The energetic management guru, Tom Peters-in his book, The Pursuit of Wow!-has offered some pithy advice for succeeding in business. As usual, some of his observations fall into the ``Why didn't I think of that?'' category, while others may take a little more perseverance to fulfill.
Maintenance, the trucking industry newsletter, recently noted several of Mr. Peters' suggestions:
Give people appreciation, applause, approval and respect.
Remember to do those little things that make a big difference to people.
Keep in mind that power often lies in the details.
Work on developing friends-not battling with your enemies.
Step back and consider the long view.
And when you get to the top, Mr. Peters advises, ``maintain at least one good friend who revels in telling you that you're full of hooey.'' (You mean, besides your wife, or husband?)
Just a huggable guy
While airing up his tires at a service station, a Kentucky man left his car running-and soon, so was he. His 22-month-old toddler in the car kicked the gear shift, and the chase was on.
The car took off down the road, with dad in hot pursuit.
Seeing the event unfold, a state trooper gave chase, too, using his patrol car to finally force the car into a guardrail.
National Public Radio reported that the tyke came out no worse for wear, which led dad to give the trooper a big hug.
``It's the first time I've ever been hugged in the line of duty,'' the recipient replied.
Mime's the word
In the fine tradition of famous French performing artist Marcel Marceau, attendees at Michelin Americas Small Tires' annual dealer meeting-held Jan. 27-30 in San Diego-were entertained by a mime protege of the master who did the usual charming/annoying things those uncommunicative types do.
You know: silently following somebody around the room; making funny faces at people; mimicking the gestures of some unwary, hapless soul. In the photo above, the white-faced thespian amused tire dealers by appearing to pull a disgustingly long strand of multi-colored cloth from his mouth. But we can't tell you the mime's name-he wouldn't say.
Do you show up at the office or dealership despite a raging fever and enough sniffles to make employees wonder if you've got an expensive drug habit?
Better be careful-they may be saying some pretty unflattering things behind your back. (You say they're doing that already? Uh oh.)
With many already knee-deep in Kleenex and the cough/sneeze season here, the Wall Street Journal pointed out that germ-spreaders can be office ``menaces''-and usually the boss is the worst culprit.
Just listen to what some of his subordinates say about Ted Thornton, 29, president of Interdependent Computer Solutions, a New York computer reseller. He admits he's obsessed with productivity and feels a missed day means lost sales.
Some employees call him ``The Germ With Legs,'' trying to shame him into going home to recuperate.
``Go home, Germ!'' urged his office manager recently. ``You're going to make me sick.''
``Beat it,'' pleaded a sales representative. ``You look like an extra from Night of the Living Dead.''
Trying to stop the spread of a ``bug'' is like trying to quash gossip, the story said. But Rupert Burtan, a Denver-based expert in occupational medicine, advised giving germ-spreading bosses a dose of their own medicine: ``Tell them how inefficient it is to have half the office out sick. It's simply a matter of cutting your losses. It just doesn't pay to stay in the office.''
Boss, I don't feel too well. Can I have the rest of the month off?