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We Are All Connected!

James Cameron, in an interview with Oprah, explained the meaning of the Na’vi greeting, “I see you,” from the movie Avatar.  He explained that the greeting means “I understand who you are.”

I think this is a common human desire, but sorely lacking in most business interactions.

In an effort to practice the Na’vi greeting,  I tried an experiment.  A few days prior to a recent networking event, I searched LinkedIn for the names of everyone who had responded with an RSVP and sent each one a note and request to be added to my network.  In a way, it was my way of saying to each one, “I see you,” or “I understand who you are.”  I read each one’s summary, and saw the friends we had in common.  I found it to be a much more beneficial event as a result.

So, the next time you go to a networking event to “see and be seen,”  think of the Na’vi greeting.  It should be, and can be, much more than an exchange of business cards!

I would love to know more about YOUR story!  How can I help you?

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it!  We can connect at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart


Change by Choice or Change by Necessity?

I hope you have participated in some way today in celebration of Earth Day.  Our challenges are global and difficult, but not impossible to solve.

So many thoughts are screaming to be voiced today, but I want to suggest one thing to ponder…. Do you want to change by choice or change by necessity?

The first option is exciting, innovative, and proactive.  The second choice is purely reactive, and will most certainly be unpleasant.  I have to say that we are already experiencing some of the unpleasant!

The question begs to be asked on many levels… not just concerning the environment.  Change is happening rapidly in all aspects of our lives!  Do you want to be part of the excitement, the innovation, and the proactive creativity?  Or do you want to experience the unpleasant—- the uncertainty, failure, and slow recovery of reacting to the inevitable?

I know what my choice will be!  I’m Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  You can find me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

What’s the BIG IDEA? Post YOUR ideas here!

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that things have definitely changed!  For example, we used to do business with companies that had been established many years ago.  Very old companies  meant trust, reliability, and the belief that they had the products we needed and wanted.  Now one wonders if being an old, established company is a benefit or a liability!

Here’s what I mean…. Doing business “the way it’s always been done” is a good way to go OUT OF BUSINESS!  Change, innovation, creativity, ease of use, the latest invention, the newest trend….companies and individuals that understand this change will be the success stories of today and tomorrow.  Recent history is proof.  Great examples of failure to innovate fast enough can be seen in  publishing and the music industry.

Today a new product or service can be launched 24/7 worldwide by anyone with a computer, and even that has changed in just the last year!  This is the year of the smartphone and tablet.  We are all equipped, around the clock and around the world, to seek out new information, new products, and share new ideas. 

It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time!  Creativity is rewarded and yesterday’s products are boring!  Consumers are asking, “what have you released today?”

So I’m asking today, “What’s the BIG IDEA?”  I think it would be really exciting if everyone reading this blog would share a link in the comments below to the latest big ideas.  What have you discovered today that you would like to share?  What have you created that everyone will be talking about tomorrow?

The opportunities just ahead are incredible!  Can you see them?  Share your comments below, or connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Today’s thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”aristotle

― Aristotle

Each individual brings value to an organization…something unique!  But when the value of the individual is added to the dynamic of the group, the value of the individual increases.

Does your team work well together?  When you work as a group, does the outcome equal more than the sum of individual contributions?

Imagine how hard it would be to work in a vacuum!  There would be no competition, no learning from each other, no motivation, no “esprit de corps“…commonly known as the morale of the group.

Another way of thinking about Aristotle’s quote is to say that the work of the team is greater than the work of the individual, yet both are necessary for success!

My name is Tom Burns, and I am part of the A-1 Appliance Team!a1logo(1)I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it!  Our team sells, delivers, installs, and services the appliances you depend on daily for a healthy, happy home!phone1 (1)




Do the Work….Appreciate the Workers!

In yesterday’s post, I talked about being a consumer.  But today I want to focus on the other side of the coin…..the worker.  We are all one coin with two sides.  We all work, and we all consume.  How sad that we can’t see both sides of the coin at the same time!

I had a great opportunity today to visit the manufacturing facility of a solid surface countertop fabricator, http://www.oldcastlesurfaces.com/

The process of cutting, shaping and polishing these huge slabs of granite and quartz is wet, noisy, and dirty.  But the finished product shines like the sun reflected on the water, and is as smooth as glass!  Notice that the craftsmen are wearing raincoats and boots.  Water is constantly sprayed on the slab as it is polished and shaped.  Bare hands constantly rub the surface feeling for rough edges that must be polished.  It sure looks great in the kitchen, but do you think of the workers who mined and shipped the material, and the hands that shaped it with pride?  countertop mfg.

As I was driving to the factory, I noticed men and women on various street corners selling The Contributor, a newspaper published and sold by the homeless, working in the heat and cold to support themselves.  They always wave and smile…..but it’s hard work!  There is no shelter from the  hot sun or the cold wind, but they do the work.

Whatever your place in life, you are both worker and consumer.  As you go through your day, I hope you will think of the other side of the coin, and appreciate the other side,  as you yourself flip from one side to the other.

My name is Tom Burns.  I am a worker and a consumer.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it…. Find out more at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Links you might find useful:

  1. http://www.facebook.com/EcobyCosentino
  2. http://www.facebook.com/SilestonebyCosentino
  3. http://www.oldcastlesurfaces.com/
  4. http://cosentinousa.com/

WHITE! The New Choice for Kitchen Appliances!

A New trend is emerging in kitchen appliances…WHITE IS BACK!!!  Check out the newest product launch from Miele:forever_better_miele


The color white is pure and serene by nature. Blending in to reflect the aura of its surroundings. White has been used throughout the ages to speak of new beginnings. White harkens calm and influential architecture, supreme in design – whether contemporary, classic, rustic or urbane.

The use of white can provide a clean canvas to showcase other relevant elements – creating a functional, enchanting and inviting space.

Introducing the Brilliant White Plus Series by Miele… puristic design for the kitchen.

Product Pages

30″ Convection Oven
H 4886 BP BRWS+
60 CM Speed Oven
H 4086 BM BRWS+
60 CM Steam Oven
DG 4086 BRWS+
60 CM Whole Bean
Coffee Sytem
CVA 4062 BRWS+
60 CM Plate and
Cup Warmer
ESW 4086-14 BRWS+
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Brochure Today!

Stop by A-1 Appliance in Nashville to find out more about the amazing Miele cooking equipment—user friendly re-defined!



My name is Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  I can’t wait to show you the amazing sights at A-1 Appliance!  Learn more at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartphone1 (1)


I’ve been selling kitchen appliances for over 15 years.  I have been constantly amazed at the frequency of new product introductions.  The kitchen today is much different than the kitchen of 15 years ago.  If it has been a few years since the purchase of your last appliance, you should stop by A-1 Appliance and see the amazing, innovative products from the kitchen appliance industry.  I’m very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States….because I see the products made in the USA….many of them right here in Tennessee….every day!

So today’s word is INNOVATION!  I found some great thoughts on the subject by President Obama.  Here is what he said:


“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. ”


America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate.  We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people.  To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.  This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.

You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback on Slideshare using the links below:

If you prefer to submit your comments via WhiteHouse.gov, you can do so here.

Download the PDF of the Strategy for American Innovation (PDF)

 In Nashville, home sales were up 18 percent in February, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.


Startups being founded at fastest rate in decade…Nashville is a magnet for entrepreneurs!

How has innovation changed your life?  If you would like information about the newest, most exciting kitchen appliances in Nashville, stop by our showroom this Saturday, 3/23/13 from 11:00-3:00.   We will be having some cooking demonstrations and a huge sale!phone1 (1)My name is Tom Burns.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I hope innovation continues long into the future in the appliance industry!   Follow the progress with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

What did you do today…Part 2

I would like to recommend a blog article I read today by DANIEL BURRUS.  You can find it here: http://bigthink.com/flash-foresight/its-time-to-redefine-and-reinvent-your-business-and-your-career-before-others-do-it-for-you?

He made a very important point in this article...”It is important to understand that you can’t go backward, and you can’t stand still; you can’t rest on your laurels, and you can’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect to thrive, even if you do your best to keep doing it better. The only way to survive, let alone thrive, is to continuously reinvent and redefine.”

In yesterday’s post, I asked the question, “What did you do today?”  The answer for far too many people is, “the same thing I did yesterday.”

Many people can remember when that pretty well summed up a career.  You could do the same set of tasks  daily for 40 years and then retire with a pension at age 65,  Today that has all changed.   In our rapidly changing world, your product or service may not even exist in 10 years….or less!

I also read today about companies that are proactive (translate successful) and companies that are reactive (translate failing).

So I’m asking the question again today,  “What are you doing today….to get ready for tomorrow?

This article will help you sort through the coming changes:  http://bigthink.com/flash-foresight/12-certainties-that-will-transform-every-career-and-create-new-ones

Thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

The Shortage Is Here!

I’ve been hearing it all of my life….”There is a shortage of…..”  But as I get older, I realize that shortage can be defined in many ways!  For example,  is there a shortage of:

  1. Time?  This is a very interesting concept.  There is an increasing shortage of time as you age.  When you are 12 years old, a year is 1/12th of your lifetime….but when you are 60, a year is 1/60th of your lifetime.  Now it feels like there is a shortage of time since a year is a much smaller percentage of your lifetime experience!
  2. Money?  Never enough of that!  By nature, we are never satisfied.  The accumulation of money (or things) is part of our genetic evolutionary code and essential to our survival.
  3. Products?  From a business perspective, can supply equal demand?
  4. Staff?  Do we have time and money to produce products that people demand in ever increasing quantities? Can we find qualified people to hire?
  5. Teachers?  See #4 above.  Without good schools and good teachers, we can never hope to have enough qualified employees!
  6. Space? What do we do with all of our accumulated “stuff?” ….or worse, our garbage?
  7. Quiet?  We are surrounded 24/7 by noise, interruption, confusion!  When will we find time to think?  ….to find solutions to coming shortages?
  8. Quality?  Mass production at a faster and faster pace to satisfy growing demand is producing products that wear out sooner.
  9. Quality products?  See #7 and #8.   If we demand higher quality, it must take more time to produce…..but see #1….we have a shortage of time! and see # 4…we need more teachers to educate future generations who will be competent to produce the goods and services we all demand.
  10. Patience?  Everyone in line is pushing and shoving to get their share first.  See #3….we are worried about a shortage of products!
  11. Gasoline (fuel in general)?  Is the shortage real or controlled by invisible market forces?  Unfortunately there is no shortage of panic buying!….which leads to more shortage!
  12. Service providers?  See #4, followed by #9.  Don’t you hate to wait in line?  “Why can’t they hire more people so I can get my products (see #3) faster?”
  13. Satisfaction?  Does anyone listen when I complain?  See #4 above….and cross reference #11 for good measure!

Well, you get the point.  We could carry on with many more examples…..how about unemployment?  There is certainly a jobs shortage.  What about healthcare?  We already have a shortage of doctors and nurses.   Clean water?  That’s a global crisis!  Clean air….getting worse by the day!  When did you hear the last “air quality alert?”  Tax revenue?  see products and services above.  Oh, and I forgot to mention bees!  Should we be concerned about a shortage of pollination which will have a huge impact on our food supply?

So what’s the answer when it seems that everything is in short supply?  If I had the answer, I wouldn’t be blogging about it…..I’d be an economist!

Depending on where you live in this world, your list of shortages may be vastly different than the ones listed here.  What is the biggest shortage you face in your daily life?  Can you suggest a solution to deal with these shortages?  How do you react when you perceive a shortage?  Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

I hope you will  join the discussion.  I look forward to your comments.

My name is Tom Burns,  and I sell things essential to life as we know it…. (I sure hope we don’t run out of  refrigerators and microwave ovens….life would sure suck without them!)  You can connect with me on various social media sites at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom


You’ve Been Asking For This…..

I’ll bet the title of this blog made you curious about the content!  I hope it plays well on twitter, facebook, linkedin, G+, etc.  Sometimes headlines get a lot of attention.  Please share it…..(I’m told that just asking your readers to “share” gets a very high percentage of “shares,” so I’m curious to see if it’s true!

So, now to the “content” part of this blog post.  I sell washers and dryers.  Keep reading….it does get interesting!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you know that Stainless Steel appliances are incredibly popular.  Virtually every day someone comes in to the A-1 Appliance showroom and asks me if we have any washers and dryers in Stainless Steel.  …..we have not…..UNTIL NOW!!!!

Introducing the new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in ….wait for it…. drum roll…..STAINLESS STEEL!  How do I describe them?  Incredible!  HEAVY!  (good thing we have big guys on our delivery team!) New Features! Stands out in a crowd….DEFINITELY!  You really should come by and see this awesome set!  This isn’t painted silver….it’s the real deal!

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Let’s visit the Whirlpool website for some more great information:



And best of all….These machines are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A.  But wait….there’s MORE!  This set is on sale RIGHT NOW!  phone1 (1)

Thank you for reading this far along in my blog post.  I have to say that there is way too much information about these new machines to share in a blog post.  If you are reading this and live in the greater Nashville area, please stop by the AMAZING A-1 Appliance Showroom and let me show you in person.a1logo(1)

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things that are essential to life as we know it…. You can connect with me on various social media sites via http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart