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John
www.thechineseconspiracy.com
Author, consultant, strategist
Interests: Reading, writing, sports, movies and family.
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I met my friend and colleague Doug Dempsey in 1982 (with his wife Brigitte)—almost 4 decades ago. Little did we know then what those next four decades would hold in store for us. I had recently been named President of Huffy Bicycles, a consolidation of three divisions into one, with a huge plant (in Celina, OH, 900,000 Sq. ft.) and big workforce (2000 United Steelworkers). Huffy Corp. (NYSE—HUF at the time) top corporate executives thought the plant was maxed out producing 11,000 bikes/day. It also had been troubled by a variety of union-management problems in recent years. It was clear from the outset that I was going to need help in my position—enter Doug Dempsey—who provided that “help" and contributed to many successes during our years together as colleague, and soon thereafter, friends Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
: “…the ultimate test of management is business performance. Achievement rather than knowledge remains, of necessity, both proof and aim. Management, in other words, is a practice, rather than a science or a profession, although containing elements of both.” Peter Drucker puts it this way: "There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. It is the customer who determines what the business is… What the business thinks it produces is not of first importance, especially not to the future of the business and to its success in the market place. The customer determines what a business is, what it produces and whether it will prosper." Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
CHANGING THE WAY AMERICA WORKS—Redux. Fifteen years ago, I started a series of several columns with this title. It was intended as a play on words—a double entendre—changing the way our country, America Works, and changing the way we, as Americans work in our day to day lives. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—“Hard Times Are Coming”—HOW DISTORTED MEDIA CREATES SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES! Over twenty years ago I wrote the column posted below as a cautionary note. As media has migrated from “factual news” to “positioning bias” in its so-called news coverage, the consequences can be—and often are—enormous. Whether you call it “Fake News” or “biased reporting” such misinformation is very damaging when it creates self-fulfilling outcomes. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
I had an interesting five days last summer, and I want to share some of the thoughts these days brought to mind. I grew up in a very small midwestern town where I learned, above all else that people are "just people." I hadn't even thought much about wealth, status, or such things for a lot of my early years. I guess the professionals and business owners did have slightly larger homes, but few people said much about it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
We need more genuine heroes these days. Our next generations desperately need people worthy of admiration and being role models. Being able to win, to run fast, throw or hit or catch a ball accurately, sing a song or play an instrument, or portray real heroes from history in dramas. That doesn’t make those athletes, musicians, actors or entertainers no matter how highly they might are regarded in their professions. Ditto elected officials, business leaders, and other notables. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFIDENCE & EXPERIENCE--KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW & HAVING BEEN THERE BEFORE I’m a big fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s brilliant essay “On Self Reliance.” You must find it and read it several times to get the full impact of what Emerson was saying. I’ll let you do that, but for those who want to be led to the conclusions, read on. Believing in yourself is an important realization that can grow with time and experience—as long as you first become convinced that you have “the right stuff” to begin with. There’s no faking it. Once you "get it,” you’ll see that. I also hope most of you are familiar with the story of the Wizard of Oz. With all the media hype about heroic management, who somehow become less heroic when they must deal with adversity, I am reminded about the Wizard, and the illusion he had created, and the lessons learned by the characters in The Wizard of Oz. The moral of this timeless classic story is worth recalling whenever you (or others) go searching for those critical attributes of character and leadership you fear you might be lacking. Fear not—just look inward—you will be surprised what you’ll discover. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL, (COMMUNICATING THE PLAN IS AS CRITICAL AS HAVING ONE) START AT THE BEGINNING—WITH A PLAN—AND DON’T FORGET WORKING CAPITAL NEEDS This sounds so obvious, you might wonder why I’m just raising this issue now. I’m raising this issue because many people, many organizations, and far too many companies “start in the middle.” Someone has a good idea, translates it into a product or service, and discovers that idea “will sell.” Off they go, to sell it to whoever seems inclined to buy it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--COLLABORATION IS ESSENTIAL, EVEN WHEN THE COVID ERA MAKES IT DIFFICULT.Teamwork and Collaboration are different but interdependent parts of the same process. Good teams find ways to collaborate, to win. Great teams find ways to work together, that makes their performance through collaboration evident. Elite teams take collaborative teamwork to a whole new, almost instinctive level. In sports, the coach & staff try to enable the collaboration, but ultimately it happens when the team members settle into their roles and trust each other to do their parts. When you watch any team at work—in a game, in an office or on a Zoom call—test it to see if these conditions have been met. (You will already know by the results, but watching how it gets there will help you learn how to do it, over and over. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
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THE ENTERPRISE— A WALK AT THE MALL--SCARY--BUT PROPHETIC? CASH IS LIKE OXYGEN! We went for a walk at the Mall last week.. The photos are from Polaris Fashion Place Mall, a few miles from home—mid-afternoon on a week day. See all the people shopping there? (No?) The other large Columbus indoor mall, Tuttle Crossing, is reportedly in economic trouble too. With Sears is gone & Penney wounded & Dept. stores like Malls relied overbuilt/failing/consolidating, while full of unsold goods and empty of shoppers. Malls are hunting for any way to fill the unused space with something that can produce cash flow. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--HOW DID THINGS GET THIS WAY--PART 1? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW. We forget that the USA’s mere 200+ years in existence is but a small part of history. At least 2000+ years came before the USA was even imagined. During a lot of that time, Rome was the dominant power in the world, and “horsepower” (not of the engine type) was the principal means of travel. We don’t realize that the Internet, the Telephone and Interstate Highways, made us forget predecessors like the Telegraph and Railroads.. Those were the big breakthroughs of the prior century, which allowed information to spread across the US faster than "the speed of a horse.” Before that, and the spread of Railroads paralleled by Telegraph lines, there was the Pony Express, delivering the mail—“ at the speed of a horse! Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHANGE—SHARE THIS WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS OF OTHER GENERATIONS: BOOMERS, GEN X, GEN Y, & GEN Z Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
I PROMISED TO SHARE MANY WHAT I’VE LEARNED DURING MY CAREER IN THE (NEW) ENTERPRISE. HERE ARE A COUPLE OF THE BEST, MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS, AND WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THEM. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
I NEVER WROTE THESE IN THE ENTERPRISE—BUT I TOLD THEM MANY TIMES IN SPEAKING SPOTS. The lessons are simple, but unforgettable. You may have heard one or all of them. They are relevant because the government is handing out more and more “created money to ease pandemic created hardships.” But a lot of the handouts aren’t aimed at the hardships. They are just handouts. Like dropping money randomly from a plane. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
WHAT IS THE NEW DIRECTION? I’M CALLING IT “THE LIFE OF BUSINESS AND THE BUSINESS OF LIFE." Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
It’s Christmas Day 2020, following a year of unprecedented turmoil, suffering and death, and yet, humanity continues on living, struggling, succeeding (sometimes) and failing (sometimes) only to try again and again. WHAT IS THE NEW DIRECTION? I’M CALLING IT “THE LIFE OF BUSINESS AND THE BUSINESS OF LIFE." Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
when Joe says he won’t lie to you—he is telling the biggest lie of all. A single example of the physical impossibility of the Democrats Climate Change plans, to eliminate fossil fuels entirely over the next 1-1/2 decade, is based on naive speculation of unqualified politicians like Bernie Sanders, and AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) in their Green New Deal. See why in this 5 minute video. https://www.prageru.com/video/whats-wrong-with-wind-and-solar/ Mission impossible might be a better name for the Democrats climate plan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—Special Pre-Election Edition: Everything Joe Biden says in his ads and speeches is a lie—or a gross misstatement (Lie). He can't be believed! These politicians tell us they will have the US eliminate fossil fuels over the next few decades. They LIE—but that’s what they say is their plan to save the country from climate change and it’s frightening consequences It will actually do more damage in countless other areas. Watch and listen (unmute) to this short MUST SEE video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqppRC37OgI Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE— IF THEY ARE SO SURE HOW TO DO IT NOW, WHY DIDN’T BIDEN & OBAMA FIX THINGS DURING THEIR EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE, WHEN THEY HELD BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS… TRUMP HAS A STUNNING LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR A PRESIDENT’S FIRST TERM, (WHILE UNDER ATTACK FROM ALL DIRECTIONS) The list below raises a question: When the American voters can reelect a president who accomplished all this in 3-1/2 years, why on earth would they even consider electing Joe Biden, (A VP whose competence worried Barack Obama, such that Biden was not even chosen as his successor.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
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WHO EXACTLY IS RUNNING AGAINST TRUMP, AND CAN (BIDEN) ACTUALLY LEAD & GOVERN? HE CAN'T! (LESS THAN THIRTEEN WEEKS TO ELECTION DAY…ONLY ONE QUARTER OF A YEAR) Somebody has to take a stand on what’s best for America. I’m willing to do that. Reelecting Donald Trump and enough Democrat Senators to hold a majority in that House, will allow Trump to finish what he started the past 3+ years (until the China Coronavirus derailed everything). [obviously: I AM PRO TRUMP (albeit at times with gritted teeth, because of his behavior), & ANTI BIDEN (who’s a "passive puppet” reciting what other write, and incompetent to lead America!] Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
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THE ENTERPRISE—#WAKEUP—#DisruptiveDemocrats & #BidensBolsheviks are destroying American cities & the #CompromiseCandidate Biden does nothing, while the #PelosiPandemic is imperiling Americans—#WAKE UP! YOU HAVE A CHOICE WHEN YOU VOTE THIS FALL—WHICH AMERICA DO YOU WANT? —Donald Trump—Growth, prosperity and freedom—a strong America wins & the American people win. (Trump delivered on 2016 campaign promises—except where Dems “blocked" them!) —Joe Biden—High taxes, Low growth/stagnation and government controls—a weak America loses & the American people lose! (No matter how many impossible things Biden promises.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN--A DECISION ABOUT THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF AMERICA Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
SYNOPSIS: 2020 ELECTIONS ARE COMING, AND THE CHOICE WILL RE-SHAPE AMERICAN FOR THE NEXT DECADE OR LONGER. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—CLEARING UP THE UNCERTAINTIES—EXCEPT WHEN LIFE WILL GO ON...IN A VERY DIFFERENT, "NEW NORMAL” Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--A TIME LIKE NO OTHER--AND HOW WE CAN SURVIVE AND SUCCEED Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at Telling It Like It Is