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Takeaway #13: Slow & Steady or Flash-free

**A jeep — doesn’t he make enough ends?

A genius like him should drive a Benz

Well he believes clothes don’t make the man or a car

And the man still makes five hundred grand

Every six months yo the kid is no dunce***

Chubb Rock     I’m the Man I Gotta Get Mine Yo!  (1992)


  There is no doubt that everyone wants to be in the business that is sexy.  It sounds great at a dinner party.  People like the shiny stuff.  Unfortunately some of us make widgets or even the parts that keep the widget running smoothly.  The widget parts manufacturer is making great earning per share but may be tempted to get into the sexy widget movie business, even though the numbers do not add up.  Stay in the widget biz.  The widget brought you to the dance; don’t fall for the flashy product.

   The company has a decent market capitalization should we buy another entity that will raise our profile?  No.  Should we spend on the trophy building?  No.  Take a look at the stark Wal-mart headquarters inArkansasand tell me if the money was spent on real estate and lobby furniture.  Should we put on an over-the-top road show for the institutional investors?  You put on the show and you will be struggling quarter-after-quarter to meet analyst numbers that exceed guidance and expectations.

When Chubb Rock wrote this people were getting car jacked in hustler-mobiles or pulled over by profiling police officers.  The herb in the Jeep was getting home safely, night after night.  He is the predecessor to the “Millionaire Next Door” profile.  The low-key profile is the best.





About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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