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Tell Me a Story I Have Not Heard, One to Believe, One That's Absurd

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

Well, one thing you learn when you run a business, or any organization for that matter, is that people come up with excuses, and somehow they believe that you are gullible and have never heard them before. Every once in a while, every blue moon or so someone does come up with a new excuse that you haven't heard, generally it makes you laugh, because you know it's not true. Okay so let's talk about this for a moment shall we?

The other day, I was taking a walk, and I was contemplating some of the crazy excuses which I'd been given prior to my retirement. You see, I was in the franchising business, and had franchised outlets in 23 states serving some 450 cities. It was amazing what people would say to get out of paying their royalties on time. I imagine the IRS also gets such comments on why people can't pay their taxes. Nevertheless, one time a franchisee explained to me that he was having trouble in his business, and that he just couldn't make his royalty payments.

That weekend, when I had talked to him, I happen to be not more than 250 miles away traveling in my mobile command center, my corporate office on wheels. He didn't know that I was in Amarillo, and very close to his location, he assumed I was back in Los Angeles somewhere running the company. That night I drove those 250 miles, and showed up at his home, in my giant NASCAR sized motor coach and corporate offices.

It turns out, he had a brand-new Corvette in the driveway, and you should've seen the look on his face when he came outside and saw me in my big rig blocking his driveway in a middle-class suburban neighborhood. I told him it was a nice car, and it was, and he said thank you, but he also indicated that he had to put more money down on it than he thought, and he had to pay upfront for the insurance to get the deal done.

Interestingly enough, the money he owed in royalties was about 1/5 of what he had spent on his down payment and insurance bill. You see, at that point I didn't feel like hearing any more stories, but just for kicks I said; "tell me an excuse, tell me a story I haven't heard, one which I might believe, or perhaps one which is absurd." Yes, I have a flair for the dramatic, and I've been told on numerous occasions by my detractors that I am an eccentric chap.

Nevertheless, he didn't answer with an excuse, I had caught him dead to rights, and I told him that I didn't care how he got the royalty money, but I needed it to be paid by the end of the month, which gave him another 15 days. He didn't deserve the extra time, but I didn't feel like taking away his car, I did however feel badly that one of our top franchisees would lie to me in that way. Please consider all this and think about. Oh, and stop making excuses you're making yourself look stupid, not everyone is a blithering idiot.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Business Topics. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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