A Job Well Done

Our Staff at Fulton Auto Auction did an outstanding job at our auction on Saturday.  With temperatures reaching the century mark most of the day Andy and the staff at the shop are not only responsible for their normal duties, but also are tabbed with the responsibility of keeping our customers as cool as possible with fans and ice water.  Even with our auction truck overheating a couple of times and slowing us down we had one of the quickest sales that we have had.  Be sure let Ms. Lynn and the guys at the shop how much we appreciate what they do next time you see them!

Have a Great Day

 

Louis

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Managers’ Meeting

We have been getting ready for the company wide Managers’ Meeting to take place next Tuesday in Tupelo.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

One item on the agenda that I am most excited about is in regards to our debit card program.  Representatives from the debit card provider will be on hand to explain the new product and also to do some sales training.  We should be able to get this program kicked off at all the offices very soon after the meeting next week.  The debit cards we will be selling have some attributes our customers are sure to be interested in so I am looking for this to be a successful addition to our product line.

Again, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next week. — Luke

 “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”  Colin Powell

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Quick Quotes

I received my July booklet of  Bits and Pieces on Leadership.  I picked out a few of my favorite quotes. . .

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”  Celestine Chua

“You are responsible for you.”  English Proverb

“Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.”  Wendell Wilkie

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”  Jack Welch

“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.”  George Patton

Have a great day! — Luke

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>Winding Down

>I want to remind everyone that next Friday will be the last day to qualify for your 3rd quarter goals. It’s hard to believe that we are already moving into the last quarter of the year. Time seems to be flying by.

As of last Friday’s report we had 12 offices that were above their goals for the quarter. Several others were in striking distance as well. I encourage everyone to work hard today and next week and make a good push to come in over your office goals. Good luck with this!

Don’t forget, if you want to enter the contest for the $20 you have until 5:30 today to leave your guess on the blog. We will announce the winner Monday.

Have a great weekend!

“I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.” Stephen Wright

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>Win a $20 Wal-Mart Gift Card

>Saturday is auction day and we are going to bid off 179 vehicles. I thought of something to make this auction a little interesting.

For the first time in auction history we are going to sell a Fleetwood Cadilac Limousine. You can go to www.fultonautoauction.com and see the limousine at the right under “Featured Vehicles”.

I thought it would be fun if we had contest to see who can guess closest to the actual sales price of the limousine. The employee that guesses closest will win a $20 gift card from Wal-Mart.

To be eligble for the gift card, you guess has to be left as a comment to this post no later than 5:30 tomorrow afternoon. Good luck!

“Luck is believing your lucky.” Tennessee Williams

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>And the Cow Goes Moo…

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Our first Lebohner “Adopt-a-Floor” event is this Sunday and the theme is barnyard animals. A couple of our barnyard suits are modeled here by Nikki and Jana.

Good luck to those of you participating in the event this Sunday. I hope you put smiles on lots of kids’ faces! I look forward to a report as to how it went.

I will be out of the office tomorrow so I will post again Thursday.

“Kids are great imitators. Give them something great to imitate.” Anonymous

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>Uncommon Courtesy

>I just finished a book titled “Not So Common Courtesy” that deals with the fact that, unfortunately, common courtesy is not quite so common anymore. I was reminded of this at the high school football game I attended last Friday night.

Not far from where I was sitting was a group of people who were attending the game to see family and friends play. However, instead of being there to cheer on their family, they seemed more passionate about pointing out all of the mistakes made by anyone on our team. Often they would ridicule a player loud enough for everyone in the stands to hear.

At least the players didn’t get it as bad as the coaches. Apparently, these folks in the stands know a lot more about football than any of the coaches. I guess these people in the stands that do all the hollering spend their days studying game films and defensive formations. They must have a busy life.

Now, if a person plans on going into the coaching field or plans to play football, they need to be prepared to blow off a good deal of smart remarks coming from the stands. They made the decision to coach or play so they should have known what to expect. Also, a fan has paid money to watch the game so they should be able to voice their opinion to an extent.

However, it makes for a long night for all those around when someone constantly criticizes and complains all night at the top of their lungs. I think the quote for today says it best.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” Benjamin Franklin

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>TGIF

>I guess nobody got my Ole Miss joke yesterday????????

Well, the dawgs lost last night so I guess that should comfort some of you who didn’t like my joke.

Have a great wekend!

“Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.” Mary Montagu

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>Bits and Pieces Quotes

>Here are some of my favorite quotes from my latest Bits and Pieces booklet…

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi

“A willing helper does not wait to be asked.” Danish Proverb

“We must no longer wait for the storm to pass. We must learn to work in the rain.” Peter Silas

“There’s no such thing as standing still. Unless a fellow moves ahead, he’s left behind.” Clarence Darrow

“If you never budge, don’t expect a push.” Malcolm Forbes

“Never leave well enough alone.” Raymond Loewy

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” Margaret Mitchell

“If you growl all day, you will feel dog-tired all night.” Barbara Bartlein

“One of the most important things I ever learned came late in life. It was to say, I don’t know.” W. Somerset Maugham

“Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” L. Thomas Holdcroft

Qoute heard on the Ole Miss campus last Monday: “Houston, we have a problem.”

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>Back to Work

>I was out of the office again yesterday due to some meetings I had to attend in Jackson. My desk and my inbox are pretty full of stuff that I need to get done today or tomorrow so my blog will be a little short today.

I mainly wanted to thank everyone who helped with the fundraiser for our LeBohner project. Nikki has not given me the exact amount but it looks like we raised between $3,500 and $4,000. This should help put a smile on a lot of kids faces.

A lot of work went into making the event a success and at times it got quite stressful. However, in the end, everyone stepped up and got it done. Thanks to all involved!

“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” Anonymous

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