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Cassidy

Vision and Strategy

With the NBA Draft happening last Thursday night, my mind is still fully in Sacramento Kings mode. As a long-suffering Kings fan, there have been far more down years than even mediocre years, let alone good years. The epic Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic team of the late 90's and early 00's shaped my childhood and the playoff games my dad and I attended together will probably always be my favorite sports memories.

 

Since that legendary team broke up, it's been a decade of false starts, bad hires, and terrible draft selections. The Kings have been a laughingstock of the NBA (deservedly so, unfortunately) for much of the past decade, so Thursday night's draft was a very welcomed change of pace for Kings fans. 

 

I could go on and on about how amazing it was that the Kings took former Kentucky Wildcat (✊) Point Guard, De'Aaron Fox, at #5, or how Vlade (now Kings General Manager) made great moves trading back in the draft from #10 to add the #15 and #20 picks, but that would bore most of you. What's most awesome for a Kings fan today is that the national media is universally praising the Kings for a great draft night. 

 

To go from an organization that is the butt of all the jokes to an organization that is finally being looked at as competent and united with a clear vision for the future is no small achievement. It's further proof that a sound strategy and a competent vision for the years ahead is the difference between success and failure - in life, in business, and in sports.

 

Like the Kings the past 10 years, there are many companies (looking at you, Uber) that can have temporary success and look great from the outside, but have a weak vision for the future and questionable leadership, which leaves the internal foundation weak and unstable. We're fortunate here to have a senior leadership team that has a plan and a very clear vision for us as a company, and us individually. That's something that is hard to truly appreciate until you've been on the other side of it.

 

In basketball terms, SlideBelts is far more like the San Antonio Spurs of the ratchet belt world, and that's a VERY good thing. (But still always, Go Kings!)

 

Connor

From Books to Riches

Quick announcement from Courtney:

Self Assessments: You guys should find your self assessments in your inboxes this morning. They are coming to you from SurveyMonkey, so check your spam or SaneLater if you don't see them. They are due a week from today so that we can start the review process in July. Thanks!

 

As most of us probably know by now, last week Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.4 billion. This is clearly a monumental deal and shows just how big of a company Amazon is. What I think is even more impressive than this immense buyout, is where Amazon started. Today we know Amazon as the enormous worldwide retailer that sells just about everything under the sun, but back in 1994 when Amazon started they sold one thing: books. Initially Amazon was simply an online book retailer that competed with local book stores. Slowly but surely Amazon started carrying more product lines such as DVDs, electronics, toys, jewelry, and shoes. In 2005 Amazon Prime was first introduced, followed by the Amazon Kindle in 2007. In the last 10 years Amazon has gone from releasing their first Kindle, to now being the king of shipping and owning one of the largest supermarket chains in the world.

 

What I take away from what Amazon has done is that success does not come overnight. It took 23 years for Amazon to get to where they are today. So go out and work hard, because a small success today could lead to a huge success down the line. Have a great weekend guys!

 

Emmeline

Explore your own backyard

Two days ago I was able to leave class before noon and wander through the old city of Nürnberg. My goal was the main market square where I planned to buy some flowers to put around my apartment. As I reached the square, I noticed hordes of people in bucket hats, sensible shoes, and Hawaiian shirts with their cell phones in the air, pointed at the church. It was noon and the bells were chiming, as they do every day. 

 

But I was confused, why was everyone staring? So I moved in the direction of the flower stand, dodged some tourists' videos, and looked at the church. The small figures that decorate the center of the tower were moving! Oh. Got it. Moving things. 

 

Apparently, in my whole time living in Nürnberg, I had never been to the market at noon before. 

 

My takeaway:

Explore your surroundings! There may be something super awesome (like old mechanical statues) there that you don't know about!

 


keymaster

Olivia - June 2017

Consistency
Congrats Olivia! This is for all the above & beyond sacrifices you've made for SlideBelts.

  • 1. That one movie that you can literally watch over and over and over and over again and you still love it:
    Hot Rod
  • 2. Favorite Dessert:
    Pizookie
  • 3. Quirkiest nickname you have, and who uses it:
    Sevia - all my friends from school
  • 4. Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
    Anna Kendrick
  • 5. What's playing in your car right now?
    Bonde - Frank Ocean