I got curious about why this time of year is called the “Dog Days of Summer”, so I did what anyone who’s curious does. I went to Google and found that the “Dog Days” are named for Sirius, the dog star that’s brightest from early July through early September, when the heat of summer gets…Details
I’m not giving away any secrets by saying it’s been a hot, hot summer. And, of course, it’s hot in Dallas. But things are really heating up at Shamrock’s Dallas office, thanks to the cool business strategies being lead by Dave Fechter, Shamrock’s executive vice president of operations. For the past nine months Dave’s been…Details
NOTHING PERSONAL: BUSINESS IN SWEDEN IS STRICTLY IMPERSONAL. This week, Bob looks forward to the Olympics countdown with a focus on the medal-winning Swedes.
Finally, I can grab a beer and get my fill of the global games of summer! The Olympics officially begin July 27th, and Sweden is set to compete in events ranging from Archery to Wrestling with a total of more than 20 events. Here’s an interesting fact I read on Wikipedia about Sweden and the…Details
THERE ARE NO CASUAL FRIDAYS IN GERMANY, BUT THERE IS MORE FREE TIME. This week, Bob talks about the differences in business attitudes between Germany and the U.S.
As we get closer to the Olympics, this month we decided our focus will be on other countries. Today, I’d like to focus on my observations and reading about Germany. One major difference I’ve noticed is, like many countries overseas, employees in Germany are more serious in the workplace, but it seems when German employees…Details
WHAT IS IT ABOUT “TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM” THAT BRINGS A SENSE OF OLYMPIAN-LIKE FULFILLMENT TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS? This week, Bob talks about the importance of the team vs. the individual in Japanese culture.
Naturally, there are some cultural differences between Asian countries, but all seem to believe in putting oneself second to the team, or group, for the betterment of all. I greatly admire that in Asian culture. Japan is definitely among the Asian cultures that subscribe to the philosophy of the team vs. the individual. This is…Details
WHAT CAN THE OLYMPICS TEACH US ABOUT BUSINESS? As a prelude to the upcoming Olympics, this month Bob explores global cultures.
There’s a different kind of competition in business than in the Olympics. In business we’re expected to make or earn money. We compete based on the best price for the best product. I believe the playing field is more level in sports. In sports, we compete for the joy of winning and the thrill of…Details
WHAT MAKES A COMPANY? This week’s blog post celebrates the 30-year-anniversary of Shamrock. It is written by the people who have worked with Bob and for Bob. Friends. Employees. Business Partners.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. — Shamrock employee, Jen Hall, provided this quote, and summed up who Bob is: his grace under pressure, his resilience, his…Details
DOES IT MAKE DOLLARS AND CENTS TO HAVE WELLNESS PROGRAMS AT WORK? Bob certainly thinks so; see why, here.
I am certainly concerned about the health and welfare of my family. That includes my private family and my family of employees. I’ve made significant plans to provide health benefits for my wife and children. And, as a caring CEO and a smart businessman, I am also concerned about the health and welfare of my…Details
For years we’ve had new employees participate in an orientation to gain a greater understanding of our Shamrock. This generally happens six months after an employee has been with us. New employees experience a daylong session to learn about each department, how we integrate among departments to achieve specific goals, and how we effectively work…Details
ARE SUMMER INTERNS WORTH IT? In addition to the pleasure of having young, fresh faces to cheer up the workplace, Bob says “yes” to interns.
A good internship creates a classic win-win situation for everyone involved. The biggest benefit for interns is the chance to work with professionals in their field of interest. It also gives them an opportunity to decide if this is the best career choice to pursue. The employer wins, too. Most companies that hire interns say…Details