The world is a bit out of out of kilter – out of focus.
I read the morning headlines and have to wonder what really happens to us when we drop dead on this planet. I see the most powerful lobbyist/politicians who get fed on both or any sides of the political feed trough in the us political system have won their mid term elections.
I also see where a powerful Swiss banker was acquitted in Florida after he had to personally defend himself, yet, after 2008 I still wonder what really happened inside the treasury system with the American banks and the reality of their books
Why is this oddly, so sad, to me? It is simply the reality of what happens when greed, pride and gluttony go to work on the people in power. The people below look up and wonder, "Why do they get to do this, yet, they want everyone else to live by a different set of rules?"
As a poor American citizen, I can’t get a bank account in Switzerland. If the names of all the wealthy us citizens off shoring their money in the world was actually published. I wager you would see the web unfold back to the people in power in the United States.
Double edge sword? Or simply the benefit of entitlement? It used to make sense to me, but not anymore. Perhaps I have actually changed a little? Maybe it was watching an interesting documentary about life in various parts of china that had me go “Count your blessings, Mark…shut up, consider yourself very blessed.”
When I worked with Feld entertainment, we would go around the world, have problems, pay all the big consulting groups heavy fees to help us, and in many cases, they didn’t do a whole lot and we figured out a solution. Part of our problem was that we were in most countries for a short time each year. It wasn’t like we were building up a retail spot that stayed open 365 days a year.
This business model seemed to confuse most left-brain thinkers, but was a great environment for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a right brain thinker. I always would joke that to build a business, you plan for the 80% of the most common things that can go wrong, yet, you keep enough slack in the line that you can use rules as guidelines to solve problems versus anchors that will simply ground an organization in an organization type of bureaucratic quicksand.
I really get heartburn when I hear someone say “its not my job, why change – we always did it this way” or come up with a litany of what can go wrong, and not one thing that can go right.
Perhaps that is a bit of why I feel like a duck out of water in Switzerland. It is a well-organized country with rules, regulations and order. People think I am joking when I say the current Switzerland reminds me of the United States when I was a kid.
Another think people wonder about me is why I have spent the past 10-14 years basically trying to live like a monk of sorts. Trying to detach myself from what the world says is important, and trying to find the path to change and become what I read about in holy books and have met a couple of people that appear to have broken through that barrier between the mind and the heart. The path between being good and successful in business versus good as a human are almost like oil and vinegar – they don’t really mix too well. (I am talking when you go really deep into the heart and look at all the actions and thoughts)
I use the monk term loosely because when you wander the world with businesses that have you be creative in solving problems, you probably are as far from a monk as possible. What the companies do is reward you for helping them solve messy issues they come up against. I always found it odd how the people at the top seemed to find out who really did what within the organization for them. (although i am fairly certain my one old boss bugged everyone's phones to appear like a mindreader) I call it a finely tuned bullshit detector with the upper level management who really had power.
Good bosses are rare. A good boss knows the difference between the ass kisser and a brown noser.