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The $100 Startup

100 start up cropped“This book is different, and it has two key themes: freedom and value.  Freedom is what we’re all looking for, and value is the way to achieve it.”

 In The $100 Startup author Chris Guillebeau provides a lot of examples and tips for you to”reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future.”  How many times have you thought “why didn’t I think of that” or “I could really use something that will do this?”  We do it all of the time, but rarely do anything about it.  What about that hobby that you struggled to learn, but now have perfected.  Could others benefit from your learning curve?  Would they pay for it?  Would you have paid to avoid the learning curve?  Probably a “yes” to both!

Business Speaks…FINALLY!

It has been beyond comprehension to me that business men and women have not really spoken out about the direction of our country and the climate in which they have to navigate to do business. They have been so un-Galt-like that it frankly had me frightened. There have been those like Steve Wynn and the bombastic Donald Trump who have been outspoken, but most have been silent. Some have begun to speak and their knowledge of the economy should carry weight and many have been darlings of the lame-stream media so they’ll have some coverage, at least initially until the media “discovers” (i.e. told by the White House) that they are really crackpots.

No They Can’t

One of the things that I struggle with the most in my life is trying to understand how anyone who has ever dealt with government can also BELIEVE that government is the answer to everything.  Somehow government can fix anything. No, They Can’t argues Fox’s John Stossel as he explains “why government fails – but individuals succeed.”  I remember watching Stossel’s hard hitting pieces exposing consumer fraud and he was the darling of the mainstream media winning dozens of Emmy’s.  That all changed when he, in his own way, started questioning some of the ivory towers of liberalism or as I call them, Liberal Alters’

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

So why not run your family like a business?  Patrick Lencioni has written extensively about managing people as a business and now has written a leadership “fable” about restoring sanity to your family life.  In the fable the fictional family finds that they must pare down the number of questions typically posed to a business to be accepted by stressed families.  Sometimes you are just too busy to take steps to become less busy.  Families have to face the fact that “if everything is important, nothing is.”  I can relate to the harried life as parents of three active children as we zipped here and there trying to give them different experiences.  We certainly could have used some of these techniques, but our children are all adults and will soon be facing these challenges themselves.

The Advantage

“The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.”

– – Patrick Lencioni

In The Advantage author Patrick Lencioni makes a compelling case about “why organizational health trumps everything else in business.”  If you have ever worked in a company or organization that posts Mission Statements and Vision Statements that are generally panned by the staff you may not want to read this book.  If you are like me it will make you long for an organization that does even 10 percent of the activities that Lencioni suggests.  As usual he also sprinkles real-life anecdotes into his sections to make a point.

Not For Profit

Arthur Amolpid got out of high school in 1950.  While his grades weren’t that great his job prospects were even worse.  Art, however, was an entrepreneur before the term was commonly used and looked for a way to make it on his own.  Fortunately his folks didn’t mind that he stayed with them while he pursued his dream.  He just needed to figure out what that dream was.  His parents were not that well to do and lived within their modest means, but Arthur felt comfortable with the wealthy and frequently socialized with the more affluent crowd. 

Phrase-e-ology – The New Normal

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece.  In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases.  As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

The latest episode of Phrase-e-ology is from the business section and was startling in that it seems to be making the case for the sluggish recovery as the “new normal” rather than the direct result of bad economic policy from the Obama White House.  As if this is now how we should expect recoveries to unfold.  Even as Obama’s economic advisers abandon his ship for academia (they’re much better at theory than reality) the “new normal” may actually be some sub-standard level that he can actually achieve…as long as he can fool the electorate that they are doing better…

Up In Your Business

There is perhaps nothing government likes better than getting in your business.  I am mostly thinking of government “leaders” and elected officials.  Having worked off and on in government for many years I rarely have seen the vindictive low level government bureaucrat of the stereotype that many talking heads like to vilify.  I don’t doubt that many exist and I have only worked in one segment, but it is a regulatory agency where one would think the vindictive would flourish.  What many people forget is the process…elected officials pass laws, the laws require that regulations be adopted, lawyers and politicians help write the regulations, many policies have to be developed to explain the laws written by lawyers and politicians, people then have to adhere to these edicts.  Like them or not, government workers are often in the middle and seemingly in your business.

Stamp of Disapproval

“Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

That job description for a Pony Express rider would not garner much attention today, but that was the genesis of today’s postal service.  The only qualifications that might match are the age requirement and the need for a driver’s license.  Unlike most people I have respect for the United States Postal Service.  Their troubles have been well documented by both liberals and conservatives as the USPS is a very popular agency to point to regarding the failure of government.

Obama Appoints Warren to Shape New Consumer Agency

In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama named Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren a(n) __________ (adviser, czar, czarina, non-vetted adviser) to help  __________ (control, shape, subvert, empower) the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling her __________ (“one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the lower class,” “one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class,”  “an elitist from academia with no business experience who will further my socialist agenda,”  “an awesome sista and you’re a racist if you oppose her nomination…wait there was no nomination process as she is just another one of my extra-Constitutional appointees with unlimited power and answers only to me…snap!”)