I worked for my family’s business for a while. It is a communications company, installing phone systems for businesses. Some of the best saying in business I learned from working there. One of my favorites was from my Dad. I’m not sure where he got this gem, but he would say “The ass you kick on the way up the latter is the same ass you will kiss on the way down .” My dad is great at saying, he has a great Irish wit. He actually used that ass kick/kiss line in a corporate letter to one of his suppliers.
His business letters were epic. One time I was going out to Arizona for training. The class was a two week certification course, and many of the technicians went to the class before I did. I can’t remember what happened, but the my father was upset with the school and wrote them a letter. In the letter he complained about the cost of the class, and he closed the letter with “All this money spent for a school that doesn’t even have a football team!” He sent that letter out before I attended the class, and when I got there plenty of employees told me they passed that letter around the office. He was sort of a legend.
About a month ago I got a call from a marketing company, All Points Media. They asked me if I wanted to use their envelopes for when I pay people in cash. I wasn’t interested, but the man said “What if I pay you $50 or $100” so I said yes. He took my information and said he would send me $50, so I said “Send me the $100, why would I take $50 when you said $50 or $100” so he laughed and sent me the envelopes.
When I got the envelopes, he asked me to send him photos of the display. He emailed me this…
And followed up with this text….
I was thinking about my Dad’s letters, so this is what I sent back.
I thought it was funny to send a “Hit the Dab” picture with the envelopes taped to my chest. I figured he would get a laugh.
I am glad to have made someone laugh, and pass the communications through out his office. I guess I am following that Hurley tradition of non traditional corporate communications 🙂