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You can't even trust their videos

In my previous post, I suggested that we look at videos, rather than media "interpretations," to know the truth. Seems we need to raise the bar: let's watch the original video and all of it.

Here's why ... The Hill published this yesterday: Media shows why it’s so mistrusted after falsified Trump fish-feeding ‘story’.

The left preaches love and tolerance, but is exactly the opposite: hate-filled.

Well, that doesn't say everything; the left is tolerant; they simply reserve their tolerance to those who agree with them.

If you want them to show the world your original/full video, you must agree with them in action -- and thought :(
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Illegal migration: India's hypocrisy and US leftist media's deceit

According to Pew Research Center, of the 11 million ILLEGALS in the US, about 1/2 million are Indians. Between 2009 and 2014, India was the source of the fastest-growing number of ILLEGALS into the US.

India does little to stop Indians from ILLEGALLY entering other countries, but does not want ILLEGALS to enter India. (Indians do not even want other Indians moving into their states!)

Read article in Times of India.

I capitalized the word ILLEGAL for a reason. Whereas the US government is against ILLEGAL entry/stay, America's leftist media has duped its audience into thinking the government is generally against immigration. Suggestion: watch original videos of government officials (instead of media "interpretation"), you can clearly see they're encouraging merit-based, legal immigration.

By the way, those who are already duped by the leftist media, can’t see the distinction between ILLEGALS and immigrants; if I’m ILLEGAL, I’m not an immigrant.

The user interface is not always about "experience"

The same strategic objectives driving "higher" level steps in strategy translation must drive all steps right until the end. The steps include the task of designing the user interface (UI) architecture.

If we're translating corporate strategy, it's important to know a UI factor that most practitioners don't seem to have mastered. This factor is about taking a process view and designing for productivity.

Read the CIO article.

When the US is simplifying tax, India is complicating it: Chetan Bhagat's thoughts

Since the Indian government is willing to improve its recent Goods-and-Services-Tax (GST), Chetan Bhagat shares his thoughts:

1. Rates are too many
2. Rates are too high
3. Luxury should not be taxed more
4. Returns process is too complex
5. GST is based on the belief that Indian business folks are thieves.

The result: businesses and entrepreneurs are suffocating.

Read the article.

NY Times senior editor admits (1) Leftist bias to influence election and (2) Sensationalism to make money

Here are the key points taken from what New York Times' Senior Editor Desiree Shoe said – caught on hidden camera by Project Veritas.
Leftist bias to influence election NYT ... We tried to influence the election by portraying candidate Trump in biased light (as a crazy person with crazy policies), hoping that people wouldn’t vote for him

NYT … We cannot be objective ... we're widely known to be liberal/left-leaning
Sensationalism to make money NYT … We focused whole pages about Trump (during election) … We feel 90% of stuff was Trump … it’s too much

NYT ... We did that partly because leftists consider stuff about him as sensational … We provide readers what they WANT (so, anyone with half a brain can imagine that democrats/liberals/leftists want fake news; that's how intellectual they are)

NYT (and WaPo) … The main objective is to grab subscribers. You do that any way that you can.

NYT … Click-chasers, that’s what we are … it’s so ignoble

NYT … The last couple of years it’s…

Brits know fascism is a leftist ideology: reason why they called Hillary a fascist

Contrary to how some dictionaries define it and how the leftist American media presents it, fascism has always been a left-wing ideology and practice. More on this later, but here's what happened at Swansea University. Students here know who a fascist is.

I said I'll get back to you about fascism. In the meantime, here's a good book on the topic: Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg.

What would you do: when the leftist Hollywood tries to teach moral lessons?

Dozens of women are exposing Harvey Weinstein's sex scandal. But they're not the only "victims" because there are many more "Harveys" in leftist Hollywood.

Wait. Why didn't these women complain for decades?

More important question. Why wasn't there a Women's March in Washington DC?

Is it because this is the culture of the Leftists / Liberals?

The Clintons and the Obamas are closely connected to Harvey, but tried ignoring the scandal (exactly what leftist media outlets such as NYT earlier and NBC now did, too). They took his money and now hesitate to return it or to give it away.

Here's the thing: The leftists in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry lecture on how their values are superior: remember the recent Golden Globes or the Emmys? But these hypocrites-with-fake-nice-exteriors do the lecturing in order to cover up their own nasty behaviors.

The next time you hear a leftist Hollywood "lecturer" using the race card or fem…

NY Times "Best Seller List" is FAKE, too

According to Nielsen BookScan numbers, a book sold more than 12,000 in a week. In fact, it SOLD MORE COPIES than any other book on the New York Times best sellers list. And yet, NYT ranked the book at No. 7.

Reason: the book was not written by a leftist.

If anything is biased, it is fake. It belongs in the dumpster.

So, the publisher Regnery (founded 1947) cut ties to NY Times' FAKE Best Seller list.

The rogue newspaper NYT responds, "The paper keeps its formula for ranking books a secret." Wow! In other words, their list is rigged.

You may not want to make book-buying decisions based on the NYT fake list. The NYT list is not a list of the books that are selling the most, but a list that NYT thinks should be selling the most.

Before you watch another news report, watch this whistleblower

If the leftist media was biased back in 2001, it is an outright mafia today Bernard Goldberg, a 28-year-veteran at leftist media outlet CBS, has exposed the "pettiness, hypocrisy, and bias inside CBS ... Just turn on your TV set and it’s there … but it’s there too often in too many stories."

Shockingly, you see not only political bias, but social bias as well.

In both political and social topics, the leftist media puts out content that dupes both loyalists and new-comers. Why are they so biased: self-serving purposes such as ratings and manipulation for votes.

Goldberg exposes the leftist media.
Manipulation Leftist media constantly attempts to manipulate people's mind with the following tricks.

1. They lie. Or misinform.

2. They hide certain things, as though these things did not exist or did not matter.

3. They won’t let the other voices be heard. More recently, author Sharyl Attkisson was not allowed to freely air segments that exposed Obama scandals such as Operation…


Folks who created DIGITAL BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION at their world-leading companies are sharing their experience at an online conference. For example, Jim Smith, VP Digital Transformation, Saint-Gobain will be talking about  “How to get 200,000 staff to embrace digital culture.” The event is on April 5, 2017. More info and tickets.

Corrupt media: lessons for better behavior

During the US election cycle, so-called "liberal" media outlets have been misleading the people of America and the world. They focused our attention on Trump's bad WORDS instead of on Clinton's bad ACTIONS. Even their polls and predictions were totally wrong.

Post-election, they continue to fuel division, violence, and racism.

US election reporting in India too has been hate-filled (Chidanand, for example).

In the midst of all this is a fresh, objective voice. Chetan Bhagat is not only an intellectual, but a rare truth-speaker. Here are 5 things he tells the elitist media:

You are not as smart as you thinkPeople are the keyUnfair criticism always backfiresDo not impose your views on othersGet out of the bubble.
Here's his original article.

Change as strategy

In business, "more of the same" is almost always required. We need to sell more of our products and services. Then there comes a time when change is needed. We need to change our products and services and even our business model. Interestingly, the rate at which we need to change seems to be always increasing. So today we devise transient strategies that anticipate and execute change.

Like businesses, governments too need to occasionally change. According to a recent CBS News poll, 55 percent of American voters want “big changes,” while 43 percent want “some changes.” That is, 98% percent of voters want change. Reason? According to Rasmussen Reports, 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. If so, it appears that in the November elections, only a change strategy will work.

“Something is happening, and I need you to help me”

Helen Marriage works with artists to create extraordinary events that bring huge audiences together. For one of her projects, she needed the help of the planning manager of the London buses. She faced resistance.

The planning manager eventually agreed and actually became the project’s biggest champion.

Helen’s secret to make change happen: engage people in a task rather than seek permission.

Source: April 11-24, 2016, Bloomberg

Blue Ocean Strategy driving Trump wins?

In the US 2016 primaries, GOP’s “splitter” strategy was crafted to make Jeb Bush win the Republican nomination without winning the base. The reality is, not every strategy works — especially when it meets a better one.

You could blame Jeb Bush or his back-up Marco Rubio for poor performance. But look at the front-runner Donald Trump’s three policies: (1) End of political correctness (I strongly support this policy) (2) Large changes to immigration (3) Redoing trade deals so they’re not lopsidedly in favor of the other country. “The more vocally on the wrong side of these three issues a candidate was, the faster they dropped,” observes Sean Malstrom.

The media, the so-called experts, the politicians/establishment, the anti-Trump colluders, the politically-correct, and those who want to appear civil: All have been proved wrong — again and again and again. All conventional forms of analysis was wrong. The reason is, according to Malstrom: “you cannot analyze non-voters. But non-voters ar…

A master acquirer's many strategies

Italian billionaire Stefano Pessina has been working a broad strategy: Convinced that the drug-distribution business was destined to consolidate, Pessina keeps swallowing increasingly bigger companies. The result — at least one of the most recent — the merger of US-based Walgreens and Switzerland-based Alliance Boots into WBA. These two are significantly different companies, but here's Pessina's strategy for US retail: Infuse the Sephora-like stylishness of Boots into the efficiency and convenience of Walgreens stores.

Pessina is not done yet. He's eyeing CVS Health, but faces a giant challenge. While Walgreens pushes consumer products, CVS Health has positioned itself powerfully around health. Two opposing strategies! If Pessina can combine the two companies, it would be very interesting to see what his strategy would be.

Source: Fortune February 1, 2016

America views learning differently

Former CEO of multibillion-dollar companies Willie Pietersen recalls the time when he became an American citizen and attended the event where his two US-educated children were awarded degrees. He says,

"Where I was raised in South Africa and also where I studied in the UK, these events are simply called “graduation.” The attendant idea is that this is the end of something. However, I was struck by the fact that in the US, this ceremony is called “commencement,” meaning the beginning (or at least the continuation) of something. I love this concept. It exactly captures the essence of learning as a lifelong journey."
Learning indeed should be a life-long journey. Make it cross-disciplinary learning and the advantages can be big. A personal illustration ... I enjoyed learning Physics between 1981 and 84. However, without the skills I learned from Intel's Stan Uffner in 1987, I could not have set up TCS' tech writing practice. Without the insights I learned at UC Berkeley…

Why social welfare states are scaling back

Social welfare policies of Scandinavian nations such as Swedenhave been admired.

However, here's what an article in the Feb 1, 2016 issue of Fortune points out:

Scandinavia built wealth that its citizens enjoy today long before leftist ideas took holdIn fact, when Sweden's welfare state began to expand, economy noticeably slowedNot only do the larger welfare states of Italy and France have less robust economies, Scandinavia is slowly returning to its free-market roots.
Will the US presidential candidates strike the right balance between welfare and economic growth?

Source: Fortune Feb 1, 2016

Software implementation will not automatically translate strategy

To execute business strategy through technology, start with a focus on strategy translation. Make the Business phase of software practice a strategy translation phase, rather than just a requirements analysis phase. Ensure that what you would eventually implement, deploy, and use has strategic potential.

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Why execution rarely delivers on strategy's promise

"Research indicates that relatively few firms execute their strategies effectively, and, on average, companies deliver just 50% to 60% of the financial performance that their strategies promise." - Frank Cespedes, HBR October 2014.
When we complain about poor outcomes due to poor execution, we're obviously assuming that the strategy is good. Let's momentarily stick to that assumption. The problem then is, we're thinking that execution is largely about project (or program) management. What we're clearly missing is the crucial activity of strategy translation.

When it comes to investing in business software, strategy translation is about "embedding" targeted organizational strategic outcomes into an architecture that can then be implemented. If this activity is not done right, neither a great strategy nor effective execution can generate targeted outcomes.

For approaches to strategy, see The Strategy Palette

Price for compassion? Or price for absence of leadership?

Compassion is a beautiful rare thing. European countries allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants. The US leadership too is bringing migrants. In European media you may have watched how the host people are trying to architect innovative housing for the migrants and constantly debating how to make the migrants feel welcome, how to integrate them, how to get them jobs, etc.

Then this thing happened -- the attack in Paris by people (among others) who were allegedly smuggled into Europe along with the migrants.

Is this the price for showing compassion? Or is this the price of inadequate leadership? How do today's and tomorrow's Western leaders balance compassion with practicality? What is practicality, by the way? Is it about having a strategy and proactive execution or is it about being reactive?

For thoughts on America's current and future leadership, read: Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World

To see how Jesus combined compassion with practicality, …

Leadership: your teammates your enemies?

Imagine you are interviewing a potential candidate to lead a department in your company and he says, "I consider some of the folks in that department my enemies." This is a most unlikely comment in a business interview, but we heard it at an interview for the world's most important leadership position. At the recent CNN democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked to name her enemy – and she responded, “probably the Republicans.” Thankfully, Joe Biden later corrected her saying it's critical to “end this notion that the enemy is the other party.”

Volkswagen success: thanks to its strategy

At a time when Volkswagen is battling dozens of lawsuits, I'm talking about what made the company great. Bad timing perhaps, but why stop learning from the company's strength?

Volkswagen owes its success to: its STRATEGY.

And the strategy? Cars share components.

Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine writing in HBR say, "Although the strategy does not protect the company from general demand swings, it reduces demand variability for individual components, because shared components make it easy for VW to switch production at its plants from one model to another whenever the demand for car model shifts."

Would Cleveland Clinic have gone from good to great without Kara's political incorrectness?

CEO of the mighty Cleveland Clinic, Dr Toby Cosgrove is a pioneering surgeon who had operated on over 22,000 patients. He just finished delivering a speech to Harvard students.

The students admired the speech, but Kara Barnett stood up and said, "Dr Cosgrove, my father needed surgery, but we decided NOT to go to your hospital in spite of your great results because we heard you had no empathy."

Kara was politically incorrect. She not only said something offensive about someone and his institution that the world considered the best, but embarrassed Harvard that brought an outstanding speaker.

Dr Cosgrove responded, "Not really" and moved on. However, Kara's statement kept his mind busy. He imagined redefining medicineas patients experienced it rather than as what hospitals provided. He questioned the very foundations of doctors' specialist silos. What he eventually did changed the lives of many. His change initiative was hugely risky, challenging, and inspiri…

We know very little about strategy translation

Today we may know what strategy means, but "we know a lot less about translating a strategy into results (HBR, March 2015)." Here, strategy translation means strategy execution. The latter comprises many activities including project management, which many managers have mastered. But "execution" includes the critical activity of "embedding" targeted strategic outcomes. Without this, you could be brilliantly managing the wrong project. There is even less information available about this critical activity.

Strategy Map: the Marriott example

Talking about Marriott's much-admired employee-first culture, CEO Arne Sorenson says that this culture "drives loyalty of our folks, which drives better service, which drives customer preference. which drives higher retention, which reduces costs."

The flow is obvious: from Assets to Process Performance to Customer Value to Financial Performance. A nice example of how to use Strategy Maps (Kaplan & Norton)!

Strategy: keeping focus while widening product range

Two examples ...

1. Carlos Ghosn wants to move Nissan from good to great. His STRATEGY: “mobility for all.” By that he means, being present in every market in the world and in every segment in every market. So, the Nissan alliance produces 110 different models in 170 different markets.

2. Jonathan Goldberg wants BBL Commodities Value Fund to keep an eye on short-term opportunities as well as on the horizon. His STRATEGY: Trade oil “across the barrel” — refined products as well as crude itself.

We have to wait for their financial results to see how well their strategy is working. In the meantime, I love their compelling mottos expressed in just 3 words and yet covering both focus and range! Take another look.

Does treating employees well hurt the bottom line?

In many cultures (mostly non-Western), top management denies basic employee rights or even basic human rights because they believe this is how they can grow and make profits. WRONG.

Companies on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For are "shining examples of a different way of doing business that puts to rest the old notion that treating employees well might hurt the bottom line." One example: the Marriott philosophy: "Take care of associates, and they will take care of the customers."

Consider the 12 companies that have made the Fortune list every year since they published the first in 1998 ... They're the top job creators ... They outperformed the S&P 500 index by a ratio of nearly 20 to 1 ... They're winners in the marketplace as well as in the workplace!

Source: Fortune, March 15, 2015

How design thinking gave a young firm an early advantage

For a while, “design thinking” was business world’s most fashionable concept. Companies tried it, sent their employees for training, and so on. Then things changed. Now Google’s frequently used search phrases include “design thinking is bullshit” and “design thinking is dead.” If you read the naysayers' articles, the common rant is “there’s nothing new.” I do not agree with the Google phrases, but I do agree with the claim that there's nothing new in design thinking. Here's why.

Design of experiential marketing
Beginning in the late 90s, I created and upgraded experiential marketing for a young software firm where I was employed. This is not about brochures, white papers, and such standard things of questionable value. This comprised the following set of items designed and laid out in a purposeful and human-centric way:
Gallery: A casual, standup conversation facility. Here, we had
conversation-starting posters. The posters had quotes by customers and others. Some showcased…

Companies that moved to BT are winning, research shows

Forrester Research has slightly redefined BT (business technology), but they continue to champion the move from IT to BT for one basic purpose: business success. A research they conducted shows that companies that moved to BT have positioned themselves well for success. Read more:

The oil-drilling model for discovery-and-design that I created helps actualize the purpose of BT as regards software/digital technology. More about the method:

Google's great. The restructured Google should not give up what made it great.

Making money is not hard (you've seen a lot of ugly companies in the world make big money). Here's what's hard: making money by offering great products/services via a great workplace culture.

Google is rated the best company to work for (six times). As a Fortune study points out, the best places to work are only getting better, and Google is an example. Google is also the second most valuable brand in the world. That's a lot of great stuff to achieve. Thanks to Larry Page and Sergei Brin. *

Along with the new corporate structure comes a challenge – a question about the future culture of Google. Google should not compromise on the hard-to-copy culture it has ingeniously and painstakingly built over the past years. Google should keep the culture, and keep using it to meet financial performance goals.

* To know about the culture that Page and Brin set up at Google, read Fortune, March 15, 2015. To know about the brilliance and boldness of the two founders, read Walter Isaacs…