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Bid Our Sad Divisions Cease: A 2020 Recipe- Happy New Year

So this knee-jerk, flaming liberal walks into a biker bar and turns to the guy wearing the “Trump for 2020” leather jacket and says…..

December 28; on Del/MD’s the eastern shore flatlands.  It looked like a homey tavern, with just enough mild dilapidation on its clapboard front to seem inviting.  So my wife Lorraine and I parked our hybrid beside a long row of shining Harleys and entered in search of some good, home made chow.  The busy waitress at the bar frantically served under fluttering dome of dollar bills – each individually clipped to some carefully strung web overhead.  The fabulous home cooked food was richly appreciated by us and by the leather-clad bikers heartily hunkered down on all the bar stools and around most of the small tables.

At meal’s end and Lorraine headed for the restroom, I began chatting with a few of the bikers.  Most of the men, like the majority of club riders I’ve recently encountered sported white or graying hair and jackets with an array of intriguing emblems.  Turning to the “Trump for 2020” biker, I thought of Dr. Dale Caldwell, a guest on our The Art of the CEO radio show and author of Intelligent Influence.  Dale insists that we all formulate our aims and opinions based on that array of influences which surround us from birth, and until you gain some understandings of a person’s influences, you will never be able to work with him.

“So where’d ya ride from today,” I asked the biker as he sipped his beer.  Eric told me of his home down on eastern shore Virginia.  We chatted briefly.  He fixed engines for bikes and cars.  I told him fix words for books.   We shared a few nods of commiseration on the hassle of working for someone else – and the almost-as-bad hassle of working for yourself.  Before leaving, I asked if he thought President Trump was giving him a good deal.  Warily, he answered in the affirmative – giving a couple of reasons.  Then he asked what I thought.  In a sentence I replied.  I bid him a good new year and hoped that he didn’t run into anything large on his bike.  “Back atcha,” he smiled.  Neither of us did, or could have, converted the other, but a few seeds of understanding from that other side got planted.  Gotta start somewhere.

Oh, and the dollar bills?  Back in the day when most of these bikers sported their original hair color, the R&R Grill & Bar had developed a justified reputation as a rowdy biker & hard-bitten local bar. Finally, the new owner, I was told, decided to keep folks in line by announcing, “The first time I hear you use the ‘F-word’ or the ‘N-word’ you are going to have to hand over a dollar and I’ll pin it above.  The second time I hear you employing those words, you will be invited to leave.”  The idea stuck; tolerance came to R&R; and now folks have gotten into the habit of signing and posting dollar bills in support of keeping this watering hole on friendly terms.

As wished for in the haunting verse of O Come O Come Emmanuel:

O come desire of nations bind

In one the hearts of humankind

Bid thou our sad divisions cease

And let us join the Prince of Peace.

May we sample a bite of hopeful idealism this coming year,

– Bart Jackson

 

Cyber Threats & Defenses

“China is a company masquerading as a country,” stated Alfred Berkeley former NASDAQ CEO and Board Chair of Security First.  Recently, I attended the Nassau Club meeting in Princeton, NJ where Al and three FBI security specialists outlined potential cyber-threats and cyber warfare tactics, including China’s clear plans to dominate several global industries, by any means available.  Chatting with Al and the FBI agents afterward I picked up two fascinating news bits: Good news –  we now have chips large enough to automatically encrypt data (e.g. stock transactions) as they occur, thus protecting data immediately.  Unsettling news: China subsidizes its manufacturers with a 17 percent rebate on each deal. Thus Chinese makers can bid and produce at a 10 percent loss and still turn a profit.

 

Nomination Call for Prometheus Awards

The Prometheus Awards recognize those exceptional individuals who by their personal example and their inventive enterprises enrich the human community and shed light into our world.

Right now Prometheus publishing is conducting a call for Nominations – so if you know an

individual – an idealist who is putting his or her creative sweat and energy into a project that is enriching some corner of the human community, for-profit or non-profit we invite you to share their rays of hope and nominate them as candidate for a Prometheus Award.

You may  nominate a candidate by visiting https://bartsbooks.com/businessess-best/ and complete the short nomination form.  Or you may email info@bartsbooks.com sending your name and contact info, the candidate’s name and a brief description of their accomplishments.

For further details on the Awards ceremony,  what honorees receive etc. or to – or to nominate a candidate – we invite you to write to Info@bartsbooks.com

Prometheus was the ancient Greek Titan who defied the gods and brought to humankind the gift of fire.  From that light onward, there was no going back.

 

 

Negotiating Hardcore: Bullies, Bluffs & Paper Tigers

listen in at: https://www.theartoftheceo.com/

The Master Negotiator Greg Williams examines the POTUS-Congress-Party Leaders recent debates and reveals tactics you need to learn.

So who is winning the “negotiations” between the U.S. President – Congress – and the party leaders?  Who committed the masterful blunders and who employed that subtly clever tactic which you need to be copying in your own business negotiations?  Host Bart Jackson brings on The Master Negotiator Greg Williams to tease apart the political chess games employed by America’s leaders, to tell you what worked, why it worked, and what moves we might expect in the future. Globally renowned negotiator and body language guru Greg Williams is sought after to both instruct C-suite executives and to handle Fortune 100 corporate mergers.  Tune in and get the expert’s take on the art of these political deals.

Conducting the Orchestra – CEOs Learn from the Maestro

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Maestro Roger Nierenberg knows the techniques, actions, and attitudes demanded to lift an orchestra – and each musician – to peak performance. They are the exact same leadership moves required by business executives to inspire their teams to the top.  Host Bart Jackson discusses The Music Paradigm, Nierenberg’s inventive program in which C-suiters are mingled amongst the musicians at an actual rehearsal led by this Maestro, and biz folks observe leadership demonstrated in a tempo accelerando.  The Paradigm holds up a stunning, if not always comfortable mirror to business leaders.  And the top exec teams from YouTube, Bank of America, Kellogg, and BBC are praising and paying Nierenberg for the valuable enlightenment.  Tune in and learn how artfully directed music makes Caesars of the savage biz execs.