Month: January 2016

The Future of Food

My grandson is over four feet tall and can’t come close to jumping as high as corn grows. In 1798 Malthus was convinced that the exponential growth of population would soon outstrip the ability to grow enough food to feed people and there would be a world famine. In 1979 the Chinese government decreed there could only be one child per family because it was worried about the growth of population outstripping the ability to provide resources for the people. In 1900 people were worried about the pollution caused by horse manure. They didn’t know the automobile was being developed.

More recently we have seen Obama and Kerry craft agreements to control Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and countries joining together to stop global warming. They are naive, delusional and out of touch. Of course, maybe Yogi Berra was thinking of them when he said: “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Have you heard about the recent trends in food sources? Small farms are being bought up by large corporations. It’s been going on for a long time in the United States. The government is becoming more and more active in regulating food and food production. There is a rogue group of Americans trying to establish a separate State of Jefferson by seceding from California. Their desire is a more conservative government.

Then there’s our old friend Henry Kissinger. He helped initiate relations between the United States and China. He helped manage the fiasco we call the Vietnamese War. And he is considered a brilliant strategist, diplomate and intellect. He has said: “If you want to control countries, control oil. If you want to control people, control food.”

I just read a fascinating article about some of these issues and you and I need to be informed and involved. This is not the time to be laid back and ignorant. I would encourage you to read it and start to think, discuss and take some action based on what YOU believe is the best course for this country, for you and your family.

How well do you Execute?

“Ready, Aim, Fire” or is it “Rules of Engagement” or maybe “Fire at will.” Different “clichés” that we hear on the news, in sales rallies or maybe around the office or battlefield. As you and I fully engage in this new calendar year I would like to encourage you to develop the habit of being able to “pull the trigger.”

Now is not the time to assess, evaluate and contemplate whether or not you will or will not, “Just do it!”

It starts with the little things. If you want to increase your network, develop new business or earn more money, you have to press the flesh, go out and meet people and make decisions about who to talk to, how to talk to them and focus on your objectives. Pick up the phone, make those calls, send the emails and followup on all your leads. Get out of the office. Do it! Execute!

If you don’t want to meet people and grow your network or your business, sit at your computer, pass out business cards, ask people to call you back and think about how you might become a really smart and clever marketer. Well, guess what.  tryThings don’t happen until you take control, ask for “their card and number” and you initiate the next meeting or appointment. The best way for you to grow is to engage and help others grow. Do it! Execute!

Simplify and be deliberate. If you want an example of how to totally loose control, be embarrassed and get zero results, try focusing on your “rules of engagement” like they are doing in Washington, DC. God help us, please!

Rather, I would suggest you focus on RESULTS and self measurement. Measure yourself on a daily basis. It only takes a few KFI’s (Key Function Indicators) and they need to be measured DAILY.  That might be: appointments, dollars, units or new accounts. It definitely is not the amount of “time” or “editing” or making sure you are being politically correct.

The more you execute or pull the trigger, the better you will get at hitting your target, asking good questions, learning to listen better and making more good, quality things happen, i.e., getting RESULTS.

I have found that I get the best results when I have someone else who is watching me, is interested in me and asks me the tough questions. I have written this short missile to get your attention and encourage you to “get off your you know!” Do it! Execute! Pull the trigger!