Archive for the ‘Business Solutions’ Category

Working together through a storm opposition

January 30, 2010

This is what the modern pragmatist is faced with: we must draw the conclusion and treat as a norm a storm of bitter and venal opposition over the most minor issue, event, affair or idea that may come up.

Anything we say or write will whip up a storm of opposition, and occasionally praise, yet if men and women of good will are to work together to find solutions to the complex and vexing problems of the day, we must find deeper ways to relate and work together to weather those storms and grow closer to those nay-sayers, back-stabbers and gossips we call colleagues, neighbors, family and friends.

Therefore our operating principle must be to take these seas and storms into account and still chart a course that allows our personal ship of state to remain sea-worthy and God-willing, fiscally sound…thats “solvent,” money in your pocket for all you accounting or finance students.

If we experience a base signal or white-noise level of mental discontent and troubled relationships, then only extreme variance or pent-up dramatic or socially explosive expressions  stand out as triggering devices that deliver a cascade of emotions and mental imagery connecting a trivial incident to a truck-load of mental baggage.  Its the baggage that matters, the trigger is almost a favor because it brings the real problems to light.

Yet despite the urge to throttle the idiot who keeps saying ‘no, it can’t be done,’ or  ‘you’ll never amount to anything,’  we must find ways to smile and accept the trivial things that would stand in the way of achieving operating efficiency and a strong personal commitment to solvent, self-sustaining operations…the noise of opposition would stand in our way if…we allowed ourselves to get side-tracked with trivial matters of annoyance.   Can you afford to be annoyed with the people you need?

As St. Augustine was faced in 1995-96 with wide-spread ignorance about what the legal situation was with street-performers and the city, every effort I made to get artist, performers or the general public involved spurred as many letters against me or ideas I had advanced as they did letters about what the powerful people of St. Augustine were doing to the weakest and most vulnerable.

Yet, as the “crowd” became more vocal, and more people engaged, out of this apparent chaos, dozens of advocates began to work their own campaign.  Our efforts created one group of the 19 most prominent and successful artist and performers.  immediately, 6 or 7 other groups were formed…all of which worked wonders against each other.  Crowd-sourcing is now understood as a powerful public-decision process though almost every government official prefers control and coercive processes.

Navigating your issue, your career or your marriage through this storm of opposition and scant praise takes nerves of steel, you may have to toughen-up and learn to cope without over-reacting (if you notice or react, you are over-reacting, most of it you can just let-it-go) so remember who you are and what you are about and to quote a famous Admiral, “Damned the torpedoes, full steam ahead!”

January 27, 2010

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” ~ St. Augustine

January 26, 2010

Business practices that milk the system can be reformed…companies gaming the system is not Doctors providing healing services. The Business of managing talent (Doctors) for maximum profit is deformed.

January 26, 2010

LET’s not Forget! Shame on you America: the country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment – yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations. 99% of people won’t have the guts to copy and repost this.

January 21, 2010

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford

January 20, 2010

Many of us are really in the information business, not in the retail business we think we are running.

January 17, 2010

fueling the location-based mobile space with unique creativity that competitors can’t copy fast enough. http://ping.fm/aBG1l

December 24, 2009

Its a miracle, social entrepreneurs are finding each other and linking, listening and commenting as we each do in our location-beautiful:-)

December 17, 2009

Rational decision makers ignore sunk costs because they don’t factor into the current costs and benefits associated with a decision.