Written by Ken Wilson
The Robertson family is taking the American television airwaves by storm with their hit series, Duck Dynasty, on A&E.
But behind the ZZTop-ish beards, long hair and often-outrageous antics of the clan is a serious multi-million dollar business. Started by patriarch Phil Robertson making cedar duck calls in a shed during the 1970s, the company has flourished under the leadership of son Willie and employs most of the family in various capacities.
And behind many of the hilarious one-liners are nuggets of knowledge and business wisdom. I've come up with a few here.
|Make sure everyone understands the deal.||"We'll split it three ways, 50-50." —Uncle Si|
|Enjoy life today.||"Better a day's catch of fish than a lifetime of crabs." —Phil|
|Be aware of the environment around you.||"Where I live, I am 9-1-1." —Phil|
|Have a backup plan.||"When security comes, every man for himself." —Uncle Si|
|Stick with what you do best.||"First it's pretty tires, then it's pretty guns...next thing you know, you're shavin' your beard and wearin' Capri pants." —Uncle Si|
|Get the right person for the job.||"Hey, you want something done right, don't ask me." —Uncle Si|
|Always communicate clearly.||"Hey, you told me to bring stuff. Stuff is a very broad term." —Uncle Si|
|Know what you're going to say before you open your mouth.||"It seems like a fine line between being a matador and being a rodeo clown." —Jase|
|Check the reliability of your information.||"Everything I say is 95% truthful." —Uncle Si|
|Sometimes, it's just crap. Admit it, clean it up, and move on.||"It was like a gumball machine, except instead of gum it was goat pellets." —Miss Kay|
|Think creatively.||"I am the MacGyver of cooking. If you bring me a piece of bread, cabbage, coconut, mustard greens, pig's feet, pinecones and a woodpecker, I'll make you a good chicken pot pie." —Uncle Si|
|Relax.||"Willie is as wound up as a coon dog tryin' to pass a peach seed." - Jase|
|Innovate.||"Phil invented the duck call so he's the Duck Commander. If I invented the beaver call, maybe I'd be the Beaver Commander. Has a nice ring to it, Beaver Commander." —Uncle Si|
|Be respectful.||"Hey, I'm like Aretha Franklin. I don't get no R-S-P-E-C-T." —Uncle Si|
|Stay focused.||"They're runnin' around like a buncha chickens with their legs cut off." – Uncle Si|
|Keep it simple.||"Redneck rule number one: most things can be fixed with duct tape and extension cords." —Jase|
|Sometimes, there is no business lesson. You just need a good laugh.||"This snowcone is giving me a brain sneeze. It's when your brain needs to sneeze, but it cain't ‘cause it's a brain, so it just hurts." —Uncle Si|
|Bad decisions happen. Deal with them and move on.||"Every action in life begins with a decision and unfortunately we don't always make the best ones." —Willie|
|Know when good enough is good enough.||"When you don't know what you're doing, it's best to do it quickly." —Jase|
|Become an expert at something.||"I know this like the back of a ham." – Uncle Si|
|If your work doesn't make you happy, you aren't doing the right thing.||"Work without fun is like peanut butter without jelly." —Jase|
|Here's what it's all about.||"I like to be happy, happy, happy." —Phil|
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