Tuesday July 23, 2019

The Power To Block

Over the decades auto manufacturers have tried a number of times to form direct connections with customers.  But auto dealers have blocked them. They are a powerful lobby in statehouses and have used their influence to strengthen their position.  What happens, then, when an auto maker who never has had dealers comes to market?  This […]

Power Play

US airlines have submitted to China’s demand that they label Taiwan as part of China rather than a separate country.  China has pulled a power play.  Taiwan is separate in government, economics and culture.  Nothing can change that, and the longer the country is apart from the mainland, the more distinct it becomes.  Unfortunately, because […]

Corporate Power

Amazon and Starbucks have just shown their corporate power.  They got the Seattle city council to roll back a tax increase that would have cost them tens of millions of dollars.  Amazon did it by blunt force.  It stopped work on one of two corporate towers it is building there and said it wouldn’t complete […]

Power Vanishes

It is a truism that companies with great power in the marketplace might not stay there long.  We have two examples now – Nike and General Electric.  It is no overstatement to say both were fearsome competitors and unbeatable for decades.  Now, they are trying to find their way.  This happens because the world doesn’t […]

Power Corrupts Perspective

Those who are hoping Donald Trump will become a different, more inclusive President are likely to be disappointed, according to behavioral research..  The article states the situation clearly: “Power reveals individuals’ true intentions and leads to them being less willing to take others’ perspectives.”If Trump is close minded now, he is likely to remain that way […]

The Power Of PR

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.  She was supposed to replace Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill, but Hamilton fans objected — strenuously.  Using the power of PR, they got the decision changed.  It makes sense.  Hamilton was the founder of the fiscal process that […]

Power And The Public

Power corrupts when it is not checked.  Absolute power is dangerous to the public as well as the state.  That is why this person’s pursuit of total control is harmful to China.  He has stopped listening to the people and pursued a one-way relationship with the media fawning over his decisions and too frightened to […]

The Power Of Protest

The University of Missouri is feeling the power of protest with its football team stopping practice and a call for the president of the university to step down.  The situation that sparked this was a swastika drawn on a residence hall.  African-American students rose up united to descry the incident and to call for action. […]

The Power Of Positive Perception

PR deals with perception.  How some one or an organization is viewed is a preoccupation of counselors.  Leaders too are aware of what others think.  They know that many have false perceptions of them for the good and some for the bad.  They try to instill the correct perceptions so they can get things done. […]

Power Of Perception

Is the power of perception worth $86 billion+.  Some commentators think so.  Of course, the perception surrounds Facebook and its IPO value.  A chorus of critics think the site is vastly overrated and advertisers won’t find the value in it that is forecast.  But, who knows?  It is unclear at this juncture.  Rather, people are […]