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WHY WE SLOW DOWN

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 13, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Is it because we cannot perform a task like we did when we were younger?

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I have found the study of the aging process to be interesting; somewhat annoying, but interesting nevertheless. Last year I wrote a column titled, “Slowing Down,” (June 5, 2015) where I made the observation we slow down, not necessarily because of our physical prowess, but because we become more sensitive to our limitations and smarter in terms of their use.

I would like to amend my premise slightly, as we can blame a certain degree of physicality for slowing us down. Consider this; when we’re young, we’re faster, stronger, and more coordinated. However, as we get older we find we cannot perform tasks as rapidly as we could before, e.g., we cannot multitask as we did in our youth. For example, I prize myself on the speed by which I use a computer, but I recognize I’m slowing down a bit by becoming more cautious in my execution as I despise making a mistake and having to re-do something. Whereas we used to have a good reaction time, now we occasionally drop things. And this irritates us to no end.

Inevitably, this irritation causes us to rethink what we are doing and, instead of making ourselves angry, we decide to slow down a bit. Whereas we could handle the pressure more easily in our youth, now we tend to become grumpy and cantankerous when we cannot.

Recently, I found myself slowing down just for this purpose. Instead of becoming obsessed with a task I was working on, I decided to step back, take a breath, and slowed down. In other words, we slow down in order to maintain our sanity.

Maybe this is why older people tend to drive in the right lane when they are on the Interstate highway. It’s irritating when they refuse to get out of the left lane. This is a matter of not admitting you’re growing older.

Recognizing this, maybe I was right with my original premise that we do get smarter as we get older. Maybe there is truth in the old Dutch proverb, “We get too soon old and too late smart.”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 11, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It’s already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

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Trouble is brewing between Republican and Democratic governed states. It started recently when North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill barring transgender individuals from the use of restrooms of their personal choosing, not their proper gender. It also prohibits municipalities from extending such options to LGBT citizens (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender).

This created a stir among Democratic governors who looked upon this act as discrimination. In response, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) penned the first executive order banning all non-essential travel to North Carolina by state employees until they lift the law. This was quickly followed by other governors and mayors. As of this writing, it includes:

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D)
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D)

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D)
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio (D)

By issuing such orders, these officials are interfering with the affairs of another state.

Further, because of the North Carolina bill, PayPal has suspended plans to open a new operations center in Charlotte for 400 workers. The NBA is also threatening to move next year’s All-Star game from Charlotte if this matter isn’t reversed.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D), who is openly bisexual, denounced North Carolina’s policy but refused to issue a travel ban, fearing repercussions. This was actually a shrewd move on her part as North Carolina may very well fight back. There are several things they can do in retaliation, such as:

* Banning non-essential travel to the opposing cities and states.

* Hindering travel from these states and cities. Imagine what life would be like along the east coast should the Interstates be closed, or stopping cars and trucks from the opposing states and forcing them to produce identification and other records.

* Opposing commerce, such as banning the purchase of goods from these locales which could start a trade war.

And it could get even uglier after that.

The differences between North Carolina and these other states are substantial. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is North Carolina is a “right to work” state, the others are not. Not surprising, North Carolina’s economy is on the upswing, while others such as New York and Connecticut are steadily losing people and businesses due to their exorbitant tax structure.

Let’s take it a step further. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) also recently signed into law a bill similar to North Carolina’s. This quickly resulted in travel bans by most of the same states and cities opposing the Tar Heel State. Interestingly, Mississippi is also a “right to work” state that is growing economically.

In Georgia, another “right to work” state, its legislature will likely override their governor’s veto and approve a bill to give faith-based organizations the right to deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has already said he would institute a travel ban to Georgia if this comes about. The others will likely follow suit.

Other “right to work” states, particularly in the South, will probably follow North Carolina’s, Mississippi’s and Georgia’s lead with similar legislation. More travel bans will likely ensue, and retaliatory actions will undoubtedly follow.

So, are we nearing another Civil War? Let’s certainly hope not. However, the more states issue such legislation, the louder we will hear from the Democratic controlled states voicing their disapproval. The point is, do they have the right to interfere in the laws and policies of other states? Of course not. They may not like it, and can voice their displeasure, as Oregon Governor Kate Brown did, but trying to provoke another state through orders and decrees is only going to accelerate the tensions between the states and the parties.

In hindsight, a lot of this could be avoided if North Carolina installed some strategically placed porta-pottys, which are neutral when it comes to sexual orientation.

The scary part though is the analogy between this conflict and the first Civil War is uncanny. Whereas the north and south fought over the freedom of slaves, now it is about LGBT rights.

I hope cooler heads will prevail, and the Democrats lift their bans before this goes any further. I understand they want to pacify certain constituents in their states and cities, but this is a matter for the citizens of North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia to tend to, not the other states. Frankly, it is none of their business.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES? – It’s already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

LAST TIME:  THE TIN HORN COMPLEX  – A term to characterize the micromanager.

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THE TIN HORN COMPLEX

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 9, 2016

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– A term to characterize the micromanager.

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Something has been bothering me lately in management and, until now, I have had trouble coming up with a term or expression to describe it. It has to do with how nonprofits are run. I presume you already know I hold nothing but contempt for micromanagement, where a superior directs the activities of his subordinates to the sublime degree. Instead of treating people like the responsible professionals they are, we prefer to treat them like cattle instead.

I have been in many different nonprofit groups, everything from professional societies for management and technology, to sports groups, fraternal organizations, school groups, and home owner associations. In all instances, it seems a “Tin Horn” somehow rises up through the ranks and assumes control of the group. It’s not because they are gifted in management, most certainly are not, but they happen to have some free time on their hands, and having never done anything of substance in life, becomes the Attila the Hun of the group.

I call them “Tin Horn” leaders as they are contemptible people who pretend to have the guile and skills necessary to manage an organization. With rare exception, most do not. Instead, their style of management is based on pacifying their ego, not the wants and needs of their constituents. Control is of utmost importance to them as they want to exert unbending rule over people, something they never held in their professional life. They do this in the hope of receiving personal accolades, not the group overall. Yet, when things turn sour, as they inevitably do, they are quick to blame others, not themselves.

I have seen this phenomenon in fraternities, a variety of groups, even garden clubs. More recently, we are witnessing this is the Republican and Democratic parties where the “establishment” is being challenged by their constituents, thereby forcing a cultural revolution within the parties. Some people suggest it is time to start a new third party. My answer is, “how would this be any different?” Inevitably, a Tin Horn would emerge and take charge, and will try to micromanage everything to death. In other words, a new political party won’t solve anything, it will just make the same mistakes.

I am often asked by people at nonprofits why attendance is diminishing and why the constituents are becoming apathetic. It’s simple, you have lost touch with the people who now believe their advice or skills mean nothing to management. Why participate if the leaders do not want to hear your input?

Such management arrogance means you do not believe your workers are intelligent to accomplish the work, and lack motivation and professionalism. And understand this, your workers are not fools and will recognize your disdain for them immediately. A real turn off.

Ideally, the leader of any group should offer direction, train the staff, set the tone for getting the job done, and get out of the way. It is essential to allow his subordinates to perform the work to the best of their ability thereby encouraging participation. If you want to breed leaders for the future of your organization, it is essential you allow them to participate.

The delineation between Tin Horn and real manger is exemplified in an old movie I recently watched, “Zulu” (1964). The movie told the historical story of a small British detachment consisting of 150 soldiers faced with fighting a massive Zulu army of 4,000 warriors in Africa in 1879. There were two lieutenants vying for command, one (Michael Caine) who liked the pomp and circumstance of being an English officer, and another (Stanley Baker) as a results oriented engineer. Fortunately, the engineer assumed command and turned a bloody defeat into a surprising victory. Today, we have too many managers who prefer pomp and circumstance over results.

In addition to Tin Horns in nonprofits, we also see Tin Horn parents; what we refer to today as “helicopter parents” who constantly monitor their siblings even when they are away at school, and hold their hand in job interviews. This is simply obnoxious and detrimental to the maturation process of the young person. It is one thing for a young person to request advice and assistance, quite another when the parent constantly tells them what to do.

One last note, the only thing worse than a Tin Horn manager in a nonprofit, is a Tin Horn manager in a commercial enterprise. It is simply dehumanizing and counterproductive.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES? – It’s already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

LAST TIME:  THE CHARM OF A RAINY DAY  – The idea is to relax, right?

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