In Defense of The General
By Ken Bylund
December 13, 2007
There is a growing sense of power that comes with success; power
can become addictive to the point of ignoring our limitations
and the desperate impulse to control that which is outside the
domain of personal achievement and polished expertise. It really
is understandable if we look at the basic risk/reward patterns
that have been successful in growing and learning from our past
to get where we are... but change, trade-offs and double-betting
can be a good strategy for survival. A management consultant
Adrian J. Slywotzky has come up with some fresh ideas on the
subject and promotes risk shaping instead of risk taking.
Here in Ketchikan, the Chamber of Commerce and Government is
directed by successful businessmen and women who have great confidence
in their decisions and have earned the respect of... The General
Public. But something important seems to be out of focus
in their climb to power. That same self confidence and sense
of power has over-stimulated their need to be in charge of everything.
Consider a little flexibility, ordinary folks who work for a
paycheck... are not livestock.
In the October 4th 2007 election the Jewelry Store Initiative
earned 1093 votes with 1888 against; the 2981 votes cast on this
issue indicates the score was ~36.6 % for to 63.3 % against.
This is something politicians know, that thirty-six percent of
the voting public is not likely relegated to insignificance by
threat and intimidation. It would be wise to befriend them, partner
with them and work toward compromise; time to acknowledge Charlene
Dima. She is an honest, principled member of the steering committee
and represents 36.6% of the voting public on ways they believe
the city might be better perceived by tourists and visitors.
The constant sniping and unconvincing attaboy is not a winning
strategy; The General Public isn't convinced by quarrelsome
invective. It is hard to change, it won't be easy but try to
think of The General Public as your customer...
not just a mob to be controlled and wrestled into seeing everything
your way. Those who operate businesses are problem solvers and
often the toughest thing to recognize is where the problem is.
No one wants to see anyone fail; we want the same things but
maybe there are new ways the steering committee can explore to
increase profit by increasing confidence in your customers...
The General Public and the Tourist Industry.
I support the Steering Committee and everyone on it; be brave
boys and girls!
North Point Higgins
Received December 12, 2007
- Published December 13, 2007
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