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Win a Year for your New Year’s Resolution

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If you’re like many people, you celebrated the new year with a special promise.  What was yours?  Are you ready to take your fitness and training seriously, to recover from an injury, or stay young?

Do you seek to lose weight, improve your fitness, maintain your health,  hone your technique, increase muscle strength or tone, build confidence and learn self-defense, or train for an MMA or kickboxing fight?

If so, we have way a special offer to make that happen.  Enter the Hollywood Total Fitness sweepstakes.  We’re giving away a full year at our new studio in Richardson, a $1,500 value, to the sweepstakes winner. Just visit us at Hollywood.fit and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Please share this promotion with your friends.  Make 2018 your year to meet your holiday resolution!

 

 

Grande Old Elephant, I hardly knew ye

I’m not a history buff.  But I do love a good story that’s rooted in fact and not the typical hero worship, half-truths, and fiction written by the winners or current incumbents.

One mystery is what happened to the Republican party.   I remember them positively as a teen (yes, in an ancient era) as the party of economic opportunity.  That was long before its hijacking by first religious fundamentalists and then the super-rich.  Going back much further, the party roles were reversed.  How can you not root for Abe Lincoln and the GOP, fighting for justice to end slavery against the wealthy landowners?

According to Bring Back the Party of Lincoln,  the recent change in the GOP isn’t new.  Republicans are historical flip-floppers.  Author Heather Cox Richardson concludes,

Twice in its history, the Republican Party regained its direction and popularity after similar disasters by returning to its original defense of widespread individual economic success. The same rebranding is possible today, if Republicans demote Reagan from hero to history and rally to a leader like Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower — someone who believes that the government should promote economic opportunity rather than protect the rich.

Change is inevitable, especially amid a changing electorate that reduces the Republican power base every year.  The only question is when.

While anything is possible, it’s unlikely to happen soon.  The Super Recession was nearly as bad as the Depression.  It had no effect on the party.  There have been various Republican branding initiatives.  They’ve gone nowhere.  The party has virtually shut down Congress.  Not a budge.  And there is no savior in sight.

Instead the party has used its power to enfranchise its legitimacy by redrawing voting maps and giving the rich even more influence.  It’s drawn the Democrats far right of where they were 30 years ago, thus providing far less GOP maneuvering room.

I suggest nothing is going to happen until the party runs out of all its tricks and loses both houses of Congress and the Presidency at the same time and that’s probably 20 years away at best.

 

Vote now for the July #StealthCatch of t

Vote now for the July #StealthCatch of the Month @ http://StealthCatch.com.

Stealth Monitoring watches over 5,000 cameras at businesses nationwide each night. Now it’s your turn to watch. Check out our top catches this past month.

Midnight Window Shopping
Our speaker warning convinces these kids that the store is truly closed … and protected.

2 Copper Thieves Nabbed by Police
A wire fence doesn’t stop these thieves. But live monitoring does.

Rooftop Trespasser Breaks Ankle
Bad things happen when you’re stranded on a rooftop and the police arrive.

4 Masked Robbers with Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer meets speaker. Who wins?

Watch and vote at http://StealthCatch.com!

Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, f

Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, featuring Stolen … and Returned Weedwacker
Read at http://bit.ly/StealthNews

#StealthCatch of the Month Winner: Our latest video shows how we teach thieves it’s better to give than to receive. Speaker warnings not only scare off thieves, they can also prompt them to bring your property back!

Vote for this month’s top Catch among masks, a sledgehammer, a broken ankle, and midnight window shopping.

Stealth News: Check out our new corporate video for a look at one of our control centers and more.

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Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the M

Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the Month – Stolen & Returned Weedwacker – Commercial Real Estate Security Watch @ http://youtu.be/A2TsazMnB9Q Speaker warnings not only scare off thieves, they can also prompt them to bring your property back! A pickup truck drives behind a flex office warehouse. The driver steals a weedwacker and starts to drive away. A Stealth operator activates the on-site speaker. The robber hears the warning and has a change of mind. He raises his hands in defeat and brings the equipment back. Vote for the nest #StealthCatch of the Month @ http://StealthCatch.com Stealth Monitoring, the leader in live video surveillance. http://StealthMonitoring.com

One Giant Leap for Frogkind

Unfortunate  frog in NASA photo

7 Steps to a Successful Startup Aug. 4 in Dallas

Dallas 7 Steps to a Successful Startup

7 Steps to a Successful Startup

Thursday August 4 6pm, Hotel ZaZa, Dallas

$10 Early Bird, $15 Online, $20 Door

Naeem ZafarAuthor, serial entrepreneur, and Haas School of Business at Berkeley professor Naeem Zafar visits from the Bay Area to present 7 Steps to a Successful Startup.

Naeem shares the basic building blocks of startup life from how to be sure you’re an entrepreneur to concept validation, team building, fundraising, and understanding the life of a founder/CEO.

Whether you have a great idea … are starting a small business … or are an entrepreneur yourself, you are sure to receive invaluable tips from Naeem’s insights and experience.

Naeem Zafar has written six books on entrepreneurship, including the law, finance, and funding.  He is currently working on his 7th startup in the area of enterprise mobility.

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We’re so not into you

Remember when you were nine and that twerp during school recess called you a booger head.  Your mom sympathized and your dad told you to suck it up and forget about it.  Those days are back.

Protecting your reputation is a joke in the Internet age. Sure, employment, social, and dating services either don’t permit negative comments or give you control.  Don’t be fooled.

You may think you date in anonymity.  But … your bad behavior can and will be reported to the world at places like Don’t Date Him Girl, Never Date HerPeepSheets, aLoveLinksPlus, Cheater News, Cheaters Expose, and Liars, Cheaters & Bastards

The Internet is so large, ubiquitous, and anonymous that you can’t even pretend that you have control.

Companies, at least the smart ones, gave up years ago.  They provide a multiplicity of means (phone, chat, email, web, forum, Twitter, etc.) so you can contact them.  They employ reputation management systems so they know when and where they’re smeared.  When they can they respond courteously, professionally, and directly, regardless of the venom.

Do the same in your personal life.  Michael Arrington has some good tips at  Reputation Is Dead: It’s Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions.

My advice – Go back to the playground and remember what your dad said.

This is a fight you can’t win.  It IS nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune than to take arms against that sea of troubles.  Let your good work outshine a few nasty cuts. As Monty Python said, it’s just a flesh wound.  Really.

You couldn’t avoid school and you can’t avoid the net with a literal web of job, business, and social droppings.  You can’t control what people say about you.  Not then.  Not now.

If you’re an HR Manager researching a candidate, beware crossing professional-personal boundaries.  You don’t waltz into her house checking out her choice of panties and adult entertainment accessories. You shouldn’t be surprised to find an embarrassing photo on Facebook.

If you’re reading your own personal or company bashing, consider the context.  The truth is that they’re just not that into you (assuming a modicum of self-awareness).  Such diatribes say far more about the writer than the subject.  Response only breathes life into dying sparks.  Let it die, to be swallowed by the relentless and growing maw of the Internet and its hundreds of billions of web pages.

Everyone has dirt.  Life will go on.   Time heals all (or at least most) wounds. [Insert your own aphorism here.]

Entrepreneur: The American (and Global) Dream

Entrepreneur/academic Vivek Wadhwa writes Can Entrepreneurs Be Made? Based on his research, the answer is a clear Yes.

His focus is on the lemming-like fallibility of investors.  But don’t let that cloud the real news.  It’s the confirmation of  the American dream … and the Indian dream … and indeed the Global dream.  You CAN start your own high-growth startup.

You don’t have to come from a family of entrepreneurs or have a personal history of starting your own businesses.  But you do need to have a scalable idea, commit yourself fully for a few years, and be or become an expert in your field and business.

That’s exactly what we’ve been committed to the past five years.  We now have multiple to ways to help.

  • Personal Consulting.  Our staff provides direct coaching and consulting, from raising money to building your business. Contact us to learn more.
  • Group consulting. The Tribe Blue Business Accelerator combines group facilitation, coaching, consulting, and accountability with a structured goals and commitment program.
  • Networking.  Meet other entrepreneurs MORE effectively … at LESS cost … in LESS time with Hardcore Networking.
  • Roundtables and Seminars. Join DallasBlue Entrepreneurs.

Here are the first two paragraphs from the article.

Silicon Valley investors often have a picture in their heads of the type of person who is worthy of funding: young, brash, stubborn, and arrogant. They believe that successful entrepreneurs come from entrepreneurial families and that they start their entrepreneurial journey by selling lemonade while in grade school. Angel investor and entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis said as much in his recent talk to Penn State students. And after meeting Wharton students, VC Fred Wilson expressed shock when a professor told him that you could teach people to be entrepreneurs. Wilson wrote, “I’ve been working with entrepreneurs for almost 25 years now and it is ingrained in my mind that someone is either born an entrepreneur or is not.”

Jason, Fred, and Silicon Valley VCs, I’ve got news for you: you’ve got it all wrong. Entrepreneurs aren’t born, they’re made. And they aren’t anything like you think they are. My team surveyed 549 successful entrepreneurs. We found that the majority didn’t have entrepreneurial parents. They didn’t even have entrepreneurial aspirations while going to school. They simply got tired of working for others, had a great idea they wanted to commercialize, or woke up one day with an urgent desire to build wealth before they retired. So they took the big leap.

Free Association

Strategic cooperation as a superior business paradigm isn’t new.  It’s been around for millennia.  It’s a staple for management consultants. Coopetition was  a big buzz word in the 90s.  There is a resurgence every decade or two when an economic sector goes bust due to unfettered capitalism, a  less-militaristic US Administration takes power, or both.  It’s always amusing to see it rediscovered as if it’s a new and radical concept.

We’ve long promoted alliances at DallasBlue from our Entrepreneurs group, which advocates partnerships as a key strategic lever for startups, to Tribe Blue, which is founded on group support and empowerment.

I especially like the term “Free Association” from William Dunk Partners of Global Province.  Much of today’s workforce are indeed free agents.  They don’t just work for or with one company, but with many organizations.  They freely choose their associations, from consulting work to founding or working for new ventures to volunteering.

William Dunk Partners is a savvy and prescient group that has long advocated a rational view of the world from politics to business.  This week’s issue explores Free Assocation with examples  from “no drama with Obama” to Sony’s amicable co-chairs to organizational interoperability to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Here is an excerpt with their definition of Free Association.

On the Global Province, we have claimed that the predominant catalyst for organizations that would seek to be global is not mergers and acquisitions, but alliances where companies, governments, and others cooperate freely even though they have no fiscal or legal bonds, but instead move in concert because they have the will to work together.  We call this “Free Association.”

What we did not make clear there is that alliance-making requires a temperament and decorum that is very much counter to the age of celebrity.  No entity, no matter its competitive advantages, that wishes to operate on a global scale has the resources or the implicit power to be effective on a go-it-alone basis.  What’s required is a culture that celebrates gentle dialogue between those inside the walls of an organization and with those in other institutions 25,000 miles away. This requires people who are in control of their mouths and their egos.

 


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