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Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Godfather Commentaries #65

“Also he has an American wife and three children and he is a good family man. He’ll stand still for any rap as long as he knows that they will be well taken care of for living memory.” The Godfather, Chapter 2, Page 70, Paragraph 1, Sentences 7 & 8 This is part of Tom’s […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 15 of a Continuing Series

Emotions know no time limits. There are no expiration dates on emotions. Your emotions from the past especially are the most potent form of time machine we know. When you practice FSTOPS™ tactics, this principle is your ticket into the promised land of potent communication. The human soul can be compared here to a munitions […]

Your Daily Recruiting Journal, Part 76 of a Continuing Series

Count with me now. One sheep, two sheep…are you asleep yet? Count with me now. Here’s an angel, there’s a demon. That would be two spiritual factors at play. Oh, here’s another demon; now three. Are you with me? Count with me now. This is necessary, it truly is… it is; you’re that certain?…yes, there […]

The Godfather Commentaries #64

That evening, Hagen went to the Don’s house to prepare him for the important meeting the next day with Virgil Sollozzo…. “Do we know everything necessary for us to know?” the Don asked. The Godfather, Chapter 2, Page 69, Paragraphs 3 & 5, Sentences 7 & 14 You have to wonder how Puzo finds such […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 14 of a Continuing Series

It’s time to go tactical. Our first tactical goal is called CONTEXT 1: The Past All decisions occur inside a story that gives them meaning. To understand the decision you must understand the story. You need to know the other two parts too, even though we won’t work on or practice them right now. Here […]

Your Daily Recruiting Journal, Part 75 of a Continuing Series

We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming for the following numbers and their story below: Starting on Tuesday… March 13…7:30am – 96; 9:20am – 136; (9:25am – last Metformin pill for now, maybe last forever, maybe not…) 12:55pm – 90; 5:50pm – 100; 10:10pm – 83 March 14…6:40am – 100; 8:25am – 117; […]

The Godfather Commentaries #63

Another thought occurred to him. He would be the laughing stock of California merely because someone had contemptuously defied his power in such an arrogant fashion. That decided him. That and the thought that maybe, maybe they wouldn’t kill him. That they had something much more clever and painful in reserve. The Godfather, Chapter 2, […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 13 of a Continuing Series

The following passage is from “The Roman Army: A Social & Institutional History”, by Pat Southern: “Several salient characteristics made the Roman army great. The Romans generally displayed a tremendous organizational flexibility, combined with a penetrating analysis of a particular enemy’s methods and a willingness to restructure if necessary, perhaps not instantaneously, but gradually over […]

Your Daily Recruiting Journal, Part 74 of a Continuing Series

Have you spent time at the ocean shore? Can you hear the rhythmic pattern of the waves as they crash or gently lap in? I’ve been told that every seventh wave is a bit larger than the previous six. I’ve tried counting, but I always get lost in the glory of the ocean. I do […]

The Godfather Commentaries #62

Woltz was struck by a purely animal terror and out of that terror he screamed for his servants and out of that terror he called Hagen to make his uncontrolled threats. His maniacal raving alarmed the butler, who called Woltz’s personal physician and his second in command at the studio. But Woltz regained his senses […]