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I have awesome staff. Everyone took their tests for Sage ACT re-certification & passed with flying colors. Good job gang.
During holiday seasons remember your customers – send out holiday greetings to tell them thanks for the business. Good will goes a long way.
Back in 2009 I wrote a piece on Black Holes and Boomerangs. It had nothing to do with science or curved wooden implements. I almost kept a small boomerang when I came back from Australia in April because of my prior post. I have written that as a blog article, a magazine post, and turned it into a speech. Now I wish I had that real Aussie boomerang to hang on my wall. Because they’re BACK. Like THE MOVIE. You know which movie.
I have to work on a pretty intensive project that is going to keep me busy possibly forever – no kidding aside. So, I have embarked on pushing projects out to people on my staff. I have to. The projects won’t get done unless I do this and trust them. Well, there you go. It’s the trust them part that is failing. Because I did. And it failed. And they are back in my court. Boomerangs. There are two to four black holes out there that I probably need to follow up on because they will never become boomerangs. They will just hang and languish with the hopes that nobody notices they are missing in action.
Ring a bell with you? It should. It happens all the time. All over the world. It just can’t happen in my world because too many external things are going on right now and I need people bellying up to the bar so to speak. And not drinking. And not turning the project back to me – which is the boomerang part – or letting the project drift off into never never land never to be heard from again – which is the black hole part.
And I am at a loss as to what to do. I just confronted said guilty parties and got the classic “duh, dear in head lights, surely you can’t mean me, I am innocent, obviously you are a crazed women” look. Gosh I hate that look. I want to take paint varnish and smear it off their faces. It’s like they think I am stupid or something. My goodness, can you tell I am upset.
We are at a crossroads here. I need people standing up and taking charge. Instead, I am surrounded by ostriches. My task for the day will be to figure out a way to inspire these people to get the heck out of ostrich-dom and take responsibility. Ah, but this is not an easy thing to do – especially when they are family. Ah, family in the business. Gee, that’s another blog article.
I have empowered them. I have stepped away and not hovered over them. I’ve done all the things I should do to make them responsible. But it is not happening. Next mission is to figure out how to motivate non-motivatable people. Is that a word? Should be. Ah, that will be my next blog article.
So, on a less than spectacular day, I bid you adieu while I go off to Googleland to look up how to deal with deadbeats.
For those interested, here’s the link to the original blog post. By the way – the same people are involved. Sigh. Some things never change.
Today is going to be a scorcher of a day. So of course I am going to barbecue. Well, when your son is visiting from out of town and requests ribs, you make ribs. And that’s what I’m going to do.
Today’s ribs are regular pork ribs, not baby backs. I never parboil the ribs before cooking even though that makes them fall of the bone. The reason the meat falls off is because it’s lost texture and flavor. Rib purists tell you to not steam or parboil the ribs. My father never did so I don’t. And my father made awesome ribs.
He learned how to make ribs in the poorer parts of town in Miami. Every Friday evening homemade barbecue pits were smoking away on street corners, My father was a police detective and was often called into those neighborhoods for all the wrong reasons but he stuck around for all the right reasons. He got to know the people and along the way their barbecue.
Their secret was low and slow. You stood around the pit and talked. And you didn’t play with the food. Once in a while near the end of the process, you took the meat swab (which was a old style dish washing mop), soaked in the wet sauce and lathered it over the ribs. You made sure the ribs weren’t over too hot a fire so the sauce didn’t blacken. You wanted the flavor and moisture but not too hard a bark.
The charcoal has to be white hot and mixed with chunks of hardwood. Here’s where my recipe differs from my fathers. I add in apple wood from the tree in my front yard. And I throw in whole heads of garlic. It’s pretty much the same method I use to make pulled pork butt. You can also make a dry rub for the ribs and cover them with the rub overnight, but that’s optional. Sometimes, I just want to taste the pork, the smoke and the wet vinegary sauce. Since I forgot to do the rub last night, that’s what will happen today. As a friend of mine used to say, serendipity happens.
Figure about 3 to 5 hours smoking over indirect heat. If the ribs are large and fat, it will be the 5 hour mark. I just make sure they have reached an internal temperature of 160 so they are safe. I will take them off to let them rest, make some corn bread and beans and share them with the son I only get to see once in a while now that he lives 2000 miles away. That in itself is a blog about making sure you enjoy every moment of watching your kids grow up. They leave too soon. And then have wonderful kids of their own – who are too far away. Sigh.
So, it’s off to the fridge to prep the meat and get the coals started. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Stay cool.
Currently, customers on any prior version of Sage ACT! are eligible to purchase Sage ACT! at upgrade pricing. Sage’s new Upgrade Pricing Obsolescence Policy is to honor upgrade pricing for customers with the current release and two prior releases of a product.
Beginning 6/1, this policy will be in place. That means anyone on versions of ACT 2009 or earlier will pay full pricing for new versions of Sage ACT!
If you are on an earlier version of ACT! you have until May 31 2012 to buy it at upgrade (and greatly reduced) pricing. You can call us for details and price quotes. We can also give you a demo of the current release and explain the enhanced features.
Depending on what version you are running, there are lots of changes that have been put into the product. One big one for several of our customers is support for Office 2007 and 2010 and Windows Vista and 7. Older versions of ACT prior to 2005 will not work on the new environments.
Call today for pricing and a demo. 423-875-2652
In June 2012, Sage will be changing their upgrade policy for their product lines. For us, what this means, is our customers running versions of ACT prior to 2009 need to upgrade before June to realize better upgrade pricing. After June, it could run about $200 more per seat for new licenses. If you are running a version of ACT that is older than 2010, you may want to reach out to your favorite consultant (or us, we won’t mind) to upgrade to the newest version, 2012.
Why would you want to upgrade? Well, for one, support for Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 for starters. The newer versions have improved performance, bug fixes, better memory management (especially with 2012 and SQL 2008). There is true Outlook integration, Gmail integration, automated Smart Tasks, Universal search which searches even attachments (my personal favorite), over 35 custom reports, and an improved user interface. All in all, there are a lot of reasons to upgrade, especially if you are on versions earlier than 2005. It’s not your father’s ACT anymore.
Our offices are offering demos of the product for our customers. And you can go to ACT.com for demos there as well. We are offering our Platinum reseller pricing to help make the transition a little less painful on the pocketbook.
Hope you found this information useful. And thanks for stopping by to read my blog.