DALLAS: The J.R. Ewing School of Economics

DALLAS: The J.R. Ewing School of Economics

Dallas and J.R. Ewing, thank you.  Everything that I needed to know about business, I learned from you.  Dallas is one of my favorite shows of all time, and not just because I had the privilege of working on the original series during its latter years.  The thirteen years I spent with you both as a viewer and/or a participant gave me an invaluable education in avoiding some potholes in business.

I attended more than one university for undergrad and post-graduate education, but never did I obtain the practical, “real world” business education that I learned by watching the Ewings of Dallas.  There, in the midst of the centers of “higher learning” , I was better able to prepare myself for the real work force by watching ol’ J.R. wheel and deal.

In no MBA class did I learn the Ewing pearls of wisdom that apply in actual business.  Yes, Graduates, there are a lot of people in business who use these rules.  Learn them and prepare to encounter people like this in the workforce.   (You even may become/or are one of them.)  And, definitely review “the rules” as “homework” for watching Dallas, Wednesday nights on TNT.  The rules are just an taste of the wheeling and dealing of Dallas.

The Tenets of “The J.R. Ewing School of Business”

1)  “Don’t forgive and never forget.  Do unto others before they do unto you.  Third and most importantly, keep your eye on your friends, because your enemies will take care of themselves!” (J.R. Ewing as portrayed by the fabulously acerbic Larry Hagman whose “evil smile” I have enjoyed on the TNT promos for the series reboot)

2)  “Any man can win when things go his way.  It’s the man who overcomes adversity that is the true champion.” (Jock Ewing, [the late, incredible actor, Jim Davis], J.R.’s beloved daddy and founder of Ewing Oil)

3)  “Nobody gives you power.  Real power is something that you take.” (Jock Ewing)

4)  “I have meetings all day with people who don’t know what a shark I am.” (J.R. Ewing)

5)  “It’s only slander if it’s not true.” (J.R. Ewing)

6)  “There are few things that J.R. Ewing can’t afford, but patience is one of them.” (J.R. Ewing)

7)  “Remember who you’re working for, keep a civil tongue in your head, and try to answer questions with a bit of civility.” (J.R. Ewing)

8)  “The world is littered with the bodies of the men who tried to stick it to ol’ J.R. Ewing.”  (J.R.)
9)  “If it comes to it, I’m gonna squish you like the bug you are. (Bobby Ewing [the forever-sexy, Patrick Duffy, who stars in the upcoming TNT reboot])   

10)  “You wouldn’t be trying to blackmail ol’ J.R., would you?” (J.R. Ewing… can feel Hagman’s evil smile in those words)
11)  “If you’re going to climb into bed with J.R. Ewing, you’d better not get cold feet.” (J.R. Ewing)

12)  “A conscience is like a boat or a car. If you feel you need one, rent it.” (J.R. Ewing)

13)  “Contracts were made to be broken, honey, but a handshake is the law of God.” (J.R. Ewing)

14) “Never tell the truth when a good lie’ll do.” (J.R.)

15)  “Revenge is the single most satisfying feeling in the world.” (J.R. Ewing)

16) “Like my daddy alway’s said: if you can’t get in the front door, just go around to the back.” (J.R. quoting Jock Ewing)

17) “Honey, if you wanna hear your answer, you gotta ask the question at the right time.  That’s from J.R. Ewing’s handbook.” (J.R. Ewing and a former boss of mine)

18)  “Being married to J.R. is like a Hitchcock movie. You start out laughing but soon find yourself screaming in terror.”  (Sue Ellen Ewing, portrayed by the beautiful Linda Gray, also returning to the TNT reboot)

19) “J.R. Ewing doesn’t get ulcers… he gives ’em!” (Although I think this quote originally came from Louis B. Mayer, both J.R. and a former boss of mine have used it frequently and proudly.)

20) “Thank you for reminding me of how ethical my brother is. It’s a flaw that will lead to his downfall in the oil business.” (J.R. about his brother, Bobby)

21)  “I don’t know how you live with yourself. (Edgar Randolph, portrayed by Martin Brooks).  Reply by J.R. Oh, it’s not hard. Once you give up integrity, the rest is a piece of cake. “

22) “I figure I’m learning more from you than I could ever learn in school… How would you feel about me coming to work at Ewing Oil full time? (J.R. laughs) What’s so funny? (son John Ross, then-Omri Katz, now Josh Henderson)  “Oh, I’m not laughing at you, son, it’s just that, well… I said the same thing to my daddy when I was your age.” (J.R.)

23)  “I heard you love playing cat and mouse.” (Don Lockwood, played by the incredibly versatile, Ian McShane).  “Only when I’m the cat. ” (J.R.)

24) “Make it a short lunch, will ya? I hate to answer my own phone.” Cliff Barnes (the underrated, Ken Kerchival).

25) “It [the opera] ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” (J.R. Ewing)

That last quote has gotten me through several jobs.  The other twenty-four prepared me for successful interaction with (and occasional suspicion of) the motivation of colleagues, bosses and business associates.  

As the mind-meld of Larry Hagman, Executive Producer Lenny Katzman, and a cadre of talented actors, producers, writers and directors, J.R. Ewing has provided me (and others) a roadmap of business survival.  Hagman’s ability to survive in the real world through a liver transplant, the loss of his wife of over 55 years, Maj, who struggled through Alzheimer’s, and his current battle with throat cancer, is a tribute to Hagman’s work ethic and loving heart.  He has inspired me both professionally and personally.

For those of you not old enough to remember the original Dallas series, I encourage you to watch the new Dallas series on TNT on Tuesday and repeats of the original series on CMT on Thursday, June 14.  I doubt that I am the only person influenced by this juggernaut series. Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke’s episode “The Magnificent Seven” has a Dallas episode on the television when Sam and Dean enter a house affected by Sloth in 2008.  Auctions have supplied fans with Dallas memorabilia as recently as 2011 when Hagman downsized his home.  

Regardless of what leading MBA programs are offering you, you will encounter people who operate business according to the above rules.  Beware.  These quotes may help you avoid pitfalls and disappointments in business and your personal life.

This landmark show was seen in over 90 countries and for many years in syndication following its last CBS airdate.  I glance over as my “stock certificate” from “Ewing Oil”, a gift from the original series (plus earrings from The Oil Barons’ Ball and Miss Ellie’s bedroom chair, a remnant of the fire on Stage 3), I smile my non-evil smile of gratitude that the best business teacher I ever had is making a return to my life in TNT’s new Dallas.  I am sure there are lessons left for me to learn.  

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So Now You’re in the Doghouse…

You forgot that yesterday was Valentine’s Day (despite a heinous amount of commercialism advertising same…) Get out of the doghouse!  Buy San Diego for your sweetie.  Swear that delaying the “gift delivery” was your plan all along as part of a now-not-funny practical joke. Your now-angry Valentine will smile knowing that a fun trip to San Diego Women’s Week will be better than the calories in a ten-pound box of chocolates. Check out these great speakers!

 

2012 San Diego Women’s Week Speakers


Amilya Antonetti

The Official Small Business Voice
of Fox News

Tanya Brown

Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson
Managing Stress in Difficult Times

Lynne Cox

Swam across the English Channel at age 15
Author “Swimming to Antartica”

Ingrid Croce

Owner, Croce’s Restaurant
Entrepreneur and Author
Dream Big

Dr. Ken Druck

Jenna Druck Foundation and
Author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your own

Pam and Bill Farrel

Women are Like Spaghetti
and Men are Like Waffles

Best Selling Authors

Mindy Fletcher

Balancing Your Career and Family
Voice of a Younger Generation

Dana Gluckstein

Internationally Acclaimed Photographer
“Dignity – A Woman’s Journey”

Ellie Kay

America’s Family Financial Expert
Living Rich for Less” and “60 Minute Money Workout”

Marilyn King

Pentathlon Olympian
Living Like an Olympian through
Body, Mind and Spirit

Mimi Kirk

Health Expert and Author
Eating and Living for Longevity

Tina Mickelson

PGA Golf Professional
The Dream

Dr. Michael Moreno

Author “The 17 Day Diet”
As seen on The Doctors.

Dr. Donna Richardson

Cosmetic Field Expert
Featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox 6

Caitlin Rother

New York Times Bestselling Author
“You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play”

Oliver Tolentino

Hollywood Celebrity Couturier
As seen at the Golden Globes

Dr. Marisa Weiss

President and Founder
Breastcancer.org
Think Pink, Live Green

Sam Zien

Sam The Cooking Guy
Life Changer

Check out “In My Opinion”. It’s not my blog, but we have some things in common.

It's a New Day...

Day 21 Question 21:

If you found out you had only one week to live, what would you do in that last week?

I went into the kitchen today and asked my roommate to come up with a question for me to answer in my blog.  He came up with this one.  At first I thought it was kind of cliché and generic and then I realized this was not an easy question to answer at all.  What immediately flew through my head was that I would knock off a bank so I could fly my nearest and dearest friends to me or vice versa but let’s face it, how successful do you think I could be at knocking off a bank?  I can’t tell a little white lie without smirking like a fool.  So, robbing a bank was crossed off the list.  I didn’t want to make the scenario…

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The Faces of San Diego’s Women’s Week, March 26-31

2012 San Diego Women’s Week Speakers


Amilya Antonetti

The Official Small Business Voice
of Fox News

Tanya Brown

Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson
Managing Stress in Difficult Times

Lynne Cox

Swam across the English Channel at age 15
Author “Swimming to Antartica”

Ingrid Croce

Owner, Croce’s Restaurant
Entrepreneur and Author
Dream Big

Dr. Ken Druck

Jenna Druck Foundation and
Author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your own

Pam and Bill Farrel

Women are Like Spaghetti
and Men are Like Waffles

Best Selling Authors

Mindy Fletcher

Balancing Your Career and Family
Voice of a Younger Generation

Dana Gluckstein

Internationally Acclaimed Photographer
“Dignity – A Woman’s Journey”

Ellie Kay

America’s Family Financial Expert
Living Rich for Less” and “60 Minute Money Workout”

Marilyn King

Pentathlon Olympian
Living Like an Olympian through
Body, Mind and Spirit

Mimi Kirk

Health Expert and Author
Eating and Living for Longevity

Tina Mickelson

PGA Golf Professional
The Dream

Dr. Michael Moreno

Author “The 17 Day Diet”
As seen on The Doctors.

Dr. Donna Richardson

Cosmetic Field Expert
Featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox 6

Caitlin Rother

New York Times Bestselling Author
“You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play”

Oliver Tolentino

Hollywood Celebrity Couturier
As seen at the Golden Globes

Dr. Marisa Weiss

President and Founder
Breastcancer.org
Think Pink, Live Green

Sam Zien

Sam The Cooking Guy
Life Changer

misha23

New faces and old friends will be speaking at this year’s San Diego Women’s Week, March 26-31.  Here is a list of the speakers and topics, and the week’s activities will be capped off by a fashion gala!   See http://sdwomensweek.com for details!


Amilya Antonetti

The Official Small Business Voice
of Fox News

Tanya Brown

Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson
Managing Stress in Difficult Times

Lynne Cox

Swam across the English Channel at age 15
Author “Swimming to Antartica”

Ingrid Croce

Owner, Croce’s Restaurant
Entrepreneur and Author
Dream Big

Dr. Ken Druck

Jenna Druck Foundation and
Author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your own

Pam and Bill Farrel

Women are Like Spaghetti
and Men are Like Waffles

Best Selling Authors

Mindy Fletcher

Balancing Your Career and Family
Voice of a Younger Generation

Dana Gluckstein

Internationally Acclaimed Photographer
“Dignity – A Woman’s Journey”

Ellie Kay

America’s Family Financial…

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Reasonably Ludicrous

A handy list of Do’s an Don’t’s!

DO

Wander around your apartment in your underwear. Or, if you’re feeling ‘ballsy,’ completely naked! Your girlfriend was the one who always wanted you to “put some clothes on, for god’s sake.” You thought that was counterproductive–she was just going to take them off anyway! Well now’s your chance to feel those hard-to-reach spots get caressed by the winds of freedom rather than by someone who demands you come to every single one of her interpretive dance recitals. Enjoy it!

DO

Watch at least 5 episodes of Entourage or any other show that makes relationships look worthless and singleness seem awesome. Don’t you want to be those guys? Well, if you were dating, you couldn’t be.

DON’T

Watch The Notebook or Love, Actually, or anything that’s not about rampant casual sex or a lot of killing. Be careful. In some of those movies…

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What if it IS breast cancer?

Recently, I had an issue with a clogged gland.  Thankfully, I went for the mammogram to find out it was nothing perilous. 

I was so grateful, not only that it wasn’t “the Big C”, but that I wouldn’t go bankrupt from treatment.  My health insurance runs out in June, and I didn’t think that all of my treatments would be finished.  Then, of course, there’s that “pre-existing condition” clause on new health insurance.

Not sure if I was more afraid of dying or for dying and leaving my husband with a mountain of bills.  I found answers and comfort on www.breastcancer.org.  This website, founded by Dr. Marisa Weiss, not only covers the medical side of breast cancer, there’s some great advice on avenues to help pay for treatment, regardless of your situation.

So, don’t put it off.  Go get your mammogram.  Don’t live in fear.  Visit http://breastcancer.org if you need help or support. 

If you’re in the Southern California area (or want to make a trip here to get out of the end of winter weather where you are), Dr. Marisa Weiss is speaking at San Diego Women’s Week, along with a slate of interesting speakers. 

Check out Dr. Weiss and the other speakers here: http://sdwomensweek.  It’s a low-cost opportunity to help you supplement the good things in your life.

Mercy

Maybe not all of these on my list but I support Aiden’s inclusion of the lesser-known films. Would like to have seen “HUGO” make his cut, but I encourage you to try “TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY”, “MONEYBALL”, “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” and “THE ARTIST” if you have not yet done so.

Cut The Crap Movie Reviews

You’ve been patient, you’ve behaved yourselves like the fine young boys and girls you are, and I’m just proud as can be. For those in the know, skip on down, but in case you missed it these past four days:

Day 1: #94 – #81
Day 2: #80 – #61

Day 3: #60 – #41

Day 4: #40 – 21

So without further ado, I now give you the best of the best of the best of the best, as deemed by Aiden.

20. Jane Eyre
Impossible to do the source material justice in a two-hour time span, but this came pretty close. The world would be a better place if more girls read that book.

19. Submarine
Richard Ayoade: remember the name, even if you can’t pronounce it.

18. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The antithesis of every spy movie we’ve gotten out of the past couple decades, which is…

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