In company lore, that incident became known as the "Saturday night massacre." What followed becameknown as "the exodus." First, a whole group of senior managers who had been part of Ron's teamourfinancial officer, our data processing manager, the guy who was running our distribution centersallwalked out behind him. You can imagine how Wall Street felt about that. A lot of folks wrote us offimmediately. They thought, as they have through the years, that we just didn't have the management tohold the place together. Here's how I look at it: my life has been a tradeoff. If I wanted to reach the goals I set for myself, I hadto get at it and stay at it every day. I had to think about it all the time. And I guess what David Glass saidabout me is true: I had to get up every day with my mind set on improving something. Charlie Baum wasright too when he said I was driven by a desire to always be on the top of the heap. But in the largersensethe life and death sensedid I make the right choicesHaving now thought about this a lot, I can honestly say that if I had the choices to make all over again, Iwould make just about the same ones. Preachers are put here to minister to our souls; doctors to healour diseases; teachers to open up our minds; and so on. Everybody has their role to play. The thing is, Iam absolutely convinced that the only way we can improve one another's quality of life, which issomething very real to those of us who grew up in the Depression, is through what we call freeenterprisepracticed correctly and morally. And I really believe there haven't been many companies thathave done the things we've done at Wal-Mart. We've improved the standard of living of our customers,whom we've saved billions of dollars, and of our associates, who have been able to share profits. Manyof both groups also have invested in our stock and profited all through the years. 鈥淢y house is yours, mother, always,鈥?he said. 鈥淵ou will come and let me know everything you want; you will come back to me.鈥? 678五月丁香亚洲综合网_日本在线加勒比一本道_久久精,亚洲 小说 欧美 另类,人人日&# Communicate, Communicate, CommunicateIf you had to boil down the Wal-Mart system to one single idea, it would probably be communication,because it is one of the real keys to our success. We do it in so many ways, from the Saturday morningmeeting to the very simple phone call, to our satellite system. The necessity for good communication in abig company like this is so vital it can't be overstated. What good is figuring out a better way to sell beachtowels if you aren't going to tell everybody in your company about it If the folks in St. Augustine,Florida, don't get the word on what's working over in Panama City until winter, they've missed a bigopportunity. And if our buyers back in Bentonville don't know we're expecting to double our sales ofbeach towels this summer, the stores won't have anything to sell. Throughout all this turmoil, Jack Shewmaker, one of our brighter, brasher young talents, had beenmaking strong contributions to the company, and I thought he might be just what we needed to get usback on track. But when I named him to be executive v.p. of operations, personnel, andmerchandisepassing over some folks who were older and had been with us longera bunch more of ourmanagers left. It was a real, bona fide exodus, and by the time it was over, I'll bet one third of our seniormanagement was gone. For the first time in a long time, things looked pretty grim. And at that point, Ihave to admit I wasn't sure myself that we could just keep on going like before.