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RALPH VON KOENIGSWALD found a pile of old human bones in Java in the late 1930s. The paleontologist was not a student of human nature, but he taught us about it inadvertently. He offered the local people a dime for every hominid bone they brought to him. He would have gotten larger, more impressive pieces for study, it turns out, if the locals had not broken up the bigger bones into smaller pieces to maximize their commissions.  


Are you using commission to maximize your profits? Just remember, you are hiring good people with their own best interests at heart, too. You can't just pay commission. Teach your staff about the rules that maximize the long-term goals of the enterprise. Otherwise, they'll do what humans do, and simply worry about their own short-term goals. Teach long-term goals. Seriously.

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Gone Fishin’ (Thanks to Wilkerson)

Whether you want to go fishing — or enjoy some of the other good things life has to offer — you can take a cue from Jim Adair and choose Wilkerson to run your retirement sale. After 38 years in business, Adair decided it was time to enjoy some free time. His Missoula, Montana store, Adair Jewelers, will stay in business but without him at the helm. It was the perfect opportunity to call in the experts in retirement sales. Adair says he spoke to a lot of people who have done retirement sales to help him make his decision and he chose Wilkerson. “Wilkerson seemed to have the best set up, the best organization, the most current marketing of any of them,” he says. “If you want to run a successful sale, you have too much money on the line to be screwing around with trying to do it yourself.”

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Zen Jeweler: Learn From The Natives

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RALPH VON KOENIGSWALD found a pile of old human bones in Java in the late 1930s. The paleontologist was not a student of human nature, but he taught us about it inadvertently. He offered the local people a dime for every hominid bone they brought to him. He would have gotten larger, more impressive pieces for study, it turns out, if the locals had not broken up the bigger bones into smaller pieces to maximize their commissions.  


Are you using commission to maximize your profits? Just remember, you are hiring good people with their own best interests at heart, too. You can't just pay commission. Teach your staff about the rules that maximize the long-term goals of the enterprise. Otherwise, they'll do what humans do, and simply worry about their own short-term goals. Teach long-term goals. Seriously.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

Gone Fishin’ (Thanks to Wilkerson)

Whether you want to go fishing — or enjoy some of the other good things life has to offer — you can take a cue from Jim Adair and choose Wilkerson to run your retirement sale. After 38 years in business, Adair decided it was time to enjoy some free time. His Missoula, Montana store, Adair Jewelers, will stay in business but without him at the helm. It was the perfect opportunity to call in the experts in retirement sales. Adair says he spoke to a lot of people who have done retirement sales to help him make his decision and he chose Wilkerson. “Wilkerson seemed to have the best set up, the best organization, the most current marketing of any of them,” he says. “If you want to run a successful sale, you have too much money on the line to be screwing around with trying to do it yourself.”

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