Archive for January 4th, 2013

Perspective

Writing ‘Triceptive’ has caused me to pause, reflect and evaluate.  I am been very fortunate to be able to spend time at sea, a place I love.  I told Sandy, as we started across the Atlantic, that at some mid-point in the voyage, she would feel as most long distance sailors do, that you don’t want the solitude to end and she did.  The beautiful sea, sky, brilliant stars, sunrises, sunsets and oh yes, the fresh fish!  The biggest gift that the open sea gives one is perspective.  Sadly, too often we have to have a tragedy to gain a better perspective and see our values more clearly.  I, in this solitude, reflected on what a fantastic experience Friday’s and Friday’s people driven culture had been. I decided to try and impact the lives of others with a how to guide with what I believe will create success.  Not a bunch of big words or charts and graphs to dazzle but hard hitting practical management techniques that work.  Incredibly, as I was nearing completion of the book, I received a call from a new ‘kindred spirit’ who has been proving Friday’s founding principals for the last five years.  We had quite the meeting in San Francisco.  Karen Forrester’s story will now be the final chapter and an upbeat one at that.  Thank you Karen.

Here are some sunsets from sea and anchor. They are one of the wonders of sailing.


Blog Dogs – BOOMER & DUTCH

BOOMER

BOOMER as a puppy

BOOMER on shore leave

BOOMER sprinting

DUTCH show business?

DUTCH daddy’s baby

No, Mommy’s DUTCH

Just low clearance!

DUTCH on patrol

Soup can is just for scale!

No! We are not sick!

Just like BOOMER



These are sea going dogs at their best. Potty trained to the deck or shower. They are such a delight for Sandy & me. Watching them play and tease each other is increditably funny. Dutch only got sea sick once but I think that was after a big night!










We told passer bys we had trouble training the first three!

Wait until you see the graphics in Triceptive!

Pictured above is Jimmy Foster, aka, Stroke of Genius and of course Rick, whom you have already met.  Jimmy and I have worked together since the very beginning of Friday’s and still today.  He left his chosen field of graphic arts to join Friday’s, just to be a part of the excitement.  He worked his way from an entry level job, to bartending, and other jobs finally arriving to his chosen field of graphic arts at Friday’s.  He holds the all time record of having been fired more times by me than the all other employees combined. Damn, he is so good I always had to hire him back and now it is a real pleasure to be working with him on the graphics for “Triceptive”.

Life’s Excitement

Karen Forrester – Managing Director, Friday’s, UK
Flying Indian Ruins
Going Public
Skiing
Class V in Costa Rica
Birthday in a Balloon
Sunset mid-Atlantic
Flying over Lake Tahoe
Dog Fighting and Aerobatics
Recognition by Staff
Landfall-Guadaloupe
Meeting Sandy
Moment of release of the glider

Karen ranks with some of the best excitement in my life.  She has provided the happiest ending possible to my book.  Friday’s is alive and well in the UK! Thank you Karen!