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Recruiting Government Workers As Franchisees
Many believe a leaner government promotes better freedoms with respect to free enterprise and the right to free contract. Leaner governments make fewer laws because of their enforcement capabilities. Under our current direction with high government debt loads and low unemployment we will begin to see a downsizing of government at every level. We see it in a few closures of military bases. The Federal Government is the United States' second largest employer behind Wal-Mart with about the same level of ambition, intelligence and energy. It employs over 900,000 people without including military, enforcement agencies, governmental administrators and or politicians. If the government (Federal) cut itself by 20% and we believe 40% is more in order: that would be 180,000 job cuts or about 3600 people per state at 20%. Larger states like California could be as high as 21,600 at a twenty percent reduction
This is a significant number of losses? Yes and No. This is a lot of people who could be looking for jobs. Yet when you consider that the last month 250,000 jobs were created in the private sector and unemployment is now around 5-6%, which is good. That means anyone who really wants a job has one. When the government cuts jobs due to IT computer work being able to do most of the paper work, will these fine folks in government be good candidates for a franchise system?
Obviously, these downsized government employees will have available to them monies from several other agencies to lessen the blow of being laid off. Similar to the G.I. Bill, which allows re-training monies for military personnel, they will receive unemployment benefits and special treatment from the Small Business Administration. They will be able to qualify for grants, give-aways and low interest loans. If they a Franchisor's high standards, then they will make just over three or four times what they previously made in many cases. There are some problems with government workers in many cases and they are as follows:
They Haven't Had Incentives To Work Hard And Therefore Generally Don't
They Don't Understand Productivity Equals More Profit
One Half Of All Government Workers Have Been Brain Washed And Are Totally Stupid
They Will Probably Be Looking For Another Government Job
We don't mean to diminish the qualifications of civil servants, but to point out the fact that nothing the government does; it does very well. With that regard, we show that the "government model" is inefficient and is a bad influence on those who work in its system. These employees will have to re-tool their education, defrag their brain and re-kindle their hope. If we can bring back the attitude they learned in high school playing team sports, they will work fine. If not, Franchisors should pass them by (ASAP) and move on to other potentially qualified candidate prospects. There are also plus sides to government workers. Here are some of the reasons why civil servants will work despite all the negatives we associate with our inept, bureaucratic and wasteful government:
Some form of government is absolutely necessary and we are better off with what we have rather than none at all.
We should not condemn those who have chosen to work for the government based upon the fact that government as a whole is very inefficient.
Point in fact, not all government employees are lazy; it's simply the structure that surrounds them.
Many government employees are working there because they want to help people.
Almost all government employees hate the bureaucracy as much as we do.
There are other reasons why a Franchisor should look at downsized government workers. For instance; the bureaucratic brainwashed civil servants are good for the following reasons:
They Are Used To Being Told When To Eat, Sleep And Use The Rest Room
They Are Used To Following Absolute Guidelines
They Are Content To Stay Where They Are - And Make Great Long-Term Franchisees
This Opportunity Exceeds Their Highest Expectations by 200%
They Won't Complain Because They Know Better
They Will Thank You Later For Saving Them
All in all a Franchisor is wise to look into the civil servants and government downsized workers as potential franchisees to grow their systems. Some in the Politically Correct World might differ in thought from the truths in this article, yet it is what it is, no matter how you wish to state it or how you wish to play it. A reality based process for determining if this strategy is right for your franchised companies growth is a must, because it does account for a huge number of potential new franchisee team members. Don't sugar coat it, think about it.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
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Go On, Be A Tiger
From the moment he putted with Bob Hope on the Mike Douglas Show at age two, Tiger Woods appeared destined for fame. After an unprecedented junior and amateur career, his entry into the professional ranks in 1996 received tremendous publicity - and one of the largest sponsorship contracts in history.
Functioning in a Dysfunctional Workplace
Sometimes the greatest challenges lay not within the actions of competitors, or the needs of customers, they come from within one's own company. People new to their positions either through promotion, or as a new hire, are often stunned at the challenges they find waiting for them as they slide into the seat behind their new desk.
Building Successful Work Relationships--Playing In The Same Sandbox
Remember playing in your childhood sandbox? If you enjoyed being outside for most of the day, you could play in the sandbox for hours on end-shaping and pouring the sand or mixing it with a little water to form a castle or hill. Children enjoy playing with sand or dirt and learn at an early age how to make the most of this play time activity.
Business Innovation - Group Creativity
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Having Trouble Motivating Others? Try WIIFM
Recently my fourteen-year old son Matt dressed up as Santa Claus and attended a Christmas caroling event for one of my professional organizations. Was my son excited about the idea of spending one of his evenings singing to seniors instead of being with his friends? Not really.
Yes, But What Are You Really Saying?
More and more I hear people misunderstanding what someone else has said to them, especially when it came through a memo or email. This can lead to a great deal of turmoil at work and affect morale.
Why Is Teamwork Training Important?
"When teamwork kicks in, nobody can beat you."Don Shula, Head Coach, Miami Dolphins Only NFL team to attain a perfect 17-0 seasonWhether it's two people, a department, or an organization, teams are the means by which great things get done.
Designing and Deploying Human Centric Processes
A lot of effort has been carried out in the last years to re engineer processes in order to automate all or parts of them. A great number of companies have changed their processes as a result of the introduction of new software systems, aimed to streamline the management of the back and front office.
Book Summary: The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player
A follow-up companion reader to The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, here is a clear character profile of the ideal Team Player. Maxwell stresses some main qualities of a good team player: intentional, or she is focused on the big picture, relational, focused on others, selfless, willing to take a backseat for the good of the team, and tenacious - works hard to overcome obstacles, no matter what.
Most managers simply herd some people in a room with a flip chart and call it a brainstorming session. Yet there is a definite process that maximizes the size and quality of the idea pool.
The Team Process
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What Do Trainers Do When They are Not Training?
In the new corporate environments where everyone wears more than one hat, trainers are often responsible for a myriad of duties beyond just facilitating new training classes. Their job is often that of Maintenance, IT Guru, Subject Matter Expert, Coach, Instructional designer, and Copy Clerk.
Outdoor Team Development - Harmless Fun or Serious Learning?
The Sales Director had organised a great conference; the venue was first class, the service excellent and the content of the workshops and presentations very motivational. The only potential "fly in the ointment" was the team-building afternoon which was scheduled to take place outdoors as evidenced by the memo outlining the fact that waterproof jackets, trousers and boots should be brought along to the conference.
A Team That Gleamed
Too many techies get a bad rap for lacking teamwork and communications skills. The stereotype is that while techies are great at what they are trained to do, they cannot parlay their knowledge onto others.
Creating Unity In Your Company
The other day I got a call from a friend of mine about an earlier conversation we'd had. Here's what we talked about: Years before he had started a company which has now grown to the point where it has many offices across the USA.
For companies to be competitive, decisions have to be made faster than ever before, and expenses have to be lower. The hierarchical environment did not support fast decision making.
Working as a Winning Team
It's a great sunny day so it's time to get out and enjoy the weather. Many of us would like to, but we have projects due, tasks that need to be done, people that we need to see, and money that needs to be made.
People Are The Heart Of Your Organization
Do you let your people express their thoughts about the roles and responsibilities they have in your organisation? Don't just take it for granted that everything's fine because no one complains.Organisations often spend a fortune on purchasing office furniture/computer software/filing systems etc.
If You Can't See It, They Won't Do It
Recently, while developing a customer service program, I asked my client to provide me with detailed descriptions of behaviors he wanted his team members to engage in. He called me back a short time later and told me that his department heads were having a difficult time with the assignment.
Why It Pays to Out More Humor in the Workplace
1. Humor reduces stress levels and stress is the number one problem confronting employees today.
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