Constellation Brands (STZ) seems to be riding on its brand strength, strategic initiatives and splendid third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.
Introductions to listicles bore me to snores. Here's some things I have learned over the last year or so. If I can't be an inspiration, I can always be a horrible warning. Enjoy! 1. If you have enough money, you can make anything happen. Even the most ridiculous joke of all time will become reality if someone is willing to hurl enough money at it. Some of the biggest bullies in the world are loaded and "donations" are just socially acceptable "bribes." This is rife in politics and beyond, giving us some pretty unbelievable outcomes of late. War is the single largest money spinner in the whole wide world. Madness. However, one thing that you just can't buy is integrity. 2. Trust is a one-time gift. As my friend Greg says, "It's only the people close to you who'll really screw you. They're the only ones you will ever allow." This year I had to suck on the fact that some of the most trusted people I know were not quite made of the stock I had hoped. Shrug, move on. Be trustworthy. 3. It's easier to start something new than fix something antiquated. Far out, change management is for people who like to pull their fingernails out super slowly. Then dip them in bourbon. Modernising can be an extremely slow and difficult task but automating manual processes is a no brainer. Go automated, scale up. Forge forward. It will be painful but totally worth it. 4. Jealousy sucks. If you catch yourself thinking bad thoughts about someone else's success, give yourself a swift uppercut. And then another. Jealousy is a perfectly natural emotion. Use it to drive your own success, not the downfall of others. Look at the way someone has kicked ass and try to define what it is that works so well. Don't pull the rug out from under the competition. Learn from their successes and do it even better. No one lies on their death bed and says, "I'm so proud of all those people I destroyed when I was jealous." 5. Do more of what makes your heart sing. The ocean makes me happy. I moved to the beach a year ago and I am so glad I did. I had most of my interviews and meetings with my toes in the sand and face in the sunshine. I had some of my loneliest nights looking at the gentle ocean. The ocean is my salve. Seek out your salve and make it part of your every day, then the hardest parts of life won't drive you up the freaking wall as much. 6. I am a terrible ass kisser. I've learned over and over again that an outstanding performance is meaningless if you do not kiss the right asses. If your authenticity meter won't let you schmooze people who just don't deserve your respect, present thy head for chopping off. It's the way of the world. Choppety-chop! On the flipside, never be that person who needs to have their ass kissed to feel special and important, validated and honoured. Earn respect, do good but don't expect the world to worship at the altar of you. 7. You're no good to anyone when you're sick and tired. For the first time in about a decade, I put my health and wellbeing before anything else. Boy, did it pay off. I haven't felt this well and strong since I was 18. I could hurl my full self at all the challenges of the last year without winding up exhausted or unhappy. That's probably my single most important achievement of late. #fistpump 8. Make sure FUN has a key place in your strategic thinking and everyday life. When you convert the mundane to fun, your life and work are so much better. Time flies when you're having fun. Staff are loyal, your kids less grumpy. Gamify boring tasks wherever possible and choose to work with good people who laugh at your jokes. I'm sure I have lots more wrinkles from laughing so hard in over the last year. I think I may have disturbed the neighbours. There was much fun to be had, even when the going got tough and the news was crap. 9. Life is all about energy and where you focus it. Don't spend any of your precious energy on the haters and time wasters. Accept that there is a five percent dickhead rate wherever you go and keep moving forward. Apply your energy and focus to the good people, the good stuff, the best work. You have exactly one life to do every single thing you will ever do. Don't waste it on dud people, drama queens and overthinking. On the flip side, don't spend too much attention and energy on accolades and adoration. High fives, keep pedalling. You have much more significant things still to do. The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine? 10. The best moments in life are the ones you can't tell anyone about. Can't really elaborate, can I? Wink, wink. May your year ahead be sprinkled with them. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
The Trump brand is worth more since his election than ever before, adding to his portfolio and raising questions about conflicts of interest.
Уж попали, так попали... Престарелый французский принц объявил бастардами всю ветвь испанских Бурбонов. Фото отсюдаГраф Парижский Генрих (претендент на трон Франции по версии орлеанистов) в своём блоге опубликовал ноту относительно герцога Анжуйского Луи (претендента на трон Франции по версии легитимистов).Нота очень длинная, написана пышным слогом (ценителям - читать ЗДЕСЬ). Нота была опубликована в канун Рождества - 24 декабря 2016 года.Суть, вкратце, такова: самозванцы в городе!Злополучная доска в собореНота, как видимо, является реакцией графа Парижского на "Реймсский инцидент" в октябре 2016 года.Настоятель Реймсского собора решил установить в соборе памятную доску с перечислением всех королей, коронованных в храме. Деньги на установку плиты пожертвовал Institut de la Maison de Bourbon, поддерживающий легитимистов и ассоциация "Друзей Собора" (Association des Amis de la Cathedrale).Луи Бурбон, герцог Анжуйский (род 1974), был приглашён на открытие доски, и произнёс краткую речь. В своей речи он упомянул о себе как о "главе дома Бурбонов" и "наследнике французских королей". Как говорил об этом десятки раз ранее в интервью и на публичных выступлениях.(Текст выступления Луи Бурбона)"Признание" Луи Бурбона в качестве "главы дома Бурбонов" архиепископом Реймсским и присутствовавшими на церемонии представителями городских властей вызвало жёлчную реакцию Генриха Орлеанского. (Репортаж о событии с фото)В своей ноте граф Парижский наотмашь бьёт самозванца прямолинейно заявляет, что Луи Бурбон не может являться представителем старшей ветви королевской династии Бурбонов, так как "всем известно, что вся испанская королевская семья нелегитимна, ибо происходит от Мануэля Годоя". Смелое заявление, если не сказать больше!Нота подписана так: "Henri VII, de jure, Comte de Paris, Duc de France". Скромно и со вкусом.Граф Парижский Генрих (крайний справа) со второй супругой, сыном и невесткойГраф Парижский Генрих; его старший сын и наследник (!) граф Клермонский Франсуа, с рождения страдающий поражением ЦНС; второй сын герцог Вандомский ЖанОрлеанский королевский дом широко известен скандалами как внутри семьи, так и по отношению к другим королевским семьям. Не могу сейчас сходу найти ссылку на пост в нашем сообществе о высказываниях графа Парижского в адрес принцев Бонапарт. Но он где-то точно есть! :)Несколько лет назад граф Парижский даровал титул герцога Анжуйского (тот же, который носит Луи Бурбон), своему племяннику Франсуа, мужу герцогини Кадаваль.Страсти бушуют!
Now, 11 years is a long time for an American whisky to mature, far longer than for a Scotch, and it can achieve a pretty awesome level of wonderfulness in that time.
Constellation Brands (STZ) posted superb third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.
Pardoning a 73-year-old marijuana kingpin would please thousands of voters, but probably not the next attorney general.
The whiskey in this unusually hefty cobalt-blue glass bottle was distilled in 1959 by JW Dant, and bottled 10 years later, in 1969, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American Legion. Now, I don’t know whether this was made for the American Legion and sold to members, or if Dant [...]
(Don Boudreaux) TweetKevin Williamson’s latest is superb. It is on the cult that is now the U.S. Presidency – a cult whose members seem to long for a restoration of the finest centuries-old practices from the likes of Tudors, the Stuarts, the Bourbons, the Hapsburgs, and the Romanovs. Here’s a slice: The idea that a large, complex […]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street holiday parties this year took place in luxury venues like the Waldorf Astoria, featured women dressed as glowing angels, and had fine wine, scotch and bourbon on...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street holiday parties this year took place in luxury venues like the Waldorf Astoria, featured women dressed as glowing angels, and had fine wine, scotch and bourbon on hand.
Cask-strength whiskies are becoming more popular as consumers delve deeper into the world of Scotch, bourbon, and beyond. Not only are these powerful whiskies delicious on their own, but they also pair well with the heartier foods of the winter season.
This post originally appeared on FredMinnick.com. Sign up for Fred Minnick's free drinks newsletter. In the past year, we've seen big spirits companies gobble up smaller whiskey brands. The latest is Seattle's Westland Distillery, which last week announced it sold to Remy Martin for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2010, Westland embodied the Pacific Northwest spirit. Founders Emerson Lamb and Matt Hoffman were smart, different and innovative. They reminded me of other bright Seattle minds who invented the cell phone and built computers that changed the world. What Westland did in six years is amazing. They implemented an American peat bog, helped establish Oregon oak barrels and worked with Washington State University to create new breeds of barley. Their ideas were fresh, raw and pure. Many of us not only believed their hype, we rooted for them to succeed. I made the mistake of believing them when the owners said they'd remain independent. They sold. And there's nothing wrong with that. Most business plans have buyout rationale, and I hope Remy paid Westland handsomely. But as an enthusiast, I want to support truly independent distilleries. If they keep selling, we will lose the bravado and innovation that comes with craft whiskey. And no brand was more magical than Westland. Their independence is gone. No matter what happens to the existing staff and facilities, Westland is now Remy's, who will do what they want. I hope they continue the path Lamb and Hoffman set them on and further study American peat, barley and wood. But they will do what's best for their business. The one positive is Remy owns Mount Gay, a rum distillery that's been left in the hands of the Barbados locals and not drastically interfered with. So, there's hope new ownership will respect Westland's young heritage. As for the independence in American whiskey, well, cherish it while you can, because history shows that the successful brands will be purchased. (In Bourbon, you can study the period in which the Big Four purchased smaller brands and found themselves under federal investigations.) No doubt, this strategy has already helped Angel's Envy, who sold to Bacardi; George Remus, recently acquired by MGP Ingredients; and High West, which received $160 million from Constellation Brands. Others have sold for less and more in the past few years. Our greatest independent American whiskey-only distillery left is Willett in Bardstown, Ky. (Heaven Hill is technically an independent family-owned company, but they're in a league of their own and make more than whiskey.) Willett remains all in the family. Let's hope it stays that way. If Willett sold, whiskey geeks around the world will need Prozac. Fred Minnick is the author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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