Thursday June 13, 2024

Unmovable Power

The generals who have seized power in Myanmar are unmovable.  They are killing their own citizens who are protesting the coup.  As long as they maintain control over their soldiers, they will continue to shoot protestors until they regain total control.  This is the fate of those who cannot muster an equally powerful response to tyranny.  […]

Power Corrupts

In a quest for power, decency, ethics and morality often take second place.  Whether a CEO or politician, the desire to be in control can bend one’s thinking and action.  Consider Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.  He went from a Trump enemy to a fawning disciple who stands by the former president because Trump controls […]

Power Of Publicity

 Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old British activist, set out to complete laps in his garden with his walker in order to raise money for COVID relief.  His goal was 1,000 pounds.  But when his venture received publicity, he raised a total of 39 million pounds.  Sir Moore died ironically of COVID and has been […]

Power Of A Brand

Disney has announced it has signed 50 million subscribers to its new streaming channel — Disney+.  It did this in just five months, a time span the company didn’t envision.  It was planning for a year and to reach 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024.  Even if its growth slows, it will beat the […]

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 […]