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February 21, 2006


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White House aides believe the decision last Friday by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, to walk out of talks with Obama on a far-reaching "grand bargain" on deficit reduction underscored the image of the president as the more reasonable player in the dispute.

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bama has alternated between keeping a low public profile on the debt issue, as he did when Vice President Joe Biden led a series of meetings with lawmakers in May and June, to his more recent use of the presidential microphone with a series of news conferences and a televised address to Americans on Monday.

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Not exactly related to this post but... are you going to discuss the possible revival of the Fairness Doctrine? It sounds like a law being passed in Atlas Shrugged.

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Anyways.. good lesson here, I guess. It's been a tough past year, times when I've questioned certain bands that are praised a lot because of things that I shouldn't and don't want to talk about.

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The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th century forced the IOC to adapt the Games to the world's changing social circumstances. Some of these adjustments included the creation of the Winter Games for ice and snow sports, the Paralympic Games for athletes with physical disabilities, and the Youth Olympic Games for teenage athletes. The IOC also had to accommodate the Games to the varying economical, political, and technological realities of the 20th century. As a result, the Olympics shifted away from pure amateurism, as envisioned by Coubertin, to allow participation of professional athletes. The growing importance of the mass media created the issue of corporate sponsorship and commercialization of the Games.

Ed Delia

I also used the Olympics as a learning tool, but applied it to branding:

What can the Olympics teach us about branding? In a word…plenty!

1. Single-minded focus produces limitless rewards.

2. Competition brings out the best in all of us.

3. Symbols can be powerful communicators.

4. There are no shortcuts to victory.

5. The back-story is the BIG story.

See www.delianet.com for the full story


I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from this blogpost, which makes me think salespeople really are the athletes of the business world. Thanks for your comments.

Dan Tudor

Great reminder on sticking with it if you're in sales. Loved the corrolation between athletes and salespeople and you're right, salespeople do love to identify with athletes. Thanks for a great post.

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