Monday, September 15, 2008

So, it's election time.

That's right - both countries that make up the wonderful continent of North America are going to the polls within the next two months to elect respective governments.

On one hand, we have our good friends the United States - whose election process is about as long as a term in office - and one the other, we have our great country of Canada - whose leader seemingly only has to hand a Post-It note to the Governor General in order to dissolve our government and call an election for last week. Two vastly different approaches to the electoral system, yet two democratic processes designed to give the power to the people.

There are any number of aspects of either of the current elections that I could go on about this week, but one idea in particular is that of the right to vote. Too often people are vocal about their inability to be heard. Either one group's rights are not being upheld or another faction is being affected by a particular policy. Every so often, an opportunity is presented to each and every one of us to be counted - and that opportunity is on our country's respective election day.

This point is made perfectly by Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson in his monologue from his September 10, 2008 show, which can be seen here:

I realize he is addressing specifically young people in the US, but the truth is - it is our duty in either country to get off our butts and exercise a right many have sacrificed to provide.

In a day and age when there is EVERY opportunity to complain about not being able to make a difference and how things are moving too fast around us - one constant remains...and that is our democratic right to freely elect our leadership. Do not just talk about doing something - actually do it.

So, if you are in the US or if you are in Canada - you are about to have the opportunity to participate in two historical elections that could help shape the future of these nations. It's a pain, it's inconvenient, it takes time - but it is necessary.

Do not misunderstand - I am not 'voting activist', I have never publicly spoken about my political beliefs, but at the end of the day, I am also someone who would rather be a member of the active majority as opposed to the vocal minority.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The title of this week's blog may seem a bit overboard to some people - but it is an incredibly relevant proposition.

Is Good Business Dead?

Well, the obvious question is, "What is good business?"

Certainly high profits, low costs, "green" organizations, being on the cutting edge of innovation and longevity are all characteristics Business Owners the world over want to check off their 'To Accomplish' list. Yet, that is not the type of 'good business' I am referring to. I am referring to old school, throwback, respectful, moral business actions.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many clients, friends, family members, associates, and business partners of CCI Studios struggle to define exactly what our business is, but they ALL remember the experience they had with us. They remember prompt responses, friendly service, being treated like they were the only client we have. The point is - good business is now what you do, it is how you do it.

Only - people do not give a rip anymore. The Baby Boomers have their whole bodies out the door and the generation of 'Millenials' are making the world a lazier, increasingly disrespectful and blatantly narcissistic place. People return phone calls and emails when they feel like it - not when they should. Workers operate entirely on a 'whats-in-it-for-me' level and if you stop and look around, the world is being dominated by people doing unbelievably bad business.

Gone in so many ways are the days of handshakes, taking people at their word, giving people the benefit of the doubt, and simply trusting those you enter into business with. Even things such as ignored correspondence, condescending conversations, and flat-out rude personalities are becoming commonplace and borderline accepted in the professional environment.

On this note, my sister forwarded me this article that addresses this very same topic, and Mr. Healy articulates exactly what I am referring to, so if you have minute - definitely take a second and read this article:

Do not get me wrong, there are some people out there still fighting for good business. This is in no way a shot at those people - it is just the question that asks with SO many people doing such brutal business, how do these people stay afloat? Even further - how the hell do these people succeed?! It is because you get other people doing bad business and ignorance is bliss so they all feed off one another! Unreal.

It is frustrating to say the least - as I have always had visions of grandeur where my company was the most efficient, service-based, friendly place to work and deal with on the planet. I am still working toward that goal, but that dream for anyone else out there reading this does come with one caveat - it is an uphill climb, but do not let bad business seep into your organizations. There is a good way to do things - you just have to dig deep and realize ahead of time that good business is good - it's not just a clever name.