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"The Lost Art: Remembering Amy"

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lost-art-remembering-amy-john-t-krotec/

Okay, I admit it. In fact, we all can. We’re trying to cope in a busy, chaotic, high-tech, hi-speed business world out there. We live in a universe of complex algorithms, myriad social medias, and seemingly easy-to-use technologies. We have the global web, information at our fingertips, emails and texting, phone apps on futuristic devices, Skype and Zoom, Gmail & Hotmail (now that dates me), and just about every other space-age idea you can think of is in development. These advancements in communications and technologies allow us to multi-task like behemoths, big and powerful organizations. Our work week days AND our nights are full, our weekends, too. Sometimes, it’s all we can do to play catch up…to breathe…to be grateful.

Yes, it’s true. Day after day, month after month, we are accomplishing more and more in the blink of the proverbial eye. I know people who are absolute wizards at navigating the computerized technologies of the 21st Century and their techno-prowess astounds me. Yet, something still doesn’t feel quite right. Can you feel it, like something is missing in our daily, sometimes nightly, weekend activities or routines? I think I know what it might be; I call it the lost art-that simple practice and subject we call etiquette. I think back to my college days when Amy Vanderbilt’s "Complete Book of Etiquette" was a required reading for one of my hospitality industry courses. I didn’t know it at the time, but I know now how important it can be. Something as simple as a returned telephone call, an answered text or email, or a reply to a private message can make an impression about you or how your business is perceived. Imagine if we practiced a smidgen of etiquette every day. Imagine if we got back with relative promptness to that person or company trying to reach out to us. It could be a pivot point in our own business or personal lives. It could be that once-in-a-lifetime collaboration that we’ve been waiting for or finding the answer to that important question that could turn our company around. Yes, it could be that significant.

I recently finished the book, “Sense-Making” by Christian Madsbjerg, and it’s clearer to me now. Despite the hectic, fast-paced world in which we live in today, it’s important for us to remain human, to have personal interaction with other people, to still be polite. Please believe me, I’m not trying to preach or be bossy or micro-manage anyone here. And, I do realize that Amy didn’t have all the technologies we have today. But even so, her basic premise remains. A little bit of etiquette can go a long way to make the world, in our case, the business world a better place in which to operate.

In closing, I appreciate you for reading, but if you could please excuse me, I have several phone calls to return, quite a few emails to answer, and maybe a text or to reply to. Oh alright, I’m not perfect, but at the very least, I’m trying to improve how I do business by answering those who felt I was important enough to reach out to. That’s all.

Thanks Amy.  

 


"The Gift of Freedom Allows Us To Give Back (Carrying On The American Legacy)"

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/gift-freedom-allows-us-give-back-carrying-american-legacy-krotec/ My family history is not unlike those of millions of other Americans. In fact, it’s a common bond that many of us carry in the States, very similar stories of our relatives coming here to make a better life. My grandparents on my father’s side of the family came in the early 1900’s... More »


"The Celebration of Freedom-A Shout Out to My Veteran Brothers and Sisters" (Reflections on Daytona Beach Bike Week, 2018)

A lot has changed over the past thirty-five years. That's how long it'd had been since I last visited the Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Back then, I was a bright-eyed college student out sowing my proverbial wild oats, out to have some serious fun without a care in the world. This year, my visit to Daytona Beach was much different. I was visiting with my business associates and the... More »


An Allied Business Collaboration: GreenZone Hero, Inc. and Veteran-Owned.UK

  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/allied-business-collaboration-greenzone-hero-inc-john-t-krotec/ The GreenZone Hero mission to improve business for companies that support veterans, active duty military and their families now extends beyond US borders. For us, it is equally important to recognize and collaborate with global partners in Countries that have supported American interests in... More »


GreenZone Hero Announces a Global Commerce Program to Honor Military Veterans and Build Commerce for Veteran-Friendly Businesses Worldwide

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15059940.htm (PRWEB) JANUARY 09, 2018 GreenZone Hero is changing how military veterans connect with veteran-friendly businesses on a global level by making it easier to find those businesses that support and honor veterans. Global Commerce is growing exponentially as technology eliminates borders and today’s consumer can purchase products on the... More »


Reporting From The Frontlines

https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2017-11/reporting-frontlines Ask UW alumna Alex Quade to describe a memorable moment from her journalism career, and she will quickly rattle off half a dozen. There was the time a Green Beret gunner needed her to help feed more ammunition into his 50-caliber machine gun during a firefight. Or the time she filmed a special combat engineer dismantling a car... More »


Harley-Davidson Becomes a GreenZone Hero Sponsor

https://www.hdforums.com/articles/harley-davidson-greenzone-hero/ Harley-Davidson has signed on as the exclusive motorcycle sponsor of GreenZone Hero, which identifies businesses committed to being veteran-friendly. As a lifetime sponsor of GreenZone Hero, Harley-Davidson will be listed on the GreenZone Hero “Founders” page, and each Harley dealership across the country will have... More »


GreenZone Hero: A Cause-Related Movement Improving Business For Companies That Recognize Veterans

"GreenZone Hero: We’re Not Just Another One of Those (Whatever That Means)" https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/greenzone-hero-were-just-another-one-those-whatever-means-krotec/ We all know that conveying the proper message about our companies is everything to finding success in business. Proper messaging is critical for our survival. GreenZone Hero is finding out that in the military/veteran... More »


Harley-Davidson Becomes a Lifetime Sponsor as a Veteran-Friendly GreenZone Hero

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14885843.htm Harley-Davidson Becomes a Lifetime Sponsor as a Veteran-Friendly GreenZone Hero   GreenZone Hero designates Harley-Davidson Motor Company as one of 50 “Lifetime Sponsors” in the GreenZone Hero Veteran-Friendly Business Association Movement   GreenZone Hero - The "Veteran Friendly" Business... More »


Heroes Media Group Partners with GreenZone Hero

http://www.heroesmediagroup.com/heroes-media-group-partners-greenzone-hero-straight-outta-combat-radio/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2017   Media Contact: Adam Bird Phone: 202-656-7859 Email: adam@heroesmediagrp.com   PHOENIX 20171106 — Heroes Media GroupTM  announces new partnership with GreenZone Hero. They are joining the HMG Family with their new... More »


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