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My Thoughts on the Ferguson Verdict and Rioting

26 Nov

I have been watching the news over the last two days and I’m disappointed at what I’m seeing. Personally, the grand jury’s verdict didn’t surprise me. I am not a lawyer, but I was aware of what the Missouri law said about police use of force.

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Here is a great explanation of why P.O. Darren Wilson was not charged –> CLICK HERE.

Folks are looting and burning businesses down in their own neighborhood. One shouldn’t do these things at all, but doing it in your own neighborhood is economic suicide.

When you burn things down and loot in a given neighborhood, property values go down. Businesses that were looted and burned-out may never return. Now you will have no businesses in your neighborhood and therefore no job opportunities. Because there are no businesses, you have to travel outside of your neighborhood to buy things which of course will not be very convenient.

Being that property values are down and you have to travel far to get to work and to buy consumer goods, you will sell your home on the cheap and eventually relocate. Your bargain basement priced home will be bought by outside investors who will hold onto the property for a few years and rebuild later. That is how gentrification starts.

Also, the National Guard has set up a perimeter around Ferguson. While I’m not a military strategy and tactics expert, here is what I do know as a retired military policeman trained in civil disturbance and crowd control:

  • During civil unrest, set up a perimeter to lay siege to a town. Nothing gets in or out without consent of command. That includes food and medical supplies.
  • A perimeter surrounds your target and makes sure that unrest doesn’t spill into adjacent areas. Also, when troops are ready to close in, the vise is ready to close.

In my humble opinion, a better thing to do is to start first local then national discussion on the police use of deadly force and use the U.S. Constitution as point of reference. National standards for police use of deadly force MAY infringe on states rights (10th Amendment), and the retention of the status quo for the police use of deadly force in various municipalities MAY violate one’s due process rights (14th Amendment).

Let’s reason together and create a system of justice for all Americans.

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It’s all about F.A.M.I.L.Y.

8 Aug

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This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The 52 Corporate Caveats.

It will be a digital download and will be released this coming fall.

This book is an outgrowth of a poem I wrote and posted on this blog entitled “Love Your Enemies”.

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Okay, I talked about how things can suck so it is only fair that I offer a solution. You know, it always killed me on some folks criticize things but never offer alternatives. I remember when I was at a seminar a few years back and the author of The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson, said, “Have you noticed that there are no statues erected in the honor of critics?” That is so true! I committed at that moment to not criticize anything unless I was willing to work on finding a better way.

So, what with this proposed workplace code I’m not talking about bringing the kids and your spouse to work. I’m talking about a new doctrine that could be used in the workplace that could yield better results; more revenue, more happiness and more hope for advancement. F.A.M.I.L.Y. is an acronym. I would be remiss if I did not admit that this was inspired by my experience working in the direct selling industry where cooperation is encouraged over competition. A good leader should work to encourage these things in her little fiefdom in order to create the “perfect workplace.” Now, people are not perfect, but if we adopt this as our code we will get better.

Here is what F.A.M.I.L.Y. is all about:

Fairness

Everyone is to be treated with appreciation and respect, and any progress or special dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries with the company, promotions, etc.) should be celebrated. Your skin color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, handicaps, health nor any other legally protected class should be a factor. Whether you average-looking, ugly, drop-dead gorgeous matters not. It is all about giving everyone equal access to opportunities and to due process.

Accountability

Everyone is to be held accountable for their actions and/or the lack thereof. No more “throwing others under the bus” to save one’s own hide. How can you have true success at work when everyone is suspicious of each other? Let’s all be adults and like President Harry Truman used to say, “The buck stops here.” That is the mindset that needs to be instilled in today’s workers.

Merit-based Promotions

Ideally, promotions will be based on merit. Let’ start picking the right man for the job. By the way, oftentimes, the right man for the job is a woman. Organizations can’t achieve greatness with “hooking-up” their cronies. Put the right people in right positions and beautiful things can happen.

Intrapreneurship

The best ideas come from the field. I heard that Post-It® Notes was created by a 3M employee. Companies should start paying attention that their employees have a wealth of ideas. As a matter of fact, companies oftentimes steal employee-generated ideas and claim them as their own intellectual property as per the employee handbook. Dang. At least give the employees some sort of incentives and recognition. Well, they don’t know about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. code yet so maybe they’ll do better once we school them. Nurture employees and encourage them to come up with new ways to do things or to submit product ideas. Have them take entrepreneurial-like initiatives while working for the company.
Intrapreneurship is the new cool.

Leadership

I believe that leaders are made, not born. Skills can be taught. If you want your employees to be better, Corporate America has to do better with giving them educational opportunities. This can be classroom instruction, tuition reimbursement, mentorship or cross-training. Also, leaders need to understand that you must be a servant to your employees first. Being the boss doesn’t mean that you have to be a “double S.O.B.” spelled backwards!

Yeoman Work Ethic

Projects should be handled with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency from beginning to end. Revenue is lost because of lethargic work habits. Work hard so you can play hard. Like the great rapper, Big Daddy Kane said in his song, RAW, “I worked like a slave so I can become a master.” Ideally, this is how one gets promoted.

All six parts of F.A.M.I.L.Y. are interdependent on each other. You have to have all of them firing on all cylinders to create the perfect workplace. Will there ever be the perfect workplace? No. Nonetheless, it is an ideal to strive for because most current options stink.

Love Your Enemies

20 Feb

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This was inspired by one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene. This is a 34-part haiku chain poem. Some of the haiku even rhyme. I think that I’ll call my rhyming haiku Haiku Rhyme Chains.

I have a series on Twitter under the handle #loveyourenemies and I will release quick lessons around the various tweets as an info product later this year or early 2014.

Enjoy!

“Love Your Enemies”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

They give you focus.
They ignite your passion and
make you determined.

You will learn who you
really are. Adversity
alone will show you.

Colin Powell said,
“Get mad, get over it then
get going.” Wise words.

Do not let anger
consume you to the point of
becoming reckless.

Do not waddle in
the cesspool of self pity.
It yields no results.

When one is prepared
a counter-strike will be an
unpleasant surprise.

You were not supposed
to be able to respond.
They thought you beaten.

Little did they know
how thick and impregnable
your castle’s walls are.

How deep your moat
and accurate your archers.
The oil pours so hot.

They thought you to be
alone, but you have allies
and wise advisors.

What foes may do to
you – or attempt to do, may
indeed be heinous.

However, do not
hate them. Hate blinds you. It makes
you brash and reckless.

Be thankful for what
they teach you. For how they push
you to new limits.

JFK said, “Fix your
roof when the sun is shining.”
Not when its raining.

Use times of calm to
fortify your defenses.
Prepare for battle.

Be not the one to
be called an aggressor, but
one who defends well.

That way, perhaps your
reputation will serve as
a deterring force.

To sum this all up
take the time to remember
this haiku chain rhyme:

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To your rivals you
owe a debt. Pay them back by
not getting upset.

Work to get even
instead. Psychological
warfare hurts their heads.

Their greed and lowly
scruples give them gall to run
into a brick wall.

That wall is one of
your castle’s walls. Now you have
them by their damned balls.

You don’t have to turn
the other cheek. Not when its
justice that you seek.

Do all you can to
keep the peace. However, do
not let good sense cease.

Be patient and let
things take their course then ride-off
on your swift white horse.

It is a sweet thing
to give them a kiss and watch
their pants soil with piss.

Kind of like how Mike
told Fredo, “I know it was
you.” Smell the doo-doo?

Be well-schooled in the
compiled teachings of Robert
Greene. Know what I mean?

Read The 48
Laws of Power
so over
foes you will tower.

Learn from the book The
33 Strategies of
War
to tilt the score.

“What would Jesus do?”
Well, look what they did to him
so they will screw you.

Kill them with kindness.
The unjust will think you dumb,
blind and mindless.

Feigning weakness is
a smart way to cope. Ali
called it “Rope-a-Dope.”

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Learn who is who. Friend,
foe, or frenemy. Just please
love your enemies.