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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/12/2014 | 7:25:01 AM
Re: Free Pizza
Well in some instances people are not allowed to accept gifts and this includes meals.  I've worked for companies where I had to report any gift that a vendor gave me including meals when we met to talk business.  Sometimes a free lunch isn't worth the hassle of explaining why you went out to eat.  Other times the sales pitch can be so bad that nothing they can feed me during that hour would make up for the content.
Gigi3
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6/12/2014 | 3:51:38 AM
Re: Be one of the gang
Susan, we had lost last two Friday Pizzas.
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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6/12/2014 | 3:46:27 AM
Re: Free Pizza
"I don't doubt that they want my business, why invite me if they weren't trying to sell me something?  I tend not to take advantage of these offers though.  "

saneIT, how peoples can resist their offer? For business they will do all sorts of canvassing, offer commissions, gifts etc.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/10/2014 | 11:46:38 PM
Re: Be one of the gang
Dave, 

Indeed. And all that makes up Leadership 101: In Search for The Friday's Pizza. :D 

-Susan
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 4:41:18 PM
Re: Be one of the gang
Another thing that proves to be sucessful is to never forget you were not born being a boos. Most likely you climbed the career ladder passing through all the steps your employees are at today. 

@Susan- True! I think I'd also add rember that you weren't born to be the boss either. It isn't like the divine right of kings. You can be replaced by people who are better at it than you.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/9/2014 | 7:31:27 AM
Re: Free Pizza
I don't doubt that they want my business, why invite me if they weren't trying to sell me something?  I tend not to take advantage of these offers though.  If I know there is no way I'm buying what they are selling or I'm not interested at all I don't go and eat on their tab.  I know some companies that have policies about accepting anything from a potential vendor so sometimes it surprises me that these offers are coming through so frequently. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/9/2014 | 3:40:50 AM
Re: Be one of the gang
Dave, 

Another thing that proves to be sucessful is to never forget you were not born being a boos. Most likely you climbed the career ladder passing through all the steps your employees are at today. 

Remember that keeps you being one of the gang at the same time that you have the tools to lead your gang. Otherwise, you weren't the boss. :D

Plus, you can be an inspiration and role model for your employees, and maybe one day one of them becomes a boss and remembers you as their example and inpiration.

In other words, you can be a good influence creating future good bosses. 

Having a good memory, then, will also buy you a lot of pizza. :) 

-Susan 
Gigi3
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6/9/2014 | 3:21:58 AM
Re: Free Pizza
"I get invitations from established vendors with "limited" seating for lunch seminars then I have them calling and more or less begging me to come out the week before the seminar, probably because they need to fill seats to justify the expense.  Sometimes the meeting gives me the feeling that I should have just stayed in the office because I could have read through a set of technical documents faster but in others people engage and it moves away from being a dry sales pitch."

SaneIT, there are two reasons for such invitation and begging. First is they have to fill the seat with certain level of peoples and secondly there after they may be behind you for the business.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/5/2014 | 7:36:04 AM
Re: Free Pizza
That may be true, I can't say that I would put it past a desperate sales person to bribe a customer.  I've had lunches at some very nice restaurants where a presenter droned on an no one paid any attention but then I've been to others where I felt like I didn't have time to eat because I was too busy asking questions and was caught up in the presentation.
Technocrati
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6/4/2014 | 8:59:03 PM
Sugar Coated Reality
Hi David   It is certainly great to see you here Sir.    I am getting familiar with the site, and it great to see a familiar face in the crowd.

I really like this first piece, and I really can relate to the first principle of getting your workers to buy pizza for the boss.

Show evidence of need - it would be so nice to hear the truth ( that layoffs will be the result ) of a unsuccessful project.  Because it (layoffs) will happen whether you "sugar coat reality" or not.
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