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In This Economy, Where Are Your Greatest Internal ORGANIZATIONAL Opportunities?


The current economic turmoil indicates just how calamitously inefficient our markets are, and clearly, companies too often do not act in even their own self-interest, let alone the interest of the greater economy and society. With the recent election of Barack Obama, there has been much discussion of increased "socialism"; however, there once was a government called the USSR that attempted to control nearly everything from Berlin to Havana, and that government failed almost completely. So evidently, although the private sector does not always respond appropriately, neither does the public sector! Yet for sustained-- and sustaining-- growth, someone needs to know what’s going on. Ultimately, it means we are all responsible, because we all lose when systems fail.

The doctrine of "Accountability" has held, simply, that when things go wrong, someone is available to blame. After a crash, however, blame provides little in the way of consolation or recovery. Thus, we must shift to a doctrine of "Preventability", foreseeing and avoiding disasters. This means much greater attention to information, research, analysis, strategy, and collaboration.

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In a Tough Economy, Where Are Your Greatest MARKET Opportunities?

Countless opportunities beckon, regardless of the overall economic climate.  Some of the most urgent market needs include the following....

Opportunities abound. Companies with initiative, adaptability, and organizational efficiency will generate success.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Dear Senator Boxer,
Senator Feinstein, and
Congresswoman Harman:




(Previously sent on Thursday, January 6, 2011)


SUBJECT:    Please adopt reasonable standards for TV broadcasting.

Dear Senator Boxer / Senator Feinstein / Congresswoman Harman:

Please pass legislation immediately to outlaw the incredibly outrageous barrage of horrific violence, gore, and sexual violence on TV, including cable TV.  All one need do is flip through the channels any time day or night, and one is bombarded with images like... [EXAMPLE DELETED FOR THIS WEB POSTING] (Spike TV, "1000 ways to die", 5 Jan 2011); movies like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", albeit with some 4-letter words blanked out (as if that makes the rest of the movie palatable or safe for kids); and constant crime-scene-investigation fictional dramas about serial killers, child molesters, and sexual torture.  It's hard to find simple bank robbers or cattle rustlers as bad guys any more.  Now all cop shows are about sexual serial killers, which they then take great pains (literally) to discuss every morsel (literally) in explicit detail, on fictional shows where they could have scripted anything.  And I have heard there’s even some kind of show, which fortunately I have never actually come across myself, which features a serial killer as the protagonist (I think that show is called "Dexter").  As if that weren’t far, far, too much already, there are also continual vampires, ghouls, and zombies galore.  This is not even counting all the shows featuring kids with tattoos and body piercings who speak "like, um".

OBVIOUSLY all this garbage on TV is insane, it promotes insanity, and a very, very unhealthy "karma" for everyone in the general public who happens to flip through the channels ever (which includes approximately everyone).

In comparison to the above, something like "Playboy Channel" seems innocent and harmless. 

It is ironic and twisted in the extreme that “broadcast decency standards” require removing the 4-letter words from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, but that the rest of that film is OK to show.  Obviously standards CAN be enforced, or there would be 4-letter words and nudity on TV. 

So please ensure the extension of broadcast decency standards to remove all the gratuitous violence, sexual violence, torture, necrophilia, and the like from broadcast/cable/etc TV.

Actually, if you could get rid of it on video and the internet too, that would be great, though I realize that's a taller order.

I am positive that our Nation's Founding Fathers did not write the First Amendment with the intention of bombarding the general public with images of vampires, chainsaw massacres, and the like.  They were highly learned scholars with much higher standards and taste than that.  Please restore decency to TV.

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dear President Obama:

In your speech tonight several minutes ago, you asked: “if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.”

Well, here is a better approach, so I’m letting you know.  It’s simple, and it’s very likely to work.  Tax vital industries like insurance and Wall Street in inverse proportion to the value they add.  

Insurance companies exist to insure consumers, that is, to “cover their backs” in time of need.  Wall Street firms claim to add value by providing capital resources to enterprises that can use them productively.  When insurance companies or investment banks in fact do so, they should be richly rewarded.  When they fail to do so, however, letting others down in the process, they should be penalized.

We already have “sin” taxes and differentiated sales taxes and luxury goods taxes.  Food is not taxed, but other consumer purchases are.  Alcohol, tobacco, and gasoline are taxed extra.  Gambling is regulated further.  At least equally compelling is to provide large tax incentives to ensure productivity in vital economic infrastructure such as insurance and investment banking.

A set of key industry benchmarks should be established to measure the effectiveness and value added by the insurance and Wall Street sectors.  When these firms are serving their purpose and the economy as a whole, they deserve high profits for their efforts.  When these firms succeed at the expense of the consumers and the economy they serve, however, high “sin” taxes should kick in.  Depending upon the severity of the circumstances, these sin taxes could even be raised to exceed companies’ earnings, penalizing them for failing stakeholders who depend upon them.

The essence of capitalism is to reward positive productivity.  Rewarding negative productivity is a form of tyranny or totalitarianism.  (Rewarding no one could be called socialism.)  The free market system can work, if properly constrained and directed by appropriate rules, which distinguish sport and “good business” from anarchy and mayhem.

Ensuring strategic alignment of key economic infrastructure is the ultimate economic stimulus.  Establish industry-specific benchmarks now, and when targets are attained, profitable rewards should be high.  When consumers and smaller business constituents and the overall economy are harmed by monopolistic behemoths, tax penalties should be mighty and severe.  Encouraging “good behavior” will bring rich rewards to everyone and will help to fulfill the promise of the American dream.

(Speaking of sports, $100 million basketball contracts sound rather high as well.  Wouldn’t $10 million be sufficiently motivating and rewarding for a career playing ball, which millions of other people—like yourself—play for free?  Couldn’t the other $90 million benefit the cities and the residents for whom these athletes supposedly play?  “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money,” said one senator.)

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Steinberg, MBA, Six Sigma Black Belt
California Institute of Strategic Management ®

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

-- The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America