It has long been my belief that most (not all) politicians enter the fray because they genuinely want to help improve the condition of their fellow man. In the past year and a half I have met dozens, perhaps hundreds of politicians and none have struck me as having truly evil intentions.
Now, do some become power hungry and corrupt? You bet. Are they misguided in their beliefs as to what can actually help? Yes. Do most tend to be almost devoid of an understanding of basic economics? Undoubtedly. Are they ill intended and want to end life as we know it? No.
It is with these ideas in mind that I write this post as over the weekend two events advanced the cause of freedom: one from a politician on each side of the aisle.
Throughout the day, I have noticed critics on both sides of the aisle and in Libertarian circles lambaste both men and these policies as pandering and even weak. To that I say, “Nonsense.”
Does this mean I am becoming an ardent supporter of either man? Heck, no. I have too many disagreements with both of them. In does mean I think we need to take some time out and celebrate the fact that the light of freedom grew a little bit brighter today.
To both President Obama and Governor Perry, I say, “Well done!”
I now return to the regularly scheduled programming.
As many of you know, I am an American Airlines Platinum level frequent flyer. As such, I am very familiar with TSA policies and procedures from a gropee passenger perspective. Honestly, it saddens me every time I have to go through security.
As a former New Yorker that lived just outside of Manhattan in September of 2001, seeing the TSA pat downs and electronic screenings is a constant reminder that the terrorists did more than damage buildings and murder almost 3,000 people. They, in a sense, have won. Our Liberties have been eroding ever since especially with the passage and continued renewal of the Orwellian-namedUSA PATRIOT Act.
I wanted to share with you a small act of peaceful protest that I carry out each time I am asked to go through the microscanners.
After passing through I hand it to the TSA agent at the exit where they are required to flip though it. For their convenience, I have highlighted the Fourth Amendment. Most officers hand it back with saying a word. I fear, however, the sad irony is lost them.
The good news is I am hopeful that all this might be coming to an end in the near future. Texas State Senator Dan Patrick introduced a bill which would outlaw the groping. It unanimously passed through committee, but when the TSA weighed in by saying they would create a “No-Fly Zone” in Texas, it died before the end of the legislative session. All is not lost as this week, the bill seemed to make a comeback. What is needed is for Governor Rick Perry to have the courage to request it be considered during the special session of the Texas Legislature.
Here’s hoping! Until then, I have my pocket copy ready to roll.
Whenever the subject of the deficit comes up, many well-intentioned people make the suggestion that we should repeal all or some of the Bush tax cuts and that this will go a long way to at least beginning to fix the problem.
Often times this graph (or one like it) is used in support of this notion.
First, let’s keep in mind that this is the deficit, the annual shortage when one compares money spent to money collected. This is different from the national debt which measures the sum total of the deficits.
On its face, it would seem that raising taxes (or eliminating the Bush tax cuts as some prefer to say) would be a reasonable approach. The problem is that the blue line above assumes that all taxpayers would leave their behavior unchanged. This is demonstrably false through what I have come to find out is called Hauser’s Law.
What this graph clearly shows is that raising taxes actually has little to no effect on money collected as compared to GDP. Why? Because taxpayers do change their behavior. The wealthy will shift money using tax sheltering or even move it out of the country.
What is worse is that which is unseen – The slowdown of the economy that would result from this activity. So what is to be done?
There is only one viable answer – reduce the size of government.
In ancient Rome, during the Punic Wars, Cato the Elder is said to have ended every speech he delivered before the Roman Senate with the phrase, “ET CARTHAGO DELENDA EST” (and Carthage must be destroyed!). He did this without regard to the subject of his speech.
It is in this spirit that I will begin to close all my post with the phrase, ET HORA LIBELLUM DELENDA EST which, loosely translated, means, “and the billable hour must be destroyed!”
On August 9-10 in San Francisco, Ron Baker and I will once again be presenting our Firm of the Future Symposium sponsored by Sage North America.
This symposium will be dedicated to the possibility that a professional organization can be run more effectively when it becomes a knowledge firm rather than a service firm. Creating such an organization is hard work and not for everyone as it requires professionals to think differently than they have in the past about what it is that they do.
From a focus on revenue to a focus on profit
From a focus on capacity to a focus on capital management
From a focus on efficiency to a focus on effectiveness
From a focus on cost-plus pricing to a focus on pricing on purpose
Sage (Ed’s employer) has agreed to open a limited number of spots for firms that are not partners of Sage. If you are interested in joining us, please send me an email and I can get you registered. The price is $2,500 per person and comes with a 100 percent money back guarantee!
How you organize your time at Sage Summit 2011 can be difficult. Not only are there many sessions and speakers that you want to hear (including yours truly), other attendees to connect with but also exhibitors to visit.
You can do all this and more with the new Sage Summit 2011 Smart Phone and Laptop app.
Here is a quick list of what you can do:
View session details, exhibitor information and add items to your agenda
Browse each day’s events, search sessions, view exhibitor information and then add items to your personal agenda.
Stay connected during the event
View daily news, highlights and session updates.
Network with others
Schedule meetings and send invites to other attendees
Access to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
Provide immediate feedback
Complete session and overall conference survey to provide instant input
In the next few weeks I will be testing the app and I’ll do a post about how I think it will work at the event.
Once your employee has learned a bad behavior, changing it will take considerably more time than would have been required to put in a good one. I am sure someone will have the answer to why it happens, but all too often a employee will learn a bad behavior in a split second that can be very difficult to change. Putting in a good behavior to replace it will take more time and more repetitions.
Do not feel your employee knows and will consistently offer a wanted behavior simply because he does it a few times on command. Often, we desire a behavior to be automatic with no command. If we are consistent, that behavior will become a natural and accepted habit.
Initially we provide guiding actions, controls, and controlling equipment, such as checklists. We also control with our voice and our body. Plus, we lure, reward, and reinforce the wanted behaviors to show our employee what is expected in everyday situations. Do it enough and the behavior you are guiding him into will become a habit. A well-behaved employee is simply an employee with good habits!
When training an employee, it is important that we do not make mistakes that create an unwanted behavior. Think ahead. Do not make a big issue out of imperfections, but learn from them and work to create a better action and avoid the imperfection the next time.
We are really helping the employee to learn. The employee should come to see our actions as rewards or non-rewards — and not be fearful of us in any way. The “reward” can be praise or another positive result. A “non-reward” does not mean punishment, but simply that you withhold the positive result. This way he will want to work with us and please us within the partnership. By thinking ahead and using common sense, we can achieve that.
Think training and education are still the same thing, click here for the original article. Don’t offer training to your employees and customers – educate them instead!