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Welcome to the CablesAndKits CEO daily email. Read more about this email by scrolling to the very bottom.
(“Darn Fool” Article further down)
I hope everyone had a great weekend. My wife and I are like tired mufflers – exhausted. We helped with the garage sale for our friends Friday and Saturday and those early mornings, long days, and physical activity we are not used to was a sudden change and took it out of us! But, we had a lot of fun, it was satisfying to help friends, and we got a lot done! So, we ourselves had a great weekend … even though I can barely walk haha.
Annnnd … yesterday we came to Great Wolf Lodge. We have some friends that we’ve made a near tradition of meeting here for one of our kid’s birthdays. It’s a hotel that is also an indoor water park. Pretty awesome actually!
On Friday I was driving down the road and saw a lady who was fishing a spare tire from her trunk. She obviously had a flat so I turned around and went to help. I changed her tire and got her on her way, but afterward I had a thought …. I don’t even change my own tires! If I have a flat on the side of the road I am pretty sure I would call roadside assistance. The last time I had a flat I had Run Flats and was able to drive all the way to the dealer to have them replace it.
The realization that I had about the tire, and the garage sale, is that it is sometimes easier for me to help other people than it is for me to do things that I need to do myself. Can you identify with that?
I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard …
Red Solo cups are a common souvenir to bring back from the United States. The novelty comes from the cups being used in many party scenes in movies.
Today’s Product Spotlight from Rerun (AKA Rebecca):
Kendall Howard 4U Wall Mount V-Rack
Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Today we are featuring one of our best selling racks, the Kendall Howard 4U Wall Mount V-Rack! This versatile rack allows users to vertically or horizontally mount servers or other rack-mountable devices, regardless of depth! It was specifically designed to mount to a wall (or under a desk) to provide flexibility in equipment placement!
Features of this rack include:
- Universal Mounting Holes (uses cage nuts)
- 19” x 7” (4U)
- 9 Mounting Holes
- Supports up to 200 lbs
- 14 Gauge Steel
From Joe, our friendly Safety Supplies Product Marketer:
It’s Monday, BIG NEWS! With many of our other sales coming to an end we decided to do something special for you guys! I highly encourage you to check out our 3-Ply facemask page. You’ll see we have pretty much all of our masks on sale right now! This is the first time we’ve a done a blowout type sale on these so I can’t wait to see how many of you take advantage! These are lowest all of these prices have ever been!
In other news, although our Clorox Wipe sale is over, there has been a slight price cut on these for you guys! Not to mention we only have 10 canisters of Lysol wipes left in stock, so if those are the wipes of your choice you better act fast!
What Kind of Fool Am I? – by Gary Epp, Chief Administrative Steward
None of us likes to be thought a fool, but fools we are. Hang with me on this one. I end with a constructively positive challenge, but getting there means we have to first wade through some, well… Foolishness.
We all know people who are generally fools. It seemingly is a habit they cannot break. We also know people (including ourselves) who occasionally do foolish things. So, a gathering of fools is not an elite club, but rather a quite crowded room. Before you declare yourself free from the taint of foolishness, quickly consider the types of fools:
Rash fool – Plunges ahead without taking time to consider the costs or potential consequences of their actions. It is surprising even among supposedly smart business people how often this happens.
Lazy fool – Fails to muster the energy to observe and learn from the world around them, the actions of others, or their own life experience. Neglects to prepare for the future.
Undisciplined fool – Lacks the will to consistently act in accordance with wisdom
Stubborn fool – Refuses to adapt to changes in the world around them or knows the proper action in a particular situation but refuses to act on what they know is the prudent course of action
Intentional fool – Knows the proper action in a particular situation, but refuses to act accordingly, or, even worse, purposefully chooses to act in contradiction to the prudent course of action
Stupid fool – Steadfastly ignorant, lazy, undisciplined, rash, and stubborn. This combination is especially deadly.
Ignorant fool – Lastly, even if we are knowledgeable, disciplined, and prudent, we may yet act foolishly out of ignorance. No one person can possibly know everything; so at times our ignorance in certain areas leads to foolish actions. Nonetheless, our good intentions do not shield us from the consequences of our ignorance.
So, how does one minimize the self-inflicted damage of our own foolishness?
- Seek after knowledge and wisdom. No, they are not the same. Knowledge involves an acquaintance with facts or principles where wisdom adds the element of discernment that knows when, where and how to apply those facts and principles to achieve the best outcome for everyone involved in or impacted by a particular situation.
- Surround oneself with people whose knowledge complements our own gaps.
- Spend time with people whose character inspires us to avoid rash, lazy, or undisciplined behavior.
- Practice prudence. I love that word. Webster’s dictionary explains prudence as “wise or judicious in practical affairs; discrete or circumspect; sober; careful in providing for the future.”
We’re Hiring for our Product Department! We have an opening, as detailed by Rerun (AKA Rebecca), below. Is this you or someone you know?
Product Marketing Specialist – Fiber Cables
Have you been reading these CEO emails thinking “Wow, CK sure sounds like a fun place to work! Wish I could be a part of the team and contribute to the CEO daily email like Joe the friendly Safety Supplies Product Marketer does!”? Do you love product marketing? Do you revel in the recurring nature of processes and relish accountability? If so, listen up! We are looking to expand our Product Team by bringing on a Product Marketer for Fiber Cables. This is a very process driven role in which the goal is to grow Gross Profit $ and increase inventory effectiveness by effectively marketing the products. We are looking for someone who is exactly like Joe… err… I mean, we are looking for someone who is hard-working, dedicated, diligent, organized, analytical, a great written communicator, and has a GREAT attitude and “can do” spirit! If you are still intrigued, please review the job post (and pay extra attention to the part about the CK Way – We take culture seriously here and are looking for team members who truly “fit”). If you think you do fit and are interested in the position, please send us your resume at email@example.com along with a written note telling us the character attributes, values, and interests that describe you and influence how you approach life and work. Who knows, you could be our next friendly Product Marketer!
I hope you are enjoying these emails. If you are, I appreciate it when you let me know! If not, or if you have ideas for how to improve, by all means, please let me know! Sometimes I “can’t see the forest for the trees”.
As always, please let me know how I can be of service to you. If you need assistance with something, advice, or even if you just need someone to pray for you, I am here and listening.
Craig Haynie – CEO
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Tech / Business News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 29,219,000 cases worldwide, with 21,046,700 people who have recovered, with 929,000 deaths AND 6,710,600 cases in the US with over 3,975,100 people have recovered, with 198,500 deaths.
- OPEC has downwardly revised its outlook for global oil demand to an average of 90.2 million barrels per day in 2020. The report comes as energy market participants become increasingly concerned about a faltering economic recovery and stumbling fuel demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country will reimpose lockdown measures for three weeks from Friday, seeking to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid a surge of new cases. As part of the new restrictions, Israelis will have to stay within 500 meters of their homes, while schools and shopping malls will be closed. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people and indoor gatherings are restricted to 10 people.
- Delta Air Lines plans to borrow $6.5 billion through new bonds and loans that will be backed by its SkyMiles frequent flyer program, CNBC reports. The air carrier is seeing to help boost its liquidity as it struggles to weather the plunge in business and leisure travel as a result of the pandemic.
- Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more, based on a weekly average to smooth out daily reporting, in 11 states as of Sunday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, an increase from eight states on Friday. he states were Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Vinyl outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s, according to a recently released mid-year report from the Recording Industry Association of America. The report underscoring the state of the U.S. music industry captured how people’s music listening has changed during the coronavirus crisis.