JPTearsheet March, 2020 Vol. XII No. 3
“(Our) greatness came from individuals with different perspectives coming together.”
—  Lisa Murkowski

On the Outside Looking In
There are many good, sound, economical reasons for bringing in outside help to your organization. Certainly lawyers and accountants have special skills and knowledge not common among everyday business people. That’s a no brainer.

But they aren’t the only outside contractors who provide enormous help. Beyond the general business consultant, there are experts in HR and employee benefits; efficiency experts; recruiters; web design and marketing. The list goes on.

They all have their special skills, talents and insights which can pay substantial benefits to your business. Not having to absorb the costs associated with overhead is benefit enough. Bringing in outside help is appropriate because it is simply more cost effective to acquire those skills on a contract basis.

There is one additional benefit that the outside contractor brings to the table that is sometimes overlooked. That is the outside-in perspective of one who, not only has experience with many organizations, but also can look at your business without the blinders of someone who is simply too close to the situation. 

These outsiders many times see things at first glance that company overlook, dismiss, or just don’t see at all.

While you probably know your business better than anyone, having someone who sees it through fresh eyes may be educational far beyond your expectations.
Honey, I’m home. Mexican honey wasps make a honey which is considered poisonous.

You go, girl.  Of the 60 oldest living people in the world, 59 are women. 
–  QI

It’s a wonderful life.  Of the 45 men who have served as President of the United States, at least half have displayed proficiency in speaking or writing a language other than English – including Herbert Hoover who spoke some Mandarin Chinese.

Mistaken Identity. Country singer Garth Brooks came under attack for wearing a Detroit Lions #20 jersey with name “Sanders” on the back. Forgetting about Detroit Hall-of-Fame running back Barry Sanders, concert-goers thought he was supporting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
–   The Week

Taking a cut. The first year of the Trump tax cuts saw biggest percentage decline in the $40-50,000 wage bracket whose tax receipts fell 14.5 percent. The largest drop in actual dollars was among the $250-500,000 returns.

Religious fervor.  Pope Francis called on Catholics to give up insulting people on social media for Lent.
–   Washington Examiner

Technically speaking.  On average, tech workers in Seattle earn 56 percent more than financial workers in New York City.

The great emancipator.  Ten Amazon employees who donated to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign identified their occupations as “slave” or “slave labor.”
–   Los Angeles Times

Mapping the future. Partly due to fear of being tracked, sales of printed maps and road atlases have increased by approximately 10 percent a year since 2014.
–   USA Today
Quote of the Month:
Milton Friedman
"Work is sometimes its own reward…
it is the price we pay to get the things we want.”
– Milton Friedman

Month of the Month:

Here’s a thought: Let’s make March International Ideas Month. If you don’t like that idea, go fly a kite. Because it is also National Kite Month. If any of this cheers you up, you’re probably celebrating March as Optimism Month.

Question of the Month:

Who is the best known mechanic in Great Britain? This grease monkey was trained to repair trucks by the Labour Exchange in 1942.
By any other name…
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the coronavirus Covid-19. This is unfortunate for the Arizona company named Covid Incorporated. Since 1982 the Tempe-based company has manufactured audio-visual cables, connectors and many other A/V accessories.

How does the company feel about this misnomer? Why, they're just sick about it.

Hard Hitting Lessons
A gridiron MBA? OK, maybe that’s not possible, but see how much you can learn about business from football in my book, Hard Hitting Lessons.  The subtitle says it all, “Some not-so-obvious business lessons learned from playing football.”
Most people associate football with learning things like hard work, discipline, teamwork, etc. That’s all very true. But what can you learn about business from football? According to Hard Hitting Lessons , a lot. This book will explain it all – from human resources to strategic planning and more. Yes, there’s a lot to be learned from playing football about business – and even about life itself. 

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