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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson


Some good business advice from a Canadian cabinet minister in the 1960's government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Imagine that!

I'm reading "Renegade in Power" by Peter C. Newman and he is describing the colourful George Hees who was responsible for Trade and Commerce and was determined to push Canadian businesses toward new international opportunities. He often wore a tie clip (it was the 6o's) that consisted of the letters Y.C.D.B.S.O.Y.A. Visitors to his office couldn't help notice as he fidgeted with it until they finally asked what it meant.

He would obligingly exclaim "You Can't Do Business Sitting On Your Ass!" More direct than they were used to hearing form cabinet ministers, but they did remember the sentiment.

Just another reminder that we can learn from history.

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