Stay safe. No, that’s not one of them. This one is coming from me. A dad, a grandad. Accidents waiting to happen have always haunted me for some reason. Frequently, I can “see” potential problems before they happen.
Prayer, hope, depression, joy, frustration, dialogue. What does the Thanksgiving holiday season mean for you? For many it can mean prayers of thankfulness or hope. With all that is happening in our world today, we may think that at no other time in history were times so blessed – or disappointing. For those in California where their entire lives have been turned upside down you may see despair (from those who have lost everything), to thankfulness (for those who have been spared) to guilt (for some who may feel guilty that they have been so fortunate).
Everyone seems to have an opinion of whether we would want our sons, or in my case GRANDSONS, playing football. So much publicity regarding the dangers of head injuries from football (and soccer for that matter) make all of us weigh the benefits. Sports in general prepare us for life as do many other activities that we enjoy (music, drama, etc.), but as a former three-sport athlete and college football player, this article truly struck a cord in me.
What’s your price? As you can imagine, this is one of the first questions that is asked. One of the leading office products manufacturers responded recently to charges that their independent dealers were “up in arms” over the discovery that many of the products that they (and their customers were seeing online) were below the best price that their national buying group had negotiated with them.
Have you had this happen to you? A couple of attractive young sales reps (they normally travel in tandem) stop in unannounced and want to talk with you about your office supplies. The “blank” is usually filled in with “copy paper.” Then, they throw out a couple of other items, give you a couple of specials and see if they can’t get you to place an order. Pretty high pressure because they are probably getting a pretty healthy cut of the sale.
It’s hard to believe that this big 800 Pound Gorilla named Amazon began as an online bookstore that many did not think would create any sort of following. Now it has become such a part of our lives that some folks don’t feel that they could do without them. The question is, should it be?
1. What is your best childhood memory?
When I was a kid I used to spend summers at my grandparent’s home in the desert of Southern California. I would help my grandfather water his plants every morning before it got too hot. During the day I would play outside until I couldn’t take the heat anymore. I would go inside to cool off & my grandmother would give me some icecold sun tea. Then I would go back outside again.
“The one thing that we can count on is change.” I don’t know who said that but for me and my career in business, nothing could be more valid. I entered this industry when electric typewriters were still being used and just after IBM introduced the Correcting Selectric element based typewriter. Office supplies were ordered from a catalog and a door-to-door sales rep. No one had ever heard of “ergonomic furniture” and most of the copiers in businesses used electrostatic paper. Only the largest businesses had computers and they were leased (not owned) from IBM.
At Wj Office we want you to get to know us better.
We’ve created 10 questions to give you an insight into the people who make up the WJ Office family.
You’ll discover the people behind the imagery and be intrigued with who we are. You’ll meet the emotion behind our motion. And with each introduction, which we’ll be doing each month, it will make you want to read more.
10 Questions for Neville Chaney – President
1. What is your best childhood memory?
Mom was right to tell you to stop slouching and sit up straight. Not only does good posture make you look taller and more confident, it also increases energy, improves breathing and keeps your back pain free. Good posture ensures that you’re placing the least amount of strain on muscles and tendons. Whether sitting in front of the computer, standing, walking or lifting, always practice good posture.