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High Maintenance Employees: Every business has one and just about every person knows one. Yesterday at Joe T. Garcia's, Lin O'Neil of Futures Consulting, LLC., presented to the Impact Your Business series attendees key behaviors, primary causes and resolution tactics on how to deal with this type of employee. One of the biggest yet simplest takeaways from her presentation was the following statement, "The number one reason/producer why employees are high maintenance is because they are in the "wrong" position or role."

Pictured L to R: Elaine Piekarski, Greenwood Chapel; Dale Brock, Visiting Angels; Lin O'Neill, Futures Consulting, LLC.; Buddy Puente, Southwest Office Systems.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

When a house isn't home: Mr. B has mentioned many times he expects to retire and move to the Homewood Suites -- Fort Worth Medical Center, under the care and supervision of the great Justin Smith. The Prospective Mrs. B - B for Balking? -- is bidding on a huge, 100-year-old home for big family reunions in a small Texas town. The Homewood has a pool; the house has a hose. The Homewood has wine, beer and light bites most every night; the house has a grapefruit tree. The Homewood has free Internet and cable television; the house has above-ground electric wire and static-y AM radio. The Homewood's foundation is we'll take care of everything for you; the house's foundation needs Power Jack. Mr. B is headstrong and holding fast to the move to the Homewood. You can find out why with this night's stay. 

Where the west really begins: If you go down in the Stockyards today, you're sure of a big surprise. If you go down in the Stockyards today, you'd better go in disguise! What if you could do both? Yes, Cowpokes and little dogies, thanks to Julia Buswold at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, your "family" of four will get admission and a session + CD in the Jersey Lilly Old Time Photo Parlor.  Among the many exhibits, check out the historical Strequell Wagon Collection, which features more than 60 wagons, buggies and sleighs, and progresses to Amon Carter's 1933 Cadillac. Your 1880s-era photo session in the full-service Jersey Lilly parlor includes a choice from five photo backgrounds, costumes and props, even a real stagecoach. Pets allowed.

The REAL deal: Cranes are everywhere in Fort Worth and it really is difficult -- and maybe dangerous -- to be craning your neck trying to read signage as to what is going where. Instead, sign up to attend the Fort Worth Business Press' Business for Breakfast Series featuring a real estate panel Aug. 23 at the Fort Worth Club. The mid-year commercial real estate update will answer: What are the trends? Which prospective developments are likely to get off the drawing board? Which areas are most likely to become hot spots of activity? What is the effect of online sales and delivery services? Lauren (oy) Vay has brokered a seat for two readers.

Getting a higher-level hire: Has your company ever hired THAT person ... the person that doesn't fit the culture, doesn't understand the business, doesn't understand people ... and, oh, just happens to be the boss? Darien George is the Managing Partner at Mackenzie Eason & Associates and that scenario most likely -- most definitely -- won't happen if his firm is doing your executive talent acquisition. Darien is so convinced of Mackenzie's processes that he trains HR departments on talent acquisition and retention. Acquire an hour of his training and your talent grab undoubtedly will be better.

Congratulations to the August 9th Prize Winners:
  • Donna Bromfield-Day, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Jason Ray, Clayton Youth Enrichment Services
  • Jackie Pierce, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
  • Jaime Pumphrey, Sterling Barnett Little

Sugar Pops was taken? Jerry Thompson (Inwood Bank) and wife, Alex (Burlington Northern Santa Fe), have a daughter, Peyton, who will be one Sept. 1. Grandma Karen Ferguson (TCU) and grandpa Reagan (Pressman Printing) have their names selected -- Koko & Pops.

The A Plan: The Chamber's Strategic Plan has taken a page -- or 100 pages -- from Waiting for Godot. Really, though, it's close to being announced, probably to coincide with the September announcement of the City of Fort Worth's Economic Development Department's Strategic Plan. You think they copied each other, like in school? B2B Insider was able to pillage from Chamber Economic Development EVP Brandom Gengelbach the five "pillars" on which its plan will be built. 1) Issues Advocacy; 2) Talent Development, Attraction and Retention; 3) Existing Business Retention and Expansion; 4) Entrepreneur and Small Business Support; 5) Business Attraction. Said Brandom: "Quality of place will also be integrated into strategies to enhance our community's assets to continuously improve attractiveness and livability."

Driven to succeed: Office furniture sales guru Bob Luce of American National Sales was asked how big a territory he covers. Before he could respond, Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters said, "as far as Bob is willing to drive."

Round-up: Travis (The Dude) Chaffin is a cattle herder for 1017 Project, which builds and sustains a herd of cattle that provides beef to needy families within local churches and surrounding areas. Travis is with ABM Building Services.

Did Yu know this? Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers President and General Manager answering questions during a Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau luncheon:
  • Trading (Yu) Darvish was difficult. "He got married here. He had kids here. He grew into a man here. He was a mentor to younger guys (Kela, Gallo). And he was a Top 10 pitcher no matter what metric you use. But we couldn't make this decision on hypotheticals, that we would sign Ohtani (22-year-old Japanese Babe Ruth) because of Yu or that we could even re-sign Yu."
  • Player that has been biggest surprise? "Alex Claudio (relief pitcher) does everything you want great pitchers to do."
"He is the new 'Robert' in our office; but Robert is still here."  

                                                -- Brenda Fuller, Workforce Solutions
 introducing a new co-worker during Job Links
Why we need Watson: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU's Neeley School of Business, says the amount of knowledge could double every 12 hours this century. Healthcare knowledge could double every 72 hours. "No human can keep up with that."

Winners and The Big Loser: If your company is not an "award-winning business" and you need to change website fibs to brags, your chance is nigh. The Chamber again is looking for awesome small businesses. Go here to nominate an outstanding small business or nominate yourownself by Sept. 22 for the Chamber's Small Business of the Year award. Mr. B has entered 22 years and been Susan Lucci-ed every time. But each year he learns more about his business and more about Lucci. Finalists are announced around New Year's and winners will be presented during the Mayor's State of the City luncheon Feb. 20, 2018.

Needy: TCU football coach Gary Patterson -- "We need to get back to what we were...teachers. We gotta play better at quarterback. We have to kick field goals better; 5-to-7 times a year that affects you."

Pony up: Jackson Walker Partner Albon Head, former chair of the Chamber and a former Mr. B boss (that explains this item) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Methodist University on Nov. 2. It is "the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates." Albon is a four-year Mustang football letterman, playing cornerback. He earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1968 and his juris doctor in 1971. He is an accomplished trial lawyer, having represented some of the state's prominent businesses, including the Texas Rangers. He also served as Chairman of the Fort Worth Opera and YMCA Camp Amon G. Carter boards.
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Leaders in Business Sean Burke, Star-Telegram, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Southwest Area Council: Tour of Baylor's New Emergency Department, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

North Area Council: Coffee & Conversation with Counsilman Flores, Presented by BNSF Railway

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Worthington National Bank
5825 Edwards Ranch Road, Suite 100, 76107
5:00 P.M.

Advance Auto Parts
4037 Hemphill Street, 76115
9:30 A.M.

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