Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 12, 2015

A Tale of two Leaders — Mandela vs “The Tramp”

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It’s been almost two years since Nelson Mandela passed on and twenty one years since he came to power as the dynamo of South Africa; that broke down Apartheid and emancipated the strongest African country…

Yet today as America seeks to elect another Leader — we are called here to examine his Leadership style and the impact of his Leadership as well, not only because America has a black Leader today, but because we need to look at Life squarely in the eye, and in relation to the messy field of leadership choices we are faced with.

Choices that leave much to be desired, in both the Republican and the Democratic party early slate candidates.

The question today in America is simple: Can’t we do any better than this bunch of fools?

But twenty one years on from when South Africa gained the Right to a Democratic electoral choice — let’s look at the quality of the contest and of the leadership of the winner NELSON MANDELA, by seeing first of all the impact he had on his people, his country, and the world:

First and Foremost is important to see, who was the major beneficiary of Nelson Mandela’s Life and Leadership?

And then it’s important to understand that for Mandela nothing was personal, after 28 long hard years in prison and in solitary confinement…

He forgave and forgot and tried to reconcile all sectors of his Society even though in the near-thirty years of his cruel imprisonment, Mandela always stood upright, strategic, and powerful as a caged Lion — always ready to charge ahead. He was always the leader amongst the South African anti-apartheid revolutionaries and white separatists alike… and the natural choice to defer to when things got rough.

Mandela was a Uniter, and he always looked ahead and challenged all the perceived norms of his office of the Presidency.

And as today Nelson Mandela, is revered across the world as the Best of All Modern Leaders — we need to reflect on the timeless lessons from his life story that will endure for years to come.

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Nelson Mandela was not just a gifted visionary. He walked the Talk and lived the Consequences of his “Walk.” He exercised a full range of cognitive, emotional and behavioral abilities to bring about profound change in South Africa.

All leaders who aspire to be more strategic can learn from Mandela’s six key behaviors that distinguish him as a true strategic leader.

He anticipated Changes and stood behind all positive change as a leader giving Credit to all others for even the most insignificant victory.

And when the time came for someone to take the blame of Failure — He stood up… and took it like a Man.

Nelson Mandela looked ahead and could see that South Africa’s system of apartheid would not survive into the future. From his prison cell, he strategically assessed his moves and anticipated the incoming reactions.

When offered freedom in exchange for renouncing opposition to the government, Mandela rebuked President Botha: “What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? … What freedom am I being offered if I must ask permission to live in an urban area?”

Mandela decided to serve out his prison sentence rather than exchange it for the political prison of apartheid in the general South African Society. His position challenged the Status Quo to the extent that it brought it down.

Long Term his vision was right and He liberated his people and his country. Both Blacks and Whites… Short term he suffered some more.

The outside world recoiled against South Africa, while local business leaders and young whites pushed for change domestically, along with the blacks and coloured folks.

Nelson challenged all current assumptions about Life in isolation and Leadership by living like a caged Lion. His personal suffering and hardship molded his philosophy and made Mandela not only the best President for South Africa, but the kind of Leader that any country would love to have.

Nelson stood out among prisoners and guards, as a man of principle and dignity. Nelson stood out always willing to sacrifice his life for his beliefs and principled philosophy, and despite the harsh prison life, Nelson mustered enough energy from his meagre food and his abundant soul reserves, to challenge his jailers, society, and even his prison wardens and political enemy-keepers. Nelson was unwilling to accept the status quo and his presence in isolation on Robben Island, one of the harshest prisons in the world — held a mirror up to the face of apartheid’s leaders and their inhumanity.

Finally they all saw how naked the South African Apartheid leaders were…

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Through word, deed and symbol, Nelson continuously challenged the apartheid system and South Africa’s autocratic President Botha that denied him and his people the Right to the pursuit of Liberty, Happiness, and Democracy.

And the fight wore on … with more than three hundred people being viciously killed in South Africa each and every night. Civil War in earnest ensued…

Eventually, President Botha’s successor in South Africa, F.W. de Klerk was pressed so much, that he liberated Nelson, opened the process for the dismantling of Apartheid, and called for open & democratic elections of One-Man-One-Vote, and in 1994, Nelson Mandela freshly out of prison, became the President of South Africa.

The Civil War subsided immediately when Nelson Mandela came out of prison and spoke of Reconciliation. Such was the Power of the Leader Man. All voices started to synchronize and harmonize for the Good of the Country. And the South African transition to Democracy and Emancipation took place rapidly. All this much CHANGE took place in a very rare, peaceful and orderly transition from white minority to black-majority rule.

Rightfully today, Nelson Mandela is credited in History for bringing about this monumental change in a civilized manner, and thus President Mandela and ex-President De Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”

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Fvckin A — That is the kind of Leader I want.

As American Citizens, we deserve far better than that.

As patriots we best demand higher quality leadership.

And as educated leaders it falls upon us to provide that for the people…

I want a Leader who can interpret the patterns and recognize where we ought to go and then convince us tellingly of the Righteousness of his Decision.

I want a Nelson Mandela today in America because as a leader, he studied the errors of other Leaders and avoided them.

Nelson in jail was always studying. Mandela as President was always seeking to learn and to grow through Change.

We know that he adhored the horrors of Robert Mugabe in neighbouring Zimbabwe, whose brutal dictatorship resulted in the country’s total demise.

Nelson recognized that South Africa could follow in Zimbabwe’s footsteps, unless he practiced racial harmony, economic liberation, and offered employment to the people. And thus Mandela as President, went out of his way in order to practice and preach forgiving without forgetting, and the wide sharing of power amongst all constituencies, in order to get SA into the path of Economic Development, Prosperity, and Progress.

He often said: “We have to surprise the white minority with reconciliation, restraints, and generosity.” A master of story telling and symbolism, President-Elect Mandela invited his prison guards to the South African Presidential swearing-in ceremony.

How cool is that…

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Nelson Mandela’s interpretation of history was and still is spot on. South Africa could prosper as a multi-racial society only if leaders mutually forgave each other. Together as Brothers we prosper or we perish separate as fools…

He decided what was the proper course… and carried forth.

Mandela was a Peacemaker. As proof we see that in 1993, a white racist man assassinated Chris Hani, a black leader of the South African Communist Party, triggering a widespread demonstration against the apartheid de Klerk government. All hell broke loose… The SA society fractured irreparably. Yet one voice stood firm and it was Nelson Mandela, recently out of prison, who had the guts to call for peace when people wanted and extracted bloody revenge.

His reasonable voice carried the day.

He also made a courageous decision to use sports as a means of healing, believing, “Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” When the ban was lifted on South Africa’s participation in the 1992 Olympics, Mandela at first opposed but ultimately decided to support the mostly white athletes. “There is no doubt in my mind this is the correct decision,” Mandela said. Of the 95-person delegation, only eight were black. “I would have liked the team to be a reflection of our population, but there has to be a starting point.”

He aligned with True North and stuck to his Compass bearings.

After being elected South Africa’s first black president, Mandela announced he would serve only one term, though two were permissible. He understood rallying the country and bridging diverse interests meant making room for other Leaders to emerge. He said that Black supremacy was as depraved an idea as white supremacy was, and as evil as Apartheid. In his view Mandela wanted to cultivate other leaders of South Africa regardless of colour of their skin, and free from the Apartheid burden, or the chip-on-the-shoulder, so that the Future of South Africa doesn’t look anything like the past.

Mandela knew that over a billion people would watch his inaugural presidential address and used this speech peppered with key plural pronouns “we”, “us”, and “our” in order to align a deeply divided nation around a common vision: “We understand that there is no easy road to freedom, yet none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.”

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Mandela learned from the field how and why He had to lead…

And He started from the WHY.

He learned from the prison he had to live into, for 28 years…

He learned from his circumstances…

He had to learn fast and slow, because Nelson Mandela faced some over-big questions during and after his release from prison.

Namely: What to do with the faltering economy of a country shattered through economic sanctions and apartheid divisions.

When he rose to Power, Mandela faced a South Africa that was a bankrupt nation and the economy was abut where the economy of Zimbabwe is today after the corrupt rule of many decades.

What to do about it was the first and foremost of Nelson Mandela’s tests as a True Leader of the nation.

What do you think that he did?

He understood that was not the Right Question.

He clearly saw Strategically that the important question was to unite his people.

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And much like in the book and the film “Invictus” Mandela sought to harmonize his warring tribes amongst the black and white constituencies, and all the shades of colour in between; through the elements of basic all inclusive leadership, and community building as a Citizen Participatory Strategy.

This was his first order of Business and rightfully so. He performed a Brilliant Strategic Triage.

The Economy was screaming for help but he took his time to address that priority. almost took care of itself once the country was healed of the rift and divisions that caused the irreparable cleavage we see today in the American Society amongst the Black Lives Matter activists and the Police today. The former want to “Fvck the Police” and the later want to reciprocate with force. What can you say about this sexual attraction gone wrong. And they do this “Force Fvckin” in earnest, often killing unarmed and innocent activists and civilians in the process.

Just try to imagine the chaos and the strife of the civil war unfolding as Mandela was released from jail and was tasked with curing Race Relations and keeping the vast country together by quieting down the division voices, and appeasing the most militant elements tearing the country apart for their own selfish needs and wants.

Yet Mandela proved to be a strong Uniter and managed to set the example of his own patient Life to overcome. Most all of the people of South Africa accepted his benchmark, and quieted down.

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But that was not to be when He became the President and had to be the Arbiter of the most important decisions about the Life and Death of South Africa as a nation of people living together and coexisting with, different colours of the skin as normal folk. He encountered a lot of push back because for most of his life, Mandela was a socialist and even a Marxist. He was suspicious of free markets and private ownership, given the abuses he witnessed. He famously said at one point that: “The nationalization of the mines, banks and monopoly industries, is the policy of the ANC [African National Congress], and a change, or modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable.”

But then he educated himself when he came to learn first hand, what decades of socialism had done to the various states of the former Soviet Union. The Socialist economic policies had collapsed these Countries’ Economies into the ground. It was then that Nelson Mandela was schooled about Real Economics and his thinking took a sharp turn when he met leaders of the Communist Parties of China and Vietnam who were striving to privatize state enterprises. “They changed my views altogether” Mandela told a biographer, and that proves the mettle of the man who at 73 was flexible enough to pivot and change his whole World view.

And by publicly admitting his prior error and his change of heart; He managed to carry all of his colleagues to the new Equilibrium and got the country driving to the True North of Economic Growth, Employment, and Common Progress.

Mandela exemplifies how a strategic leader adjusts strategy and execution amid complex social, political, legal and economic forces without compromising deeply held values. Leadership is not just about motivating people and creating political support for a strategy, but also about maintaining broad support through successive adjustments to the plan.

Nelson worked at the grassroots level and gained his chops as an activist for the greater Good of the People.

Mandela when He became the President of the country never once forgot the grassroots that brought him to power…

And that is the kind of Leader I want to have as a President.

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And now let’s shift and take our gaze to look way out West, and across the Atlantic, and veer North, to North America, and square our sights to the United States of America, in order to look at the leadership phenomenon called “The Donald”

“The Tramp.”

What’s to say about “The Donald” that hasn’t been said already?

Except maybe that we like him so deliciously much. Like Bacon and eggs for a full English breakfast. Like cookies and chocolate chips for an ice-cream. Like fries and ketchup…

I can’t even think of American elections now without “The Donald” trashing everybody. He reminds me of Mike Tyson in the ring. With weird drug induced and prison certified skull tats and all. And biting off his opponents ears too…

With enough Self Deception, and a healthy dose of Suspension of Disbelief — Who doesn’t like Donald Trump?

Donald the Tramp?

Come on now…

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Of course we may say we dislike his flyover hair; we may challenge his hate for the Mexicans and all the Latin people; we may disapprove of his self-promotion; we may be bothered by his Misogyny, we may even hate his disdain for facts; or his careless trashing of women and especially the LGBT ones; and yet still we smile at his unapologetic persona.

Because He is so likable; everything is forgiven. Everything goes with the Tramp, since some of his shenanigans, are the very same Sports and Entertainment leaders use in order to become famous, to be liked and to succeed. And the entertainment value here is immense.

There is no logic in this — so don’t look for it — it’s pure animal, primal scream, and Gorilla chest thumping. And Big Booty shaking like Kim Kardashian’s immense posterior, is what the Big Hair of Donald-The-Tramp declares for America. It’s a statement about where our brain resides also but that’s another topic; and yet I wish to address this topic, because it’s vitally important to the electorate, to the American Nation, to the Economy, to Business, and to all the other Leaders out there.

And because it is far more important for individuals who want to thrive in today’s intensely competitive working world, as Innovators, as CEOs, as StartUp founders, and as Political and Environmental Leaders.

And here is where the careful observation of the Nature of today’s political Leaders in America and beyond, is really important. Especially the observation of the ones who transcended the fulcrum of Corporate and Business Leadership to the Body-Politic. And “The Donald” has done that better than anybody else. And his Service to us is thus deemed invaluable. Today “The Donald” leads the Republican pack of Minnie-Me baby wolfs, like the Big Bad Wolf of the bedtime story book for children. And for that memory alone — I like him too.

He gets to play the Big Bad Wolf in real time and in Real Life. And he’s got the Big Hair to match the Bad boy role too. If only he had the big female rump … he could easily thwart Hillary too.

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Ahhhhhh … the Donald.

What’s not to like?

And in this big bad Tramp, the unapologetic Wolfman, is where we find the enormous disconnect — the cleavage between the Academic leadership lessons offered in the best University MBA courses, and in all other school learnings, and the various expensive prescriptions regularly offered to Companies and all Corporate Leaders in gold plated and mightily expensive Seminars on Leadership, and all the other drivel offered to an unsuspecting public, by the enormous leadership cookie cutter industry — and what social science and everyday observation of Leadership suggest.

The rift in our fabric of Reality is what is called “The Donald.” The suspension of disbelief. The disconnect between the presentation of our Aspirational Leadership, and the feeling We want an “Animal-like-us” Inspirational Leader. These are two vastly different things. And as the Political process of Democracy becomes more like Sports and Entertainment, we find that the old style politicos like the Clintons, the Obamas, and the Sanders, are so outmoded and outmaneuvered by this new breed of “Gladiators” in the Arena — that they don’t even have a chance to compete in today televised debates.

It is certain that in this New Age of Politics where rich Sportsmen will compete in front of FOX TV mediators, and bloviators, for the most blowhard podium seats, and then for the ultimate Supremacy in a Cage-Fight elimination match, for the selection of the Supreme Ayatollah of America.

I don’t think this is something Hillary is even able to comprehend, let alone be able to participate into.

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And as we all Love Sports and Competition, with full-on animal instincts in it; we also love the Entertainment qualities built in it. That is why “The Tramp” will be the next President, and we’ll all live in the FOX TV world from now, on observing Democracy as a Spectator Sport and acting like simple riotous factions in the Colosseum of the Gladiatorial Fights.

Occasionally some Christians, Muslims, Mexicans, and Lions, will be thrown in the arena for variations of the sport — but that’s just entertainment, so please don’t make a fuss. If “The Donald” the Supreme Ayatollah of the Republican party says so — who we are to mind?

Cecil the Lion, is the first martyr in this mega-sports arena our Living room mega-television sets have transformed our American households already. Thank You Fox. Or maybe Thank You Obama, as “The Tramp” always says…

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And Donald “The Tramp” like all Sports and TV personalities, carefully chooses to come across as the Bad-Boy minus the prison tats of Mike Tyson. Here is where You can imagine Mike Tyson running for President and cringe appropriately…

So for starters, today we can all truly agree that Tramp style Leadership, is the best path to individual success in America. And if you are a big swinging dick like “The Donald” scratching your balls and spitting frequently at your opponents in public — like all the mega-million dollar players do, at the ball Game; you’ll be golden.

And if the average Baseball player makes above $5 Million per year today in America, why is anybody crying foul about XL CEO compensation?

And don’t let me get started about the inordinate amounts of money all the Movie Sissies make in Hollywood playing tough Cowboy men like John Wayne; while being secretly closeted gays, and wimps. Your righteous indignation right here and right now — is welcome…

So as Life becomes more and more entertaining, and we become vicarious actors and TV sports “killers” we have to admit that for the most part, real-world success comes from behaviors that are precisely the opposite of the typical school-Marm teachings, the book author’s suggestions, the Harvard MBA article writers, and the academic world leadership prescriptions.

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The daft dentist who is now dubbed “The Killer” of Cecil the Magnificent Lion — is now fixing “The Donald” teeth in exchange for his legal bills to Zimbabwe paid by the Trump organization in charitable tax exempt contributions…

Go Figure.

In the FOX TV world we live in now, You need to be an Asshole to be that kind of Leader. And maybe you can be a Bad Ass for making it in this TV land — but you can never be a Babe in the Woods. That’s all You need to know in order to get close to even be considered for the line up of the FOX TV elimination cage fighting competition, for the Republican nomination and for the US elections of 2016.

With that thinking — Good Luck to all of us…

Simple Truth is that You don’t even need the fly-over Donald-hair that looks surprisingly close to the hair-mane of Cecil the Lion — King of the Savannah — to be a leader and to win today in the US. No You don’t need the angry facade against the Mexicans to win the popular vote and the US Leadership contest either. No, you don’t have to be angry and to play up to the angry mob, to the white trash, and to the disaffected voters; in order to become the leader of dwarfs, and win the GOP nomination, the general election, or even to attempt to explain the Trump phenomenon.

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You don’t even have to go to the US Border to talk to the border guards to find out about the “Mexican Problem” as Trump famously says that he does frequently, in order to intercept criminals and rapists and other undesirables, that cross the border on the insistence and directive of the Mexican government…

Yet “The Donald” is the Tramp we like, because he not only says these things, but he probably believes them, even if he hasn’t gone near the US-Mexican border ever, in his pampered life. And as for knowing what the real Mexicans look like — forget it.

Donald Trump learned his leadership skills from the silver spoon up his ass. Or maybe from the whole set of silverware up his not insignificant A-hole.

As for his listening to the people — He does. He listens to his coattails. He hears the harping of the losers and the sycophants surrounding him. He occasionally hears the murmurs of the beauty contestants , who sing at his tiny “microphone” or the bimbos he frequently beds, and the super bimbos he often marries.

A poor imitation of Hugh Hefner, is what “The Tramp” is because he doesn’t even have the Playboy mansion to play in it. And because of that perceived “Deficit” He causes all that fuss with Elections and Democratic BS that he doesn’t believe in — just because he wants to get the White House, and turn to it into “The Whorehouse.”

He is a Real Estate Developer after all, so we have to forgive him for wanting to turn the old tired building — symbol of Executive Power in the Democratic World, into a play thing full of bimbos and naked pool parties.

Wait — wait … Isn’t that what a legendary ex-President did?

Truly History repeats itself, except the second time around comes back as a flash back or a farce. In this case we will have the whole Farcical Comedy televised on FOX-TV …

Gotta Love this Country.

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Yet with his fake bravado, “The Tramp” actually embodies many of the leadership qualities that cause people to succeed and be perceived as Great Leaders — even though they aren’t, and instead they are pretty much the opposite of what leadership experts tout their horn at…

Here are a few glaring examples:

“The Tramp” holds the most televised Beauty pageants of bimbos around the world, and they all have his stamp on it. Think Monica Lewinsky’s big blue dress stain, kind of stamp. Donald Trump puts his name on everything, including debutantes dresses and underwear, his buildings, his casinos, his plane, and always touts his success at every opportunity.
He is a New Yorker and yet he eats his pizza with a fork and a knife. How daft is that… And he is always mostly lying about the size of his fortune, the size of his penis, the number of his conquests, the strength of his relationships, the power of his weenie, and the essence of his involvement, in the strength of his deals.

Because let’s not forget that after all “The Donald” has teams of people working hard for his enterprises — people that never get credit for any of his stuff, but yet they get fired unceremoniously before they earn their pension and dental insurance rights. But that is his management style and their common call to sort out their lot amongst themselves…

Yet for the rest of us, this is clearly a commonplace behavior that our Stars exhibit and it clearly contradicts the common-sense belief that we prefer people who don’t self-promote, as it proves the Self Deception we are all engaged into about Leadership. Of course nobody exhibits more of that Self Deception about Leadership than Donald Trump and the valued business research and Management Gurus like Peter Drucker, and many best-selling authors like Jim Collins, who wrote and published the book “Good to Great” and plenty of others. Peter Drucker is referenced as the Grandfather of Management Leadership Theory, and Jim Collins is noted because in the book “Good to Great” he wrote, that the most successful companies were run by so-called “Level 5 leaders,” who had fierce resolve, but were modest and self-effacing.

Really?

WTF?

What gives?

Suspension of Disbelief with plenty of Self Deception, and a dose of Leadership Malarkey, are running amok amongst the Great and the Good…

And am saying this because numerous studies, and all of our Real Life Observation Experience; all show that narcissism, not modesty, and self-confident, even overconfident self-presentation, always lead to leadership roles.

Nero anyone?

This is partly because to be selected, you first need to be noticed. There is also the “mere exposure” effect. We prefer what feels familiar to us, and after endless repetitions of the name “Trump,” it certainly feels familiar.

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And even though we say we want people who don’t self-aggrandize, we secretly like the confident, overbearing people because they provide us with confidence. Their Emotions are contagious, and they also present themselves like winners. We all want to associate with success, and Big Booty; so we always pick those who seemingly know what they are doing while shaking it all up.

Donald “The Tramp” takes immense liberties with the facts, with People, with Reality, and with himself, and his subordinates, and the debuttantes in his beauty pageants. Not necessarily in that order…

And yes he learned all he knows in kindergarten — but No, he didn’t write the best-selling business book of all time, as he claims often. I’ve read the Art of the Deal and it sucks. No, it doesn’t blow, but it served me well as kindling in the fire place on a chilly night.

And some aspects of Tramp’s business acumen and success are clearly exaggerated—after all, all the Trump-named casinos in Atlantic City went into bankruptcy. And so did many of his other erstwhile enterprises. And all this is a matter of Record — No matter his phaux-bravado and much touted business acumen, and the incessant firing of everyone who works for him…

Then again — telling the truth is an overrated quality for leaders. Leaders lie with more frequency and skill than others. Billary anyone? The Lewinsky blowjob reference in the Wikipedia sits under Bill Clinton’s famous televised address to the nation, with Hillary by his side: “I did not have sex with that woman” …

The “Blue Dress” was instantly labeled a bloody liar.

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Still it’s good to remember that some of the most revered and wealthiest people in the US today, have mastered the skill of presenting a less than truthful version of reality than commonly known. And although they are Business leaders, they are leaders none the less…

Further many a blue dress, or a blue suit, or even a hybrid pantsuit, have been mistaken as Leaders, and promoted above reasonable folk, when large stodgy organizations promote incompetent fools continuously all the way to the top posts, just in order to get them out of the way so they stop causing harm. And it follows that when they become the CEO, or the President, or the Big Cheese, or whatever, at the Top Dog shelf. These organizations of course suffer mightily. Can anyone dispute Steve Balmer as a top dog that can’t hunt?  And one that destroys far more equity value in the company he helmed than even Chenghis Chan ever did?  Surely these corks float to the top but soon enough they of course sink the whole boat. That should be a Harvard Business School “case” because it’s a good recipe on how You can turn your venerable old company into a veritable Titanic…

But in the Real World of successful Business and Enterprise, where people have to make money to survive, and to lead companies of Innovation and Growth, the Leaders have to improvise widely and often.

Take Larry Ellison, and Bill Gates, for example, who like many people working in software, presented and even sold “Vapourware” all the time. Vapourware is the stuff that doesn’t even exist… “Vapourware” is Software that was not developed at the time that was sold.

And of course if there is a purchase order signed, and a Sale made for vapourware, then in a little while it gets written, sloppily built, code delivered, and then debugged by the customers themselves. This method of pre-selling software is like “The Trump” selling condominiums in his towers before they were built. Selling buildings from the blueprints is a good fundraising operation. Trump is not alone doing this, because most Big Developers practice the “Art of Preselling” and thus collect money that will be their “cash participation” in the Deal, in order to gain the financing necessary to built the building. That is the Real Art of the Deal, according to Trump: Short the Future, and Go Long on other people’s money…

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Still Larry Ellison, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, always competed with each other and out-exaggerated each other’s claims about the availability and the features of their software and hardware products, in order to woo the market.

That competition still informs the Computer industry of today with people crowdfunding “Vapourware” products, in Kickstarter and IndieGogo campaigns all the time. After funding, they go shopping… for cars, boats, broads, and planes.

And then there’s Steve Jobs legendary ability to impress his Vision of the Future, as Reality today. The phrase “reality distortion field” says a lot about Jobs’ fabulous ability to make things that weren’t true become true through his assertions of their truthfulness, a widely known process called the self-fulfilling prophecy.

And for political Leadership today, it’s not just Trump who makes things up all the time. All of the Republican and Democratic candidates are doing this. Except maybe Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren…

Forget Hillary Clinton who doesn’t know Reality from Fiction, due to her incessant lying. She makes normal feminine fibbing and lying an Art Form. She should write the book about Lies and Power, so the rest of us can learn something about it too. Admittedly she had to lie to herself a lot, just to put up with Billie; but that’s another matter…

The question is: Do we want to lie to ourselves about Hillary?
Or do we want to follow Hillary’s lies to our eventual undoing?

Take Carly Fiorina for example, who exemplifies another trait among the most successful women leaders — not admitting to setbacks and presenting a positive spin on every aspect of one’s career. Watching her you wouldn’t know that she was forced out of her job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She was the CEO who presided over HP’s acquisition of Compaq, thereby cementing the company’s leadership position in a dying, low-margin business that is now being spun off; and orchestrated the layoffs of tens of thousands of employees.

Carly is famous for buying the best seats in the deck of the Titanic, as the boat was listing, in order to take in the orchestral music in style…

But today is lauded as one of the best women leaders out there. And what of Gloria Steinem who is a real Female Leader? Nobody promotes Gloria for the Presidency…

Yet for Carly everyone is gang-ho. Are her liberties with the truth, that make her great, or she is a mere blue dress female who had a pass at the helm? But Hilary is of far greater concern for all Americans, because she is a Master of the PR game, and knows to stay “On Message” always, hoping that these false accounts, if repeated often enough — they become tokens of the Truth. And with her constant fibbing, she causes more harm to herself because in any event, leaders will get enough criticism and second-guessing, without doing it to themselves.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s recent call for servant leaders is well intentioned. But sounds hollow if you have seen his home, or heard his berating colleagues as idiots, and him enjoying the fruits of his office as one of the highest compensated CEOs out there. Admittedly this is not a problem for me, at a time when CEO salaries have soared to more than 300 times that of their companies’ average employees, because there’s not too much servant leadership going on anywhere and certainly not in Starbucks to speak of either.

Why is there such a disconnect between prescriptions for what people should do and what really produces career success? Sociobiology and social psychology have recognized for decades that what is good for the individual is not necessarily what is good for the group, and vice versa. Group and individual success are not highly related. Case in point: Carly Fiorina left HP with an enormous severance package when she was ousted, but the company’s stock price didn’t flourish, instead it tanked. Nor the fate of the Company improved, as evidenced by the many thousands of employees laid off by her, and by her successors.

Much like Nero she burned up the city of Rome while she composed poetry from the palatine hill overlooking the inferno…

Another piece of the puzzle of most leadership myths is that all the Leader-Hero stories, talks, seminars, conferences, articles, books, and blogs, describe aspirational qualities we wish our leaders possessed — but WE do not see these as germane to our own responsibility in choosing the MANDELA types as leaders and not the TRAMP types.

So we tell stories about unique, heroic, unusual people, and situations — not quite realizing that the very uniqueness probably makes such tales, even if they are true, a poor guide for coping with the world as it exists.

But here in America, this is all about motivating kids to play ball harder and become someday the Star of some game. Be it hockey, basketball, baseball, or the movies, it’s all because America is a star-based system. We worship this rampant individualism, with exemplary Stars sporting their large swinging dicks, or enormous derrieres for the ladies of Sport and the Movies…

And I’m in peace with that system even though I am a star because I found the Wi-Fi thing, and not because I founded the Environmental Parliament.

So okay, let’s all go on with it.

Anyways, I don’t sell kids on the planet — I sell them on being a Star for the Environment.

And I still do my humble job everyday that doesn’t  make me a Star, as a Medicine, Technology and Communications Innovator, and in all the areas where we invent the Future.

And there is so much more we need to do — but then we go out and vote for fvcking Donald Trump.

Kudos fellow primates…

Yours,
Dr Pano

PS:

Do you even want my own political recommendations?

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If so… first You need to understand the social science that speaks to the qualities that make people successful, at least by some of today’s American Star definitions.

Second you need to understand the economic growth and the basic reproduction penalties, particularly for men, from being too nice. Understand the research that shows that lying in everyday life is both common and mostly not sanctioned. Recognize and see the evidence that narcissistic leaders in Silicon Valley and in Wall Street — same as in Congress and in the Senate, earn more money and remain longer in their CEO roles, or in their offices than their nicer counterparts.

And third, we should take a hard look at our own behavior, because we need to see how we are complicit in producing leaders of precisely the type we say that we don’t want.

Yet in my mind, it is only when we stop making excuses for what is called “toxic leadership” that things will start changing.

Because only when we do this Donald Trump will increasingly start appearing in our mind’s eye as the Tramp, that he really is, and we will wake up from the FOX-TV induced sports candidate comma and smell both the coffee and the morning shit.

And please keep in mind that the only way to change the world is by first understanding how it really works. That is why we are writing and You are reading all of this…

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In the meantime, my prediction is that Donald-the-Tramp is going to dominate the polls and the nomination contest a lot longer than most people expect because he is the only Star in the pitch-black night sky of the Republican party. Everyone else s just a wuss…

And he just might become the next President of these United States. Because it is here that Sports reigns supreme. So if “Donald-The-Tramp” is what we deserve that is what we are gonna get.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because he has many of the leadership characteristics we say we abhor even as we love them and we reward them widely in our Sports and Entertainment Freudian complex.

And since there is no better REWARD in our living system than giving our leaders our Democratic Vote — let’s heap it on them like we throw money to the swaggering Sports personalities and the various Kim Kardashian wannabes.

Big Booty Politics is next.

Yet for now, let’s chill.

Now… watch this:

http://www.facebook.com/itainteasybeingmeme/videos/vb.322159631297171/456787194501080/?type=2&theater

Let’s all chill out, and remember that when Elections roll around next time; we will be the ones to decide if we want a man like Donald-the-Tramp, or a man like Nelson Mandela to lead us forth.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 9, 2015

Clean Power Economics Work

History shows that Obama’s clean power plan can work Economically and there is really no reason Why the Clean Power Plan won’t work.

That is except for political intransigence.

By the mid-1980s, we saw a growing environmental threat to North America’s area forests and natural ecosystem beauty because more and more trees were dying from acid rain, a form of pollution caused by sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that were spewing from coal-fired power plants in America.

A decade or so later, the trees had stopped dying.

An environmental disaster had been averted.

What had happened?

The answer was that the administration of President George H.W. Bush, working hand in glove with the Environmental Defense Fund, devised a market-based plan, now known as cap-and-trade, to reduce sulfur-dioxide emissions. Congress passed it in 1990. The brilliance of the scheme is that while it set emissions targets, it did not tell power companies how to meet those targets, allowing them a great deal of flexibility. It also provided a financial incentive: Companies that cut their pollution beyond their caps could trade their leftover emission allowances to companies that were having trouble staying under the limit.

Industry officials and many state officials complained bitterly about the new system, saying it would be costly and tie companies up in regulatory knots. But that’s not what happened. “Industry had incentive to innovate,” recalls Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund. Today, average levels of sulfur-dioxide pollution are 76 percent lower than they were in 1990.

The cost has been far less than the critics feared.

We’ve done the same with PCBs, and more recently with CFCs the chlorofluorocarbons widely used for cooling our engines, refrigeration, for our AC systems, and for aerosol propellants, as with other highly polluting chemicals, that shattered the atmosphere and caused the Ozone hole, and many more damages in our Earth’s protective atmospheric Ecosystems.

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For nearly a billion years, ozone molecules in the atmosphere have protected life on Earth from the effects of ultraviolet rays. The ozone layer resides in the stratosphere and surrounds the entire Earth. UV-B radiation (280- to 315- nanometer (nm) wavelength) from the Sun is partially absorbed in this layer. As a result, the amount of UV-B reaching Earth’s surface is greatly reduced. UV-A (315- to 400-nm wavelength) and other solar radiation are not strongly absorbed by the ozone layer. Human exposure to UV-B increases the risk of skin cancer, cataracts, and a suppressed immune system. UV-B exposure can also damage terrestrial plant life, single cell organisms, and aquatic ecosystems.

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However in the past 60 years or so human activity has contributed to the deterioration of the ozone layer.

In 1984 British Antarctic Survey scientists, Joesph Farman , Brian Gardiner, and Jonathan Shanklin, discovered a recurring springtime Antarctic ozone hole . Their paper was published in Nature , May 1985, the study summarized data that had been collected by the British Antarctic Survey showing that ozone levels had dropped to 10% below normal January levels for Antarctica.

The ozone “hole” is really a reduction in concentrations of ozone high above the earth in the stratosphere. The ozone hole is defined geographically as the area wherein the total ozone amount is less than 220 Dobson Units. The ozone hole has steadily grown in size (up to 27 million sq. km.) and length of existence (from August through early December) over the past two decades.

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After a series of rigorous meetings and negotiations, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was finally agreed upon on 16 september 1987 at the Headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.

The Montreal Protocol stipulates that the production and consumption of compounds that deplete ozone in the stratosphere–chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform–are to be phased out by 2000 (2005 for methyl chloroform). Scientific theory and evidence suggest that, once emitted to the atmosphere, these compounds could significantly deplete the stratospheric ozone layer that shields the planet from damaging UV-B radiation.

Man-made chlorines, primarily chloroflourobcarbons (CFCs), contribute to the thinning of the ozone layer and allow larger quantities of harmful ultraviolet rays to reach the earth.

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On Monday afternoon, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, formalizing some tough new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that are aimed at reducing the carbon emitted by power companies. There is no bigger source of carbon pollution; the goal is that by 2030, carbon emissions will be reduced by 32 percent from their 2005 level. In the fight against climate change, nothing is more important.

Once again, opponents are up in arms, forecasting calamity for the utility industry if the rules are allowed to stand, with at least a dozen states planning to sue the EPA. The attorney general of West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey, has said the regulations would lead to “reduced jobs, higher electricity rates” and increased stress on the power grid. Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant, described the EPA plan as “burdensome.”

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And then there’s Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, whose state, Kentucky, is in the heart of coal country. He has openly called on states to defy the EPA. On Monday, he described the new rules as “a triumph of blind ideology over sound policy and honest compassion.”

But just as with the acid-rain controversy, the opponents of the new emission-reduction rules have it exactly backward. The EPA rules have a far greater chance of creating jobs, being less burdensome and epitomizing sound public policy than the opposite.

The single most important fact about the new regulations is that they don’t tell utilities how to get their emissions down. Instead, they allow the states flexibility to figure out how to lower their own emissions. Some may choose a cap-and-trade system — as California and nine states in the Northeast have already done to great effect. (In California, for instance, carbon intensity — the amount of carbon pollution per million dollars of gross domestic product — is down 23 percent from 2001, while its GDP has grown.) They can stress energy efficiency or renewable energy. They can offer incentives to push innovations that would make carbon capture more affordable, which would allow for the continued use of coal, still America’s most plentiful energy source. Or they can do all of the above. Since many of these things are already happening, the new government policy is really just giving industry an extra shove in the right direction.

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In his 2010 book, “The Climate War,” Eric Pooley, the former managing editor of Fortune who has since become the Environmental Defense Fund’s communication chief, notes that the whole time officials at the fund were working on cap-and-trade to solve the acid rain problem, climate change was never far from their thoughts.

They wanted to prove, with sulfur-dioxide emissions, that a flexible, market-based system worked — and would work for carbon emissions as well.

It did.

And it will.

Rest Assured…

Basic Economics still works well.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Tomorrow we have to address the same issue for Policy to reduce Atmospheric Carbon and CO2 from all facets of Life…

Rest Assured the Environmental Parliament is working at it…

But we need your help too.

Care to sign up?

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 8, 2015

Race Relations in the United States

This is another post set to Educate and Inform about the difficult subjects that are deemed too Political to touch upon lightly.

And for all of us in the United States — Racism is a daily experience, no matter the colour of your skin.

Examples abound in our daily life…

Racism is abundantly evident when people ask you where you are from.

Racism is clearly present when your friends cannot say the word “Nigger” unless they belong to a certain racial group.

Racism is obvious when people see you dating a person of a different colour and they eyeball you for trouble.

Race is when the Cops are acting all up, when they see a coloured person in a hoodie.

Race is a means of separating People and denying Social Justice to those deemed inferior…

Racism is present and visible even in the most progressive places like Seattle and San Francisco.

And yet in those places the subtlety of the subject of race brings up something more virulent because it is a worse form of Racism…

There is Race Baiting in Seattle and beyond. There is race baiting in the Media. There is race baiting in the midst of our communities that struggle to define whose life matters.

Race Baiting is a heinous form of Racism. Mainly because it is so subtle and difficult to discern.

Race baiting is a bit of educated evil in so far that we cannot even “smell” it, or discern the limits of it, nor we can easily defend against it

Much like an iceberg — we can maybe see the small tip of it.

Race baiting is deeper than most of us think…

As an example: Race baiting is what the unapologetic young Germans of today scoff towards blacks, jews, gypsies, invalids, homosexuals, and all others, that their parents killed, maimed, harmed, and attempted to eradicate via genocide…

Forgetting and attempting to erase the past, and shed your own responsibility, and the resultant privilege, as if the never happened — is race baiting.

But race baiting is also the inequality we perceive as a given.

Race baiting is the swelling prison population.

Race baiting is the abject poverty of whites and blacks and latinos alike.

Race baiting is the dangling of the carrot — the American Dream — in front of the huffing mice running the treadmill of Life till they drop dead from exhaustion in the richest country the world over…

Race Baiting is the lack of Social Justice towards all races and in the war on drugs that is actually a war on People.

And yet we fail to see it.

We still don’t get it especially now.

Now, in the time that we are all eager to have Social Justice.

Now that we are all eager to see Social Equality.

Now in the time that we are all recognizing that “there are bigger fish to fry” out there.

Now that it becomes imperative for all of us to work as brothers and sisters to achieve anything of note…

Still we are stumped through Race Baiting.

MLK said that we’ll either work together and survive or we are gonna stay apart and perish like fools…

Today this becomes clearer by the minute…

Still… we don’t get it.

We wrote an article here at the BEB about the virulent racism of the Texas police and the murderous fate of Sandra Bland — and there were people who attacked me for Race Baiting in this Forum…

How daft some fools can be, is beyond comprehension…

And here we aim to educate and for this we have harvested a video from the web that is done by Mathew Cooke, and it literally spells out the issue of Race Baiting in it’s most fundamental elements.

History, Poverty, and Social Justice are at the centre of it all…

Have a look and let me know what You think:

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Yours,
Pano

PS:
Mathew is a friend and a good Story Teller worthy of your time.

Have a look and listen with your eyes closed…

And here are some books to accompany your education here, as recommended by Mathew in this video:

“THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES” by Howard Zinn and “THE NEW JIM CROW” by Michelle Alexander.

It takes little effort to Change and that is the Growth we all need, because without change we are dead.

As for me, am always reminded that the world is our garden from which we remove the weeds of doubt & fear, and we replace them with fresh seeds of hope.

Let’s keep on gardening…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 8, 2015

Modern Art

Divine Connection

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Classic to Modern in a flash

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 8, 2015

Quantum Entanglement Today

This Quantum Entanglement research could have applications in finance, health care, communications, and just about everything else…

A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected to each other and act in unison no matter how far apart they are — a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement.

Led by UCLA researchers, this new method of quantum entanglement vastly increases how much information can be carried in a photon and at a distance, instantenouesly, at speeds greater than the speed of Light…

Literally, “Beam Me Up.”

In previous studies, photons have typically been entangled by one dimension of their quantum properties — usually the direction of their polarization.

In the new study, researchers demonstrated that they could slice up and entangle each photon pair into multiple dimensions using quantum properties such as the photons’ energy and spin. This method, called hyperentanglement, allows each photon pair to carry much more data than was possible with previous methods.

Quantum entanglement could allow users to send data through a network and know immediately whether that data had made it to its destination without being intercepted or altered. With hyperentanglement, users could send much denser packets of information using the same networks.

The research, published today in Nature Photonics, was led by Zhenda Xie, a research scientist in the lab of Chee Wei Wong, a UCLA associate professor of electrical engineering who was the research project’s principal investigator. Researchers from MIT, Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology were also part of the team.

Albert Einstein famously described quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance” because it seems so improbable that what happens to one particle in an entangled pair also happens instantly to the other particle, even over great distances. The phenomenon exceeds the speed of light.

In the new study, researchers sent hyperentangled photons in a shape known as a biphoton frequency comb, essentially breaking up entangled photons into smaller parts.

In secure data transfer, photons sent over fiber optic networks can be encrypted through entanglement. With each dimension of entanglement, the amount of information carried on a photon pair is doubled, so a photon pair entangled by five dimensions can carry 32 times as much data as a pair entangled by only one. The result greatly extends from wavelength multiplexing, the method for carrying many videos over a single optical fiber.

“We show that an optical frequency comb can be generated at single photon level,” Xie said. “Essentially, we’re leveraging wavelength division multiplexing concepts at the quantum level.”

Potential applications for the research include secure communication and information processing, in particular for high-capacity data transfer with minimal error. This could be useful for medical servers, government data communications, financial markets and military communication channels, as well as quantum cloud communications and distributed quantum computing.

Yours,
Dr Kroko

PS:

Now we are able to pass the connection to make this contact with the Gods — finally.

We are further fortunate to be able to verify a decades-old theoretical prediction by Einstein, that quantum entanglement can be observed as “Spooky Action at a Distance.”

A vastly Great Distance indeed…

Literally Lightyears.

With the help of state-of-the-art high-speed single photon detectors at NIST we were able to verify the high-dimensional and multi-degrees-of-freedom entanglement of photons.

These observations demonstrate a new fundamentally secure approach for dense information processing and communications at an instant and at a distance.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 5, 2015

The Fight Against Racism

This personal guide to activism in America today, is all about the battle for the hearts and minds of people in this country.

The fight against racism is a deep issue of our time.

It’s not something that we’re called on to help people of color with. But it is something that we are called to Lead on.

And if you are a Leader in any other area of your Life — here is your test to prove that you are a real Leader that matters.

We simply need to become involved with today’s Civil Rights, as if our lives depended on it because in total honesty and truth — all of our Lives depend on it.

This summer Sandra Bland is dead… as so many other young Black Americans.

The 28-year-old black activist was driving to her new job in Texas on July 10 when she was stopped by police for changing lanes without indicating. Truth: Black people have zero margin for error. This ridiculous traffic stop ended with Bland’s arrest and, two days later, what police claim was her suicide. Setting aside her controversial death, what preceded Bland’s detainment is itself an urgent human rights issue.

If you haven’t watched the video of her arrest, you should. And please don’t miss the videos of her fully alive and vibrant, speaking out against police brutality. And please keep remembering while you watch the videos of her speaking — that she’s dead because of Police Brutality and probably because she was outspoken against it.

If you haven’t watched other videos of cold blooded murder by the Police — do it now. Go see on youtube Walter Scott being shot in the back. Watch Freddie Gray having his neck broken. See the unambiguous assault and harassment by white adults and then by police officers of mere children. Children who did nothing wrong anymore than attend an end-of-school year pool party. And if you have chosen to avert your eyes because it hurts too much, I invite you to schedule a Reality night with YouTube videos of Black People’s Oppression in America through Death.

Such videos are emotionally calamitous, but crucial in helping deniers, dismissers, apathetics, and apologists; acknowledge the ugly Life experiences of black people in America today. We must become allies and interrupters of the process of Oppression.

During the Underground Railroad, a light in the window of a home signified a safe “station”. A moment’s respite from persecution and a night’s rest.

Maybe we need to turn on the Light tonight for our Brethren — the People of Colour — being persecuted in our times. Here are a few ways to put the light on the window:

1. Put a Black Lives Matter sign in your yard. Yes, it will get stolen and defaced. Get another one. Encourage neighbors to do the same. Manage interactions and model the way. Community Organizations are made up of people not organizational charts.

2. Engage with your friends and family to talk about racism, white fragility, privilege, and white supremacy. These will be uncomfortable, daunting, treacherous conversations. Will you get it right every time? No. Will people drop out of your life? Yes. But you can learn, adjust, move forward. What is important is staying in the conversation.

3. Get informed. Read “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson or “The Half that Has Never Been Told” by Edward Baptist, or “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. Get knocked with “Between The World And Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read anything by Coates for that matter. Start reading. The well is deep.

4. Talk with your children about racism, skipping the sunshiny lie of colorblindness. Include discussions of who has privilege, who doesn’t and why. Talk frankly about who you eat with, who you pray with, who you love; discuss who is and isn’t part of those intimate groups and why that is. Provide books that feature black characters and characters of color and talk about them. A few of so many greats: Please, Baby Please; Shades of Black; Amazing Grace; Black is Brown is Tan; and Tar Beach are beautiful options for the littles. Brown Girl Dreaming, One Crazy Summer, and any of the Ruby and the Booker Boys series for the middles and olders.

5. Form partnerships with people of color at your child’s school and agitate for equity. Make Meetings. Create Meetups. Create environments where people love coming to interact and grab their hearts right then and there. Share information. Energize positive emotion. An often neglected leadership behavior. “Just do your job,” doesn’t work with smart, talented people who are doing jobs that require brain power.

6. Speak up whenever you hear a comment or joke that disparages any marginalized community. Describe shared vision in the short-term and long-term. Vision gives meaning to work. Meaningful work inspires energy, commitment, and fulfillment. It’s difficult to feel excitement over things that don’t matter. Describe negative behaviors to avoid to all your friends and family and close knit groups.

7. Write op-eds and/or letters to the editor. The ever-present story of injustice and violence equals endless opportunities to take a public stance. Let the sparks fly from your fingertips and hit that send button to correct the abundant and widely-accepted use of sanitized and coded language under the pretense of fair and balanced reporting.

8. Urge your local and national organizations from Boy-scouts, to Girl-scouts, to Rotary clubs, Mason clubs, and all your local churches, in order to organize Youtube Murder nights. Get them to hold discussions, and carry bible studies on the subject, and help them bring all their energy and activism to the Black Lives Matter movement. The hard-won right to give people Freedom to Live, didn’t happen without the support of the privileged majority. Abe Lincoln wasn’t alone in this. Pressure them to pay it forward.

9. Call/write the local city officials in any of the cities where violence against black people is documented. You sure to find the ones because there are so many. Urge them toward systemic change and accountability. Provide context. Help people see how they fit in. Purpose motivates.

10. Get involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of white people who stand for black and brown lives. There are local contacts in every city, including San Diego. One guess as to whom ours is. Great results are the result of great relationships. You don’t have to choose between the two.

11. Seek out your local black-led organizations to find out what they are doing, and more importantly, what they need. Talk less, listen more. Attend rallies and protests, but don’t take the mic. Don’t co-opt the message. Follow their lead.

12. Where are we going in the next three months? Vision is the picture. Goals are the steps.
Where are we going with the distant future in mind. How does short-term vision align with long-term? What matters now?
Spend more time on the next three months than the distant future. It’s within your control. The distant future is too distant to guide an immediate decision. You need a near future to make immediate decisions.
Exemplify values.

There are many more things to do on this Black Lives matter movement as a Leader. And the easiest thing to do is to become a Civil Rights leader. And if you are any kind of Leader — this is your moment to shine.

Go ahead now and identify and reward behaviors that produce positive environments for all people of Colour and Creed. Promote discussions…

Join simple groups like the Facebook Black Lives Matter group: http://www.facebook.com/hashtag/blacklivesmatter

Go to Tweeter and post tweets at #blacklivesmatter

Invite people and talk to in your home porch…

Get the discussion going in your Organizations, in your Companies, in your Churches — just go ahead and share the word, and spread the message. Always evaluate the progress every month and recruit others…

If things don’t work at first — adapt your tactics and try again.

Bring up all the issues the other folks avoid. Develop talented supporters, followers, engagers.

Affirm strengths and circumstances. Offer training opportunities for the young ones, by providing assignments, such as leafletting, doorbelling, stuffing & mailing envelopes.

Repeat and Repeat again. learn the lessons and share the Results. Give feedback. Give far more Feedback than you think is necessary.

Whatever you do, don’t fall back to doing nothing.

Live a little…

Be an activist.

Be an interrupter.

Be an Activator.

Yours,
Dr Kroko

PS:

Be Brave.

Be Bold.

Be Human…

And for God’s sake — please don’t forget to leave your window light on.

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 3, 2015

Art vs Gold

High quality gold Investors are shifting quietly and quickly to a far more liquid capital investment medium…

ART

Yes Art…

How radical is this…

And it is not only because gold has been a disappointing investment as of late.

Of course this should come as no surprise to anyone in the investment world.

The fact that this has occurred in the context of developments that would normally push gold prices higher is what makes this case of a “Gold Flu” far more notable.

But the most consequential hypothesis of all is that gold may be losing its traditional role in a diversified investment portfolio.

To say that gold has underwhelmed investors over the past couple of years is an understatement.

For once Gold did not participate in the surge upwards swings in nearly all financial asset prices; and it has not provided protection in the more recent downturn in risk markets.

So what good is Gold for?

Headlines like these are not really helping the yellow hoarders either and of course they are not scaring anyone anymore:

Gold in major slump…
Gold flies from safety…
Gold is No longer a Hedge…
Gold is Bankrupt…

And maybe these Kassandras are all right because throughout this recent period, gold has not benefited from neither the rock-bottom interest rates that compensated for one of its major disadvantages as a financial holding, namely, that gold holders do not earn any interest or dividend payments — nor from it’s sensitivity to multiple geopolitical shocks, such as the Chinese oversized giant Balloon burst of it’s Capital Markets, not from Greece’s Eurozone exit-related concerns, nor from the generalized and oversized problems of the European Union as a whole stemming from the single European currency, nor from the massive injection of liquidity by central banks, nor from the prospect of Chaos, should the Iran deal doesn’t get ratified inside the Congress and the Senate of the United States of America.

Indeed the performance of gold has been so dreary as to encourage a growing number of hedge funds to bet against the yellow asset, notwithstanding its price decline of 8% year to date, and 16% over the past 12 months. Indeed, positioning reports point to large shorts deployed throughout the civilized Capital markets.

Several reasons may be advanced to explain these historical anomalies. They suggest that while cyclical factors have played a role, the main drivers are much more structural and secular in nature.

First, investors have found more direct ways to express their views about the future, particularly in a world in which central banks have had such an important influence on asset prices — from the explosion in equity exchange traded funds globally to the deepening of interest rate and credit products.

Second, gold has become a lot less attractive to investors as a result of the lack of meaningful inflationary pressures. It has also suffered from the more general decline in interest in commodities among institutional and retail investors, due in part to slower global growth.

Third, gold faces the growing risk of lower demand from central banks, once deemed reliable core holders. Part of this is driven by the fall in holdings of international reserves by the emerging world, particularly as they try to cope with the impact of lower commodity prices.

Fourth, as historical correlations have broken down, the analytical case for investing in gold has been increasingly challenged. In particular, prices have failed to respond positively to some notable geopolitical shocks, eroding the metal’s attraction as a diversifier and risk mitigator.

Fifth, the main drivers of most asset prices — namely, liquidity injection by central banks and the deployment of some of the large corporate cash holdings via dividends, buybacks and M&A activity — have not spilled over in any meaningful way to gold; neither directly through reallocation of investor funds due to price movements, nor indirectly due to concerns that all this liquidity would fuel inflationary pressures.

Sixth, the size of the demand response induced by the lower prices — from jewellery and other physical uses of gold — is too small to offset the erosion of investor interest.

Finally, there is the price level argument. Before its recent lacklustre performance, the price of gold had surged (for example, at one stage it had risen more than $1,000 per ounce from its November 2008 level of around $700). Thus, it is the earlier price move that could be deemed unusual and excessive.

Assessing the cyclical versus secular/structural balance of these seven factors, it is hard not to conclude that gold may well be experiencing an erosion in its positioning as a core holding in diversified institutional and retail investment portfolios. The more this happens, the more enticing it will be for “fast money” to short the metal as a way of inducing even greater sales by disappointed core holders.

This situation is unlikely to change soon but it need not be terminal. A shift would probably require a broader normalisation of financial markets, including a diminution in the direct and indirect role of central banks in determining asset prices and their correlations. Until that happens, the glittering metal is likely to continue to languish.

No wonder many Investors are shifting towards Art in major ways.

Flat footed antelopes are always lagging behind but when they see the light they all take flight.

This has been the recent experience of the Art World where people receive surprising new value in seeing demand outstrip supply for the first time in twenty years.

But moving to Art has been a boon to every civilized Collector out there.

Gold is Crass.

Art is Great.

Gold is plebeian.

Art is Aristocratic.

Gold is yellow.

Art is the full palette of colours. It’s a veritable Rainbow of Light and Colour and it’s also pleasant to behold.

Gold is cold.

Art is warm.

Gold is alien.

Art is friendly and is something to cherish too.

Gold is always hidden.

Art in always in the open, to be enjoyed…

Recent Art Auction records have been forthcoming and show us great promise for the general valuations of Good Art.

Slow things are well — slow but fast and furious Good Art is well — Great.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Take your pick…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 31, 2015

Be Bold and Thrive

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Mohamed El-Erian ex-helm of Pacific Investment Management Co., the $1.7 trillion global financial powerhouse backs Varoufakis the Greek ex-Minister of Finance as the person doing the CORRECT things for the country…

If you can trust that the head of PIMCO understands High Finance and Macro Economics — then you ought to trust that his judgement about Keynesian Economics and the actions of Yanis Varoufakis will bear fruit for Greece’s economy Long Term and Short term as well.

Mohamed El-Erian is a rather intelligent Man about all things Finance and here He wrote an article about the issues of the Greek Economy, namely AUSTERITY ECONOMICS, and about the ex-Minister of Finance response to the Creditors Troika, from the vantage point of his erudite view…

Let’s see what he has to say:

“In Defense of Varoufakis”

–By Mohamed El-Erian ex-Head of Pimco the largest Hedge Fund in the world.

LONDON – July 29th 2015

“”From blaming him for the renewed collapse of the Greek economy to accusing him of illegally plotting Greece’s exit from the eurozone, it has become fashionable to disparage Yanis Varoufakis, the country’s former finance minister. While I have never met or spoken to him, I believe that he is getting a bad rap (and increasingly so). In the process, attention is being diverted away from the issues that are central to Greece’s ability to recover and prosper – whether it stays in the eurozone or decides to leave.
That is why it is important to take note of the ideas that Varoufakis continues to espouse. Greeks and others may fault him for pursuing his agenda with too little politesse while in office. But the essence of that agenda was – and remains – largely correct.

Following an impressive election victory by his Syriza party in January, Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, appointed Varoufakis to lead the delicate negotiations with the country’s creditors. His mandate was to recast the relationship in two important ways: render its terms more amenable to economic growth and job creation; and restore balance and dignity to the treatment of Greece by its European partners and the International Monetary Fund.
These objectives reflected Greece’s frustrating and disappointing experience under two previous bailout packages administered by “the institutions” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF). In pursuing them, Varoufakis felt empowered by the scale of Syriza’s electoral win and compelled by economic logic to press three issues that many economists believe must be addressed if sustained growth is to be restored: less and more intelligent austerity; structural reforms that better meet social objectives; and debt reduction.

These issues remain as relevant today, with Varoufakis out of government, as they were when he was tirelessly advocating for them during visits to European capitals and in tense late-night negotiations in Brussels. Indeed, many observers view the agreement on a third bailout program that Greece reached with its creditors – barely a week after Varoufakis resigned – as simply more of the same. At best, the deal will bring a respite – one that is likely to prove both short and shallow.
In part, the criticism of Varoufakis reflects less the substance of his proposals than the manner in which he approached his interlocutors. Eschewing the traditional duality of frank private discussions and restrained public commentary, he aggressively advocated his case openly and bluntly, and did so in an increasingly personal manner.

Whether deemed naive or belligerent, this approach undeniably upset and angered European politicians. Rather than modifying a policy framework that had failed for five years to deliver on its stated objectives, they dug in their heels, eventually resorting to the economic equivalent of gunboat diplomacy. And they evidently also made it clear to Varoufakis’s boss, Tsipras, that the future of negotiations depended on him casting aside his unconventional minister – which he did, first by assigning someone else to lead the negotiations and then by appointing a new finance minister altogether.

Now that he is out of office, Varoufakis is being blamed for much more than failing to adapt his approach to political reality. Some hold him responsible for the renewed collapse of the Greek economy, the unprecedented shuttering of the banking system, and the imposition of stifling capital controls. Others are calling for criminal investigations, characterizing the work he led on a Plan B (whereby Greece would introduce a new payments system either in parallel or instead of the euro) as tantamount to treason.

But, love him or hate him (and, it seems, very few people who have encountered him feel indifferent), Varoufakis was never the arbiter of Greece’s fate. Yes, he should have adopted a more conciliatory style and shown greater appreciation for the norms of European negotiations; and, yes, he overestimated Greece’s bargaining power, wrongly assuming that pressing the threat of Grexit would compel his European partners to reconsider their long-entrenched positions. But, relative to the macro situation, these are minor issues.

Varoufakis had no control over the economic mess that Syriza inherited when it came to power, including an unemployment rate hovering around 25% and youth joblessness that had been running at more than 50% for a considerable period. He could not influence in any meaningful manner the national narratives that had sunk deep roots in other European countries and thus undermined those countries’ ability to adapt. He could not counter the view among some of the region’s politicians that success for Syriza would embolden and strengthen other non-traditional parties around Europe.

It also would have been irresponsible for Varoufakis not to work behind closed doors on a Plan B. After all, Greece’s eurozone destiny largely was – and remains – in the hands of others (particularly Germany, the ECB, and the IMF). And it is yet to be established whether Varoufakis broke any laws in the way he and his colleagues worked on their contingency plan.

When push came to shove, Varoufakis faced the difficult choice of going along with more of the same, despite knowing that it would fail, or trying to pivot to a new approach. He bravely opted for the latter. While his brash style undermined outcomes, it would be a real tragedy to lose sight of his arguments (which have been made by many others as well).

If Greece is to have any realistic chance of long-term economic recovery and meeting its citizens’ legitimate aspirations, policymakers must recast the country’s austerity program, couple pro-growth reforms with greater social justice, and secure additional debt relief. And if Greece is to remain in the eurozone (still a big if, even after the latest agreement), it must not only earn its peers’ respect; it must be treated with greater respect by them as well.””

Yours,

Dr Kroko

PS:

The article “In Defense of Varoufakis” by Mohamed El-Erian ex-Head of Pimco the largest Hedge Fund in the world, is a well written piece of Macro Economics analysis and Finance reality, that each and every European Leader ought to read carefully…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | July 28, 2015

Courage Rules

Human nature can be small, self-serving, and afraid…

And courage is rarer than one would wish and pray for.

Yet we are more often than not, the recipients of this Great Quality when we see the light…

Yours,

PS:

Courage rules.

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