Somebody said we were allowed to think out loud. Pardon the mess.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Workers Shareholders of the World, Unite!

Interesting comment by "lobbygow" on Executive Compensation over at Political Animal:
....wages should be indexed to the number of days the employee in question can be absent without a material affect on product quality or production costs. The greater the number of days you can go missing and not register an effect, the lower your wage.

In addtion, fuck the proxy system. All shareholders are board members when it comes to voting on executive salaries and bonuses. Each quarter, we would log on to a secure site, take a gander at the performance metrics and what the C-levels did in response. We would type in what we thought the officer should be paid for the quarter. The weight of our vote would be proportional to the number of shares. The average value would be what the executive got paid for that period. He/she would be awarded a stipend in advance that was equal to the pay of the previous period. If the value exceeded the stipend, she would be awarded a bonus. If it fell short of the stipend, she would pay the difference immediately.
The post in question is about a new (End of May) study by Boston Consulting Group imploring business to outsource more rapidly and more broadly, across and up the organization. (A patented Fouro-style epic post on BCG's report will be appearing here, later today or tomorrow.)

Hmmm. Now this flavor of internet-enabled transparency looks interesting. While indexing to mid- and lower-level employee productivity could be problematic given the whole new cottage industry of metric-builders needed to support it, strategic management has no such problem. It lives to print phone books full of arcana that can be used to judge their performance on a bazillion fronts. Who can be against a broadening of shareholder accountability of management except, of course, management? As they say, if you've got nothing to hide, what's to be afraid of?

What do you think of lobbygow's idea?

Friday, July 02, 2004

Terry Malloy, dead at 80

LOS ANGELES -- Marlon Brando, who revolutionized American acting with his Method performances in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" and went on to create the iconic character of Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," has died. He was 80.
Terry Malloy: "It wasn't him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, 'Kid, this ain't your night. We're going for the price on Wilson.' You remember that? 'This ain't your night'! My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palookaville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money.

Charlie Malloy: "Oh, I had some bets down for you. You saw some money."

Terry Malloy: "You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley."

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Shocked, Shocked! (The market never lies.)

NY Daily News:
With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party.

Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden.

"We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work."

"It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service...

Political conventions [Republican and Democrat] have long been a boon for the sex industry....

The players on the legal end of the city's sex industry ... strip club owners are salivating at the prospect of crowds equipped with bunches of big bills. Clubs have started booking private parties for delegates anxious to ogle topless beauties after a day of watching fully clothed politicians boast about family values....
Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Calling all historians!

[Above is previous work -- client is not these guys.]

Are you, or do you know, an accomplished Colonial-era and Revolutionary War historian or writer? Great. Are you interested in participating/consulting in a fairly (okay, very) high-profile retool and reinvigoration of a significant piece of American history--it's site, museum and living history presentation? Do you have something that's not been said about the period, or has not been said well? What do you think is wrong with history as traditionally presented? Have you worked on museum projects before but dislike dusty, musty, inert presentations of history and it's players? Do you like to swing for the fences?


This is an opportunity we've just yesterday been asked to participate in the bidding for. The preliminary bids are due in just over two weeks. Much of the conceptual framework can be developed over the summer months, with intermittent contributions leading into and through the fall. Design development commencing in Feb 2005.

Interested? Contact Mark, ASAP


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