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Famous Family Business Break Up: PUMA and ADIDAS

Brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler set up a shoe company in their mother’s laundry room in the town of Herzogenaurach, Germany, in 1924. But it soon became apparent that the brothers had different personalities, and tensions between the two came to a boiling point during World War II.

Rudolf was sent to war, and after his return, was picked up by U.S. soldiers and imprisoned for about a year. He reportedly was convinced that his imprisonment was organized by his brother. The brothers split up in 1948, and Rudolf Dassler founded the company that would become Puma. Adi formally registered Adidas in 1949.

The rivalry between the brothers even divided the town of Herzogenaurach, where Adidas and Puma still have rival factories on opposite sides of the river. That came to a symbolic end on Global Peace Day in 2009, though, when employees of both factories played football together, pitting mixed Puma and Adidas teams against each other. The “Black” team of the companies’ CEOs beat the “White” team 7:5.

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Language Functions with Modal Verbs: Can and Could

Modal Verbs Can CouldIf you want to check out more language pins to review the basics or learn something new, then why not check out the Inglés Málaga pin it board?

Language Functions: Shall

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Language Functions: Must, Don’t have to

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Language Functions: Modal Verb Should

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Modal Mania: Janette it is prohibited: You are not allowed to..

No peekingIn my family we have a lot of Christmas traditions and customs, for example:

  1. We can’t open our presents until after lunch on Christmas Day. In fact, we are allowed to look at them, but we can’t touch, shake, smell or lick them
  2. Nobody is allowed to spend more than £30 on a single present
  3. My mother will not let us watch TV
  4. Nobody is allowed to blow out the Christmas candle that burns in our home for the 12 nights leading up to Christmas Day
  5. Nobody is allowed to sit under the chimney waiting for Father Christmas, nor are we allowed to drink the brandy we leave for him and his little helpers

Modal Mania: Janette requires some advice: You ought to.

Purchase SuggestionsIn my book, gift giving is a pleasure but thinking of an appropriate gift, locating it and then ensuring you are permitted to use plastic to pay for it can sometimes be a pain in the neck.

My mother is only interested in 3 things in life: Bach, hats, and church bells. Stereotypically speaking, women like to have a big wardrobe for all their clothes but my mother needs to have a whole room to store all her hats. In her free time she runs from one village church to another yanking bell ropes and our family home shakes as Bach’s B minor mass blares out most evenings irritating the deer and foxes.

With this in mind, I need your help. What ought I to buy her, the woolly bear hat, the church bell or the wig? Let me know, when you have a moment.

Modal Mania: Janette requires some advice: You should..

Purchase AdviceSo, I’m about to ‘self-combust’. I’ve been glued to the Internet looking for some inspiration to help me buy a gift for my brother’s partner. I don’t know him very well as I’ve only met him a handful of times, but I do know he’s keen on vintage stuff; he restrings tennis rackets for a hobby, (???? I know, what a nutjob!!) and he drinks bloody marys for breakfast at the weekend.

So, I need your advice. What should I buy him?

  1. If I were in your shoes, I would buy him +option:
  2. You should buy him +option:
  3. I’d suggest purchasing +option:
  4. It might be a good idea to +option:
  5. What you should buy is +option

Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you?

Employability SkillsAccording to the American business magazine, Forbes, the most important abilities or skills that employers want are as follows:
1. Can work in a team structure
2. Can make decisions and solve problems
3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work
5. Can obtain and process information
6. Can analyse quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programmes
9. Can create and/or edit written reports
10. Can sell and influence others

So, do you have the above abilities?  Do you agree?

Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit.  So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.