Sol Amon

Sol Amon is the owner of Pure Food Fish Market, which he has operated for 50 years at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Amon, who goes by “Solly,” has become an institution at the Market and has the longest tenure of any vendor. His customers are diverse and include folks like Tom Brokaw who once stopped Solly on the street in New York to say “Hi”. Solly’s family emigrated to the United States from Turkey at a young age. He has been married 54 years to his wife Tillie and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Getting Things Done

Dealing With People

People tell me that I am good at the psychological aspect of dealing with people. I do think that to accomplish things in life, you have to know how to deal with people. And that means dealing with unique people in different ways. Understanding what statement or delivery might motivate a certain person to go down a certain path. Sometimes I say, Now what would you do if you were sitting in this chair? Let their mind work. I also use questions a lot as a way to direct my employees in a more decent way than if I am simply telling them, Go do this. The way you talk to people is important. If you’re nice and genuine to people, they’re going to be nice to you. For every action, there’s a reaction.

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