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Monday, August 29, 2016

REVIEW: "HILLARY'S AMERICA"

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- A history lesson on Democratic politics.

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I recently saw the movie, "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," by filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza who is known for his conservative politics and films, such as the 2012 movie, "2016: Obama's America is a 2012 documentary film." He deliberately scheduled the release of his latest film just prior to the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia where Hillary Clinton was nominated for president.

The film is an interesting mixture of documentary, history, conservative politics, and Hillary bashing. I am confident liberal Democrats will avoid it like the plague, but it is worthwhile for young people to see, if for no other reason, the historical significance of the film.. I happened to watch it on a Saturday afternoon and I estimated the attendance in the theater was approximately 90%, not bad.

The movie begins with Dinesh D'Souza's conviction for making an excessive campaign contribution. He claims such an offense normally results in a person's wrist being slapped, but because of his 2012 movie regarding President Obama, he was prosecuted more zealously than others. He was sentenced to six months in prison and five years of community service and probation.

While in prison, he met many different criminals. More importantly, he learned about gangs and how they operate which is essentially no different than politicians such as Mrs. Clinton. He claimed their aim is to con people out of their money, and deny any wrongdoing.

This led to an historical review of the founding of the Democratic party, from Andrew Jackson's time to the present. D'Souza claimed the Democrats were pro-slavery and fought the Republicans at every turn to free them. During the Civil War, for example, the north was led by Republicans, and the South led by Democrats. After the war, Democrats fought against reconstruction and wrote the Jim Crow laws. This led to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) which was started by Democrats and perseveres to this day. D'Souza contends President Woodrow Wilson was a supporter of the KKK, as was Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood in 1916. The movie claimed Planned Parenthood opened birth control clinics in inner cities as a means to control the black populace.

For many years, blacks voted Republican. This began to change during the Great Depression where Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt offered his "New Deal" program, which blacks gravitated towards.

D'Souza spent time discussing the rise of Progressive politics. Americans should understand the term “progressive” goes back to the Progressive Era which is considered the period between the 1890s to 1920s. This was an important movement aimed at cleaning up political corruption in government and women’s suffrage, among other things. A diverse set of noteworthy people belonged to the movement including Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Charles Evans Hughes, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Booker T. Washington, Upton Sinclair, and Republican Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt (who implemented many such reforms during his presidency).

More recently, the “Progressive Democrats of America” (PDA) was formed in 2004 primarily by supporters of Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean. Make no mistake, it is not working in concert with moderate Democrats or Republicans, and it is most definitely not conservative in nature. The term “progressive” was deliberately selected to conjure up images from a bygone era.

One could deduce if you are not in agreement with the “progressive” point-of-view then you would be an “obstructionist” and therefore an impediment to progress. This is a very clever way of manipulating public perceptions for political gain, something the media seems more than willing to advance.

To me, “progressive” is subliminal brainwashing of the worst kind as it is misleading the public to believe their policies are not liberal in nature and therefore are more positive and palatable to implement. The reality is that “progressive” is a misnomer as it represents the doctrine of the left. One could, therefore, correctly assume that “progressives” are nothing more than liberals in sheep’s clothing.

D'Souza next discussed Saul Alinsky, the noted community organizer who taught Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who wrote her senior thesis on this radical figure. It is interesting, Alinsky learned his "community organizer" techniques from Frank Nitty, the #2 man of the Al Capone gang. He learned quickly, "the ends justify the means." Cheating and immoral behavior was considered perfectly acceptable if it produced the desired results. This concept was also considered a natural part of the gang philosophy as D'Souza discovered while in prison.

He also contends when immigrants came to this country over the years, the Democratic party would befriend them, find them a place to live, usually in squalid conditions, and help them find a low paying job. In return, they demanded the immigrant vote along party lines. Make no mistake, this is similar to what is intended with illegal immigrants today.

The last part of the movie focuses on the Clintons. D'Souza makes a compelling argument that this is a marriage of convenience; she needs Bill due to his charm and political tactics; he needs her to keep him in line. For example, Clinton is portrayed as a sex addict which requires Hillary to come to his aid when such problems become known to the public. By doing so, she was enabling his sexual desires.

More importantly, D'Souza discusses the millions of dollars being obtained for the Clinton Foundation. As Bill accepted handsome donations to the fund, Hillary would help the person or group making the donation, using her position as Secretary of State at the time.

Following the earthquake in Haiti, the Clintons solicited money from the public to rebuild the country. None of the money was used for relief, but to help build a factory on another part of the island.
 

Although the movie is obviously biased against the Clintons, it is a good history lesson for youth, and something everyone should see before voting in November.

The one question D'Souza didn't address, is why the main street media defends the Clintons. Without the media, the Clintons are truly vulnerable. One can only surmise that the press is in it for the money as well.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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NEXT UP:  THE MEDIA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (MIC) - The press is more powerful than you realize.

LAST TIME:  WHAT MAKES US SMILE? - It's time to adjust our attitudes.

Listen to Tim on News Talk Florida (WWBA 820 AM), WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Friday, August 26, 2016

WHAT MAKES US SMILE?

BRYCE ON LIFE

- It's time to adjust our attitudes.

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There hasn't been a lot to smile about lately. Our economy is still fragile, we're awash in debt, and the tensions in the country are reminiscent of the time prior to Lincoln's ascent to the presidency. The media paints a dark image of business, our country, and the world in general. This caused me to consider what makes us smile in the first place. If we understood it better, perhaps we can find a way to elevate our spirits.

In thinking about this, I identified seven areas that cause us to smile:

1. The accomplishments and antics of our family and friends. For example, parents watch their offspring in the classroom, athletic fields, and creative arts. When a child brings home a good report card, a trophy, or have performed well in a recital, parents beam with pride. Harmless mischief also brings a smile to their faces. The success of family and friends always cheers us up, but their failures and tragedies sadden us as well.

2. Closely related is the concept of Achievement and Recognition. Winning a game, solving a puzzle, or answering a trivia question can be very rewarding to the psyche. We get the same feeling when we perform a job masterfully, or watch someone who knows what they are doing and delivers a fine work product. For such situations, a compliment can stroke the ego, be it applause or a simple pat on the back with the exclamation, "Well done!"

We also experience triumph when we close a sale, teach a course, or produce something others thought impossible.

Being recognized for something you did can make a person feel special. I have a friend who took a dozen women, including his wife, on a local boat trip. As the only male on the boat, the ladies made a fuss over him for taking them out, which he appreciated.

A compliment or a tip tells a person their hard efforts have not gone unnoticed.

3. Something that brings back a fond memory; be it an old song, a voice from our past, discovering some memorabilia, or revisiting an old stomping ground. Seeing an old friend or schoolmate from our past is a sure way to bring a smile to our face, or perhaps nothing more than a note or e-mail from the person. It means you are remembered and hold a special place in their heart.

4. Interpersonal relations. Simple companionship is rewarding as you share the same interests with someone as opposed to observing them alone. Social and fraternal relations are likewise important where we can meet and discuss subjects of mutual interest. Exchanging pleasantries with people we meet during the day can pick up the spirits of another. With me, its kidding with clerks and waitresses, thereby showing respect for their work, as opposed to denigrating them. Over the years, I have found simple social pleasantries can not only pick up the spirits of another, but improves service in the process. I guess it goes back to the old proverb, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

5. Nature. Time and again, I have seen people marvel at God's creations; be it the Grand Canyon, Alaska, watching a bald eagle swoop down to catch a fish, or see a bear or moose for the first time in the wild.

6. Food. This has to go into a category by itself. I have seen the smell and appearance of food change the deportment of the crankiest person. The smell of such things as an oven roasted turkey, a pot roast, a cake, or a simple bowl of chili can put a smile on anyone's face. Want to see someone quickly change their disposition, just ask them about their favorite restaurants and ask what was so special about the food.

7. Humor and entertainment. A good joke, a fine musical performance, or a good motion picture can make us happy, but it all has to be in tune with our values and morality. For example, I can listen to just about any music, but I draw the line at Rap. As to jokes, because of our politically correct culture, I haven't heard a good one in years. However, I have quite a repertoire of jokes from forty years ago.
 

So why aren't we smiling much anymore?

* Maybe our friends and family are not enjoying success, and having difficulty surviving in these troubled times.

* Perhaps we no longer see anyone trying to perform a job to the best of their ability.

* It could be, all of the memories we cherished have been forgotten or buried by another generation.

* Maybe we no longer know how to be civil with others; we no longer know how to make polite chit-chat.

* Or perhaps we are so busy, we no longer take the time to explore the world around us.

* We have perhaps lost interest in culinary fare.

* Maybe we no longer understand the humor and entertainment of today's generation.

* Or perhaps we no longer see or hear anything positive going on in the world, or worse, we no longer know how to enjoy life.

Whatever the problem is, it is time to dig down and make an effort to smile and as Jimmy Durante sang, "Smile, what's the use of cryin'. You'll find that life is still worth while, If you just smile."

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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NEXT UP:  REVIEW: "HILLARY'S AMERICA" - A history lesson on Democratic politics.

LAST TIME:  THOSE PESKY INTERNS - They should know their place.

Listen to Tim on News Talk Florida (WWBA 820 AM), WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THOSE PESKY INTERNS

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

- They should know their place.

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Becoming an intern in corporate America is a privilege, be it big business or small. The thinking here is that if the person does well, they may be offered a job with the firm. Being a newbie though can be challenging. As much as the young person wishes to become involved in major projects, the reality is the intern is there to observe and learn. In all likelihood, the intern will get just about every dirty job imaginable, particularly "go-for" work (where you are charged with going to get something, like a cup of coffee).

Recently, I've been hearing about interns who are irritating their managers. For starters, the dress of the young people is far from professional. Their perception of what is considered professional is far from that of the manager's. I often hear people complain how young women wear their skirts too tight, or look too trashy. There also seems to be a tendency to wear excessive makeup. In this matter, I tend to blame the company as opposed to the intern. The manager should take the time to mentor the young person and advise them of what is proper and what is not. Obviously, the parents of the intern dropped the ball on this one.

Years ago, I was forced to mentor a young female intern over her dress. Unfortunately, I caused her to cry regardless of how diplomatic I tried to be. This leads me to believe men should advise men, and women should advise women on such matters.

The intern's social skills should also be scrutinized closely, particularly their speech. If you have an office setting where customers visit, a word spoken out of turn could certainly lose a sale. Again, the company should be responsible for teaching interns how to make an introduction, shake a hand, where and how to stand and sit, particularly in meetings. The intern's use of social media and communication devices should also be reviewed. Avant-garde pictures and text should be discouraged as even the intern is representative of a business.

Perhaps what is most important is the intern should know his/her place. Young people often suffer from impetuous exuberance and are eager to demonstrate their abilities. Unfortunately, interns are at the bottom of the tomtem pole, maybe even below it, and as such, they should be cautious in their choice of words. For example, it is not wise to correct a senior manager, or anyone who has been with the company for a few years. You may very well be correct in your thought, but if you are not diplomatic in your use of words your tenure will be brief.

The intern's roll in any company is to learn the business, put their best foot forward and demonstrate their willingness to learn and adapt to the corporate culture. Again, this is a golden opportunity for the young person. So do not blow it by sticking your foot in your mouth or looking like an adolescent dweeb. Use your head, tackle assignments with enthusiasm, and learn.

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:  WHAT MAKES US SMILE? - It's time to adjust our attitudes.

LAST TIME:  RIGHT TO WORK = PROSPERITY - Have unions outlived their usefulness; are they passé?

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Monday, August 22, 2016

RIGHT TO WORK = PROSPERITY

BRYCE ON LABOR

- Have unions outlived their usefulness; are they passé?

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On July 1st of this year, the State of West Virginia became the 26th state to adopt "Right to Work" (RTW) legislation. RTW simply means a union cannot get a worker fired for not paying union dues. It also means joining a union is voluntary, not compulsory as you will find in a "closed shop." Such laws started in the south and west, but are now moving north with Wisconsin becoming the 25th (2015), Michigan (24th) and Indiana (23rd) in 2012.

RTW laws weaken the strength of unions. To illustrate, Boeing's North Charleston plant employs about 7,500 workers to build fuselages for 747s and 787s. In 2015, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers tried to build support to unionize 3,175 production and maintenance workers. The effort was called off as workers wouldn't embrace the union. Boeing constructed the plant in South Carolina after several battles with unions at its Washington plant.

According to a February 2011 study by the Economic Policy Institute, the drawbacks to RTW include:

* Wages in right-to-work states are 3.2% lower than those in non-RTW states.

* The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance is 2.6 percentage points lower in RTW states.

* The rate of employer-sponsored pensions is 4.8 percentage points lower in RTW states.

In contrast, an article in the "Wall Street Journal" ("An Inspiration and a Warning From Michigan"; Dec 14, 2012) claims that "between 1980 and 2011, total employment in right-to-work states grew by 71%, while employment in non-right-to-work states grew 32%. Sadly, employment in Michigan increased just 14% during that time. Since 2001, right-to-work states added 3.5% more jobs, while other states decreased by 2.6%. Similarly, inflation-adjusted compensation grew 12% in right-to-work states, but just 3% in the others."

Aside from this, RTW is an important indicator of a state's prosperity. To illustrate, according to a recent report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, it appears financial success in state governments is not by accident, and Republicans appear to do a better job than their Democratic counterparts. The Mercatus report, examined the financial stability of the fifty states, plus Puerto Rico. The report considered debt and financial obligations, as well as state pension programs and health care benefits. Perhaps the most noteworthy observation made was that all of the Top 10 states are Republican controlled, meaning both the Governor and the legislatures are in GOP hands. Further, with the exception of Kentucky, all of the bottom 10 states, plus Puerto Rico, are controlled by the Democrats. Interestingly, all of the Top 10 are RTW states, and none of the Bottom 10 have a RTW program.

In another recent article, I discovered the states reporting the highest levels of worker "engagement," meaning the employees are motivated and self-starting, were primarily in the South, and the lowest were in the Northeast and Midwest. Again, in this instance, the South includes RTW states, and the Northeast and Midwest are under union control.

Time and again, RTW is somehow related to prosperity. Coincidence? I do not believe so. Bottom-line, it comes down to whether or not you believe trade unions serve the best interests of their constituents. With the passing of West Virginia's RTW legislation, there are now more states who are more interested in providing work for their people as opposed to trusting the unions.

As an aside, the territory of Guam has RTW laws, as does the Federal Government. Participation in unions is strictly voluntary.

In the upcoming presidential election, you will not hear either candidate openly support RTW legislation as they need union votes to get elected. However, the day is not far away when living in a non-RTW state will be considered a political liability as opposed to an asset.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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NEXT UP:  THOSE PESKY INTERNS - They should know their place.

LAST TIME:  LEAVE IT TO THE COPS - Is law enforcement being overwhelmed with responsibilities?

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Friday, August 19, 2016

LEAVE IT TO THE COPS

BRYCE ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

- Is law enforcement being overwhelmed with responsibilities?

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Following the assassination of the five Dallas police officers in July (7th), Police Chief David Brown lamented, "We're asking cops to do too much in this country," and there is a lot of truth in his comments.

In the old days, law enforcement was basically charged with capturing the bad guys involved with such things as burglaries, robberies, assault and murder. They also controlled traffic, and assisted the fire department in cases of emergency. Unfortunately, it has gone way beyond this.

Due to the erosion of parenting skills and interest in religion, the police are more involved with correcting youthful indiscretions than ever before. Today we have deputies in junior and senior high schools arresting students for violating school policies and offensive conduct. Here in Florida, sheriff departments sponsor youth ranches to assist youngsters in becoming lawful, resilient, and productive citizens, thereby giving them purpose, structure, organization, and respect for the law.

In the absence of effective parenting, gangs establish a fraternal bond with children and, in the process, teaches the mechanics of crime. These become the schools where young criminals learn their craft which will follow them for the rest of their lives.

Drug addiction is still a problem, leading not only to serious health problems and death, but adding to the crime rate to pay for a person's addiction, such as theft on a petty or grand scale.

With the closing of public mental institutions across the country, the police must cope with deviant behavior, such as sex offenders, pedophiles, slavery, and anyone with mental defections who are unwilling to conform to social mores. In addition, they must deal with domestic disputes where couples have either forgotten their wedding vows or are down on their luck leading to frustration and violence.

The police are even summoned to collect stray dogs, snakes, reptiles, and other animals posing a threat to pets and citizens.

The point is, if you have got a problem, large or small, you call the police and nobody else. As Chief Brown observed, "Policing was never meant to solve all those problems."

Interestingly, for everything law enforcement does for us, "to protect and serve," we have a vocal minority of people in this country who berates and chastises them. Are the cops perfect? Of course not. Like any profession, some are better than others. For everything law enforcement does right though, it is forgotten quickly and the media only reminds us of everything they have done wrong. However, if it is a matter of choosing between anarchy and the police, I'll take law enforcement any day of the week.

For all they do, we should show more appreciation, not less. If you are still not satisfied with the police, do as Chief Brown suggests, "Serve your community; don't be a part of the problem. We're hiring. Get off of that protest line and put your application in."

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:  RIGHT TO WORK = PROSPERITY - Have unions outlived their usefulness; are they passé?

LAST TIME:  IS AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF FALLING APART? - A comparison between the 1960's and the 2010's.

Listen to Tim on News Talk Florida (WWBA 820 AM), WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IS AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF FALLING APART?

BRYCE ON SOCIETY

- A comparison between the 1960's and the 2010's.

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The recent shootings in Dallas and Minneapolis, along with the resulting protests and police assassinations, makes us wonder if America is spinning out of control. Racial disparity is the highest it has been since the 1960's when our cities burned and people died. If the 60’s taught us anything, violence can easily erupt despite the best intentions for peaceful and nonviolent protests.

Today, we live in a land of political correctness where it is acceptable to say "Black Lives Matter," but not "White Lives Matter" or "Blue" or any other color. We also seem to conveniently overlook the fact whites are killed more than blacks by the police by a wide margin of 2:1. Maybe this is because our president is African-American and insists on such correctness.

According to Gallup, our morality is steadily declining. To illustrate:

* Many years ago, declaring bankruptcy was considered a disgrace, now it is commonplace and a convenient way to avoid paying your bills. Over the last 100 years, bankruptcy in the United States has slowly climbed. It began to accelerate in 1980, when there were less than 500K filings, and skyrocketed to its height of +2M in 2005. True, bankruptcy will affect your credit and future ability to use money, but it has become the escape hatch of choice for people inundated with loans or bills. Declaring bankruptcy may get you out of the hole, but it certainly will not help your creditors.

* Divorce was considered scandalous for many years. Attitudes change though and the 1970's marked the decade where the divorce rate began to skyrocket.

* Pregnancies out of wedlock were also considered a family disgrace. Since the 1960's though, it has steadily increased. For example, in 1980 18.4% of all births in the United States were to unmarried women; in 2007 the rate was nearly 40%.

* Premarital sex, which was long considered a taboo, accelerated dramatically in the 1960's, from 22% to 74% in 1991.

* Being unemployed was considered a black mark against a person, particularly if you were fired. Not so anymore, primarily due to the financial instability of our economy.

* It used to be, the very idea of accepting charity from anyone was considered an embarrassment. Not so anymore. Today, over 100 million people accept federally funded welfare.

* Female-headed households has grown considerably since 1960 at about 8% of households to 23% by 2000.

* Whereas attending church was considered a natural part of life years ago, attendance has steadily declined since the 1960's.

So, what caused these changes? During the 1960's, it was a revolt of the attitudes and values of our parents. Likewise, in the 2010's, the Millennials are trying desperately to distance themselves from the Baby Boomers, including lifestyles, work habits, and politics. For example, the Millennials now embrace extreme sports and high living, and consider the rise of Craft Breweries versus traditional American beers. They also despise micromanagement and want to be more entrepreneurial. As to politics, they avoid capitalism and embrace socialism, probably because they do not understand the difference between the two. Rational political dialogue is replaced by visceral shouting.

During the 1960's, places like Chicago, Watts, Newark, and Selma became icons of disturbance in our country. Likewise, in the 2010's, it is Ferguson, Baltimore, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, and Oakland.

The 1960's was a decade where a counterculture of drugs emerged; where people like Timothy Leary encouraged young people to "turn on, tune in, drop out," and people like Dr. Benjamin Spock encouraged parents to give their children more freedom and independence as opposed to discipline and teamwork. It was a decade where our music changed, and the words accompanying it reflected the mood of the young people, of protest and social change. And thanks to the space race of the 1960's, our technology changed in leaps and bounds, and the electronic media became a dominating influence in our society. Likewise, the 2010's saw the rise of drugs, particularly heroin, significant changes in music, and a growing addiction to technology.

In both decades, parental attitudes and values were challenged and a new libertine era of permissiveness was born. We have lost respect for our government, our institutions such as schools, churches, the rule of law, and the concepts of conformity and teamwork. Although we didn't realize it at the time, we tried to reinvent America with youthful exuberance. However, as long as we remain governed by the U.S. Constitution, the ship will somehow right itself.

Evidently, this is something we must suffer through every fifty years. The next revolution should take place in the 2060's, assuming the country hasn't been overthrown by then.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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NEXT UP:  LEAVE IT TO THE COPS - Is law enforcement being overwhelmed with responsibilities?

LAST TIME:  ARE GOVERNMENT WORKERS ENGAGED? - And what is it costing the taxpayers?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

ARE GOVERNMENT WORKERS ENGAGED?

BRYCE ON GOVERNMENT

- And what is it costing the taxpayers?

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The Gallup organization has been monitoring worker engagement for quite some time. The purpose is to let companies know how many employees are stimulated by their work, and how many are not. Business can then use this to make changes in their management style. For example, in the United States, which is considered the most "engaged" in the world, has a rate of 31.5%. Surprisingly, Germany, which is often considered a model of productivity, enjoys only a meager 16% engagement rate. A lot of this can be attributed to the tendency to micromanage the lives of the workers as opposed to empowering them.

While Gallup's studies have primary focused on business, on July (7th), they produced a report on the "State of Local and State Government Workers' Engagement in the U.S.," a first.

The report studied employee engagement for state and local governments of 43 U.S. states, and from it found:

29% - of government workers are engaged in their jobs
71% - are not.

They also reported the states where engagement levels were the highest were primarily in the South, and the lowest were in the Northeast and Midwest. Interestingly, most of the South includes "Right to Work" states, and the Northeast and Midwest are under union control.

The 29% government engagement rate is just slightly lower than the 31.5% business rate.

Engaged employees move their workplaces forward. Disengaged workers do the opposite, costing their states millions of dollars, interfering with government goals, thereby causing taxpayer dissatisfaction. The big difference is government worker disengagement costs the U.S. economy roughly half a trillion dollars a year. In a related Gallup report, "Unhappy State, Local Government Workers Cost U.S. Billions," they reported...

"Local governments' annual budgets from Lincoln, Nebraska, to New York City total about $2.0 trillion, while state governments annually spend an estimated $1.7 trillion. Combined, state and local governments contribute 11% to U.S. GDP. Considering the size of their workforce and budgets, disengagement is costing state and local governments, conservatively, up to $100 billion -- more than the entire spending budgets of most states."

So, what can be done to improve engagement? Normally, I would suggest minimizing micromanagement by "managing from the bottom-up." This means training your people accordingly, articulating project assignments carefully, and empowering the workers to solve projects on their own. To do so, a good project management system is required to plan, estimate, schedule, report and control projects. This means managers should manage more and supervise less. However, in government the problem may be more deeply seeded due to the obnoxious bureaucracies involved. In other words, too much red tape can stall progress regardless of the best intentions of the workers.

Keep one thing in mind, the Gallup study only considers state and local government. Imagine what federal worker disengagement is costing the country. Kowabunga!

If desired, you can download Gallup's complete report (click HERE).

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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