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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020


As I do every Thanksgiving morning, I watch the Macy’s parade, or certainly parts of it, on TV. This year was no different except that there was no parade; there was a show. However, from my television screen it’s always a show.

As I watched the show, professionalism was not only evident but overpowering. Most of what I saw was on the street in front of Macy’s 34th Street entrance. Each segment had staging that created a fantasy scenario and a great viewer experience. Two things particularly caught my eye. Dolly Parton and the Rockettes, and Dolly wasn’t even there.

Dolly’s presentation was from a parking lot somewhere near her home. What amazed and thrilled me was the professionalism of her performance and the background scenery. All first-rate, and I guess I should have expected nothing less from Dolly. The Rockettes synchronized performance could not have been better. Simply fantastic and they did not even do their trademarked high kicked finale. Not only were they great, but so were their costumes along with the stylish face masks.

It appeared to me that every detail was handled as if it was the most important part of the program – and each actually was.

Now I am thinking about what business people do. Is everything done treated as if it were the most important part of the project? It should be and we should always act that way. Always! Everything no matter how insignificant in size or dollars or the importance of the customer or client needs complete and full attention. Nothing starts complete. Every project has parts and stages of development and contributions from various skills.

Making a product or performing a service needs to be done through the efforts of people. Those people must have pride in what they do and an ego that does not let them fail to do the best they could every time they do their work.

That is the feeling I had watching the Macy’s Parade. Everyone involved in that show regardless of their position on the organization chart did a superb job and extended their talents to the fullest way possible. They did well. You gave me a treat. Thank you.

And readers of this blog should act in a similar manner for what they do. I know I do. Do you?

If you have any estate planning or business or financial issues you want to discuss please do not hesitate to contact me at emendlowitz@withum.com.

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