A Sportsman's Life

How I Built Orvis by Mixing Business and Sport

Author: Leigh Perkins

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 213

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When Leigh Perkins bought the Orvis Company in 1965, the fly-fishing and bird-hunting outfitter was a sleepy business with annual sales that had leveled off at $500,000. Over the next thirty years Perkins built Orvis's annual sales to $100 million by revolutionizing the catalog retail industry and reshaping the company's tradition-bound culture. He achieved this by blending his love of nature with his business acumen and bringing the commonsense approach he learned in the streams and on his hunts to his boardroom decision making. The basic principles he used to run his business include: The Customer Is Always Right. . . Even When You Know Damned Well He's Wrong: Perkins put such a high priority on customer service that he would personally man the phones at the height of the holiday season each year to keep in touch with his customers. Product Excellence: Perkins made sure that everything Orvis sold was of the highest quality--even if that meant he had to fight the US government to get access to embargoed Chinese bamboo for fly rods. Empower Your Employees: By promoting from within, and by empowering his employees to solve problems without manager involvement, Perkins built a loyal and talented team. Living the outdoor life his catalog popularized, Perkins traveled all over the world to fish and hunt, from Argentina to New Zealand, while devoting his resources to conservation causes worldwide.

Records of the Chase, and Memoirs of Celebrated Sportsmen

Illustrating Sme of the Usages of Olden Times, and Comparing Them with Prevailing Customs. Together with an Introduction to Most of the Fashionable Hunting Counries, and Comments

Author: Cornelius Tongue



Category: Hunting

Page: 355

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Black Sportsmen (Routledge Revivals)

Author: E. Cashmore

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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First published in 1982, Black Sportsmen examines the effect that race has had on sportspeople. The book is based on interviews with a wide range of sportspeople from Olympic athletes to schoolchildren and novices. Written at a time when many black youths were turning to, and succeeding in sports such as athletics, boxing, football, karate and table tennis, this book focuses on the various ways in which black sports competitors reacted to their blackness.