The Funny Thing About North Korea…

…is that there is really nothing funny about North Korea.

Dear ReaderI used to think there was, but earlier this summer I read this book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, and it changed my perspective.

They are not funny, they are brutal and ruthless. If I bought into the “we need to protect them” narrative that is often used to justify foreign intervention (I don’t, but if I did) North Korea would be first on the list.

The people of the PDRK have been systematically repressed for decades. Even if we were to somehow liberate them today if would generations before they could recover. The ruling family is not crazy, there is a logic and rational to everything that is done. It is evil, pure and simple.

Read the book, it is like reading a slow train wreck, too horrifying to continue reading, too fascinating to stop.

On “trickle-down economics”

“Trickle-down economics” is not a real theory. It is a slur of sorts used by those who dislike the theory of supply-side economics. In fact, the phrase “voo-doo economics” was employed first by George Bush, Sr. (and immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by Ben Stein) when campaigning against Ronald Reagan in 1980.

The reality is that supply-side economics has nothing to do with the trickle down effect of tax cuts. In fact, if anything supply side would be best thought of as trickle up, and not about taxation, but about ideas. The more you encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, the more new products, services and knowledge will be created and passed into the economy.

Simply put, supply side economics believes that without supply there is no demand. It is a modern manifestation of Say’s Law – Supply creates demand. Even Karl Marx understood this. Note that he wanted to control the “means of production” not the “means of demand.” Keynesianism, and all it modern manifestations, especially those that emanate from “The Krugtron” (Paul Krugman, PS – He called himself the Krugtron) is based on the exact opposite idea – demand creates supply. It is nonsense, unless you believe in fairies that deliver presents (aka Santa Claus) and big government.

Oh wait, those are the same thing.

Creating a new future – Podcasts

This year at Sage Summit, I served as the emcee for a session entitled Creating a new future: Partnering in the age of the cloud.

We assembled a great guest list of Sage Partners and team members. In addition, we recorded the session and the podcasts for each are available by clicking the links below.

Slides from MAX-558 Healing Leadership

Below are the slides from my session at Sage Summit 2014 entitle Healing Leadership. I am indebted to both Howard Hansen and Steve Geske for their remarkable work on this topic and their willingness to allow me to present it. I hope I did it justice.

For more  this topic and to join in the conversation, join the Healing Leaders Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/healingleaders

In addition, you can by their book, Healing Leadership – A Survival Guide for the Enlightened Leader at Amazon. I give it my personal guarantee, if you do not like it I will buy it back from you.

Creating a new future: Partnering in the age of the cloud

On Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:30pm – 5:00pm PT, I will have the honor of being the emcee for a special session at Sage Summit 2014 exclusively for Sage Partners. The session is entitled Creating a new future: Partnering in the age of the cloud. We will feature Partners as well as Sage team members in casual conversation (read unscripted) on a Tonight Show type set.

This session is dedicated to the possibility that partners will be more successful in the future if they are willing to transform their business model to better reflect the realities of the new market place. This is hard work as it requires us to think differently about our preconceived notions of the past and future. If you are interested in actively participating in the creation of the future, this session is for you. This session is for all partners of Sage regardless of product.

The links below are to Sage Thought Leadership podcasts featuring the named guest.

Here is the tentative agenda:

  • 3:30 – Opening monologue – me
  • 3:40 – Partnering in the future – Joe Langner
  • 3:55 – Partnering with CRM – Peter Wolf and David Beard
  • 4:10 – Position the total solution with a vertical approach – Jeff Roth and Bill Reitz
  • 4:25 – Innovating mobile solutions – Dom Pernai and Doug LaBahn
  • 4:40 – Peering into the future – Stan Mork and Donald Deshaies
  • 4:55 – Closing – moi

Sage Summit 2014 Speaker Podcasts

For those of you who have been listening to the Sage Summit Speaker podcast I thank you.

In case you missed any episodes here they are for easy reference in reverse order of appearance:

  1. Laurie McCabe
  2. Geni Whitehouse
  3. Susan Solovic
  4. Chelsea Krost
  5. Melinda Emerson
  6. Mike Michalowicz
  7. Rieva Lesonsky
  8. Lisa Zamosky
  9. Tracy Carlson
  10. Josh Altman
  11. Ron Baker
  12. Ken Thoreson
  13. Barry Moltz
  14. Paul Ziliak
  15. T. Scott Gross
  16. Doug Sleeter

In addition, there are three partner podcasts which speak directly to go to market strategies for partners. They are:

  1. Apryl Hanson from Blytheco
  2. Bill Delgado from Keystone Software Solutions
  3. Susan Klein from L. Kianoff

Lastly there are two Sage executives who recorded podcasts as well:

  1. Gabie Boko
  2. Joe Langner

My Sage Summit 2014 Sessions

Well, it is official. I will be doing some speaking at Sage Summit 2014 in July.

In addition to hosting a general session for all Sage Partners on Monday from 3:30 to 5:00, I will delivering some fun content during the show to all Partners and Customers.

  1. BUS-559 Increasing user adoption on Tuesday from 10:30 to noon. This session is based on my conversations last year with customers during Sage City. I was surprised at how many current customers struggled with user adoption. Topics will include: identifying and dealing with resistance and leading during times of change.
  2. MAX-558 Healing leadership on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30. I am thrilled to have the permission of my mentors Howard Hansen and Steve Geske to include this topic this year. We will cover emotional triangles and chronic versus transactional anxiety.
  3. IND-561 Economics in one game on Wednesday from 4 to 5. This is an expanded version of my Inspire Tour keynote presentation. It includes an additional round in the game, a deeper dive into some of the economic data and some fun videos that I did not have time to show during the keynote version on the road.
  4. IND-560 Top ten business myths on Thursday from 11-11:45. This session will be a rapid fire look at these myths and includes a 10 minute question and answer period.

I would ask my Sage Partner friends to promote some of these sessions to your customers and maybe even plan to attend with them. As always, I think they will promote healthy conversations.

If you have any thoughts on these sessions, please feel free to comment below or send me an email.