it would have been better then the 'attack' they felt they had gotten.
As I was growing up in Southern Illinois, the only people in the world as close to me as my wonderful parents, were our dear friends Trudy and Bill Mitchell. This past week Bill passed away and is survived by his best friend and devoted wife of 62 years-Trudy.They were THE perfect couple and true role models.
They have constantly been a dominant influence on my life and one of my treats has been my many visits back home to see them over the years.The days I would spend at 'The Mitchell Hotel' as I called their wonderful home and hospitality has always been a special time for me. One of my favorite times was their amazing 50th wedding anniversary which was truly the event of the year in 1998.
Where Trudy is the outgoing, charming conversationalist and connects with everyone, Bill was the quiet, brilliant and kind man who made you feel like the most important person in the world when you spoke with him. He always truly listened and with every conversation, I always walked away learning something new and profound.
Bill was a true entrepreneur and self made businessman-after serving in World War Two,where he earned both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. By fate, he was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany where he met his beloved Trudy.Their wedding was the first one performed in a church in Nuremberg between an American GI and a German bride.
When they moved back to Bill's roots in Southern, Illinois--it was a few years later that my father Paul had started his medical practice and brought my dear mother, Molly--who had never been out of New York City--and she and Trudy became fast and close friends. Even years and years later when my folks moved to Florida, Mom and Trudy always spoke every Friday morning and it was like they were still across town and they remained close until Mom left us in 2006.
Bill Mitchell was in the oil business and built M&M Oil and no one worked harder and smarter then he did.The Mitchells have always been people who gave back to the community and their generosity is awesome.
A few of the many things Bill and Trudy have sponsored and supported include a ballpark, community flag poles, an annual get acquainted dinner for German students at the University of Southern Indiana, twice bringing the Evansville Philharmonic to Albion,Illinois (our home town of 2000 people) for concerts, organizing a large holiday care package campaign for the troops in Iraq, and helping countless individuals in need-- Bill and Trudy were always thinking of how to help and give and acted on it continually.
In Evansville, many organizations have been recipients of the Mitchell's love and giving. Included, yet not limited to, are the Mesker Park Zoo, the Evansville Philharmonic, Deaconess Hospital and the University of Southern Indiana. At Deaconess, they assisted with the purchase of the first CT scanner, in 1978. The USI campus named Mitchell Auditorium in honor of them and bestowed honorary Doctoral degrees in the 1985, for their long time support to the campus including scholarships to nursing students that will last for many years to come. One of my special times was when I spoke at the University in my dear friends auditorium--it was a highlight for me.
In 1995, the mayor presented them with the Key to the City of Evansville. Bill was a member of the Evansville Country Club, Evansville Kennel Club, the Masonic Lodge of West Salem, Ill., for more than 50 years, a former member of the Board of Deaconess Hospital, the Board of Southern Indiana University Foundation, Board of Directors of Grayville National City Bank, was one of the early members of Evansville Petroleum Club, serving as its chairman for many years and Chairman on the Board of Grace Land Cemetery. He never tired of serving and helping and each organization was so lucky to have his wisdom and guidance.
The earth has lost a wonderful man with the passing of Bill last week and he will live in many of our hearts forever. As I said to Trudy, 'he is now your Guardian angel'.
Since my parents passed and today is actually the 9 year anniversary of my father's passing, I always seem to find pennies on the ground just when I need them--as in advice from my parents or a decision I must make(to date, I have found and collected over 300) and I believe that when I find a penny--it also means that an angel just received its wings. Yesterday morning, I found a bright shiny new penny and knew that one was Bill looking down at his beloved Trudy.
I look forward to my visit to Trudy in the next month where we will laugh, cry and reminisce.