#89 – The New SC400

  Toshihiro Okada was the chief engineer for the new SC400 coupe. He was a sports car enthusiast who owned a Porsche. There were several directions to consider with the new coupe. One option was to go with a two-door version of the LS400...

March 15, 2017

You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day. (Jeffrey H. Gitomer, author and business trainer) Gitomer was commenting on the “Ides of March,” the day in which Caesar was assassinated in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. He...

March 14, 2017

The value of an object is based on how much is paid for it. (Barry C. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate) Antiques Roadshow is a popular TV program where experts place a value on people’s prized possessions. Many are surprised at the high prices...

#88 – The ES300

  In an article headlined, “Crowded Market Befuddles Buyers,” Melinda Grenier Guiles of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The product proliferation—and rising prices—render the term ‘luxury car’ almost meaningless.” Adding more confusion...

March 13, 2017

Nothing is more difficult to counterfeit than ethics. (John Calvin, prominent leader of the Protestant Reformation) In an age of relativity, everyone seems to establish his own set of morals and beliefs. In the Old Testament ((Judges 21:25)...

March 12, 2017

When something needs to be done – don’t wait for someone else to do it for you—donate your time and pitch in. (Charles Wickers) When we see an obvious need in our community or around the world, we sometimes say, “Somebody ought to do something...

March 11, 2017

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it. (Kim Garst, business consultant and author) Sounds like good advice for someone who is working hard to share his or her...

March 10, 2017

Only those who do nothing make no mistakes. (Church sign board) Because we dislike making mistakes, we might fail to pursue one venture or another just to avoid an embarrassing slip-up or the possibility of failure. Yet, deep down we know that...

#87 – Trouble with Hussein

  Lexus was beginning to hit its stride. July sales were the best ever at 5,558, of which 1,979 were ES250s. We were tracking to hit our objectives for the first time. I was feeling good about achieving our goals—before Saddam Hussein ruined...

March 9, 2017

Stick with the optimists. It’s going to be tough enough even if they’re right. (James Reston, 20th century American journalist) Are there too few optimists around? Many of us often respond as if we are expecting the worst. We can say that if...

March 8, 2017

Dreams are lovely, but they’re just dreams. … It’s hard work that makes things happen. (Shonda Rhimes, TV producer and author) Dreaming, hopeful imagining, is a good practice. But, as Rhimes suggests, “[Dreams are] fleeting, ephemeral...

March 7, 2017

What you learn from pain you don’t forget. (Dick Dahlquist, retired college professor) All of life provides multiple opportunities to learn, and we are always learning or else we will become stagnant. Learning can be fun, of course, and...

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