Chapter 10 I think quite a few companies use charitable giving guidelines as a way to say, in effect, "We gave at theoffice," when it comes to thinking about what overall good the companies should be accomplishing. In myopinion, Wal-Mart is an entirely different sort of enterprise from that and I would argue that our relentlesseffort to improve our business has always been tied to trying to make things better for the folks who liveand work in our communities. We have built a company that is so efficient it has enabled us to save ourcustomers billions of dollars, and whether you buy into the argument or not, we believe it. That in itself isgiving something back, and it has been a cornerstone philosophy of our company. 东巴人双色球专家专栏 "I've always felt that to Sam, the people in the storesthe managers and the associatesare the kings. Heloves them. And there's no doubt they feel they have an open door to him. He'll go out on store visits,and when he gets back he'll call me and say, 'Give this boy a store to manage. He's ready.' Then I'llexpress some concern about the person's experience level or whatever, and he'll say, 'Give him oneanyway. Let's see how he does.' The other thing, of course, is that he has absolutely no tolerance formanagers mistreating the associates in the stores. When he finds something like that going on, he gets onus about it instantly."So you see, when we say Wal-Mart is a partnership, we really believe it. Partnership involvesmoneywhich is crucial to any business relationshipbut it also involves basic human considerations, suchas respect. Wal-Mart is a spectacular example of what happens when 400,000 people come together asa group, with a real feeling of partnership, and are able, for the most part, to put the needs of theirindividual egos behind the needs of their team. She made a little gesture with her head. I twisted toward the sound of his voice and slowly inched along. To my left, I felt the ground dropabruptly away. How close Salvador had come to stepping into empty air, I didn鈥檛 want to know. I bent against the rope, churning my legs as I dragged him forward. He released the rope, and Ishot off. 鈥淕ood,鈥?the man said. 鈥淲henever you run, remember that feeling of straining against therope. It鈥檒l keep your feet under your body, your hips driving straight ahead, and your heels out ofthe picture.鈥?