Business Lessons from Duck Dynasty

The SI-ence and PHIL-osophy Behind an American Success Story

Written by Ken Wilson

Duck Dynasty

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.

Business Lesson Quote
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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