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Benefited?

Everyone talks about the Microsoft offer to buy Yahoo; very much to the pleasure of the oil companies from all over the world.

They manage to increase profits no matter what:(Doesn’t the use of the word benefited seems very misplaced?)

At the same time talks about recession increase and people struggle to heat their homes.

Have you seen any oil company offering to pay back to those that barely can afford buying their products?

What happened to the thinking that companies have a moral and ethical obligation towards their customers?

Arrogance precedes the descend.

German proverb

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Impact?


Who would like to give Mr. Bodman a reality check?



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Economics

A few weeks ago I posted a poll asking if the economics is in a healthy state:

Is the Economics going uphill or downhill?
 
No - Down (44%)
Yes - Up (23%)
Ask me in 6 months… (22%)
I don’t know (12%)
None of the above—I post a comment (0%)

Total Votes: 78
This poll is closed

Today, German and other news reports that the stock markets in Europe and Asia plummet. In Germany it’s the worst day since 9/11. Another Black Monday? I think we can all be happy that the US markets are closed in observation of Martin Luther King Day. The German Kanzleramt (that’s like the White House) says this is just a temporary market issue, nothing to worry about.

Doesn’t that just sound way too familiar?


Can we trust that those advisors in the White House or anywhere else that didn’t see any signs of a recession or even any economic downturn even a few days ago are now able to turn the wheel and get the country out of this deadly loop? I have my doubts.

And you?


Besides that, when a single person gets $800.00 and a family get’s $1,600.00 than politics proves once again that those families with more than two family members are screwed again. After all, big families consume more - just by their size, right?

I do not know about you, but for me those are true signs of a recession and a world economics that needs help to become healthy again.

Where is a leader when economics need one?


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Since it’s 2008

Are you going to vote? Follow the Caucuses?

 
I don’t care about the caucuses, but I do vote (31%)
I always vote (19%)
Yes, I will vote AND follow the caucuses (17%)
Neither do I vote nor do I follow the caucuses (12%)
Caucuses? What is that? (8%)
I never vote (5%)
I sometimes vote (5%)
What is voting? (3%)

Total Votes: 59
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Management by Democracy

USA Today has an interesting interview about Management by Democracy:

Do you think that changing leadership accountability to employees is the way to go? It seems to me that in politics (see Russia to name just one example) the trend is to lessen the peoples control while adding more power to the leader.

Looking at the definition of Management by Objectives—how is Management by Democracy any different?

Just a new name for an old horse?



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Who should pay the bill?

In Germany many of the state banks have lost money because they gambled were to closely involved in the real estate market. The recent downturns have led to big holes.

Isn’t this a perfect example of how things shouldn’t be done?

Who should really pay the bill: The employee who is responsible for the “gamble”?
For the politicians this is not a question at all: Just raise the taxes!

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IP and the missing leadership


That sounds good, right? And would also be true for a great many other economics, not just the American one.


Now we are in a totally different ball game. Creating a new agency? Isn’t bureaucracy already killing too much innovation? Slows down to much? Totally hinders progress? It beats me why so many think that adding more agencies solve problems. Remember the old saying: “Bureaucracy is increasing the problems by employing new government employees…”

Talk about the wrong priorities. News are full of people struggling to make a living. President Bush just finalized his program to help at least a few of those that can’t afford their mortgages anymore. The Washington Post reports that a) home foreclosures are on the rise and b) Area food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of supplies as donations drop dramatically and as demand for free and discounted food continues to soar.

But our government is busy with creating a new agency?
My, my, my. It’s really time to get them of their high horses and experience life the way many Americans do: In poverty without the dough for enough food or even a roof over their heads.


Talk about leadership.

What are these politicians really worried about?

Some big companies that complain they are losing money - or the wealth of American society. Yes society—that’s ALL the people! But then - most of the poor ones do not really give donations to politicians, right?

In a time when too many are faced with hardship—shouldn’t our politicians as the leaders they claim they are show true leadership and implement the help for those that need it?


Anyway, where that bill really gets me is here:

Does not need to be found guilty.

Wow!

I agree with Jarret B. Wollstein—this is The Looting of America.

And while our leaders are at it:
Let’s change all the laws and live by: Guilty until proven innocent


PS: Any computer or network hardware used—that does not seem to be practical. Just imagine: A government employee…

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Questions and Complaints

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Today’s question “Do you complain too much?” is a question that I am faced with very often. As an avid reader of my blog and / or my book Stop Telling… Start Leading! The Art of Managing People by Asking Questions you know I love asking questions.

Unfortunately that is not always received well:

  • People curse
  • There is the complain that asking questions is nothing else than complaining
  • Hate will be expressed: What a stupid question!
  • Instead of thinking about an answer defense mode will be entered.
  • “Asking questions is impolite”
  • The accusation of slowing down instead of contributing to progress is made
  • You are not a team player!

What do you prefer: A great question that solves a problem or complying with every—no matter how silly in a given situation—rule?

Wouldn’t you agree that questions are not complaints but a great way of expressing concerns and helping to progress in the right direction? But let’s be clear about one thing: Because questions are not tolerated very well most have lost the ability to ask the right question. Or to accept that questions are and should be asked. There is only one way to become able to ask good questions again:
Training, training, training…

Exercises creates the master

German proverb

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