"That period right in there was the only negative I ever experienced in my whole time at the company,which is pretty remarkable in itself. Sam always felt the need for his people to compete with one anotherbecause he thought it brought out the best in them, and most of the time it did. But this was a situationthat just didn't work. When he stepped aside, it created a tough situation for everybody. Ron's peoplewere loyal to him, and mine were loyal to me. Sam was saying, I'll decide the things that needtiebreakers.' That turned out to be a lot more things than he had intended. So once he realized how badlythings were really going, he did something about it."I've always taken most of the blame for this mess I created. But it's also true that I didn't think Ron washandling some things as well as he should. I worried about his people skills, and I felt like the wholeclique thing was really hurting our management at the store end, our most unusual strength. And I guess Iwas pretty unhappy too over some issues of what you'd call personal stylenone of them really all thatunusual in most corporate environments, but different from the way we had always done things aroundWal-Mart. 鈥淗e appeared,鈥?she writes, 鈥渜uite discountenanced at this last part of my narrative. He returned thanks for the obligations I have laid on him, with some caressings which evidently did not proceed from the heart. To break this conversation he started some indifferent topic, and, under pretense of seeing my apartment, moved into the next room, where the prince, my husband, was. Him he surveyed with his eyes from head to foot for some time; then, after some constrained civilities to him, he went his way.鈥? On the other hand, Kuhn's Big K stores had become a good-sized player in the South. Based inNashville, Tennessee, Kuhn's had started as a single variety store back sometime before 1920. JackKuhn and his brother Gus had converted the company into a discounter, made an acquisition or two, andgrown it into a chain of 112 stores, concentrated in Tennessee, but also doing business in Kentucky,Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolinaall states where we thought we could do well. We were a goodbit bigger than they were, but the two of us had been watching each other pretty closely. It was sort oflike the old variety store days when one chain, like TG&Y, wouldn't go into the territory of another chain,like Hested's. We knew that one way or another we had to head on into the South, and I guess westirred them up by crossing the Mississippi and opening a store in Jackson, Tennessee. They retaliated byopening stores in West Helena and Blytheville, Arkansas. The truth is, we were closing in on Kuhn's andreally doing a better job than they were. In fact, they were beginning to falter. They had taken on somedebt and built a fancy headquarters building. And they were showing some losses. Our Fairbury, Nebraska, store has a "precision shopping-cart drill team" that marches in local parades. 色久久,久久色,久久综合,色久久综合网 天天色综合视频 鈥淚 should think myself richer in the possession of your works than in that of all the transient goods of fortune. 鈥淗ere we are in sight of Mudport,鈥?he said at last. 鈥淣ow, dearest,鈥?he added, turning toward her with a look that was half beseeching, 鈥渢he worst part of your fatigue is over. On the land we can command swiftness. In another hour and a half we shall be in a chaise together, and that will seem rest to you after this.鈥?