I believe that I have earned the right to talk to you about business. After all, as the richest man in Bedford Falls, I have achieved the type of monetary success that few people will ever have.
I am amazed that you have invested more of your resources in something known as "search engine optimization" (quite frankly, I am not sure what that means) while you seemingly reduce or eliminate investing in your employees and customers. It is fantastic to see you get more excited about a new software upgrade, computer system, building method, and/or marketing campaign than you do about your very own people. I enjoy seeing your people stuck in an endless trap of non-advancement, while still instilling in them a sense that they should feel privileged and honored to work for your company.
So what if they call you "Mr. Potter" behind your back? So what if they call your development, your company, your store, dealership or anything else, "Pottersville?" Who cares if 60% of your employees don't like working for your company?
After all, why effectively train people you can replace? If they want to leave, regardless of the thousands of dollars that you have invested in them and how talented they really are, let them go right? If they're foolish enough to leave your company and take their talents somewhere else, because they are disillusioned and discouraged, those aren't the people you want.
On the other hand, I see that the there is a gathering at the Bailey residence and this leaves me feeling conflicted. If I am not mistaken, I think some of the townspeople are carrying a basket full of money to the Bailey home? Even through my insulated window, I can hear the sound of the piano playing, Christmas carols being sung and, I believe that I just heard George being called "the richest man in town." I don't understand it.
George is a lousy businessman and he is only in this mess because he didn't listen to me and take more of those people's money when he had the chance.
Thankfully, some of you are listening to me!
The rest of you in Corporate America, who have found a way to create profits, be sustainable and responsible, while still valuing your employees and clients, and taking the time to know and develop meaningful relationships with your people, your customers and your community- I don't think there is any hope for you; and you are giving the rest of us "Potters" a bad name.
After all, everything in business is only about money right?
Still, I wonder...am I the real "richest man in town"?
Henry F. Potter
(As dictated to Rommel Anacan)