Under the banner of the Why Not Win Institute – a 501c3 non-profit – Larry Thornton and I have created a podcast called 20 Minutes of Winning. If you want a positive take on overcoming challenges, this podcast is for you.
Larry is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, artist, and author. In 1992, he became the first Black franchisee of McDonald's in Birmingham, Alabama. He now owns seven outlets. As a young man, he was part of a small group of students who integrated Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama. His fascinating life story is captured in his autobiography, Why Not Win?: Reflections on a fifty-year journey from the segregated South to America's board rooms – and what it can teach us all. Among his many accolades, Larry was named CEO of the Year in 2019 by the Birmingham Business Journal.
Our podcast builds on Larry's book and both of our life experiences to provide straightforward ideas on how to win at business and in life. We just released our fifth episode, Winning by Absorbing Life's Blows. When Larry launched his first McDonald's, a rival franchise walked in opening day and disrespectfully proclaimed he would be buying Larry out within six months. Rather than lash out in retaliation, Larry kept his eye on the prize and built a great business. Later the two became good friends. In an ironic twist, Larry eventually bought some of his former rival's restaurants. Life will land some punches on all of us, but they don't have to be knockout blows.
If you invest 20 minutes in this episode, I think you will be glad you did!
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Past episodes – available at the links above – include:
An Introduction to Winning
Winning Through Opposite Thinking
Winning by Saying No
Winning Through Diversity and Inclusion
Please check us out and we would be honored if you shared the podcast with friends and colleagues.
Have a great day!
Harbert Eminent Scholar and Professor of Management
Harbert College of Business
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