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The Story of one shoe dog's journey in the footwear industry

About me, Mike...

I’m a Senior Director at Zappos.com

This is my journey on how I got here…from the beginning.  I’m writing twice a week sharing my story and tips along the way for those who want to get in into the shoe and apparel industry, already in the industry looking for insights, or for those who just want to see my comic strips from a shoe dog who’s been around the block.  Enjoy!

My Latest Blogs Below.

Under size 5 & Over size 10 event

Blog #89 – Under size 5 & Over size 10 event

In Blog 88 I talked about putting good people in key positions. In this blog I wanted to talk about an event we did that showcased sizes under 5 and over 10. We were having really good success with the styles that went beyond the size run of 6-10. Customers had a

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good people in key positions

Blog #88 – Good people in key positions

In Blog 87 I talked about team Building. In this blog I wanted to talk about putting good people in key positions Danny turned out to be a good hire. I knew this because other sales people were complaining about him. He wasn’t doing anything wrong, he was just really good at

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Team Building day

Blog #87 – Team Building day

 “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”. – Nina Dobrev. In Blog 86 I talked about building a team. In this blog I wanted to talk about a Team building event we did. I was always interested in film. In high school I took a film making class

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Building a Team

Blog #86 – Building a Team

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi In Blog 85 I talked about how change is constant in retail. In this blog I wanted to talk about Team building. Our 2nd Asst. was

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Change is Constant

Blog #85 – Change is Constant

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” -Socrates In Blog 84 I talked about building a team.. In this blog I wanted to talk about how change is constant in retail. Business was really good so I was able

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Building a Team

Blog #84 – Building a Team

“You don’t build a business. You build people and then people build the business.” Zig Ziglar In Blog 83 I talked about focusing on three important tenets. In this blog I wanted to talk about building a team. Our business with Rick & Moda Spana was on fire. There was also talk

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…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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