#fighters #compromise #disagreements #DifferentViewpoints
“I will fight for YOU.”
Or, “I’m going to (pick one: Washington, D.C. or any state capital) to start a fight.”
These may be political slogans often thrown around. Of course, those who throw them around think potential voters admire fighters. And, fighters are often better in a political setting than, say, introverts.
But what they really mean is that they are going to fight for SOME of you.
Why? Some of the things they fight for are things some of their constituents don’t want.
Might a candidate be better to say they are going to work to get something done?
Of course, that doesn’t play as well as fighting words.
Government works best when those who represent us cut deals from which every side of the argument gets SOMETHING.
No one side may get everything, but every side gets something.
Such compromise has become a dirty word in many campaigns today. More candidates prefer to play to the extremes on either side, rather than the middle.
But the middle may be where the real action is. It’s certainly OK for someone to fight hard for principles. But, in the end, his or her principles may not fit all his or her constituents’ principles. Therefore, things get done when compromises are reached.
In any sort of relationship, one must understand others’ points of view. If his or her views conflict with the other person’s viewpoint, each viewpoint can be argued and debated. But, more often than not, there are some points of agreement.
Finding those points may be the secret sauce of compromise.
Compromise becomes the secret sauce of action. We expect action from those who represent us.
Think of the many friendships, or other relationships, you have. Do you ONLY relate to those with whom you agree on all things? Not likely. Most married couples don’t agree on everything. Therefore, compromise enters the relationship. You can like, or even love, someone who may not agree with you on all things.
If a person’s views don’t match yours, do you end the relationship? If you do, how does that make you feel as a person? How much respect do you have for the other person’s feelings or ideas?
In short, is the relationship more important to you than any opinions?
A great way to preserve relationships among those with differing opinions is to refrain from talking about things that will cause disagreements.
In politics, or many other relationships, that may not always be practical. Therefore, finding the things you all agree on becomes paramount.
Among friends, family etc., finding what you all enjoy discussing and sticking to those things can work wonders in preserving relationships.
In summary, compromise is not a dirty word. Diversity in thought can enhance everyone’s life. To quote an old adage, you CAN disagree without being disagreeable.


#ActorsAndWritersStrike #RevenueStreams #TechnologicalChanges #jobs #workers
Television actors and writers are on strike over residual pay and their futures with artificial intelligence.
This is not a simple dispute, with big-money studios taking more profits out of the hides of those who create their products.
The whole media revenue stream is changing, with streaming subscriptions becoming a bigger part of the revenue stream, vs. advertising.
In general, subscription revenue is lower than advertising revenue.
Print newspapers went through this a few years ago. Advertising revenue fell, subscriptions dropped etc. There was a big bloodletting of jobs in that industry at the time.
Now, as more people are cutting the cord to cable, and streaming their entertainment online, revenue for cable providers is dropping. Fewer people are watching “regular” TV, and that number keeps dropping with time.
With such unsustainable revenue declines, the studios and networks have to do something.
It’s understandable, with the comings and goings of shows, that actors and writers feel their pay is dropping. Of course, it’s not really dropping for the big-time stars. It’s just for the soldier actors who provide smaller parts, background personnel (extras) etc.
These folks are NOT raking in the big bucks, even when they have plenty of work.
They are working people, just like carpenters, plumbers and other unionized professions – if those professions are fortunate enough to still be unionized.
As for artificial intelligence replacing some of these folks, studios should be aware that there is NO substitute for raw, human creativity. Certainly, human brains will be at the wheel when AI “creates,” but AI would simply copy past likenesses, for which those actors probably will not get residual pay. Or, if they do, it won’t be nearly as much as they would make for live appearances.
Technology can be a godsend for consumers. Getting something useful, or entertaining, for less money is a goal for every consumer, no matter what one buys.
But, we all have to remember that the less we may pay for something, the more people are going to lose jobs, careers and livelihoods.
Just as elections have consequences, technological revolutions have consequences. The difference is we can change electoral results at the next election. We can’t stop technological revolutions. That’s why no one can go home at night from work and believe he or she can never be replaced.
When the replacement comes, it comes as a shock to those affected. It’s important for everyone to have multiple revenue streams in their households.
Some machines can do things better than humans. Usually, the human touch adds quality to any product or service.
If companies care about quality – most say they do – they need to reckon with new revenue streams without compromising that quality.
If you work for a company facing revenue challenges, don’t just complain about how much executives are making. (It can easily be argued that executives make too much in most companies).
You have to figure out how your future will be impacted, and act accordingly. All the complaining in the world about executive pay isn’t going to change things. Some companies might be wise to curtail some executive pay to keep some of their best workers, if that’s what it takes.
As the world changes, we all have to change with it, or be left behind.


#GreatResignation #jobs #workers #employees #employers
Recent reports have said the so-called “Great Resignation” is ending.
Presumably, that would give employers more leverage, since people aren’t quitting their jobs in droves anymore.
Part of the reason The Great Resignation is ending may be that employers are taking better care of their employees, so they are staying put.
A warning to employers: Don’t get to confident in the leverage you may think you are getting back.
There are still labor shortages in lots of areas. New jobs, particularly in clean energy, electric vehicles and other new technology, are being created in good numbers.
Still, people staying with their employers can be a good sign for employees. Job hopping, though sometimes necessary, is not fun. A good stable work environment makes life better for most workers.
A warning for employees: Don’t presume your good, stable work environment will last as long as you want it to. In fact, other reports are showing employers going back to converting full-time positions to part time.
Today’s companies have to be flexible, and change with technology. They will be looking to shift costs and find efficiencies daily. Therefore, today’s stability can be tomorrow’s uncertainty. And, you won’t know when that change occurs, until it does.
The pandemic taught everyone that good jobs, and good employees, are both desirable. Employers constantly are working constantly to find the sweet spot of happy workers, happy customers and good profits.
Many employers have stepped up – most out of necessity – to take care of their workers as best as they can.
If you are happy with your work situation, keep it for as long as you can. But, have an eye out for changes that you can anticipate. Remember, if you see waste and redundancy in your workplace, it won’t be long before your boss sees it, too.
If you find yourself becoming no longer necessary, look for something else.
Remember, too, that there will be changes you cannot anticipate. Therefore, have a plan for the day you walk into work, only to find you are being laid off.
One such plan may start as a so-called side hustle. Income diversity eases unanticipated change. And, some side hustles can turn into full-time endeavors, or better.
While you are in your current job, try to be as useful as you can be. Show your employer – not necessarily in a flashy sense – how much you can do and how well you can do it.
In the past, workers were often advised to keep their heads down, lest they be chopped off.
That does not work today. As an employee, visibility is essential. Remember, too, that just being seen is not enough. Be seen and be useful to the maximum extent possible.
By most accounts, today’s workplaces are better than they were a few years ago. Still, that doesn’t mean anyone – employers or employees – should be complacent.
In today’s world, good situations seldom last for as long as the people experiencing them want them to.
Therefore, be visible, be diligent and be wary.


#RollOver #KeepRolling #circumstances #goals #success
Roll over!
You may ask a dog to do that as a “trick.”
You may applaud an infant for doing that, as he or she shows his or her first sign of independence.
But when adults “roll over,” they are seen as giving in or, worse, giving up.
Instead of rolling over, keep rolling.
We are often tempted to roll over. Those who wish to dominate us want us to roll over.
They will frustrate us to the point that we, indeed, want to roll over.
If you must tolerate the frustration others impose on you, tolerate it without rolling over.
If you don’t have to tolerate the frustration, find a situation from which the frustration disappears, and you can do what’s best for you without interference.
Alas, it’s so much easier to just roll over. However, successful people don’t look for the easy thing. Instead, they face the hard thing head on. They may indeed roll with the punches, but they do not roll over.
They may not find success instantly. For some, it may take 40 years or more to become an overnight success. In all that time, they did not roll over. They kept rolling.
Todd Beamer told his fellow airline passengers on Flight 93 Sept. 11, 2001: “let’s roll.” The passengers stood up to the hijackers. The plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. But their actions prevented the plane from crashing into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. All those passengers, including Beamer and the flight crew, died. But they did not roll over. They rolled.
Sometimes, circumstances prevail. Sometimes, all the fight and effort we can muster does not get us the results we want. Sometimes, we do not outlive our obstacles.
Still, that does not mean we should PRESUME circumstances will always win. Instead, we keep rolling in the right direction. We roll toward the goal. We don’t stop. We don’t roll over.
Those who want to dominate us – get us to roll over – will insert more obstacles in our way, to the best of their ability.
Some of those obstacles may stop us temporarily. They may tempt us to roll over. But, with every fiber of our beings, we keep rolling.
On some days, we may have to look for the strength to keep rolling. We do that by telling ourselves that every slammed door eventually will take us to an open one. We hope to remain upright to the cause or goal. If we get knocked down, we get up.
To paraphrase an old adage: You will find me either at the top of the mountain, or dead on the side. But I will not go back to the bottom.
In short, don’t roll over. Keep rolling.


#workers #pay #jobs #employers #employees
A local company was looking for “medical professionals” for $12 to $15 per hour, according to an electronic billboard.
Just down the street, at Buc-ees, they are paying non-professional labor up to $16 per hour.
And, Buc-ees has 401(k) matches, paid time off and other benefits.
It’s unclear what else you would get at the local company looking for “medical professionals.”
This contrast illustrates today’s labor market. In fairness to the local company, it’s unclear what type of “medical professionals” they are looking for. If they are looking for nurses, for example, it’s doubtful in this market that any nurse would work for so little, unless there was some other, overriding benefit to working there.
Buc-ees, a chain of highway rest stops that tout clean restrooms, loads of gas pumps, electric charging stations and an array of food and other items, is more like a Wal-Mart, in size and variety, than your basic convenience store/gas station.
Buc-ees makes no bones about wanting to take care of its work force as best it can.
More employers are encouraged – perhaps being forced – to be more rewarding to its workers, given the staffing shortages in nearly every industry.
It’s worth noting that some of the higher paid professional classifications, as in technology and media, are laying off people these days. These folks are likely to land on their feet in this labor market.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the labor landscape perhaps forever. As businesses closed to prevent disease spread, workers lost their jobs in large numbers, or had to work from home. As they are now gradually coming back into the workforce and workplaces, they are re-evaluating what’s important in life.
It’s dangerous, particularly for employers, to give workers a lot of time to think.
The workers who are re-evaluating their situations are not, for the most part, lazy and just want to stay home. Their safety, their children’s education — kids had to go to school from home, too – and other factors are causing them to calculate whether what they were doing before Is worth going back to. As day-care options dried up during the pandemic, parents are now left looking hard for affordable child care, so they can go back to work.
Couple that with new, post-pandemic demand for goods and services unavailable for a long time, and they add up to more choices for workers.
More choices for workers mean more competition by employers.
This is good for all concerned. Certainly, we are all paying higher prices for things largely because employers have to give workers more. But, in the long term, both employers and employees will benefit.
Employers will have to try to find the sweet spot between not alienating customers with higher prices, and attracting and keeping workers.
This effort should create better places to work, and, ultimately, better products and services.
The employees will be compensated better on the job, although they may lose some that benefit through higher prices for things they need. Still, they will, as a whole, be better off in the long run than they were.
If you are a worker, evaluate your options with care, now that you have more of them. If you are an employer, find that sweet spot quickly, hire good people and your business should thrive in the long term.