Me (The Godfather) and my highly edumacated friends (digi, Ken, justuhgyrl) tell you what is wrong (and right) with the world today. Period. Basically this means current events, politics, business, bad business, corporate america, what we love, what we hate, capitalism, economics, why MBA grads are usually morons, (except us) Affirmitive Action, and so forth. To comment, just click on the "Comments" link and dont forget to subscribe to my blog by entering your email on the right.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Welcome to Columbus! (Georgia) gag....

Ah, the foibles of business travel. I just arrived into my two-star motel next to the sewage treatment plant in this "it was nice in the twenties" central Georgia town that sits across the river from equally excitement-lacking central Alabama. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. There for a while I was jet-setting to the west coast, NYC, Boston, Seattle, Miami.... not too shabby. Now all of the sudden I am in my third straight week in Columbus Georgia. Which, ahem, isn't the most cosmopolitan city in the world. Unless your idea of cosmopolitan is illiterate Alabamians and buzz cut soldiers blowing their government subsidies in one of the many 9th tier strip clubs in this town courtesy of Fort Benning. They say Columbus is the strip club capital of North America, and I believe it. Basically as you drive around, this is what you see... strip club, liquor store, liquor store, liquor store, strip club, strip club, strip club, strip club, dead body...

I think I may deliberately self-destruct this profitable partnership for a hopeless business relationship in, hmmm.... Bali perhaps....

BB's MBA B.S. Word of the Day - Synergy
Starbucks versus the hourly
Why is it that when I pour my daily cup of coffee from the common area that it's routinely half-strength? I mean, my company buys us Starbucks coffee in the nice little packages that are easily dumped into the basket and brewed. So you're telling me that Starbucks spends millions of dollars in R&D to determine how much coffee to put in that little bag to brew the perfect cup of coffee and some peon making $8.50/hour is only using half the packet because it doesn't "taste" right. It just doesn't make sense to me. Don't drink the damn coffee!

MBA BS word of the day - leverage...
BB- thanks for the invite. I'd be happy to postulate our rhetoric out here for the masses (or di minimus) whatever or whomever they may be.

Isn't it all about paradigm shifts?

Ok, I am sick of hearing people whine about Wal Mart. I really am. To be even more clear, I am sick of people whining about how companies owe them more money. I was reading over a fellow bloggers story which I reference below, and I can't help but get a little perturbed at stories like this. You have heard it all before, the basic scam goes like this:

"Company A feels it is paying a fair wage to employees. Company A feels this way, because it is able to attract and keep employees. Said employees sue Company A for more money"

OK. Here is my response. If you are worth so much more money, quit. Its that simple. Quit. Go find another job that pays what you are worth. This is a capitalist economy last time I checked. Wal-Mart and other stores have to charge what is competitive for their products, so does the work force have to charge what is fair. In a free economy you will get paid what you are worth, outside of unions and lawsuits and other forms of extortion, of course. Again, if you are worth so much more than you are being paid in the town you live in, you should easily be able to find a job that pays you what you are worth, right? Sounds like common sense to me...

Blog reference: BusinessPundit
Quote for the day, part 2:

"We trained hard, but it seemed that everytime we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization."

-- Petronius Arbiter(210 B.C.)

Man, isnt this one the truth? How many times have we seen "reorganization" that only adds to more confusion. Perhaps its not the "organization" thats the problem, but the leadership...
Quote for the day:

"Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm"? Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important?"
- The Simpsons
So who am I? Gee, good question, and it may put all of this in perspective. I am a graduage student, and a Careerist. Careerist is my term for someone who is a professional at having a career, not a job, a career. In today's society, we don't just have one job our whole lives, or even work in the same field or industry. What we have, is a career. A dynamic career to be sure, but we still march our butts to work everyday in an attempt to make ourselves better people, to put food on the table, or maybe just to please our parents. The fact that we switch jobs regularly may put a few gray hairs on our fathers, but c'mon lets face it, the quickest way to a promotion is a job change. Why sit around waiting for Jonny Butt-kisser to get that big raise why you are doing all of your bosses work? Bah! Not anymore! If your company isn't paying you what another company will, then you are underpaid. Comprende? It is high time to get your rear outta there or tell 'em wassup! Its all Supply and Demand. Oh, just make sure you are supplying something in demand before you go in their waving around your resignation letter - you just might get what you ask for. Doh!

So anyway, I work in the Software Industry and in Strategic Alliances. I am completing an MBA and Masters in International Management. I am in MENSA. I can be reached at whyimright@hotmail.com
So its official. The first blog post. What better time to give some background on how this came about, and what type of conversations you can expect in my blog. It all started with an IM conversastion between myself and my partner in crime, Brian. It went something like this (duh, I changed the screen names. Im not stoopid.)

BB: well, companies are really setting themselves up
dig: it's surreal
BB: in the past, employees covered up the foibles and wrongdoings of their companies out of loyalty, or perhaps fear.... those days are over
BB: i think we are going to see a lot of airing of the laundry in the future
dig: no doubt
BB and now im sure you have no burning desire to go in there and bust your butt
BB if there is one thing acts like that do, its destroy all morale and loyalty
digi: yeah really, and can i talk back now?? no b/c i'm not a team player and i'm guaranteed to be fired if i do
BB: well of course
BB: insubordination
digi: got you by the short and curlies
BB: the best team player is the "yes man"
digi yup
BB: but, its gonna come back around
digi: always goes along
BB: im convinced there is going to be backlash now
digi: totally
BB: employees just arent gonna cover stuff up anymore
BB: cuz cmon, weve all seen it
digi: we'll become fluid
BB: yup
BB: the power will equal out
BB: managmeent will have all internal power, we will have all external power
digi: a new paradigm in corporate america
BB: they will have certain control, but we will have all protections afforded to us

And so on it goes. In the future, look for some convo's and debate on any number of topics, from current events and politics, to corporate america and why micromanagement will never work. Tell us your stories, air your laundry, get your butt fired - whatever works. Thats why I am here - so you can type your frustrations at work, and your bosses key tracker will record every word. Hey, aint life grand?! What happened to the good ol' days of your boss just beating you with his paper weight and getting massages from leggy secretaries? Ah well....

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