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John
www.thechineseconspiracy.com
Author, consultant, strategist
Interests: Reading, writing, sports, movies and family.
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THE ENTERPRISE: A PARADOX, PARTISAN POLITICS, FLAWED POLICIES AND A PERSISTENT LACK OF LEADERSHIP — AT ALL LEVELS — A BIG MESS Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—BIG CHANGES UNDERWAY—INEPT GOVERNMENT AT ITS WORST—TOO MANY ISSUES TO COVER, BUT A START Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
jerk reaction to progressive pressures now have America and Americans suffering—and it will get worse—before it gets better. Each line of this recap could be an entire paragraph (or chapter of a book) about how smiling Joe Biden, came out of this basement and made a mess of American prosperity is 18 months. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
PLEASE, JOIN THE “MOVEMENT" TO DEFEND AND BUILD ON AMERICA’S CONSTITUTION & FOUNDING PRINCIPLES; START WITH THE NEXT TWO ROUNDS OF ELECTIONS (2022 & 2024), AND SUPPORT PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE WORKING AND FIGHTING TO SUSTAIN FREE ENTERPRISE, CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY, AND THE RULE OF LAW... AND MORALS… IN OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--HOW TO MAKE THINGS BETTER AND OTHER POSITIVE THOUGHTS. I WANT TO COVER SOME IMPORTANT "SIGNS OF THE TIMES”—THAT WILL BE HARD TO REVERSE Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—WHAT'S THIS YEAR SHAPING UP TO BE LIKE—THE MOST COMMON QUESTION PEOPLE ASK. IN A WORD: TURBULENT Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
A SUMMARY OF PUTIN’S RUSSIAN INVASION PLAN FOR UKRAINE—HE “WINS” (his opposition loses and dies)! He will kill anyone (innocents included) who stands in his way. Putin has replaced Stalin as the brutal, ruthless and murderous leader in Russia’s modern history. He is in absolute control and anyone who thinks they can negotiate anything with him is delusional. Those who continue the dialogues with him will get nowhere. There’s no valid argument or negotiation with a ruthless dictator. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--WHAT ARE REPUBLICANS FOR? AN ANSWER TO CONSIDER "What Republicans Are For?" (or at least this Republican) Freedom & Rights —from excessive regulation, & for following what is stated in the US Constitution Opportunities —to work & succeed, not to be reliant on government largesse or unearned welfare Fiscal Responsibility —to reasonably spend within means, & limit excessive indebtedness. Free Enterprise Capitalism—to create & accumulate wealth, benefit from it, & keep the gains, without excessive taxation Minimize Government Interference —in American citizens' lives, but including rules & regulations, consistent with maintaining law & order Responsibly managed Elections w/secure voter IDs —to ensure voting is only done by legally eligible American voters That the “American Dream” of Prosperity —is within reach of families at all socio-economic levels A strong National Defense —to protect America and Americans and our collective & individual welfare & freedoms Secure Borders and entry ID's —where coming in illegally is a crime, & entering legally offers a path to citizenship … over time. Good Schools, public and private —teaching facts, untainted by political agendas America-First Foreign policy —protecting America’s economic, social & human rights, beliefs & freedoms, via working with allies & without using appeasement Elected Government of competent/qualified people —to lead & manage municipalities, states & the country, by these principles, but term-limited to assure periodic turnover Elected Leaders who can and do speak in understandable, complete sentences—without reading from Teleprompters scripts—who "say what they mean & mean what they say," about what & how they intend to do (or not do) things, and are held publicly accountable for what was promised. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--SO MANY UNCERTAINTIES WILL TEST EVERYONE--PERSONALLY & PROFESSIONALLY IT’S NOW MID JANUARY, AND THE START OF THE NEW YEAR SEEMS TO HAVE ADDED, NOT REDUCED THE UNCERTAINTIES WE ALL FACE Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2022 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--A LOT GOING ON THIS YEAR…A LONG EDITION, TOUCHING ON THE BIG ISSUES AS 2021 ENDS DO NOT DESPAIR—many of the bad things that are predicted never happen and there is little we can do about the others. The best solution is to stay well-informed from reliable sources—and use your insights to elect better, more competent people to lead the uS government in 2022 and 2024! Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS...AND SOMETHINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR ON THANKSGIVING These are not original pieces that I wrote, but they are wonderful thoughts to share with all my friends on this special weekend. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE—DOES AMERICA HAVE THE WILL TO BE GREAT?— THE LEADERSHIP & WILL TO WORK FOR IT? I am adding two versions of columns I wrote first ten years ago. They are more appropriate now than ever. We have millions of unemployed people and millions of jobs going unfilled. That conundrum is, in my opinion, a result of the accumulated effect of political policy, current conditions and human nature. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
Why do countless scientists and journalists and political figures continue to distort and manipulate climate reports for decades? The answer is the phrase from the movie Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!” Scientists depend on grants. Journalists depend on readers/viewers. Politicians are known to distort information (or lies) so they can win elections. A headline, “Everything in Climate Change is OK—Not much different than it's ever been” would not encourage grants, attract audiences or stir the emotions of voters. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
Why do countless scientists and journalists and political figures continue to distort and manipulate climate reports for decades? The answer is the phrase from the movie Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!” Scientists depend on grants. Journalists depend on readers/viewers. Politicians are known to distort information (or lies) so they can win elections. A headline, “Everything in Climate Change is OK—Not much different than it's ever been” would not encourage grants, attract audiences or stir the emotions of voters. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
THE ENTERPRISE--THE END OF AN ERA, AND SEARCHING FOR A VERY DIFFERENT "NEW NORMAL" FUTURE The naïveté of a child seemed a good way to illustrate the impossible shopping of today’s (yesterday’s) mass retail, especially department stores and even large discounters like Walmart & Target (who survived the demise of Kmart, Sears and a huge list of discounters who have disappeared in the last few decades. Some of those stores sales moved to “big box” specialty stores in electronics (Best Buy), sporting goods (Dicks), housewares (Bed Bath & Beyond), toys, (Toys R Us), etc. Those also are struggling, suffering and some have already disappeared Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
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Take a few moments and think about Leadership. We may not be able to define it precisely, but we know it when we see it, and feel its impact. List the “great leaders” you personally know, have met, or at least are aware of and believe in. Most people find it hard to list very many, living (or dead.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2021 at Telling It Like It Is
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