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Colonel’s 2017 New Year’s Philosophy

Colonel’s 2017 New Year’s Philosophy

colonel_hilltopA new year is on the horizon.  It stretches out before us like an endless highway, beckoning us on an exciting journey.  It is a new beginning – a time for reflection.  I’ve never been a big believer in New Year’s resolutions as such.  Sometimes they’re quickly made and just as quickly broken.  But, I am a big believer in philosophies and concepts that guide our lives, and here’s one I think is important.  I’ve found that if the great people who work with me every day buy into just this one concept, we don’t just meet goals, we exceed them.  And, we have happy customers.

I call it the “do more than you get paid for” philosophy.  Most people do less than they get paid for and think they’ve done a good job.  Some people do exactly what they get paid for and think that makes them special; but, really, that just makes you even because you’re doing the job you’re expected to do. Then, there are those few people who always do colnewyearsquotemore than is required. They are the people who stick with it until the job is done, who volunteer for a task, who see new and better ways of doing things, who have initiative and a sense of loyalty.  Rightly so, they are the people who get promotions.  And, if the economy goes downhill and people have to be laid off, they are the last people standing because they have earned that right.

The world abounds with people who do just enough to get by.  You see them everywhere you go – waiters in restaurants, sales associates in retail stores, customer “service” people, public “service” employees.  You know the type. They never make eye contact, because they are so afraid you’re going to ask them a question or to do something.  They are the clock watchers who sit with purse or bag in hand ticking off the minutes until they can charge out the door.

On a broader scale, so many companies and businesses do less than they get paid for.  A few do the bare minimum – so many that if you do more than is expected you’re really going to stand out in the crowd.  It’s not always the big things you do, it’s also about the small things that show you care and appreciate the trust someone has placed in you.

car1There was a lady who knew nothing about automobiles except that her brakes were bad.  Since no one in her office could suggest a reputable garage, she took a chance on one listed in the Yellow Pages.  The owner was very helpful and explained what she needed and about what it would cost.  When she went to pick up her car he went over the steps they had taken and explained the charges to her.  In about three days she received a phone call from the garage owner asking if her brakes were okay.  That call took about three minutes of his time.  He followed up in about three weeks with a postcard thanking her for her business and making sure all was well.  He urged her to call if she had a problem and they would pick up the car and take care of it.  That took aboutcar2 three more minutes of his time.  So now, where do you think she is going to take her car the next time she needs repair work done?  Who do you think she will recommend to others?  All because of a phone call and a postcard that took about six minutes of time.

strivetobestellarThe “do more than you get paid for” attitude is a code we live by here at Col. Littleton.  We “Strive to be Stellar.”  I’m fortunate to have so many people who work with me who believe going the extra mile is important.  If you hold yourself to a high standard in all parts of life, it stands to reason your business will thrive, too.  I hope you, our customers, feel that philosophy at work when you deal with our company.

In the New Year why not think about adopting the “do more than is expected” philosophy if you haven’t already.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  And, if you have children one of the greatest gifts you can give them is teaching them in everything they do to give their best effort and do more than is required.  This principle becomes a way of life for them and could very well make the difference in great success and mediocrity.

I would love to hear from you with stories about doing more than you got paid for and the kind of response you received or stories about someone you admire for going above and beyond what is expected.

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CREATING TOMORROW’S HEIRLOOMS

CREATING TOMORROW’S HEIRLOOMS

What’s happened to our family heirlooms? I’m sure when families gathered on Thanksgiving, the conversations drifted toward memories that were special and significant. “Remember that pocket watch Daddy loved so much?  Whatever happened to it?  Remember how proud Mama was of her collection of baking tins?  Does anyone know where they are?  And what about… Continue Reading

Colonel’s Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Colonel’s Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Like lots of folks, I’ve always pictured Thanksgiving as a time when a one-horse sleigh traveled through the woods to grandma’s house where family gathered to eat turkey and the trimmings from a big platter. When everyone was nice and stuffed, the family would gather around the fireplace in the sitting room and enjoy being… Continue Reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Our 2017 Catalog

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Our 2017 Catalog

This holiday season marks our catalog’s 25th edition. Actually, we’ve been in business 30 years; however in our first few years we didn’t have the products or the resources to produce a catalog. Over the years, just about everything has changed from the size, printing, binding, product selection, etc. We work hard to produce this… Continue Reading

Dear Colonel 12/5/16

Dear Colonel 12/5/16

LETTERS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS I want to hear from you. Send me your letters and pictures. – Colonel Email us at [email protected] Or, Mail to Colonel Littleton, 755 Abernathy Rd, Lynnville, TN 38472 Feel free to include a picture of your product, too.  (Even better if you’re in it!) READ MORE CUSTOMER LETTERS – DEAR COLONEL 10-7-16 Continue Reading

Dear Colonel 9/2/16

Dear Colonel 9/2/16

Letters From Our Customers Mike S. shared this with us on Facebook…what he calls “Bentley Tote perfection.”   Colonel rarely meets a picker he doesn’t like, but every now and then somebody really stands out, and that’s the case with this guy. Meet Colonel’s new favorite artist, John Hound Brown, a good ole southern storyteller… Continue Reading

Col. Littleton Trunk Show Sets Off Fireworks in NC

Col. Littleton Trunk Show Sets Off Fireworks in NC

It was a festive 4th of July weekend for Colonel and his team who visited The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC for the Col. Littleton Trunk Show. Nestled among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this grand resort hotel is over 100 years old and breathtaking. Fireworks lit up the nighttime sky while sparks were flying, you could say, inside… Continue Reading

Dear Colonel 6/16/16

Dear Colonel 6/16/16

LETTERS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS   Tommy Harrison shares his “15 minutes of fame” with his Col. Littleton No. 3 Grip Bag: –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – IF YOU… Continue Reading

Col. Littleton Supports Children’s Music Program

Col. Littleton Supports Children’s Music Program

Have you ever seen a cuter group of violin virtuosos than this group from Richland Elementary School in Lynnville? (Front row, fifth from left is Kaitlyn, daughter of Josh Green, Leathersmith and Hide Specialist at Col. Littleton)  Photo courtesy of CWN Community Arts Academy Col. Littleton partnered with Martin Methodist College in their OpporTUNEity Music… Continue Reading

Brands As Art

Brands As Art

“Art takes many forms. At Col. Littleton you might say we have a new type of “brand awareness.” Having been in the leather business for many years I have come to appreciate the artistry of rancher’s brands . . . so much that I have designed and have a patent pending on a concept to bring this… Continue Reading

The Pocket Journal

The Pocket Journal

The New No. 27 & No. 28 Pocket Journals.   Choose the one that works best for you: No. 27 Pocket Journal Outside Dimensions: 6″H x 4″W Pocket Journal holds 5 1/2″H x 3 1/2″W journal fillers. No. 28 Pocket Journal  Outside Dimensions: 8 3/4″H x 5 1/4″W Pocket Journal holds 8 1/4″H x 5″W journal fillers.… Continue Reading

Milky Way Farm

Milky Way Farm

The Giles county countryside is looking beautiful as ever as the leaves turn and autumn greets us. This is a great time of year to visit our neighbors down the road, MILKY WAY FARM, so we thought we would tell you about them and take you on a little tour. Milky Way Farm is indeed… Continue Reading

Now Shipping to 36 Countries

Now Shipping to 36 Countries

Colonel can’t exactly fly the plane himself, but we do have a way to deliver to 36 countries. For any questions about international shipping, please email [email protected] TO ORDER: 1. Shop our website and add products to checkout cart. 2. Click on “Cart” in the website header to review products. 3. Look below cart total and click… Continue Reading

Final Touches to the Tavern Restoration

Final Touches to the Tavern Restoration

It was over a year ago when Colonel first laid eyes on a sad, decaying building that didn’t seem worthy of another look. But, the walls spoke of history that could not be overlooked. Luckily, the building was framed with original materials that could be saved, and Colonel’s vision led him and a team of craftsmen on the… Continue Reading

Stencil Boards

Stencil Boards

When it comes to historic restoration, it’s not unusual to face some challenges along the way. Colonel and the team have had their share during this project.  But, Colonel felt quite lucky with a particular surprise that showed up – something he’d never dream of finding. The Legacy of Moses Eaton Comes to Lynnville, Tenn. Payton Hewitt made a rare… Continue Reading

Col. Littleton in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine

Col. Littleton in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine

Pick up the July issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine and you’ll see Colonel and the town of Lynnville on page 50! They’ve included us in their article detailing “Three Charming Day Drives.”  Some of our neighbors are mentioned as well – Whitehorse Trading Company, Soda Pop Junction, Tenn South Distillery and the Lynnville Railroad Museum. Click on… Continue Reading

The Andrew Jackson Tavern – First Impression

The Andrew Jackson Tavern – First Impression

Colonel Littleton is a preservationist at heart with an appetite for restoring old buildings and preserving the history and the stories so deeply woven into the crevices of their walls. It’s disheartening for him to watch these buildings fall to neglect. Because, “Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever,” says Colonel.  But, when does Colonel decide to take on… Continue Reading

Colonel and the Tavern – A Love Story

Colonel and the Tavern – A Love Story

Colonel is Featured in County Life Magazine Fern Greenbank, publisher of County Life Marshall Magazine and community storyteller, wrote a wonderful article about the Colonel saving the Andrew Jackson Tavern and the history that goes along with it . . . Fern writes, “The colonel is known to love good old-fashioned stories and, well, anything old. This… Continue Reading

Col. Littleton Featured on RFD-TV’s “Small Town Big Deal”

Col. Littleton Featured on RFD-TV’s “Small Town Big Deal”

Col. Littleton will be featured on the series “Small Town Big Deal” which airs on RFD-TV Thursday, April 9 at 8:30pm CST.  (Dish Network Channel 231 / Direct TV Channel 345 / Check your local listing) The hosts of the show, Jann Carl and Rodney Miller, visited our little town of Lynnville, Tennessee and were treated… Continue Reading

Command Car Restoration

Command Car Restoration

THE DISCOVERY Having been a long-time aficionado of anything with wheels, and especially military vehicles, it was no surprise to anyone (especially my wife) that I ended up acquiring a 1941 Army Command Car. As you can see in these pictures, it was in need of more than a tune up. After receiving a lead from a friend, I found myself driving… Continue Reading

American Buffalo by Colonel Littleton

American Buffalo by Colonel Littleton

Nothing Says “AMERICANA” like American Buffalo. Our history is filled with stories of this majestic animal that thundered across the plains in the early days of America and is forever a symbol of our heritage. Watch the video to learn more about Colonel’s vision for our unique American Buffalo products. Shop American Buffalo Collection HERITAGE… Continue Reading

Andrew Jackson Tavern – The Journey Home

Andrew Jackson Tavern – The Journey Home

A Saved Building Takes The Journey Home There was a fragile, broken-down building in Belfast, Tennessee, the last remaining structure of what was a 200-year-old inn and tavern. The building was picked up and taken on its final journey home to Foxfire Farm in Lynnville on May 8, 2014. It has been undergoing a careful… Continue Reading

Dave Ramsey visits Col. Littleton Leather Workshop

Dave Ramsey visits Col. Littleton Leather Workshop

Financial author, fellow Tennessean and all-around good guy, Dave Ramsey stopped by Col. Littleton Friday for the 50 cent tour. (We all hid our credit cards.) Dave and his friend, (and Col. Littleton customer) Barry McCall, visited with Colonel getting a firsthand look at our leather manufacturing workshop.  The tour ended with a visit to our Private Stock and Classic… Continue Reading

Colonel Speaks Out About Our Leather

Colonel Speaks Out About Our Leather

I’ve always heard “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Likewise, you can’t make extraordinary leather products from less than extraordinary leather. It all begins with the leather. What We Are and What We’re Not Leather is a passion for me. There are more kinds of leather and leather processing out… Continue Reading