Rick at Night

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One of my favorite parts of this job is meeting wonderful people who are not only kind and knowledgeable but who also want to share that knowledge with others. I've gushed about Rick Caro before, but I'm going to do a bit more gushing now since the president/owner of Management Vision (and our 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award winner) was in town yesterday, and I had the pleasure of having dinner with him.

He doesn't make it to Kansas City very often, but he has a client here that he's doing some consulting work with (wish I could say who, but that would be a betrayal of a confidence, so you'll have to wait a bit on that one). So, I was thrilled to have the chance to meet up and enjoy a nice dinner at the City Tavern. After teasing him about coming to the middle of the country and ordering salmon (the waitress said it was flown in fresh that day--which led Rick and me to envision the co-pilot of a small plane dropping fresh salmon out the window into the waiting arms of the chef below), we settled down to a nice meal and a great conversation.

I think too many people spend too much time talking and not listening and learning. I didn't have to try too hard to just sit back and listen last night. Rick had so much valuable information to share, not just about what's going on in the industry today, but also about what's gone on in the industry in the past. I felt like I had just sat through one of those invigorating sessions with a great professor who you'll always be grateful to for their insatiable curiosity, wisdom and desire to share.

I hope you have several Rick Caros in your life--and not just in your business life but also in your personal life. I have a few, and it's one of the things that I treasure the most about my life. --Pam

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