Month: February 2009

They can’t explain it….But they feel it.

I’ve had many people asking me what I think of the recent events that are unfolding, and if I can suggest any type of advice.

The common thread that runs  through all their questions is…” I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel like something bad is about to happen.” It’s very, very scary for people who feel what they thought the future might hold, now just might hold some of their worst nightmares. They’re  watching  TV, or listening to the radio only to hear so called “Experts” pontificate their views of what will, or wont happen in the coming year.

The reason for this feeling of vertigo is no one, and I mean… no one truly knows. We as a people, and as a nation are truly living through historic times. Just imagine  a little over a year ago,  you told someone of the things you are witnessing today. They would have called you crazy! Now with 401Ks losing 40 to 50 % of their value, homes losing the same, and the possible nationalizing of banks in the United States. All seemed impossible to imagine a year ago, never mind live through it today.

In troubling times instead of being scared, and nervous, you need to start being concerned, and prudent so you can begin to take control of your fears. You can no longer take something for granted, and you must start taking control. Many wont even open their 401k statements because they can’t bare to see the devastation to their wealth. Some aren’t preparing for job loss because they think it wont happen to them.  If this is the type of behavior you find yourself doing, your not in control of your life  as much as you may think.

No one can guarantee what the future holds. Some will thrive in this type of economy, some will not. What’s important, is that you are doing everything within your power to not take anything, and I mean anything for granted. It’s the equivalent of your gut telling you a storm is brewing, you may not need to run for shelter now, but you had better make sure there’s provisions ready just in case.

Mark

Only the best need apply, but…….

Only the best need apply, but we’re not going to pay you as such. That seems to be the new paradigm that is coming from Washington to anyone who wants to be in partners with the government. I’ve talked with a lot of people on this subject recently, and I am amazed on the different visceral reactions from people.

The problem is…well….visceral. It’s the reaction people give when they don’t ( or wont! ) give any reasoning to their reactions. It’s all from the gut, and no where else.  Thoughts from the gut can be very reliable at times.  I’m personally a big fan of Malcom Gladwell’s work “BLINK”….However, you must be able to also reason with your gut feelings  on whether it’s the only instinct you should follow, or just a piece of the puzzle you need to assemble.

It might make sense at first glance to put an arbitrary cap on compensation, but if you just finished school at an “Ivy League” college, and finished your MBA at Harvard, you’re not going to look towards a so called “job” with an earnings cap. The only people in the end who’ll apply are ones with the “cap” being higher than any amount they could ever dream of making, and that brings us back to…will the best apply?

Mark

Let the Games Begin!

Thanks to everyone for your patience in waiting for the new web site and blog to be posted. It seemed like an eternity to get things to the point of where I could feel comfortable with the look and feel of the sites.

Are they perfect?…No. Will they ever be perfect?….Maybe, I don’t know, but that goes to the heart of my first post on this new site. As some of you know I have what is called a (TM) phrase on my web site. It reads ” If you wait for perfection before doing…..Then perfectly waiting is all you’ll do!” I wrote it years ago, and it still stands. If you’re waiting for the world to be perfect before you start something, you probably wont.  If you’re waiting for the perfect economic condition to start….it’s probably already passed you by. I could go on, and on, and on…..I hope you’re getting the picture.

In today’s world whether it’s economic, political, social, or whatever. The one truth that has any merit is this……What is your offering?….and does it add value to your customers. That’s  it, nothing else is needed.  It’s pretty much wrapped up in that statement. The days of companies, people, and others just trying or doing things on a whim are over. Yes….dead and buried, and no one will care about  how it used to be back  in the ” Good Ole Days” . Today’s world offers people, and companies whom offer the value proposition, and  deliver on that value an unprecedented opportunity which has been shunned in the last decades. The inferior people, companies, and tools of the past will not  survive.  Here’s an example……17 different widget stores selling the same items with horrible customer service, and employees more concerned with talking on the phone or other workers than trying to help you….Sorry, that’s  coming to an end right now. Job applicant just throwing their resumes in willy nilly and not caring if it’s filled out correctly, or they are not dressed properly for an interview?….I can hear the door hitting them from here. I’m not saying this will all take place tomorrow, but  I am saying….”Mediocrity will not be tolerated any longer!”…..Value for clients, value for the customer, value for the achievers, and yes….value for you, if you wish to embrace this new world and wanting to contribute with value.  I can not stress enough how strongly I feel on this subject, but if you want get a sense I’ll tell you this…Not only have I decided to speak to more groups, and business leaders than ever before….I’ve also raised my speaking fees. In today’s economic climate…..You either have value…Or you don’t.

Just ponder a few lines from one of my favorite songs, and band Pink Floyd….The song , and album Wish You Were Here….

“Did they get you to trade your hero’s for ghosts?…. Hot ashes for Trees?…Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for change?….and did you exchange…a walk on part in the war…..for a lead role in a cage?”

Hope you decide to join in.

Mark