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Friday, May 31, 2013

Six Words

Recently, I attended a meeting with a group of executives and we were asked in advance to introduce ourselves using only six words.  Six word stories have become very popular of late.  Actually, the concept dates back to Hemingway, who said that his six-word story ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn") was his best work.  Talk about being brief.  It was fun trying to nail those most descriptive six words.  There were suggestions for me from family such as: Used to be skinny, not anymore; Witty and charming, wife just laughs and Be someone family can always respect.  From a business perspective, Surprise your wife, not your board; Values focused, every decision, every time; Work like you own the company and The respect was earned never demanded.  So what did I end up with sharing as my introduction.......Mentor to many, tormentor to some.  I tried to interject humor into the introduction and it worked.  The Six Word Introduction was a fun way to get to know people very quickly and it served as a great ice breaker for a group who didn't know each other but will be working together for some time to come.

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