WARM BLANKET OF YAMS The Best Part of Thanksgiving Marines we hosted for Thanksgiving last year, an annual tradition for the Barnett family Case with football player Vince Ferragamo
O f all the Thanksgiving traditions my family had when I was growing up, my favorite was the Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl. We were a big football family, and when we weren’t watching the Thanksgiving game on TV, we were outside playing flag football. I remember how nice it was to get outside and throw the ball around. It was super fun, and I was pretty good at it. A lot of people play football on Thanksgiving, but my family’s Thanksgiving football games were a little different because two of our players were professionals. My sister’s godfather is Vince Ferragamo, quarterback for the then Los Angeles Rams. It was through Vince that our family met Jackie Slater, who played offensive line for the Rams. Vince and Jackie would join all the kids in our flag football game on Thanksgiving morning. It was an amazing experience. I can’t say we have professional athletes joining us for the holiday anymore, but I still look forward to Thanksgiving morning. I love the smell of Thanksgiving and the way the scent of cooking food drifts from the kitchen through the whole house. It’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket of candied yams. With that smell comes the excitement of family coming to visit. Finn and Harlow are always so excited for their grandparents to come over. I really love the happiness and excitement of the door opening and everyone showing up to spend the day together. We get to celebrate a lot of great family holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite. Christmas is great, but I know the kids can get really focused on the presents, so the gifts become distractions. Thanksgiving doesn’t have that layer. Instead, it’s a day to truly focus on family and warmth. There are so many things I’m thankful for this year. My family is at the top of that list (surprising no one), but this month, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for my firm and all of our amazing clients. Our team is made up of
We get to celebrate a lot of great family holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite.
Case playing football with his dad
some of the most dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking people I have ever met, and the clients we work with are some of the most amazing people. I am beyond thankful for the opportunities that having the firm provides. It allows us to do a lot of good within our community. The firm also grants me an amazing amount of flexibility to spend time with my family. Earlier this fall, my family was able to take a last-minute trip to Hawaii. It was completely unplanned and something we desperately needed. Finn has been sick for a long time, and this trip marked a new beginning of hope and healing for us. I recognize how privileged we are to be able to take that kind of trip, and I am so grateful to the firm for giving me the flexibility to be with my family when they need me.
I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have plenty to be thankful for and enjoy a wonderful day of good food and great company.
3 Tips for Every Business Leader EXECUTE STRATEGY AND KILL STAGNANCY
Putting off action in favor of creating the perfect plan or strategy leads to stagnant business. Successful people know that plans take many shapes before they reach their final form. Don’t jump into something without a clear plan, but don’t be afraid to define your strategy as you go. There’s a reason audiences won’t be flocking to theaters to watch the latest galactic adventures of Luke Starkiller this December. 2. Be Methodical While you shouldn’t wait for the perfect plan, you shouldn’t be flying in blind, either. You can be too energetic about execution. Make sure everyone involved in a plan knows their responsibilities. Confusion will torpedo any strategy faster than you can say, “Who was in charge of this?” The Harvard Business Review states, “Having the discipline to organize people, assemble resources, and then generate a plan that others can commit to will collectively improve execution.” 3. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate We’re not saying you should micromanage your team, but you do need to be checking in on a regular basis to evaluate progress on your plan. Schedule monthly or quarterly meetings to go over the strategy. This is where you look for any changes that need to be made and refine the strategy. A smart strategy feels reassuring, but learning to execute a plan is the only way to make progress. The best business plan in the world is worthless if you never follow through.
“To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed ... Execution is worth millions.” –Steve Jobs
Anyone can take this advice to heart, whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Ideas are easy, but no one becomes successful because they had a great idea. Success comes from putting that idea into action. Being able to execute a plan is a skill every business leader needs. Here are three steps to help you improve your execution. 1. Ditch Perfection Have you ever watched a behind-the-scenes featurette of your favorite movie? Some of the most successful films were all but unrecognizable in their early phases. In fact, a lot of early concepts are terrible. Look up the original designs for Woody in “Toy Story” to see for yourself. Fortunately, rather than wait for the perfect script, creators executed their visions and make changes as needed.
HELP US MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL!
Case Barnett Law’s 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive
Case Barnett Law is dedicated to making some holiday magic with our charity, Giving Children Hope. For the third year in a row, we will be collecting new toys for local children in need. We’d like to invite all our readers to join us in this cause. Interested in sponsoring a Christmas wish list? On Nov. 4, we will have wish lists from families who need a little extra help this holiday season. Your support helps make dreams come true for children in our community!
Give us a call to learn how you can be part of Giving Children Hope!
Unwrapped toys must be dropped off at our office by Nov. 22. 245 Fischer Avenue, Suite B4 Costa Mesa, CA 92673
Can’t make it to the office? Gifts can be ordered online and delivered directly to the address above!
With your help, Case Barnett Law has been able to make the holidays special for families in our community. Thank you all for supporting Giving Children Hope!
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NOT YOUR ORDINARY TURKEY SHOOT The Crazy Case of Jacobs v. Kent
Burnished Potato Nuggets Inspired by Bon Appétit
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It began like any other hunting excursion. Neil Jacobs was walking softly through the bushes, looking for a spot to hunker down and watch for a flock of turkeys. The only problem was that someone beat him to that neck of the woods. James Kent had established a hunting spot for himself, and, when he heard rustling and gobbling in some nearby bushes and saw a flash of red, he took aim and fired. Unfortunately, the movement in the bushes was not a turkey. Kent was horrified to find that he had shot Jacobs. Jacobs promptly moved for a partial summary judgment against Kent on the basis that he had failed to determine that Jacobs was not a turkey but, in fact, a human being. Kent cross-moved for summary judgment, saying Jacobs should have expected risks when he stepped into a popular hunting environment. When their case came before the Supreme Court of the 4th District of New York, the courts denied both the motion and the cross-motion. They agreed that Jacobs had assumed the inherent risks of hunting — just not the risks it would be unreasonable to assume, like getting shot by another hunter who thought you were a turkey. Beyond that, the courts did not pronounce judgment because they did not have enough verifiable facts. Jacobs asserted that turkey hunters should not shoot unless they can see the turkey and verify its gender. The court could not determine whether Kent had failed to follow this rule when he shot Jacobs. They also could not determine whether the doctrine of primary assumption of risk, which Kent pointed to in his defense, was even applicable. The court also called into question whether Jacobs had also been negligent. Ultimately, the case didn’t move forward.
try this recipe. Ingredients
• 5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 8 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 sprigs rosemary • Kosher salt, to taste
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a large pot, pour water over potatoes to cover by 2 inches. Salt water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Thoroughly drain potatoes and let stand for 10 minutes. Toss gently and season with salt. 4. Meanwhile, combine both oils in a large pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and add potatoes, turning to coat thoroughly. Return to oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10. 6. Toss in garlic and rosemary and finish cooking for 8–10 minutes. 7. Drain and serve.
Maybe next time, they should just try getting a turkey from the supermarket.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Page 1 What Are You Thankful For?
Page 2 Execution Is Greater Than Strategy
Giving Children Hope
Page 3 Not Your Ordinary Turkey Shoot
Burnished Potato Nuggets
Page 4 The Gift of Giving
CELEBRATING GIVING TUESDAY
Supporting the People You Believe In
and social media could be used to make generosity go
November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love. Origin and Goal Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.” Technology at Its Best Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and spread generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology
viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and
companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same.
How You Can Celebrate Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit GivingTuesday.org .Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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