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Fire Marinelli, Millen Today

As promised, my headline has now repeated itself for the third time in three weeks. My thinking is that it is now possible for the Lions to go 0-16. But the Lions are still worth $914 Million (26th in the league), so there is no sweat coming from William Clay Ford. However, even son Bill Ford Jr. yesterday stated that he would fire Millen immediately.

What football and the Lions have to do with the beauty industry, I have no idea. Here is what I do know: There is a certain tension watching competition whether it's football (4th down and goal); baseball (bottom of ninth, two outs, runner at third, tie scored); tennis (match point) or the Olympics (.01 second between gold and silver).

When our favored team or athlete wins, we feel good. We feel happier. We high-five. We celebrate. We spend. We have fun. We talk. We call others. We're in a good mood. We want to read about, watch highlights and brag.

When our favored team or athlete loses, the opposite takes place.

When the Lions lose, Detroit isn't happy. The fans are grumpy. They are yelling, booing and kicking tires. At my sole game at Ford Field, the Lions lost on a field goal with time expiring. There wasn't a word said. Everyone left with a dumbfound expression on their face and walked miserably to their cars.

At the end, winning helps the economy. It brightens the day. People spend and tip more. People help each other out more and don't take bad news as badly.

When the Wings won the Stanley Cup, over 1 million fans jammed downtown Detroit. Proof positive.

TNG is about winning and providing that winning attitude to its customers and talent. As we launch SAP October 6, I can't help to think why we are where we are today. It's all about attitude, engagement, leadership and vision. But most of all, it's about people wanting to be inspired and being inspired.

both Ford and Millen need to step down and the inspiration will start.

Happy Tuesday!

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