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Parables by Jeff McCandlessThere’s no basket in basketball … but there once was.  
 
In 1892, when James Naismith nailed a peach basket to the wall of a gym, basketball was born. 
 
It took the game’s first proponents a year however to figure out the game would be a whole lot more fun if they didn’t have to use a ladder to recover the ball every time a basket was made. So they replaced it with one that had a hinged bottom.  
 
But the real story is that it took another 10 years until they realized it would be OK to remove that hinged bottom, so the ball would just go through the basket every time. That was a total of 11 years and two innovations to get to the point where it was easy to retrieve the ball in a basketball game. 
 
More than 100 years later, we can’t imagine having a basketball hoop with a bottom, and we can’t imagine it took 11 years to come up with those two simple changes. Seems like a no-brainer, right? 
 
THE TAKEAWAY: Listen to the innovators on your staff. They are holding a net in their hands right now.

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Zen Jeweler: When Basketball Was Really Played With a Basket

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Parables by Jeff McCandlessThere’s no basket in basketball … but there once was.  
 
In 1892, when James Naismith nailed a peach basket to the wall of a gym, basketball was born. 
 
It took the game’s first proponents a year however to figure out the game would be a whole lot more fun if they didn’t have to use a ladder to recover the ball every time a basket was made. So they replaced it with one that had a hinged bottom.  
 
But the real story is that it took another 10 years until they realized it would be OK to remove that hinged bottom, so the ball would just go through the basket every time. That was a total of 11 years and two innovations to get to the point where it was easy to retrieve the ball in a basketball game. 
 
More than 100 years later, we can’t imagine having a basketball hoop with a bottom, and we can’t imagine it took 11 years to come up with those two simple changes. Seems like a no-brainer, right? 
 
THE TAKEAWAY: Listen to the innovators on your staff. They are holding a net in their hands right now.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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