Chapter 14 Expanding the Circles DAVID GLASS: By early March, his spirits remained high as he continued work on the book, but his physical conditionwas worsening. Then he received one of the great surprises of his life. The White House wanted topresent him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian award. President Bushand the First Lady would be traveling to Bentonville to present the medal to Dad, and he was thrilled bythe honor. At such an occasion, of course, Dad could have invited anyone he wanted to attend theceremony, but we hardly had to ask whom he wanted to be there with him: his Wal-Mart associates. Stephen let go her arm, and sank back on his chair, half-stunned by despairing rage. He was silent a few moments, not looking at her; while her eyes were turned toward him yearningly, in alarm at this sudden change. At last he said, still without looking at her 鈥? In a consecrated hall we came to a plaster image of a camel modelled over stone. To prove that you are without sin you must be able to pass under the beast, or at least between the front legs and the girth of the belly without touching any part; and so very narrow is this little gateway of Ja?n virtue that, to preserve my character in the presence of my escort, I did not attempt it. 色妹妹丁香五月，久久热，99热,99re成人视频,久久热视频在线观看,这里只有精品 "Then they'd always say, 'Where in the world is Bentonville, Arkansas' "When I started working at Wal-Mart in West Texas, we would anticipate a store visit by the chairmanwith the same sense you get when you're going to meet a great athlete, or a movie star, or a head ofstate. But once he comes in the store, that feeling of awe is overcome by a sort of kinship. He is a masterat erasing that 'larger-than-life' feeling that people have for him. How many heads of state always start theconversation by wanting to know whatyou think What's onyour mind"After a visit, everyone in the store has no doubt that he genuinely appreciates our contributions, nomatter how insignificant. Every associate feels like he or she does make a difference. It's almost likehaving your oldest friend come just to see if you're okay. He never lets us down."There is one more aspect to a true partnership that's worth mentioning: executives who hold themselvesaloof from their associates, who won't listen to their associates when they have a problem, can never betrue partners with them. Often, this is an exhausting and sometimes frustrating part of the management process, but folks who stand on their feet all day stocking shelves or pushing carts of merchandise out of theback room get exhausted and frustrated too, and occasionally they dwell on problems that they just can'tlet go of until they've shared it with somebody who they feel is in a position to find a solution. So, as bigas we are, we have really tried to maintain an open-door policy at Wal-Mart.