A Lesson from Carlton’s Dad on Dumb Questions

Thank you Carlton Clark for sending in the story below.  Carlton, a long time subscriber,  sent the story in response to the question, “What lessons did you learn from your Dad – lessons that have helped in your career?”

My Dad said to me, “Son, I have never been to a Read more

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Basnight Family Secrets

We hit the jackpot again!

More best practices and secrets to success – this time from a business that has lasted through the Great Depression, fifteen recessions and fifteen United States Presidents.

In 1924, Stein Basnight, a graduate of UNC, opened S.H. Basnight Hardware. He traveled around the state, pulling a trailer full of products to sell.

His sons, Bill and Jesse, joined their father in the business.

Papa Stein died before he got to see this but four of his grandchildren got involved in the business: Bill’s children, Terry and Don; as well as Jesse’s children, Jesse Jr. and Steve.

Two of those grandchildren now own the business. Read more

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The Best Father’s Day Gift

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Quote of the Week for Fathers Day

Here’s a quote that can help with morale, productivity and overall performance. Read more

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Help! I’m stranded!

At age 16, it’s not unusual for a young adult in North Carolina to apply for and get a new job – as a driver.

It’s a very big job – opening up loads of opportunities. Plus challenges, responsibilities and potential problems.

My dad wanted to be sure his daughters understood these responsibilities. Most of all he worried about one of us getting stranded on the road (cell phones hadn’t been invented).

So in addition to the driving tests required by the state – we had to pass his test Read more

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