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CAN WE FIND A MIDDLE GROUND?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 30, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– I think we all know the answer.

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The talking heads of the main stream media have been asking for the Democrats and Republicans to find a middle ground and work together towards common goals. I’m sure a lot of Americans feel likewise.

The Democrats insist President Trump needs to stop tweeting, and the Republicans want the other side to stop lying. When you push either side, both claim innocence, and neither side have any intention of stopping as they do not trust each other.

Both chambers of Congress haven’t accomplished anything of real substance in this century other than to go to war. There is much to be done, such as in the areas of economics, immigration, infrastructure, space, health care, etc. Unfortunately, we are stalled in neutral thanks to partisan politics.

The concept of moderate politics is now a thing of the past. The last presidential candidate to run as a moderate was Sen. John McCain in 2008 who would have certainly reached across the aisle to Democrats, but this didn’t happen as the country elected a progressive Democrat instead, Barack Obama, a president which snubbed the other side. Shortly after being elected, President Obama met with Congressional Republicans to discuss his proposed financial stimulus package. As negotiations wore down, he made the now infamous comment to Rep. Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won. So I think on that one I trump you.”

This quote by Pres. Obama was a defining moment separating the two parties for the rest of his term in office. Other presidents made an effort to work with the opposition, even though they had political differences, such as President Ronald Reagan (R) and Speaker Tip O’Neill (D), along with President Bill Clinton (D) and Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), but Pres. Obama made it clear, he was not interested in what the Republicans had to say and saw them as an impediment to his agenda. This is why he tried to implement his agenda through executive orders as opposed to legislation. By doing so, it was rather easy for Pres. Obama’s successor, President Donald Trump, to negate the orders.

The point is, the line in the sand had been drawn and has carried forward to today. Gridlock has become the norm in Washington, DC, and there is no sign of it abating anytime soon.

In the meantime, the Democrats have moved farther to the left, and the Republicans maintain the right. The two groups now have incompatible interpretations of America. The Republicans embrace the status quo of the country, specifically, Capitalism, the Constitution, belief in God, and traditional values (e.g., citizenship, patriotism, love of family, equality, helping those in need, exceptionalism, and morality). In contrast, the Democrats are now embracing Socialism, they snub references to God, and want to change the historical perspective of the country, that it should be viewed as criminally wicked. Anyone disagreeing with them are called racists.

Where the Democrats want one thing, the Republicans do not, and vice versa. Not surprising the rhetoric has become visceral, which leads us to where we are today; one nation with two distinctly different interpretations of America.

As an aside, if I was to make one suggestion to try and get the two parties talking, it would be to turn off the television cameras in both chambers of Congress as both parties spend more time playing to the television audience and not to themselves. Then again, the media would go bonkers being left out of the discussion.

So when I hear the talking heads on television ask why we cannot find common ground, I contend there isn’t any and we should stop kidding ourselves. I do not foresee the Democrats or Republicans changing anytime soon, and the 2020 election becomes a referendum as to which path we must follow. Our choices are left, right, or gridlock. My guess is the American people will again vote for gridlock, and we will wallow in neutral for a few more years.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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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THE ALPINE INN

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 25, 2019

BRYCE ON TRAVEL

– The bed and breakfast in North Carolina that offers “nothing.”

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The Alpine Inn is a nice little bed and breakfast nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. It is located in Little Switzerland, a hamlet about 90 miles east of Asheville, and a stone’s throw from Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern part of North America. The scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains is simply spectacular, particularly from the back porch of the Alpine Inn. In addition to the scenery, the area is great for hiking, has some fine golf courses, excellent trout fishing, hunting, and is renown for gem mining.

I visited the Inn recently in order to get in some fly-fishing. It is run by an old friend of mine, Ron Lough, who took it over about 14 years ago and has been steadily improving it. As I said, the Inn is small and unassuming and is easily dwarfed by any of the hotel chains. The premise behind the Inn is simple, it offers nothing; nothing but a clean and comfortable room, peace and quiet, clean air, and a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For someone from the hustle and bustle of city life, it is a welcome change of pace. No, it’s not Mayberry, but you’re starting to get the idea.

I call the road to the Alpine Inn “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” as it winds around the mountain. There’s no need for police to run their radar guns here as the road twists and turns in such a way as to naturally prevent speeding. Think of it is as San Francisco’s famed Lombard Street, except on steroids. The idea is to start to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Having visited the area before, I relished the quiet serenity the Inn has to offer, but I’m afraid not everyone would agree with me. On this last trip, I observed a family who had stopped for the evening at the Inn. They had two teenagers who were not initially impressed by the Inn and complained the rooms lacked air conditioning, television and phones. First, being tucked away in the mountains, the rooms are naturally cool even on the warmest summer day. Second, the scenery is such that it makes everything on television pale by comparison. And Third, cell phone reception in the mountains can be spotty. The teens were stressing out from technology withdrawal for quite some time, but eventually calmed down after their parents pulled out a board game which the family played outside on a picnic table. Actually, it seemed like they were having a great time after they acclimated to their new environment.

If you are looking for all of the creature comforts familiar to you in the hotel chains, the Alpine Inn is probably not the place for you. However, if you want a quiet and cozy getaway, a place where you can decompress from the rat race, the Alpine Inn is worth checking out. Then again, maybe we need more places that offer “nothing.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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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TIM’S CRASH COURSE ON ETHICS 101

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 23, 2019

BRYCE ON MORALITY

– Some suggestions.

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We all know basically what is right and wrong, but ethics requires a person with strength and character to implement them, something that is somewhat uncommon in this day and age. I’m not going to tell you to keep your word, or to be honest and lead an upright and respectable life; you should know this already. The question is, do you have the fortitude to do so?

Perhaps these simple guidelines will help:

1. Learn to say, “No.” It is an incredibly powerful word and something we do not say enough of. At times it may seem awkward and uncomfortable to say, but learn to say “No” nonetheless.

2. Avoid politics and religion in the workplace. Employers do not want to disrupt the harmony of the workplace. Consequently, avoid such discussion. However, once your are off-site, you are free to discuss whatever you want; we live in a free country.

3. Go the extra mile, avoid the temptation to take the easy way out. Short cuts may seem nice, but following the right path is more rewarding in the long run.

4. Write a code of conduct defining how employees are to behave on the job.

5. Recognize and reward ethical behavior; Penalize bad behavior.

6. Report indiscretions, either internally within your company, or to external sources, such as the Better Business Bureau. As a tip, make sure it is well documented. Don’t want to report it? Then don’t complain or whine about it to others (shutup).

7. Participate in and promote organized discussions on ethics, either in the office, at home, in school, in civic groups, on the Internet, or wherever. Raise the consciousness on ethics.

8. Last but not least, lead by example. Become a role model for how you want others to behave.

And God, No, don’t let the government get involved with teaching ethics. That would be like allowing the inmates to run the asylum.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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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REQUEST FOR WHATEVER (RFW)

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2019

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

– A fair and equitable process? Hardly.

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If you have ever served in a sales position for a major company, you will inevitably come across a request from a government agency to make a bid for their business, be it at the federal, state or local level. This is typically called an RFP (Request for Proposal), an RFI (Request for Information), an RFQ (Request for Quotation) or, as I like to call it, an RFW (Request for Whatever). I say this because I do not have a lot of respect for these bid processes and have found they are more rigged for a particular vendor than they are honest requests for competitive business. Government agencies perform RFW’s to try and demonstrate to the public they are being fair and forthright in their bidding process, but the reality is you really don’t have a chance of winning the contract unless you already have the inside track.

We’ve done our fair share of RFW’s over the years. We’ve won some, but also lost many others. For example, there was one state government where we had two agencies who had already purchased our products. When the state wanted to have all of their agencies and departments purchase similar products, we thought we had the inside track due to the two agencies. We then went about the process of producing a comprehensive and professional response to the RFW, and at a reasonable price I might add. The size of the contract was such that just about everyone in our office dropped what they were doing in order to concentrate on the RFW. We felt pretty good about the proposal we produced and confident we would be the winning bid. However, despite all of our efforts, we lost the contract which went to a competitor with a greatly inferior product. Only years later did we find out that our competitor had a local salesman who wined and dined the state’s evaluation team, even going so far as to arrange for some hookers to take an “active” part in the selection process. In other words, we never stood a chance.

I don’t mind losing on a level playing field, but when the chips are stacked against you before you even get started, my Scottish blood begins to boil. This little episode forced us to rethink our policy on RFW’s and, as a result, we no longer waste our time on them. If someone wants our products, we instruct them to use the “sole source” designation, meaning they must declare we are the only vendor who offers this type of product. This works fine for us, but think about it, the government is stacking the deck against others by doing this. None of this sounds very fair or honest does it? But this is what happens when you try to pacify the public.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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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PRESIDENT TRUMP VS. THE SQUAD OF FOUR

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 17, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– This round goes to the president.

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The 2020 Presidential campaign kicked into high gear this week, not because of anything said by the Democrat candidates, such as VP Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, et al, but because of an exchange between President Trump and “The Squad” of four far-left Democrats consisting of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) (aka, “AOC”), Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13). These four Democrats have received notoriety based on their desire to push their party as far-left as possible. This has resulted in a fierce internal struggle among the Democrats, something that was inevitable and long overdue.

The conflict began with the Squad making claims in a congressional hearing that the border detention camps represented horrible conditions resembling concentration camps. This inflammatory language angered officials who claimed this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Squad went on to challenge the House leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), wanting her to proceed with their far-left agenda.

Frustrated by the non-performance of the Democrats in the House, and the blatant lies of the Squad on Capitol Hill, President Trump tweeted a broadside in return:

July 15th
We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more. Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!

The Democrats and the Media took offense to his comments, claiming it was racist. This resulted in an impromptu press conference by the Squad on July 15th, claiming the President was a racist, xenophobic, a liar and divider. Rep. Tlaib refused to call him President, but rather “that occupant of the White House.” They ended by calling for the impeachment of the president.

President Trump’s tweet had nothing to do with race. Instead it was an attack on their political ideology, something that obviously angered them and, as such, they played the race card to try and refute him.

The Squad’s temper tantrum, er, press conference, lasted approximately a half hour. In that time, they portrayed themselves as whining victims.

When asked by the press if she and her companions were communists, as President Trump accused them, Rep. Omar artfully dodged the question and didn’t offer an answer.

Interestingly, all members of the Squad insisted they represent the interests of ALL of the people. So does President Trump, but he clarifies it by saying he represents all of the interests of the CITIZENS.

Let’s be clear, even if President Trump supported their policies, he would still be labeled a racist, a xenophobe, a liar, and divider. He is just giving them a taste of their own medicine, and they don’t like it.

In the final analysis, two things emerge; first, whereas Rep. AOC was the lone face of the far-left among the Democrats, now she is joined with three more members from the House. In other words, the far-left is coming out of the closet and making their presence known to the Democrats. By doing so, Democrats have to make a decision, stay with what remains of the old party under Speaker Pelosi, or go with the new far-left direction. So far, Democrats are reluctant to take the Squad to task.

The second thing, President Trump has strategically setup a confrontation in the race for the White House, between himself and the Democrats, not just a single candidate. I can see the presidential debates now where President Trump asks his opponent, “Tell me, why does YOUR party support Socialism? Why does YOUR party support open borders? Why does YOUR party want to give benefits to illegal immigrants and not help our own citizens? Why has YOUR party stalled in the House?”

In other words, the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner, making them easy targets for a take-down in the elections next year.

It will not be necessary to attack the individual candidate but simply put the whole party on the defensive, thereby providing the means to take back the House of Representatives. The Squad is already in trouble with their constituents in terms of popularity. Their rising visibility through the press is only making them more unpopular and likely targets for ouster in 2020.

Bottom-line, by taking people like the Squad to task publicly, President Trump will likely win back the House of Representatives. Don’t let the Press kid you, score this round to Trump.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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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THE NEED FOR COMPLIMENTS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 16, 2019

BRYCE ON LIFE

– You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

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Something I don’t think we do enough of, in either our personal or professional lives, is to pay someone a compliment. I’m not just talking about a simple “Thank You,” although that probably wouldn’t be a bad place to start, but a genuine note of gratitude for a job well done. A compliment may sound like a trivial thing, but most people tend to respond to recognition as they like to know they are on the right track and their efforts are appreciated. If compliments are not forthcoming, people tend to believe they are simply being ignored or taken for granted.

When a compliment is given, it is typically delivered badly. Expressions like “Cool” and “Awesome” may seem clever, but are hardly an effective form of appreciation. A compliment comes from the heart, it is certainly not mechanical. It must be sincere and a true expression of gratitude. As such, there is no pat formula for giving a compliment. It may be something as simple as a plaque or an award, perhaps a bonus or gift, some sort of public recognition, or maybe nothing more than a sincere handshake and a few kind words like, “Well done.” Actually, it depends on the person; whereas some people thrive on kudos, others are more private and prefer anonymity. Some are confident enough to realize they have done a good job and simply derive pleasure from the work performed; these are the true craftsmen. So, a lot depends on the person to receive the compliment as well as the person who wishes to express his/her gratitude.

Perhaps the best type of compliment is one where the person isn’t expecting to receive it. In fact, it may seem a little more genuine and sincere coming from out of the blue. Let me give you an example, back when Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor of California, I sent a letter to Maria Shriver complimenting her on how well she handles herself as First Lady of California. As you probably know, she is a member of the Kennedy clan, well known for their liberal politics, but she was married to Gov. Schwarzenegger at the time, a confirmed Republican. She may not have always agreed with her husband’s politics, but she has always been there to support him and the people of her state. Regardless of her political agenda, which I personally differ with, she has always been a model of poise, dignity, and class. To me, she is a role model to be emulated regardless of your political persuasion. Consequently, I wrote and told her so. I don’t know if it is important for her to receive such a compliment as much as it was for me to say it as I believe it is necessary to recognize the integrity of role models, now more than ever. As First Lady, she may not have carried the same authority as her husband, but I thought it was important to let her know that her actions did not go unnoticed or were unappreciated by the public.

Frankly, I do not understand why people are afraid of giving a compliment. If we feel it is necessary to criticize, we should also be prepared to compliment. Whereas one is typically negative and destructive, the other tends to be positive and constructive. Yet we feel more comfortable criticizing than complimenting. I’m not sure why. I’ll tell you this though, a compliment is neither corny or unhip. If done properly, not only is it the right thing to do, but it can actually work miracles as a simple form of encouragement. As the old saying observes, “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.”

As an aside, I received a gracious letter from Maria Shriver thanking me for the courtesy, “I am truly honored to be serving as California’s First Lady and it can be very challenging juggling the many duties, as well as being a mother of four children. However, we are making a positive difference in the lives of many people and I am thrilled to be doing my part to help. Again, thank you for your very kind words.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a 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 “If” TEACHES US

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 11, 2019

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Morality, tolerance, and patience.

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Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the poem “If” by the renowned author Rudyard Kipling was a favorite on college campuses, and was frequently quoted at graduation ceremonies. I have been an admirer of it for many years and have taken Kipling’s lessons to heart. I just wish more people did likewise in these hate-filled political times. If we all took the lessons embodied in his poem to heart, I’m sure we would be more respectful and tolerant of each other. I would like to believe this should be read to every student in school or college at the beginning of the year.

(Here is John Facenda’s rendition of Kipling’s “If”)

“IF” — by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

The poem was originally published in 1910 by Kipling who was well known as a Freemason; from Hope and Perseverance Lodge No. 782. E.C., in Lahore, India (now Pakistan, near the India border). The Brotherhood tries to instill a sense of morality in its members, and promotes tolerance for those of different faiths and political persuasions. The lessons inculcated here in this poem are common sense and could easily be construed as derived from Masonic lectures.

Through his poem, Brother Kipling is trying to teach us in order to lead a mature and positive life, we should actively try to practice patience and understanding. Further, life is short and the best way to socialize and get ahead in this crazy world is to simply keep your wits about you. This isn’t quite as easy as it seems, particularly in the 21st century where road rage is common, office rage, political rage, religious rage, marriage rage, etc. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I blame a lot of our problems regarding impatience and intolerance on the excessive use of technology where our expectations are programmed to do everything instantaneously, and we resent any form of delay, be it a speed limit, waiting in line, or arguing with another, particularly regarding politics. Patience seems to be in short supply these days.

Practicing patience is an important part of our ability to socialize with others. Quite often, we believe it is someone else causing our frustration, and maybe that’s true. However, we must also admit we create our own problems by being self-centered and not practicing a little common courtesy to others. As Kipling reminds us, if you can maintain your focus, if you can remain calm in the midst of catastrophe, and do unto others as you would have others do unto you…

“Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Don’t forget my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments” now available in Printed and eBook form.

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is a 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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DEALING WITH MANAGEMENT FADS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 9, 2019

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– It is when we forget about people that we get into trouble.

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When it comes to management, businesses are too often seduced by the latest gimmick and gizmo. For example, I have been recently reading about the latest corporate fads for management, such as: voting for the boss; reinventing the budget committee; setting up Wikis for the customer; predictive analytics; global team building; agile programming; “holacracy” (management by democracy); knowledge transfer; and the list goes on and on. Now, I will admit there are a couple of good ideas scattered throughout this mumbo jumbo, but I tend to believe we go overboard on the absurd and overlook the obvious. For some reason, people find the allure of smoke and mirrors more irresistible than common sense. Perhaps they confuse “quackery” with the “state of the art.”

Unfortunately, the one concept commonly overlooked is that management is a people oriented function, not a technical or administrative function; it’s about people. Management is about getting people to do what you want them to do, when you want them to do it, and how you want it done. Face it, we get things done through people, not through machines which are nothing more than mechanical leverage in our work effort. Like it or not, business is about people. Management, therefore, should be less concerned with the latest gadget or slight of hand, and more with mastering people skills.

When companies become consumed by fads, I think they tend to overlook the fundamentals of management; for example:

* Interpersonal communications/relations skills – speaking, writing, persuasion, negotiating, interviewing, diplomacy, etc.

* Instituting discipline and organization, (as opposed to free-spirited mavericks that are stubbornly independent).

* If you want teamwork, you should first learn about coaching and leadership.

* How to control the corporate culture, including decorum, protocol, ethics, as well as the effect of physical surroundings. This includes professional courtesy extended to workers, customers, vendors, and prospective clients.

* Establishing and managing priorities and deadlines. This includes how to become less reactive and more proactive in planning processes.

* Promoting pride in workmanship (craftsmanship); this includes defining methodologies (assembly lines) and properly equipping and training workers thereby creating a sense of belonging and ownership of the work product.

* How to fairly and equitably evaluate, compensate and discipline worker performance.

* How to empower people by delegating responsibility, motivating them, and holding them accountable for their actions. In other words, teach the workers to assume more responsibility and supervise themselves.

It is these skills that move mountains, not the latest wrinkle from Microsoft, Apple, smart phones, or some other harebrained scheme. Management is actually quite simple and goes back to the moral values we were all taught as kids, but, unfortunately, the human being for some reason tries to make things more complicated than they need to be. Basic management may lack flash and sizzle, it may not be couched in esoteric concepts and terminology, but you know what? It works.

No Virginia, there is no panacea.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Don’t forget my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments” now available in Printed and eBook form.

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Tim Bryce is a 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 DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 4, 2019

BRYCE ON CITIZENSHIP

– For Independence Day.

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Have you ever watched a naturalization ceremony? This is where people from different countries around the world apply for citizenship, learn English and pass a test, renounce their homeland, and swear loyalty to their new country, the United States of America. You occasionally see it on television, but Youtube! maintains a library of such services. All U.S. citizens are descended from someone who took the same oath years earlier. With me, it was both sets of grandparents following World War I.

After a ceremony, someone typically speaks on behalf of the group. They talk about why becoming an American citizen is so important to them, such as the ability to vote; they talk about true freedom, and living in the land of opportunity, and their eyes swell with tears, as does their relatives and friends. It is all rather moving.

They come to America because we have so much to offer, and it’s not just public education, health care or other entitlements they seek, these are mere peripherals. They primarily come for freedom and the opportunity to better themselves. They do not want to feel oppression from a word said out of turn, and they desperately want to innovate, invent and earn knowing their work is their own and not the state’s. They come for the protection of the U.S. Constitution, a document which has stood the test of time.

The legal immigrants understand the importance of the country, and are willing to fight for it. Quite often, they know more about the country than those born here. It is not unusual for such natives to be ignorant of our history and government, thereby taking it for granted, and opening the door for others to undermine it. They do not comprehend the blood, sweat, tears of those who worked and fought for such a country to exist.

The United States is not a homogeneous society consisting of the same race, the same religion, and the same tongue. It is a melting pot, which ultimately is our strength, not a weakness, where the knowledge and talents of all countries on earth meet and become one, American. Not surprising, our national character changes over time, e.g.; one moment we prefer isolationism, the next we’re a world power; we sympathize with the oppressed and have come to the aid of others on multiple occasions, thereby becoming a beacon of hope.

Americans are competitive, they appreciate a level playing field, but will rise to the challenge when one is not provided. They work hard and they play hard. They are fascinated by technology, the world around them, and the desire to be the best.

Americans are proud of our past. Sure we’ve made mistakes along the way. We even fought a horrific war among ourselves to settle a principle. However, when you realize this country started with nothing and evolved into a dominant world power, not because of autocratic rule, but because of a Constitutional Republic, our achievements are truly remarkable. Aside from the past, Americans aspire for the future.

There are a three things you should remember about the American character; first, they like to squabble among themselves much like a family, and as such, do not attempt to interfere; second, our weakness is we tend to react as opposed to plan (as evidenced by such things as Pearl Harbor, 911, Hurricane Katrina, etc.); even with this said, third, do not provoke them or underestimate their determination. They will rise to the occasion as they have proven numerous times. The story of America is incredible, and so are the American people.

Happy Independence Day.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Don’t forget my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments” now available in Printed and eBook form.

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Tim Bryce is a 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 DO WE TRUST POLITICIANS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 2, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Shouldn’t they be periodically evaluated?

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I was looking over some political polls recently and noticed the approval ratings of Congress are dismally low, approximately 20% according to the polls. Offhand, this would indicate we do not believe they are doing the job we elected them to do, and a violation of our trust. However, America is not alone in this regard; in the reports I read, politicians around the world are generally not trusted. In one report I read, used car salesmen were judged to have better integrity than politicians, and they may very well be on to something here.

We may like to grumble about politicians but I tend to believe we trust them a lot more than we think. After all, how were they elected to office to begin with and why do we keep reelecting them term after term? Is it because there are no other qualified candidates to do the job? Is the pay and benefits bad? I don’t think so. Actually, I think the public’s outrage is gone and, knowing this, our government officials feel free to do whatever they want.

We elect government officials to uphold the interests of their constituents and for the common good. Hopefully, the politicians will have the same interests and moral values as the people they represent, but somewhere along the way the politicians inevitably get their priorities mixed up and forget what they were elected to do. After a politician has promised the voter the world on a platter, he is basically free to make decisions and vote as he sees fit, regardless of pertinent opinion polls. In fact, politicians are probably more interested in what the lobbyists have to say than their own constituents. This means accountability is really the issue here.

It has been my experience that voters tend to gloss over the politician’s record while in office. As an employer, I tend to keep track of employee obligations met, punctuality, absenteeism, and decisions and mistakes made. Conversely, voters should be made aware of their elected official’s actions in office, such as attendance at meetings, and voting record. Since we periodically prepare evaluation reports for employees, what’s wrong with producing a similar report for our officials on a routine basis, such as annually? After all, who works for who here? Aside from implanting electrodes in the politician’s head, I know of no other way to rebuild trust than to routinely review the official’s work. If it works in business, why not in government?

Perhaps the biggest fear we have as voters is political corruption, and the temptation to become such can be irresistible to even the best of us. Far too many politicians have become exceedingly rich and powerful due to kickbacks in support of lobbyists. Interestingly, I cannot seem to find this in the job description for any government official.

Years ago, Milton Eisenhower pointed out the President of the United States has the power to call for a Continental Congress whereby our governing rules can be reexamined and amended accordingly. Such a Congress has not been held for over 200 years. Think about it, this would be a golden opportunity to revise our electoral process, rethink the role of lobbyists, and determine performance evaluations for our officials, among other things. Regrettably, there is nobody on the horizon with the political fortitude to do this. Only the American people can put forth the necessary political pressure to call for such a Congress, but unfortunately, the public isn’t that strong or sophisticated, consequently, the politicians will continue on their merry way.

Next time you find yourself upset about politicians violating the public trust, ask yourself how outraged you are and what you are willing to do about it.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Don’t forget my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments” now available in Printed and eBook form.

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Tim Bryce is a 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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