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HOLDING A JOB HOSTAGE

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 23, 2021

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

– How programmers do it, but why does management accept it?

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For as long as I can remember, people in the Information Technology business have enjoyed relative immunity from being fired from their job. This is primarily because when they write source code (text which is compiled into electronic format) it is difficult to read and understand the logic behind it. In most cases, if a programmer has written a program featuring a special calculation or feature, employers are afraid to release the person as they fear the logic will walk out the door with the person, making maintenance or modification of the source code almost impossible. This can be easily overcome by developing documentation, both within the program using comments, and externally where the purpose, description, and logic of the program is explained, as well as its interfaces to other programs and file structures. Unfortunately this rarely occurs as programmers stubbornly resist writing documentation in fear someone might read it and criticize their work. By doing so, they have safeguarded their job and now hold it hostage.

Think of it this way, it is like an architect being the only person who knows how a building is designed. Who would fire him? After all, there are no blueprints and the design is filed away in the person’s head.

Frankly, I do not understand why managers accept this behavior, but they do. Consequently, it becomes difficult to reprimand an employee. Further, it becomes rather expensive to dissect a program and modify it without disrupting the interfaces to everything else linked to it.

Another problem is when programmers leave a company they often take code not belonging to them. Regardless if it was written by the programmer or another, most programmers feel entitled to the code so they may use it with their next employer. This is incredibly illegal and could do serious harm to the company, as it is their intellectual property, but it is a common occurrence in business today.

What I have described herein is common knowledge inside the Information Technology field. The outside world is generally unaware of this problem. There are other technical positions doing this as well, but it is in programming where it becomes a flagrant problem. Outside consultants also like to play this game and deliver software, but no documentation, thereby creating a dependency on their services. Again, the best way to overcome this problem is to insist on verifiable documentation, but managers either do not understand the problem or naively believe programming is an art form which can only be performed by people who cannot be inhibited by structure or discipline. This is just plain nuts. Under this scenario, the real culprit is the manager for allowing this to happen, not the programmer.

I have always believed the best way to make yourself indispensable to a company is by demonstrating a positive attitude and a professional work ethic (e.g., craftsmanship), not to mention delivering on time and within budget. Alas, this appears to be an attitude from a bygone era.

Originally published: September 16, 2015

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHAT DO THE DEMOCRATS WANT?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 18, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What are their qualifications?

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I happened to watch the opening statements by the Democrat House members prosecuting former President Trump in Impeachment 2.0. Their arguments were laughable as they deliberately took the president’s comments out of context. They often quoted him in piecemeal, without describing his comments in its entirety. It was always my assumption the prosecutor’s job was to seek the truth in order to apply equal justice under the law. This is obviously not the case here as I believe the House prosecutors have deliberately distorted the truth and spread falsehoods.

This charade of a trial is designed at discrediting President Trump, in an attempt to prevent him from running for president again, but it is also aimed at suppressing his supporters whom the Democrats characterize as “domestic terrorists.” This demonstrates the lengths the Democrats will go to get their way.

Over and over again, I have heard the Democrats claim this or that was a “threat to Democracy.” Interestingly, they simply refuse to admit we live in a “Republic” and not a “Democracy.” Nonetheless, I see them as a true threat to the continuation of the USA as we know it.

I also do not consider Joe Biden a legitimate president for two reasons; first I have seen nothing to suggest the presidential election wasn’t stolen; years from now, historians will tout this as the biggest fraud ever enacted in the nation’s history. Second, I look upon Mr. Biden as an old man in his dotage, lacking the mental acuity to fulfill the job. It seems rather obvious to me someone is pulling his strings as he is certainly not capable of ramrodding the many executive orders he signed in the early days of his administration. I seriously doubt he understands everything he has thus far signed and the damages he has caused, particularly in the area of unemployment.

What we are witnessing is a genuine threat to our freedoms, particularly our cherished first and second amendments. The Democrats are attacking freedom of speech as they want to eliminate dissent. They will do this by enacting “domestic terrorism” legislation to suppress those who do not accept Democrat policy. Such legislation will also be used to shut down talk radio/TV. The “Fake News” will also do their part to spread propaganda and coerce political correctness, and social media will continue to discourage independent thought, and endorse Democrat positions.

The “right to bear arms” as defined by the second amendment will come under attack as well, not for safety or mass shooting reasons, but to disarm the populace. The one thing the Democrats fear is an armed public which could stop them from implementing their agenda. Hence the need for gun control legislation. Biden has made this a priority of his administration, which explains why he will attack the NRA and gun manufacturers. Although he wants legislation, look for executive orders to get the ball rolling. In response, the American public is on a record buying spree of weapons before Biden can issue his first order.

The Biden administration has already re-instituted more regulations aimed at expanding the federal bureaucracy primarily in the areas of environment, energy, housing, even the pandemic. Like the Obama administration, the government will become larger and more repressive thereby inhibiting business.

Punishment is the order of the day though as the Democrats attempt to shut down anyone opposing their programs, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has been successful in containing the COVID-19 virus while allowing schools and businesses to flourish. This is in sharp contrast to Democrat governors in other states who have much worse records. In response, the Biden administration is threatening domestic travel restrictions to/from Florida, thereby attacking its economy. DeSantis will not back down and take legal action to refute such initiatives. The point is clear though; the Democrats will try to punish anyone opposing them. This conflict with Florida is just the first of many under the Biden administration.

This is obviously not the first time we’ve seen the Democrats try to bully their opponents, most notably their spying on the Trump campaign, siccing the “Fake News” to hound him, implementing two “fake” impeachments against the president, and stealing the election.

Biden claims he wants unity. The reality is the Democrats want submission to their view of the world and morality, which is a form of slavery. Some people are willing to acquiesce to this new culture, people who we label as “sheeple.” However, the 74 million people who voted for Trump will not. This is why the Democrats are working overtime to suppress Trump voters and why they want to prevent Trump from running again as he is the only person willing to stand up to them.

In a strange way, it is good that Biden became president so the American people can readily see how dangerous the Democrats have become. It will be interesting to see how this affects the 2022 election. In theory, there should be a major push-back. Then again, elections have been altered before.

If I have learned anything about the Democrats over the years, they will go to any length, and say and do anything to get their way, legal or not. They are not interested in freedom or even Democracy. It is about pushing their agenda to reshape the United States. It is all about control. So much so, they will make “Big Brother” seem rather small.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHO IS FILLING BIDEN’S CABINET?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 16, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What are their qualifications?

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I was recently talking to old friend Rick Trader of the Conservative Commandos Radio show regarding President Biden’s cabinet picks. This caused me to dig in deeper and look into their background. Naturally, they are all filled in by Democrats, just as President Trump’s was filled in with Republicans, but there is something else going on.

In theory, the cabinet Secretaries should be the most qualified people for their jobs, just as in the business world. The idea of appointing someone for political favoritism reeks of nepotism and, quite often, is an impediment to progress. We typically see ambassadorships rewarded to political donors but cabinet positions are used to run the country, and political rewards would be a serious mistake.

In looking over the appointments, some make sense, others are just plain off the wall. It appears Biden has been selecting people based on their race, gender, their far-left ideology, or their work in the Obama administration (6 in all). It was certainly not for their management skills. As one example, Pete Buttigieg is a young man who only served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana (home of the University of Notre Dame), with a population of 102K, which is rather small in comparison to most major American cities. Nonetheless, he was appointed Secretary of Transportation, a field in which he has no experience whatsoever. I suspect he was rewarded this for his position on climate control which he spoke on during his failed campaign for president.

Let’s look over the list of cabinet appointments, and consider their qualifications; let us also look at the immediate predecessor from the Trump administration.

CABINET – APPOINTMENT

AGRICULTURE – TOM VILSACK

An Obama appointee, he held this position from 2009-2017. He is also a former governor of Iowa.

Trump: Ed Schafer – served twice as Agriculture Secretary and is a former governor of North Dakota.

ATTORNEY GENERAL – MERRICK GARLAND

Garland is best remembered as the Obama pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, which was not acted on by the Senate. He has been serving as a federal judge, on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Believed to be moderate in most decisions, but leaning slightly left.

Trump: William Barr – twice served as Attorney General.

COMMERCE – GINA RAIMONDO

Currently, she is the governor of Rhode Island. Her background includes being a venture capitalist. As governor, she cut taxes every year, removed thousands of pages of regulations, raised the state minimum wage to $11.50, and made community colleges tuition-free (a favorite with the far-left). However, her approval ratings routinely ranked in the bottom of all governors in the United States.

Trump: Wilbur Ross – successful businessman. Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance.

DEFENSE – LLOYD AUSTIN

Austin is a West Point graduate and served over 40 years in the military. If confirmed, he will be the first black defense secretary. Previously, he was picked as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army by Barrack Obama.

Trump: Mark Esper – Also a West Point graduate, Esper joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division. He saw action in the Gulf War. Afterwards, he served in the 82nd Airborne and the Army National Guard.

EDUCATION – MIGUEL CARDONA

Cardona serves as the Connecticut commissioner of education. He has an extensive background in Connecticut education. The hard issues he faces include opening schools closed due to COVID-19, and transgender sports.

Trump: (acting) Phil Rosenfelt – been with the Department of Education since 2005.

ENERGY – JEFFIFER GRANHOLM

Former governor of Michigan. Was a member of the Obama transition team. Granholm is a distinguished adjunct professor of law and public policy at UC Berkeley. No energy experience.

Trump: Dan Brouillette – previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy from August 2017 to December 2019.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – XAVIER BECERRA

He is currently attorney general of California. He was previously a Congressman representing downtown Los Angeles. While in the House, he served as the chair of the House Democrat Caucus from 2013 to 2017. Becerra is perhaps best known as the AG, along with 15 other Democrat-led states, to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the president’s declaration of a national emergency to fund and build the southern U.S. border, as well as many more lawsuits against the administration. He is far-left.

Trump: (acting) Norris Cochran – part of DHHS since 2006.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) – MARCIA FUDGE

Fudge is currently a Democrat member of the House from Ohio. Her background is substantially different than her predecessor.

Trump: Dr. Ben Carson – a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. He was also a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also known for his run for the presidency in 2016. If anything, Dr. Carson was over qualified for his job as HUD Secretary.

INTERIOR – DEB HAALAND

If confirmed, she will be the first Native American cabinet secretary. She has been very active in Democrat politics, such as speaking against the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. She also actively supports the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. She is far-left.

Haaland’s appointment is controversial as a group of 15 Republican House members sent a letter to President Biden urging him to withdraw her name claiming, her nomination is “a direct threat to working men and women and a rejection of responsible development of America’s natural resources.”

Trump: David Bernhardt – also worked for the Department of the Interior during George W. Bush’s presidency.

LABOR – MARTY WALSH

Walsh is the current mayor of Boston. He is one of the few cabinet appointments cruising through his confirmation hearing. Walsh has an extensive background in unions, both as a member and as a mayor working with them.

Trump: Eugene Scalia – served one year as Solicitor of the Department of Labor during the George W. Bush administration. He is a son of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

STATE – ANTONY BLINKEN

An Obama appointment serving as deputy secretary. Also served in Clinton’s state department and on the National Security Council for then VP Biden.

Trump: Mike Pompeo – former CIA Director, graduated first in his class as a West Point graduate, also served in the House of Representatives (KS).

TRANSPORTATION – PETE BUTTIGIEG

Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Ran for president in 2020. He worked on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign as an advisor, policy and research specialist. No transportation experience. He is far-left.

Trump: Elaine Chao – Naturalized citizen. Married to Sen. Mitch McConnell. She has served the Department of Transportation since 1986, particularly in the Maritime Administration. Served as Deputy Transportation Secretary from 1989-1991. She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor.

TREASURY – JANET YELLEN

Recently confirmed, she is the first female Treasury Secretary. She has prior experience as the chair of the council of economic advisors and chair of the Federal Reserve under Obama. She comes from academia, where she has taught economics for many years at Harvard and the London School of Economics.

Trump: Steven Mnuchin – American investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

CONCLUSION

As with any job, people should be eminently qualified to successfully fulfill a job, but this isn’t always the case in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, the best people are not always available. After all, they would have to sacrifice their business careers in order to serve. So, you have to ask the question, are the people selected doing this for love of country or are there other ulterior motives, such as political recognition and power?

As we can see, not all of the candidates herein are qualified for their positions. This is like hiring ditch-diggers to work in Silicon Valley. Undoubtedly, all will tow the line when it comes to Democrat values and priorities, but will that make for a well-oiled machine to run the country? In all likelihood, when the Biden administration is done, we will have another costly mess to clean up and not a clean and productive hand-off. Unfortunately, this is how the American public elects to operate.

In the business world, there are two tried and proven tactics to rationalize failure; first, blame your predecessor, and; second, reorganize everything, making it difficult to straighten out later on. What we are now witnessing in the Biden administration is both excuses being implemented at warp speed. God help us!

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY BRAKE CHECKING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 11, 2021

BRYCE ON TRANSPORTATION

– Some “must see TV” for young people.

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I have recently developed a fascination with Youtube videos regarding vehicles on the road. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, available over this video service. The ones I particularly like are instances of Road Rage, accidents, police chases, and just plain sloppy driving. I usually watch these segments early in the morning and am aghast as to what I see. I inevitably stare at the screen with my jaw dropped and saying, “What in the hell are they thinking?”

At first you are amazed at the comedy of errors performed on the roadways, but then you realize the severity of the problem and wonder why people drive the way they do. It’s as if they had virtually no training whatsoever before obtaining a driver’s license, and maybe this is so. For example, you see people changing lanes without looking (or using turn signals), merging traffic thereby forcing people into guard rails, and “brake checking” whereby drivers rush to get in front of you, then suddenly apply the brakes. From what I can see, this is done for two reasons; either to cause an accident as part of an insurance scam, or as a form of road rage. Either way, it is incredibly dangerous and the people trying this must have a bolt loose.

All of this is recorded for posterity on “dash cams” which are small audio/video cameras mounted either on the front or back of the vehicle (or both). Although cars will have them, you see many more trucks using them. Such cameras are a God-send as they usually show who is at fault, thereby helping law enforcement and insurance companies determine who the guilty party is in an accident. After watching these videos for awhile, it is hard to imagine not having one of these cameras on your own car. It should be standard equipment on cars today.

After watching these videos for awhile, I’ve noticed two things:

First, it appears truckers, in general, are better drivers, even though there are several videos to indicate otherwise. However, most truck drivers appear to be patient and spend most of their time avoiding automobiles like waving gnats away from their face.

When I learned to drive back in the late 1960’s, I was told to avoid the large semis; I was instructed to either quickly pass them, follow them, but under no circumstance run alongside them where you might find yourself in a truck driver’s blind spot. After all, they were much bigger than my car and I didn’t want to become an accident victim. This instruction has served me well over the years. Yet, in the videos, it appears motorists are no longer afraid to run along side the big rigs and even go so far as harassing them, either by tailgating them, or “brake checking” them. Again, this is a dangerous maneuver and I have to wonder what the drivers are smoking or drinking for them to try this on a semi. As for me, I’ll continue to give the big-rigs a wide berth.

The second thing I observed is the skill and patience of law enforcement. Most of the videos I’ve seen, be it in criminal chases or simple moving violations, show the officers as professionals trying to keep the wackos off the streets. They may not be uniformly perfect, but they should be afforded the respect they do. Their patience is truly admirable and I don’t know if I would have the fortitude to deal with knuckle-heads like the police do.

There is also a series of “Instant Karma” videos showing police apprehending motorists almost immediately after they commit a violation. It’s really funny to watch people commit a moving violation even when the police car is either behind them or next to them. They are simply not too bright.

Interestingly, I find myself rooting for law enforcement after watching a motorist making even the simplest of bad decisions. I truly appreciate what the police do for us to safeguard our roads and highways. Yes, I have picked up a couple of speeding tickets myself over the years, but in hindsight, they were right to issue them to me.

The lessons taught by these videos are simply too numerous to list here. As such, I think young people should be forced to watch a certain number of these videos in order to qualify for a driver’s license. If they watch them, they will learn how dangerous it is out there, and maybe they will learn to drive more defensively.

As a country, we used to be taught to drive defensively; anyone remember the expression, “Watch out for the other guy”? Today though, people tend to be more aggressive behind the wheel. I blame this on our technology addiction which has conditioned people to be less tolerant of others and focusing on only their own selfish desires. This explains why we are less courteous and cooperative on the road.

I would much rather see our young people get a “brake check” in the classroom as opposed to on the roads.

Be sure to check out the Youtube videos. You’ll be amazed with what you see.

Also, you might enjoy this other essay I wrote a few years ago, The Driving Top Ten.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHO ARE THE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 9, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Depends on your interpretation and political party.

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The term “terrorist” came into vogue during the 1970’s as we experienced a spike in airline skyjackings. This, of course, led to the tightening of security measures at airports. I’m old enough to remember life before this, back when you just showed up at the airport, walked on the plane and handed your ticket to the stewardess. Yes, it was that easy, and flying was fun. Not anymore, TSA has seen to that.

Since then, use of the word “terrorist” became associated with atrocities in the Middle East, such as kidnappings, murders, bombings, extortion, and executions, such as cutting off heads. In this sense, terrorism has been around for hundreds of years, but more recently it came to the forefront in the latter part of the 20th century and is considered barbarous.

Please understand the purpose of terrorism, to wit; to use unlawful force or violence to intimidate people for political or social gain. It is a technique used to get one’s way, particularly if the opposition is too large to fight one-on-one. Consequently, the terrorist turns to clandestine tactics to intimidate others.

Today, we are hearing a lot about “domestic terrorists,” meaning a group of people in this country who are trying to use savage methods to get their way. Even President Biden, in his inaugural address, alluded to such a phenomenon, “And now, a rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

Other prominent Democrats have been repeating this mantra as well, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Much of this is designed to convict President Donald Trump after impeachment, but it goes after his supporters as well. Recently, a group of Senate Democrats introduced a resolution to review “domestic terrorist” threats by extremist groups. It has even been suggested that the Republican Party be placed on such a domestic terrorist watch list. Again, this is designed more to intimidate Trump supporters than anything else. Make no mistake though, their constant references to “White Supremacist” groups is a swipe at Republicans and not the KKK.

These same Democrats have remained stone silent on the violent actions of groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) who actively participated in the 2020 “Summer of Hate” where buildings were invaded, burned, looted, and local citizens viciously attacked. They were certainly not “peaceful protesters.” This means “domestic terrorism” has two different interpretations depending on the political party you embrace.

The use of the expression “white supremacy” is a clever attempt to label all Republicans as racists and should be punished accordingly, including the termination of their free-speech rights. The Democrats’ lothsome characterization of Trump supporters is reminiscent of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, as evil parasites feeding on the Aryan master race. Yet, the Democrats seem to have no problem threatening Republicans:

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them” – Rep. Maxine Waters – June 25, 2018.

This is much more threatening than anything spoken by President Trump at the “Stop the Steal” protest of January 6th, yet while the Democrats claim Waters was only kidding, they are Hell-bent on impeaching the former president.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has even gone so far as to brand Congressional Republicans as white supremacists, “This term (2021) there are legitimate white supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives” (as told to MSNBC, Jan 28, 2021).

By doing so, AOC is declaring them racists and, as such, unfit to serve in Congress. This, of course, is fallacious. I just wish AOC was aware of her own party’s role in the preservation of slavery, the Civil War, the KKK, and Jim Crowe laws. She obviously doesn’t remember the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” incident in the 1960’s by Alabama Governor George Wallace (a prominent Southern Democrat). All of this is in sharp contrast to the Republicans who promoted freedom and reconstruction, which is all conveniently forgotten. AOC’s sense of history is embarrassing.

Let us also understand this recent push to declare groups of people as “domestic terrorists”; by doing so, this means they can be treated like any other terrorist group and subject to prosecution under the Patriot Act, which is certainly not a misdemeanor. It also means the federal government can spy on you, as well as search and seize your belongings without a subpoena.

So, the question remains, who are the domestic terrorists? That depends on your political persuasion and the violence committed. If you are a Democrat, you point at your political opponents, the Republicans, for whom you brand as “white supremacists” a la Identity Politics. If you are a Republican, you point at those vandalizing and creating mayhem in our cities, such as Antifa, BLM, and those sponsoring these groups.

So, to be correctly labeled a terrorist, you have to ask which side commits true violence and for what purpose, specifically intimidation. If it doesn’t pass this simple acid-test, they are not terrorists, but political pawns instead. All of this is aimed at changing our perspective and a part of a larger picture of de-programming the citizens of this country.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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A CURRICULUM FOR SOCIAL SKILLS

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 4, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– What we should be teaching youth.

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On more than one occasion you’ve heard me talk about the deterioration of social skills in the work place, primarily due to the heightened influence of technology. It is not uncommon to find people who have basic problems interacting with customers, vendors, or fellow employees. This fundamental flaw has an adverse effect on teamwork, customer service, and sales.

I recently had a reader call me to task on this and asked what kind of curriculum I would recommend to teach proper social skills to younger workers entering the work force. From my perspective, I can think of three prime areas to concentrate on:

* Communications – both written and oral. It’s not simply a matter of mastering the media to be used, but more importantly, the content. Text messaging and the Internet has basically destroyed civil discourse and how to write an effective business letter which, of course, is critical for customer service and sales. Beyond this, people need simple speaking skills, such as how to engage in conversation, the proper way of performing an introduction, how to make a presentation or conduct a meeting. This includes lessons in persuasion, negotiation, and rhetorical thought. In addition to writing and speaking, listening is equally important, after all, it takes two to Tango.

* Ethics – dictates our value system, and is a little more than what is right and what is wrong. It also includes respect for others as well as yourself (a “Do unto others…” philosophy). Ethics plays a significant role in terms of teaching such things as self-worth, dedication, integrity, ambition, and the value of a dollar. Ethics is an expression of the expected code of conduct for everyone to adhere to and abide by.

* Common Courtesy – represents basic manners and how to interact with others. It’s a little more than “please” and “thank you”, but that’s not a bad place to start. It includes how to invite someone to participate in something, how to thank someone for a service performed, and how to include others and make them feel welcome. This also includes how to dress, personal appearances, how to act and conduct themselves with others (“right” versus “wrong”), etiquette and protocol, even the importance of being punctual.

Come to think of it, isn’t this what parents are supposed to be teaching their children? Unfortunately, our youth are learning their socialization skills more from Hollywood, video games, and the Internet, as opposed to their parents, which, unfortunately, is doing a lousy job of raising our kids. Instead, I recommend some simple courses to teach these socialization skills, either as a group or, preferably, some one-on-one coaching such as in a mentoring program (of which I’m a big believer). And for God’s sake, don’t give them a DVD or video on this, have a human-being talk to them instead!

As an aside, something that might help in this regards is my book entitled, “Morphing into the Real World – The Handbook for Entering the Work Force,” which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. (And makes for a great graduation gift I might add).

Originally published: December 21, 2009

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IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, JOIN ‘EM?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 2, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Subverting the Democrats.

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I have been a loyal Republican for almost 50 years. I have worked on campaigns, written political copy, and voted regularly. However, when the Republicans in Congress recently turned their back on President Trump during the stolen election and ensuing impeachment, they revealed their true spineless character as “Republicans In Name Only” (RINO). Unfortunately, this goes beyond the federal level, and down to the state, county, and municipal levels. Even party officials at the county and club levels are deemed weaklings by grassroots constituents, simply for their blind obedience. Consequently, people by the thousands are fleeing the GOP.

If by chance, President Trump is convicted of impeachment, a lot of people will be blaming the GOP, and the party will likely disintegrate. I suspect this is what the Democrats had in mind all along.

Because of my background, I am often asked what Republican voters should do, stay or go? As I see it, there are three options:

1. Stay with the party and try to improve it from within. This can only happen if there is a groundswell of support to push the RINOs out of the way. In all likelihood this will not happen as the “good ole boys” (and girls) are firmly in charge and will tow the party line come hell or high-water, thereby suppressing Trump supporters.

2. Switch party affiliation to “Independent,” but by doing so people will no longer be able to participate in party primaries (unless your state allows otherwise).

3. Switch to a third-party. You can either switch to an existing party, such as the “Libertarians,” who do not exactly have a stellar track record, or form a new party, such as the “Patriot Party” which is often discussed. The problem here is it takes time to grow a third party and gain any traction, particularly as both the Democrats and Republicans are trying to shut you down.

Of these three options, “Independents” are on the rise as they are sick of party politics. However, by doing so, they become less informed of candidates, particularly at the local levels.

Actually, there is a fourth option, something that came to me like an epiphany. Now don’t laugh, but remember the quote, “If you can’t beat them, join them”? That is precisely what we should do to the Democrats. In other words, let’s take a page from the Democrat game book and infiltrate, undermine, and dominate. The Democrats are past masters at this.

Imagine if the 74 million people who voted for President Trump simply switched over to the Democrats. They could then lead a charge to change the party platform, elect new party leaders, and force out the far-left members who would likely establish their own Socialist party.

The simplicity of this is inspiring and does two things: it would totally re-make the Democrat Party as we know it today, and; the Republican Party, with their impotent leaders would become a hallow shell before our eyes, turning the RINOs out to pasture. I believe this is referred to as, “Killing two birds with one stone.” Another nice benefit, it would put the news media into a tailspin as they wouldn’t know who to cover or criticize.

And once the dust has settled, you can change the party name to something more rational, like the “Patriot Party.”

I know, people will find it distasteful to join their former adversary, with dullard morality, but you have to think about transforming America. After all, that has been their game plan all along.

Interesting idea, right? Let’s see if the Democrats like the taste of their own medicine, namely “subversion.”

File this under, “Food for thought.”

Keep the Faith!

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BACKING UP THE TRUCK

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 28, 2021

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

– Whoa, slow down! Let’s not leap before we look.

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We have an expression we use around the office whenever we discuss a new idea and someone impulsively acts on it without first thinking it through, we call it “backing up the truck.” This came about several years ago when we were discussing a publicity idea to promote our I.T. related products. Basically, we were thinking of writing a series of white papers on various subjects and mailing them to our customers and key contacts in the industry (e-mail was still in its infancy). At the time, everyone at the meeting agreed it was a good idea but we should sleep on it over the weekend. However, one of our guys took the initiative of calling a paper supplier and, lo and behold, on Monday morning a delivery truck backed up to our offices with a couple of skids of paper. We were all bewildered why the person ordered the paper before a decision had actually been made, hence the expression.

“Backing up the truck” obviously represents a “leap before you look” type of impulsive behavior and, unfortunately, we see too much of it in the corporate world. I think it might be caused by the highly competitive nature of corporate politics whereby people try to scratch and claw their way to the top and seize on any opportunity for recognition. Yes, it is necessary to respond in a timely manner to the pressures of business, but companies can ill-afford a knee-jerk reaction to every problem or opportunity.

Another reason for it may be that we have raised a generation of people who only understand instant gratification and cannot plan their lives beyond 5:00pm. This would suggest they have learned to operate in a constant “fire fighting” mode of operation whereby they react as opposed to plan. In other words, “backing up the truck” is a natural part of their corporate culture.

If the wrong decisions are made, a “backing up the truck” form of behavior can be both costly and destructive. If you are a one-man operation and have supreme confidence in your judgment, than it might be a suitable form of behavior. As for me, I like to think things through. For example, rarely do I ever write and publish an article on the same day, regardless of the easy-to-use publishing tools now available. I have made it a policy to sit on an article for at least 24 hours (including this column), to give me a chance to think about it over night and look at it with a fresh perspective on the following day. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t make a modification to an article as a result of this process, be it large or small. I am therefore more confident in what I am presenting to my readership.

When I fly, I like to see a pilot with a little gray hair. It’s not that I have anything against younger officers, I just feel more comfortable knowing there’s someone in the cockpit who has been around the block a few times, and has the experience to consider all of the alternatives before making a decision, such as Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger. There’s no substitute for experience.

By the way, in our “backing up the truck” example, cooler heads prevailed and the skids of paper were returned to the vendor the next day.

Originally published: May 14, 2010

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NEXT COMES POLITICAL DEPROGRAMMING

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 26, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– How the Democrats plan to attack their opponents.

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Back during the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton branded Trump supporters as “deplorables,” thereby denoting the disdain the Democrats have for such Americans. It also suggests the Democrat’s perception of themselves as elitists; that they actually consider themselves superior to “deplorables.” This backfired as it became a badge of honor for Trump supporters and helped unite them. Nonetheless, the label speaks volumes in terms of how Democrats see their opponents, as unsophisticated and obnoxious red necks.

More recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (aka, “AOC”) was asked about Trump supporters. Her comments were very revealing in terms of how the Democrats see them, “They proved that southern states are not Red states, they are suppressed states, which means the only way that our country will heal is through the actual liberation of southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people, from economic, social and racial oppression. That’s the only way.”

Having lived 36 years in the South (and 30 years in the North), I never realized we were suppressed. Maybe AOC is jealous people in the South pay less taxes and our economies are stronger than those in the North, but I guess that is not good enough for control-freak Democrats.

Leftist Newscaster Katie Couric took it further. When asked why members of Congress insisted the 2020 election was stolen, among her comments included, “…it’s really bizarre isn’t it, when you think how AWOL some of these members of Congress have gotten, but I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the Internet, by their constituents, and they have bought into this big lie and the question is, how are we going to really almost de-program these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

The Democrats desperately want to label their opponents as “domestic terrorists.” Even President Biden mentioned it in his inaugural address. Interestingly, this only applies to “deplorables” and not groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) who took an active part in burning America during the “Summer of Hate” in 2020. Instead, these latter groups are described as victims by the Democrats. Strange.

Again, both AOC and Couric reflect the elite status the Democrats see themselves, when in reality they are pseudo-intellectuals. Nonetheless, look for a regular diet of “de-programming” over the next four years emanating from both the Democrats and their communications lapdog, the News Media. By the way, another name for de-programming in this situation is “revenge” as they are bent on getting “deplorables” to conform to their values.

There is an old axiom in psychology that states, “You cannot treat a patient unless they know they are sick.” This explains why Trump supporters are being demonized on a regular basis; to try and convince them they are following the wrong path. The weaker ones will acquiesce claiming it is time to reconcile our differences and compromise our values.

Actually, we have already started to see “de-programming” in action; for example, the destruction of historical figures by Antifa and BLM, political correctness in our vocabulary, the “Fake News” of the media, and embracing gender neutral terminology in the House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“De-Programming” will include a constant and repetitive barrage of lessons of what the left believe is right and what is wrong. Their goal is to shame people into believing such things as; what we eat is bad, our sense of history is wrong, our views on sex are antiquated, our religious beliefs should be trivialized, and our views of morality (right versus wrong) is obsolete. One subject that will NOT be discussed is how government works, as the Democrats want to quietly change our laws behind the scenes.

Actually, this will be reminiscent of the communist “reeducation” centers in Asia over the years. In addition, before World War II, the German Boy Scouts were suspended in the mid-1930’s and replaced by the Hitler Youth, with Nazi training being the goal (Scouting returned after the war).

Suckers will fall for “de-programming,” but it will fill true Trump Patriots with a great resolve to resist and there will be a push-back. People will be less likely to accept the left’s ideals, as they should. After all, “Tolerating immorality is to condone it.” – Bryce’s Law

We have already seen a genuine threat to our 1st Amendment free speech rights; e.g., social media censoring groups and individuals; academia putting the kibosh on conservative lectures, and; conservatives being violently attacked by leftist groups. Unfortunately, more is on the way. The biggest threat to the left is conservative television and talk radio. Such programming will come under attack sooner as opposed to later. If and when they are censored, we will know for sure we live in a communist state.

These de-programming efforts are all designed to suppress opposing views and put people in line. By doing so, they are imposing tyranny, a yoke that is unfamiliar in this country and must be resisted.

I also blame the Baby Boomers, of which I am a member, for a lot of our problems as we were the parents of the Millennials who have swallowed the far-left agenda hook, line, and sinker. The Boomers blew it by not properly teaching basic human values, such as responsibility, accountability, sacrifice, and respect. As a result, we now live in a society that believes cheating and bullying are acceptable forms of behavior, people are entitled to free services, there is nothing dishonorable about bankruptcy (especially to your creditors), and divorce is no longer something to be ashamed of, as opposed to honoring your commitments and trying to work things out.

As parents we always want a better life for our offspring, but because we acted more as friends to our children, as opposed to parents, we are leaving them a country that is pretty screwed-up.

Melania Trump echoed these sentiments in her farewell message where she encouraged parents to teach their offspring to be their best. I found her comments most heartening.

If America wishes to remain solvent, then we dare not trifle with the 1st Amendment. If we do, I for one have no intention of living in a Democrat gulag.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 21, 2021

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– What it means to Americans.

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Well, here we go, Day 1 of President Joe Biden’s 100 days. He made a lot of promises on the campaign trail in terms of what he would accomplish, but let’s see what he will deliver. In going over his promises, I have been able to compile the following list (in no particular order):

* The president will begin by pushing to get his cabinet nominees and other appointments confirmed by the Senate as soon as possible. However, since the Democrats slowed the approval process of Trump appointments to a crawl, look for the Republicans to return the favor.

* President Biden said the first thing he will do is order the immediate reversal of all executive orders signed by President Trump. This includes the plethora of orders Trump made to eliminate government red-tape over business.
TRANSLATION: President Trump’s actions were intended to free business from the bureaucratic restrictions government imposed over business, thereby helping to stimulate the economy and bring companies and jobs back to our shores. By reversing course, President Biden will create a larger government and stifle both businesses and the economy. Watch the GDP begin to struggle when this is imposed and stocks slip.

* As part of his rescinding of President Trump’s orders, President Biden will introduce an immigration bill to reverse Trump’s “cruel” immigration policies, including discontinuation of building the southern border wall, and allowing citizens from seven Muslim countries on the terrorist list into the country. He will also reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and introduce legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.
TRANSLATION: President Biden is opening the flood-gates of illegal immigrants into the country, thereby breeding another generation of Democrat voters. Unfortunately, this will also promote Sharia law in Islamic enclaves in the United States.

* As another reversal of President Trump’s orders, President Biden will re-join the Paris Climate Agreement, something started by executive order by President Barrack Obama, without the approval of the Senate. In addition, he will convene a climate summit with the largest economies in the world.
TRANSLATION: This will cost billions, if not trillions, of American tax money which will be diverted to countries with high pollution (including China?).

* Another reversal will be made on President Trump’s orders on energy. Federal climate policies will change as well as tight fuel efficiency standards introduced.
TRANSLATION: So much for America’s energy independence, thereby once again creating a dependency on foreign energy and military entanglements in far-off countries.

* President Biden committed to administering more than 100 million COVID-19 shots early on. To do so, he will be requesting additional funding from the Congress to implement this effort as well as funding for states and municipalities to get all American students back to school.
TRANSLATION: Maybe he can finally get the support to implement the Trump Vaccine that our former president couldn’t. As to schools, we’re only talking about those schools under Democrat authority. Everyone else has already returned to school.

Other items to bear watching, but not specifically included in the first 100 days:

* Although Biden said on the campaign trail he would immediately cancel Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, this may be postponed until later on, with the exception of increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.
TRANSLATION: President Trump’s dropping of the corporate tax was one of the key reasons for stimulating our economy and returning companies to our shores. By elevating the rate, President Biden hopes this will pay for a lot of his initiatives. The truth is, it will push companies away from our shores, but more importantly, the new taxes will be passed off to the consumer, thereby raising the cost of living.

* In the near future, President Biden will be encouraged to cancel up of $50K in debt per college student taking out a loan. This is something being pressed by Senate Democrats, such as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who said, “We have come to the conclusion that President Biden can undo this debt, can forgive $50,000 of debt the first day he becomes president. You don’t need Congress; All you need is the flick of a pen.”
TRANSLATION: Again, the burden falls to the American taxpayer, even for those who never experienced higher education. Yes, your taxes will go up, regardless of your level of income.

* President Biden recently said, “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
TRANSLATION: If you are white and male, forget it, you do not qualify. I guess there is no racism here, right?

* President Biden has made it no secret of his disdain for the NRA, saying, “As President, I pledge to continue to work together with Congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.”
TRANSLATION: An open attack on the Second Amendment is in the offing, time to stock up. He obviously doesn’t understand the NRA is not the cause of gun violence as they are the largest gun safety group in the country.

President Biden’s problem is the Senate is still under the control of the Republicans, making it difficult to pass any legislation. Like his old boss, Barrack Obama, he will instead rely on executive orders to get things done. His reversal of President Trump’s orders will keep him occupied the first 100 days, but having legislation passed, that is another matter altogether. So, we are back to gridlock in the nation’s capitol.

In less than two years, the House is up for re-election. Do not be surprised if Republicans win it back, thereby further stifling Biden’s actions.

To me, all I see is our economy going nowhere, taxes increasing, and our freedoms threatened. I used to believe Obama was the worst president in my lifetime, closely followed by Carter, but now I am convinced Biden will eclipse the two of them, making them look like stars.

Fasten your safety belt, it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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