Killing Snakes

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“I come from an environment where if you see a snake, you kill it. At GM, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a snake consultant. Then you get a committee on snakes and discuss it for a couple of years.” – Ross Perot

Recent Linkedin Post:

“On this day in 1962, Ross Perot hit his annual sales quota at IBM. He left the tech giant that year to found EDS, which he sold to GM for $2.4B in 1984. To win his first deal, according to one source, he had to wade through 77 rejections.”

“Talking to Fortune years later, Perot described the frustration that pushed him to leave the board of General Motors: “I come from an environment where if you see a snake, you kill it. At GM, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a snake consultant. Then you get a committee on snakes and discuss it for a couple of years.”

Molly Mulebriar Responds:

“This comment struck me as a description that fits most plan sponsors these days, especially political subdivisions. Lack of strong leadership and failure to think out-of-the-box paralyzes cowardly plan sponsors into expensive inaction. These do-nothing, spineless reptilian lemmings continue to bitch about ever increasing health care costs yet refuse to recognize and consider common sense solutions.’

“Snake Killer consultants vs Animal Rights consultants can make the difference between profit and loss for many plan sponsors. Which one is yours?”

– Molly Mulebriar

Editor’s Note: Mulebriar is a free lance reporterette from Waring, Texas. She is a former 1982 Miss Texas runner up. In her spare time she enjoys bull fighting, jalapeno eating contests (1999 Texas Champion) and knitting.

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