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Obama’s handicap

Like you, I watched the debate last night. And, perhaps, like you, I think Romney beat Obama. Hands down. “No debate!”

I’m not necessarily a Romney fan. But here’s what I think is going on: Romney has the great, good fortune of not having to defend his presidential track record. Despite his Governorship, he’s a ‘Federal virgin’ – he hasn’t been the president and, so, can get up there and say whatever he wants to say, with little risk.

Obama on the other hand, is wearing his track record on his sleeve, for all to see (taste, touch, smell, feel) and judge. He’s got nowhere to hide. That’s his handicap and it showed last night.

So, what’s the President to do? He’ll never win playing defense, which is how he came across in the debate. Who said, when the going gets tough, the tough get going? Sounds like sound advice, to me.

Mr. President – Get tough. Stop worrying about what you have/haven’t done (and what’s been done to you). Find the fire you had 4 years ago and light it. If you don’t, you run the risk of flaming out.

Reframing the Rules of Value Creation

It’s the clarion call of all investors…value creation! And it’s wrong. What investors want is wealth creation – the result of value creation. Isn’t it time we got these two ideas straight? Facebook’s ability to justify the wealth it will inevitably reap from its IPO later in 2012 is strictly a function of the value it creates; not for investors, but for you and me; it’s users. (Complex equation: lots of value = lots of wealth.)

For all the time and attention paid to sophisticated economic analysis, market trends, competition and technology, creating successful business strategy designed to drive long term value is never a sure thing. Where value creation is the goal, however, managers must begin with a clear understanding of the source of that value — the identities of their organizations — or risk putting their companies on a path to inevitable decline. (Hint: Wealth never precedes value.)

Please download this valuable resource to distinguish value creation from wealth creation and how to re-frame it successfully.

Welcome to the “Refutican” Party!

I’m mad as hell and I guess I’m going to have to continue to take it!

Although, I am not a registered Republican, I am a registered American and have been watching in disbelief as the Republican Party has devolved into a playground full of recalcitrant middle-schoolers.

It’s been quite the show watching how each of these seeming adults — Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Romney, etc. — have transformed themselves into bona fide adolescents, whose greatest skill seems to be knocking the other guy. One refutes what the other stands for. Another beats that refutation with an attack of her own. And on and on it goes. Welcome to the Refutican Party!

Add up this awful evidence and the only conclusion can be that the Republican Party has lost its way; it has bowed to the whims and fancies of egomaniacs, cutting itself off from whatever its core identity really is.

Honestly, what’s happened — and is still happening  — to the Republicans is disgusting as well as juvenile. Allow me, world, to apologize for the state of American politics; especially, for the dismal, divisive state of the GOP.

Long live PAC money. Dignity is dead.

 

Don’t be Foogled!

Facebook is now aggressively challenging Google’s growing success in social media—especially in relation to music, video and mobile services—aiming to maintain its innovator’s edge. In its massive makeover, however, it is also succeeding in offending Facebook loyalists who are less than thrilled with many of the changes. Worse, in some peoples’ eyes, Continue reading