Traditionally, we've had this attitude that if you wanted to be a manager at Wal-Mart, you basically hadto be willing to move on a moment's notice. You get a call that says you're going to open a new store500 miles away, you don't ask questions. You just pack and go, then sometime later you worry aboutselling your house and moving your family. Maybe that was necessary back in the old days, and maybe itwas more rigid than it needed to be. Now, though, it's not really appropriate anymore for severalreasons. First, as the company grows bigger, we need to find more ways to stay in touch with thecommunities where we operate, and one of the best ways to do that is by hiring locally, developingmanagers locally, and letting them have a career in their home communityif they perform. Second, theold way really put good, smart women at a disadvantage in our company because at that time theyweren't as free to pick up and move as many men were. Now I've seen the light on the opportunities wemissed out on with women. (I have to admit that Helen and my daughter Alice have helped me comearound to this way of thinking.)In the old days, retailers felt the same way about women that they did about college boys, only more so. 8 And this darkness, O Lord, where was it before it covered us? It is because of this that we cannot see each other. pk10稳赚冠军挂机模式 8 And this darkness, O Lord, where was it before it covered us? It is because of this that we cannot see each other. I learned from a very early age that it was important for us kids to help provide for the home, to becontributors rather than just takers. In the process, of course, we learned how much hard work it took toget your hands on a dollar, and that when you did it was worth something. One thing my mother and dadshared completely was their approach to money: they just didn't spend it. That makes it management's job to listen to those merchandisers out in the stores. We have these buyershere in Bentonville218 of themand we have to remind them all the time that their real job is to supportthe merchants in the stores. Otherwise, you have a headquarters-driven system that's out of touch withthe customers of each particular store, and you end up with a bunch of unsold workboots, overalls, andhunting rifles at the Panama City Beach store, where folks are begging for water guns and fishing rodsand pails and shovels; and at the Panama City store in town you've got a bunch of unsold beach gearstacked up gathering dust. Nov. 6 Sloop, Palmetto, Charleston. 3 Merchandise would come in and we would just lay it down on the floor and get out the invoice. Samwouldn't let us hedge on a price at all. Say the list price was $1.98, but we had only paid 50 cents. 8 And this darkness, O Lord, where was it before it covered us? It is because of this that we cannot see each other. Their bodies need water after they leave the garden.