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Navi Singh

SlideBelts Team Synergy:

Happy Friday Crusader!

It has been a very busy week for everyone. Your sincere efforts and hard work are highly appreciated not overlooked. You should be proud of yourselves. To be a successful business, we need to connect, collaborate and delegate. Our team does just that. The strength of SlideBelts is the TEAM of people who make it happen. Keep up the good work! There is still much work ahead of us. I am very confident that we will take on the challenge and get'er done. Below are some of my favorite quotes on teamwork. Do you have a favorite quote about teamwork? Share with me and I will pass along a Kudos card.

 

 

 

 

Update on SlideBelts Movember team. The Mo Bros raised a total of $480. SlideBelts matched that amount making the total donation to the Movember Foundation $960. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

 

 

 

 

 

Nery Solano

Lessons from the Backcountry: The Open Road

Before the backcountry comes the road; the more than likely long, grueling drive that takes you to your destination. What excites me the most about the open road is what it offers: possibilities. We plan, we map, we make decisions for this part we normally don't look forward to, but, when the rubber hits the road everything changes. At least it does for me. Maybe it's the vastness of looking at a map or the calling of a cleverly named roadside diner but there is always something that pulls me away from my ridged plans.

 


Many see this as a negative, a distraction from a goal. But my fondest memories have been simple distractions that have perked my attention. So, as you roll through your busy day today, look around, smell the roses, and embrace the distractions around you! Then get back on the road and suddenly the hard parts of your road will be much easier to drive through.

 

  

An unnamed lake of the 396... on of my favorite memories on the road!

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Pearl

The Season is upon us!

For some reason or other, I just can't think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. It seems like each year the decorations show up in the stores earlier and earlier. As if that poor turkey didn't have enough problems in this world, now he has to compete with ole jolly St. Nick!

 

However, as is our tradition, the family tree went up on Sunday and the Christmas music is playing in our house and I'm ready.  Apparently so is everyone else, as we are having a record sales season so far and it isn't even December yet! So buckle up, everyone, and get ready, as it looks like we've got a busy few weeks ahead. As a team, we will definitely get through it!

 

 

Cassidy Myers

Best Places To Work

Welcome back, team! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving and successfully maneuvered potholes like who you're dating and politics while at the dinner table.

 

As I'm sure you've seen if you've been in the kitchen in the past few weeks, we finally go our official ranking for Outside Magazine's list of 100 Best Places To Work. We came in at #29, ahead of some awesome companies that set the standard for great company culture, like New Belgium Brewing and CamelBak.

 

This is an especially cool honor for me to be a part of because I've used these annual lists when I've been job searching many times in the past. These were always the companies that I read about and thought how cool it would be to work for, and now we're one of them!

 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to reiterate how thankful I am to be a part of a team and a company culture that we already knew was awesome internally, but also one that's now being recognized nationally. For those of you just out of college (or even still in college), this isn't something you find everywhere. Or even just anywhere. It's special and it's unique and it's very rare. And it's all of those things because each of us have committed to ensuring it remains each of those things. It takes an entire team to maintain great team chemistry and an incredible company culture.

 

So cheers to all of you! *beer cheers emoji*

 

Marc Pearl

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My Grandpa always used to say it was his favorite holiday because it was so focused on family. Like many things, we can choose to find fault or controversy in certain aspects or origins, but for me, I agree with my Grandpa. One of our traditions is that we always start off the dinner sitting around the table holding hands and each person says something that they are thankful for. Over the years, the table has been filled with immediate family, extended family and friends, but I came to discover that we were all family. Some were linked to me by blood and some by shared life experiences, but I looked at all of them as my family.

 

To my Slidebelts family, I hope you have a great few days off and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Navi Singh

Gratitude

 Happy Friday Crusader!

Thanksgiving Holiday is next week, and everyone tries to be more grateful during the time leading up to Thanksgiving. It is a time to be thankful for all you have. Gratitude is such a powerful emotional energy. Practicing it can make your life better in so many ways. Give it a try you may be surprised how good it feels. Check out the infographic from Happify on how gratitude leads to good health and happiness.

Cassidy Myers

Batting Cleanup

Today is typically Jeff's Loop day, but he's busy with, you know, running a mobile SlideBelts store at Sac's biggest mall a week before Thanksgiving, and stuff...

 

As of Monday morning we had 577 messages and comments across our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts (down to 210 currently - woo!) A typical Monday morning might net 100ish. So my palms immediately got sweaty (knees weak, arms were heavy...) - not necessarily because of the comments, but because I decided when I took over in this role in January that I was always going to provide a genuine, personable answer, always going to address the commenter by name and always going to sign my name at the end of my answer so that people know there's a real person and a real voice behind our brand's @ handles. Whether we had 50 comments or 577 comments.

 

Brig has been testing new advertising methods on Facebook, and it's netted some big wins and new customers. The ads are drawing in a whole new group of people to SlideBelts, which is super exciting. The flip side of successful FB ads, unfortunately, is negativity. As anyone with a computer knows, the Internet can be a very negative place. It's especially so when people expect to be able to leave a horrible comment and drop it in the Internet black hole, assuming they won't get a response. I surprised lots of people this week with responses ranging from grateful to sarcastic *side-eye grinning emoji*

 

If I've learned one thing this week, it's the company-wide commitment to sustained excellence and adhering to the values that have gotten us here, even in the face of overwhelming numbers. Something that I'm very grateful Brig, Michelle and Rick have set as our foundation. *Shout out to the operations team, which consistently does an incredible job of this when massive rushes of orders come in (See: Holidays; Taboola)*

 

Kevin Fong

Wednesday Workout.

Today, I wanted to help wake everyone up on this beautiful mid week morning with a little workout.  I know how much SlideBelts Crusaders like to workout, but today’s workout isn’t going to be like most of ya’lls daily routines.  Ready for today’s workout?  

The “muscle” we will be focusing in on today is...Your brain.  That’s right let us solve some quick brain teasers to help condition and strengthen our greatest “muscle” of all.  Just like muscles in our body, the more you use them, the stronger they get. The same applies to your brain: Give your brain a ten-minute workout once a day and when it comes to applying your cognitive skills in everyday situations, you will find your brain is able to respond quicker and process information more accurately.  

NOW GO GET THEM BRAIN GAINS!

  1. A seven letter word which has hundreds of letters in it?
  2. A barrel of water weighs 50 pounds. What must you add to it to make it weigh 35 pounds?
  3. A farmer has 17 sheep, all but 9 die. How many are left?
  4. I am a six letter word.  Subtract one letter and twelve will remain. What is the Word?
  5. What four words appear on every denomination of U. S. coins?
  6. How many 9's are in the range of numbers from 1 to 100?
  7. Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

(Answer all seven for a kudos)

Marc Pearl

Future Ambassadors

This past week I had the good fortune to attend an event for the PGA Ambassador program. It was a great reminder of just how great our product is. We supply belts to these PGA Professionals for these trips, but this is the first time I've been able to be there while they used them. Without exception, the players absolutely loved the belts and couldn't stop raving about them. They loved the comfort, the way they looked and for an athlete, the way it tightens up to exactly where they wanted it to.

 

As we enter this busy season it will be easy to get caught up in the frenzy of the moment, but we can't ever forget just how cool and really revolutionary our product is to so many people and that each belt that goes out the door is going to a future ambassador for us.  

 

Recent feedback from a trip:

 

Dear Marc,
I can’t thank you enough for sending me your SlideBelts!! I think these belts are awesome!! I love the women’s belt and my husband is excited about the men’s belt. The leather is quality leather and I love how easy they are to get off and on.



Thank you for supporting the PGA Ambassador program, our trip was really nice!  It was my first time to Scotland and I am already planning a trip back!!



Thank you so much,
Susie Meyers PGA

Cassidy Myers

Reputation

Reputations are important, both personally and professionally. First impressions are crucial, the promises you make matter and the expectations people have of you are important. For as true as that is individually, it's equally as true for a brand or business.
We know that it's crucial for our product to be fantastic, because that is the basis of what we do. But reputation goes far beyond the products we sell because reputation is often built and spread by the good word of the customers we serve.
Our reputation lies in the customer service calls and the no-hassle exchanges, in paying our bills on time and avoiding gimmicky marketing, in our honest, straight-forward approach with new job candidates and the relationships we have with our partners and manufacturers abroad. For those reasons, the customer who gets a belt that slips is much more likely to give us a second (or third) chance because of the reputation we've built outside of our products. 
Seth Godin gives 3 important reminders for reputation:
  1. Your reputation has as much impact on your life as what you actually do.
  2. Early assumptions about you are sticky and are difficult to change.
  3. The single best way to maintain your reputation is to do things you're proud of. Gaming goes only so far.

  

The best thing about reputation is that since ours is already great, all we have to do is keep doing what's gotten us to this point: be who we are, which is knowledgeable and kind, authentic and helpful.

 

"Be your reputation, early and often, and you're more likely to have a reputation you're glad to own."

 


keymaster

Rick - November 2016

Open-Minded Policy
Congrats Rick! This is for all the above & beyond sacrifices you've made for SlideBelts.

  • That one movie that you can literally watch over and over and over and over again and you still love it:
    The Goonies
  • When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up:
    Scientist
  • That one food that you can't stand that everyone else seems to love:
    Warm Pickles (When places put them on hamburgers or something like that)
  • If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why:
    Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson and Friedrich Nietzsche
  • What is the best advice anyone has ever given you:
    "Choose to be happy"