Strategy Consultancy – The Art of Survival in Corporate Mayhem

In today’s volatile market, you tend to lose focus on what you need and what you don’t need or rather to put it bluntly, not only you but most of us tend to deviate from the focal point or the objective of all our investments that will reap us the true goal, i.e. Profit.

It is not a fault, or not an ailment of some kind that you could treat. It is not a tangible problem also that you could “fix” introducing some kind of factor or by spending more or allocating more resources to some sector while eating into another. Ironically, to solve this period of “lull” that all of us, the business fraternity faces each day, we need to do all, that is, resource allocation plus factor introduction plus policy tuning, everything but in a more methodical way after we get to the root of all the problem.

To put it, we first need to find the leak in the whole system before we can employ a plumber to fix the “issue”. Now to find this “leak” in a jungle of “pipes”, where it is needless to say “pipes” are a culmination of resource flow, allocation, process, policy, everything…even your ware house material movement to your work area falls in to that, we need to analyse.

To analyze a complex process mesh of a complicated corporate structure takes time, just like if you went to check the central water heating unit distribution of your home. What I mean is that you can find the “leak”, and perhaps even you could fix it also…but I feel it is quite needless to say that the “time” you need to accomplish this task is way more than a professional plumber plus the amount of resource you need to allocate for the tools, equipments.

To do a organization overhaul in terms of strategy, policy making or even getting on the right track to get to the focal point, you could do all these internally, but think about the resource you need to allocate in kind of time plus technical manpower, where time is everything in market. This is exactly where a, Strategy Consultancy would come in. They will ask why, where and how, they will find out the root cause of all underperformance. They will review each and every process, and they will identify all the “leaks” in your organization including process, policies everything. As a successful consulting group, with their Strategy Consultancy team, will show you the right track; They should present you a replicable, unique solution that you can really put on practically and not just a business report…only consisting of ink and paper.

The business of Strategy Consultancy constitutes providing clients with state of the art analysis, showing them the right way to do business, getting them result… that is profit. As we all know that it is result that matters the most and that is what a consultancy should provide you with.

The Life of an Entrepreneur

There are some qualities that successful entrepreneur possess. People perceive them to be lucky but if you ask them, then you know the answer is not being lucky. It is about being optimistic along other qualities.

Have you ever wondered how the life of a successful entrepreneur is like? What is your first thought when you meet one? I mean the one who owns many businesses. Probably you conclude that he is lucky. We always admire them and have that appealing of being like them. Frankly,Guest Posting coming up with a unique business idea in this saturated markets under the sun isn’t easy.

Being a successful entrepreneur is not about luck… no, it’s neither about you being fed up with your current job and seeing that entrepreneurship is the way forward. But it’s all about people who have made up their mind and are passionate about becoming successful in business.

If the new business fails, they never quit. Instead, they take a break in order to review the whole idea. They discover where they went wrong. They do the necessary modifications and adjustments. They are there to make it happen.

Successful entrepreneur change other people’s lives. Baby sitting a new business idea from scratch to a successful running business isn’t easy. A successful entrepreneur spends her time, energy and resources in polishing the whole idea.

Seven Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

1. Optimistic and Focused

An entrepreneur is always optimistic that the business idea is going to be a big business in the market.

2. Hardworking

They work hard and smart when promoting the new business idea. They are willing to work for long hours.

3. Patience

They are knowledgeable that it takes a long period of time for their new business to be known by people and for it to start generating sufficient income that covers all the overheads. They wait for several days or even years before their business succeed.

3. Motivation

Motivation is what is required by any entrepreneur. They have the tendency of referring to things that energize them whenever they feel demotivated. They are always motivated by future rewards.

4. Passion

Passion drives them in ensuring that the business succeeds. Nothing stops them from promoting their business.

5. Leadership and Organization

An entrepreneur is always organized. He harmonizes and organizes various resources towards promoting the business idea. He inspires his team. He does this by informing them what the new business idea is going to do to them and to the whole community. He wins the confidence of the potential investors who of course fund the business.

6. Innovation

Entrepreneurs are always creative and are never tired of inventing new ideas. If they find any unsatisfied needs and wants, they act by inventing ways of fulfilling them the exact way customers wants them.

7. Take Risk

They are not afraid of taking risks by investing their resources in the new business idea. They’re aware that where there are high risks, profits are also high. They are able to endure rejection and setbacks.

Building Performance Trust

You can have outstanding ideas, yet never leverage them into winning at working results. That’s because the secret behind those ideas lies in performance. Yours.

Getting the okay to pursue your idea is directly related to the level of confidence other people have in your ability to deliver it. And if you do,Guest Posting you will create for yourself opportunities on a regular basis. One successful idea delivery leads to another and another and another. Bigger and bigger ideas are entrusted to people who consistently turn ideas into reality.

You see, not only does an idea need to be a good one, but the idea-maker needs to be a performer who can deliver the vision. That doesn’t mean you need to have executed lots of ideas before getting one approved. It does mean the base quality of your work is a deciding factor.

In twenty years of management, I’ve vetoed more good ideas than I’ve approved. Most were vetoed for one reason: performance trust. I didn’t trust the person to deliver the idea they had. A mediocre idea from a strong performer will win approval over a great idea from someone with inconsistent follow-through and poor results.

If you can’t do the little things, why would anyone give you bigger or more important things to do? And while every idea might not be big, it takes energy, time and resources away from other work endeavors. Not all ideas that get approved turn out to be successful. That’s OK. Lots can be learned from the ones that fail, too. Look at Edison and the light bulb. But if an idea fails because it was poorly executed, we only learn the competency quotient of the initiator.

There is a mercenary side to idea approval. What happens with your idea is a reflection on the person who approved it. I know, for one, I’m not willing to risk my reputation on someone’s half-baked or half-executed idea. That doesn’t mean I don’t take risks on individuals or ideas. I do on both. But, business decisions are about odds and risks. Make sure both are in your favor. Being a strong performer is the best way to get your ideas noticed and sell them to the powers that be.

You can start enhancing your performance reputation by implementing ideas that don’t require anyone’s approval. Do what needs doing, what would be helpful if implemented or beneficial if created. Of course, this at-your-discretion work is always in addition to current responsibilities. People who are winning at working use ideas to build performance trust. And performance trust builds careers.

The Rights of the Guilty

When philosophers and social critics speak of justice, there is always a great emphasis spoken about protecting the public by imprisoning those who pose a harm to the public. Then, with observations upon the mechanics of society, these philosophers sought out not only to defend the public, but to defend those accused by the public. To simply imprison a man or woman on a crime was not enough. Individuals who have been accused of crimes must be allowed to face their accusers. Before anyone is imprisoned, they must be convicted by a jury of peers, based on evidence. Every person is innocent until proven guilty, and the idea of “guilt until proven innocent” is a cruel, foolish idea that must be disbanded altogether. These basic premises have been created to defend those who are accused, the public, the society, and, in general, those who are innocent and deserving of protection. All so often, there is a defense of the rights of the innocent, whether it is the public or the unproven accused. What, however, often seems lacking from these theories of justice are the rights of the guilty.

I have heard so many stories of people who allow their darkest memories to overtake their compassions. I have heard confessions of men and women who allowed their passions to become sick and twisted before they became humane and kind. “Those men who are guilty of rape,” I have heard,Guest Posting “Should be tortured. They should have their testicles removed and they should be murdered, and then brought back to life to be killed again.” I have heard such cruel stories of torture, brutality, and inhumanity that should be, or was, given to the guilty. Passionate mothers speaking about the potential brutalities that should be given to pedophiles. Impassionate conservatives speaking about the long and violent prison sentences that should be given to drug dealers and users. When a person has their son, daughter, spouse, lover, mother, or father murdered, they sometimes make a plea that the guilty should be tortured to death — while other times, their passion is expressed in a beautiful manner, and they make plea of society to be just, generous, and fair. When I speak of the rights of the guilty, I am not talking about those wrongly convicted of guilt, or those potentially convicted on unfair grounds. I am speaking of those who have, by all our understanding and reasoning, committed the crimes that they did — the truly guilty. It is within this essay that I shall make an attempt to defend the rights of those who have broken our laws.

A Defense of the Guilty

When I make a defense of the guilty, on what grounds can I make it? When we begin to think about those who fill up the category of guilty, such as murderers, rapists, thieves, and other assorted lawbreakers, we immediately think about terminating their rights to protect society. The right to liberty, for example, to walk around and do as you will, is immediately stricken from those who are convicted of murder or rape. Those very basic rights that are granted to everyone, even the right to vote, are restricted by those who have committed harsh enough crimes. Amidst all these claims that the public must be protected from the criminal element, there are shouts for vengeance, for “justice,” for punishment, even for torture and execution. So, why would I, or anyone for that matter, defend the guilty?

To answer this question, allow me to create a hypothetical scenario. Imagine that someone is convicted of a misdemeanor, or some small petty crime, whatever it may be. Perhaps it was something as simple as running a run light, or not stopping at a stop sign. Perhaps it was something a bit more complicated, but not more criminal, such as drunk in public, or trespassing, or jaywalking. Perhaps it wasn’t just the crime alone that needs to be taken into consideration for this hypothetical scenario. Just maybe the convicted criminal in this case was unaware of the laws. Or, perhaps, the laws were created as a restrictive force, arguing that drunkenness or jaywalking are not in themselves unjust, but could possibly lead to unjust results, such as violence or physical harm. And, in violating these laws, our criminal did not cause violence (because he was drunk) or did not cause physical harm (because he was jaywalking), so he kept in the spirit of the laws. Taking this scenario one degree further, perhaps this convict is a productive member of society, who generously gives some of his payroll to non-profit organizations, and is active in Democracy. And, finally, perhaps this convict had a legitimate reason for breaking the law. Perhaps he was drunk in public because he was drunk at a friend’s house, but was then thrown out into the street. Perhaps he was jaywalking to avoid a gang of kids that seemed intimidating. With all these things considered, we have my hypothetical scenario.

Would we be just and humane, if we were to strip this convict of all rights? If we subjected this man to torture, to endless time in prison, to execution, would we be just? Certainly not. When we are examining this one case of this convict, I imagine no reasonable person would want to visit much of any punishment to this convict. In fact, no reasonable person would say that this person — admittedly guilty — should be denied rights. While this person did commit a crime, why should we deny that he has rights? Some people may continue with their diatribe, “Once guilty, a person has no rights! Once a person has committed a crime, they have no rights!” But, the more we consider this scenario I brought up, the more I think people will be convinced that being guilty alone is not enough to strip a person of all rights.

Now, let me take the previous scenario and slowly strip away different aspects. Perhaps the person who committed jaywalking or drunk in public is not a productive member of society. Perhaps they do not contribute to non-profit organizations or are productive members of society, or had a legitimate reason to commit the crimes. Perhaps it was a restrictive law that, violated by the criminal, did in fact lead to violence and physical harm. Then, let’s change a few other things. Maybe it wasn’t something as simple or harmless as jaywalking or trespassing or public drunkenness. Perhaps it was something a bit more serious, such as aggravated assault, or grand theft auto, or breaking and entering. Maybe burglary was involved. Let’s upgrade this scenario to even more devastating crimes. Perhaps it really was rape, perhaps it really was murder. In the initial scenario, an honest, hardworking person committed a crime that harmed nobody, while holding a very legitimate excuse for it. In the final scenario, after all the alterations had been made, a criminal had committed a crime that did in fact harm others without holding any legitimate excuse at all.

In the first scenario, of a man who has committed the crime of perhaps simple jaywalking, it seems that everyone would be in agreement that he should not be stripped of his rights — at least, certainly not all of them. We should not simply offer him up to the butcher’s blade or to the stake that we might burn him. Certainly not. That would be the very definition of cruelty and inhumanity. That is not to say that such simple crimes have not met such brutish punishments. In other times and other nations, simple crimes have met with such inhumane sentencing. When we look back to these accounts, of such simple people inflicting such horrendous pain, for a moment, we are convinced that civilization has brought more misery than it has alleviated. Poets in these sad times would count stars, hoping to find some sort of god that would promise them a peaceful, happy end to what has been a struggle through life. Some of them would found a religion in mortal death, treating the wispful moments as poetry dedicated to a better future. And, fortunately, my friends, we have reached a better era.

When we look at the second scenario, of a man who has committed murder or rape, we see that the same attitude is not given to them as the man who committed the simple crime of jaywalking. Attitudes vary greatly. The man who committed the simple crime that harmed no one: nobody believes that he should be stripped of all of his rights. But, the man who committed the terrible crime of rape or murder, there is a great amount of people who are ready to inflict insurmountable suffering, torture, and miseryon to these convicts if the law permitted it. The curse of the death penalty is still existent in this part of the world. So, when we are comparing these two lawbreakers, what is the point I am trying to demonstrate? To that, I shall say in the next section…

The Rights of the Guilty

Before discussing the question of the rights of a convicted rapist or a convicted murderer, let us discuss the questions of the rights of a petty criminal. Let us consider the rights of a person who committed a simple crime, such as jaywalking, and let us use the above illustrated example of this criminal — who is only a “criminal” by definition of a person who has broken the law. I imagine that there is a consensus that this man should not be stripped of his rights. He certainly does have some rights that must be considered and accepted. For example, even though he is convicted of breaking the law, in America he still has the right to freedom of speech (first amendment), he still has the right to life, liberty, and property, and none shall be taken from him without due process of law (fifth amendment), the right to a sentence that doesn’t involve cruel or unusual punishment (second amendment), among others that can be found in the bill of rights. But, when giving this guilty man rights (emphasis on guilty, because this is the point of question in this essay), it is obvious that he is deserving of these rights. However, as a criminal, it is clear that certain rights will be taken from this manner, at least restricted.

For example, if this man committed a simple crime such as jaywalking, and the state feels impelled that he ought to be held accountable for his crime, perhaps they will ask that he pay a small fee or spend one or two days in jail. He still retains his right to vote, his right to freedom of speech, his right to be secure in his own possessions, life, and liberty. There is a restriction, though. If he pays the fee, that restriction will be interpreted as a restriction of property. If he spends the one or two days in jail, that restriction will be interpreted as a restriction of liberty. Once he has paid for the crime in which he has committed, then he shall be allowed to pursue the rest of his life as he sees fit, and the state (or the public) shall have nothing to do with him again until his mischeviousness acts up again. Perhaps his crime was slightly more extreme and actually harmful to society. Perhaps the crime was petty theft, shoplifting a $3 item. Or perhaps it was criminal property damage, a youth irked on by his mates to throw a rock through a window. In this case, a similar punishment will be invoked. The person convicted of the crime will be allowed the choice of paying a fine or spending time in jail. The essential idea behind both of these is the protection of society, that the criminal learns by his punishment to never commit such acts again. Optimistically, the law acts as a re-education program. Unfortunately, it fails miserably in practice.

To simply put it… we are to treat this guilty man as any citizen of the state, but as one guilty of this one crime. What are the restrictions put on a person who is guilty? They ought to fit the crime. However, these are simply restrictions on normal citizenship. The idea that simply being guilty means a complete revocation of all rights must be thrown out entirely. If an injustice is met upon the guilty, it is equally unjust as an injustice that is met upon the innocent. If a man is guilty of jaywalking or petty theft, pays for his crime, and then is stabbed to death, it is just as much a crime as a man who is not guilty being stabbed to death. Both are citizens of a Democracy. Perhaps being stabbed to death is too harsh on an example. If a man guilty of jaywalking or petty theft pays for his crime, and then the judge or the police or someone else in the justice system decides to steal their property, it is equally unjust as the police stealing the property of an innocent man.

The very essential ethic that I am trying to demonstrate here is that all people are deserving of rights, and guilty alone is not enough to strip a man of all of his rights, any more than race or class or gender (or species, for that matter). If a police officer steals from the innocent, the innocent should have a method of making greviance (i.e. our system has rejected this, and if there is one guilty in our nation, it is the government). If a police officer steals from the guilty, they should equally have a method of making a greviance. A person guilty of commiting some crime or another should not be seperated by the law as one who is guilty. He should not be treated differently, except accordingly to his crime. Once the guilty has paid for their crime, they must, they absolutely have to, be treated equally as those who have been innocent all along.

All of this, I imagine, seems to be hardly controversial, and I imagine that few people will disagree with me thusfar. However, let us consider someone who has committed a much more grevious crime. A criminal who has murdered or raped — what regard ought we hold for this person? I contend that we should hold the same attitude as the person who has committed jaywalking or petty theft: so long as he pays for his crimes, he should be held (legally) on an equal level with those who have committed public drunkenness and paid for their crimes. What is the point I am trying to demonstrate here? That a man guilty of rape or murder, so long as he pays for his crimes, should not be treated without caprice. If a murderer in prison is raped by a fellow inmate, while the guards did nothing, then it is equally unjust as an innocent person being raped by a fellow citizen while police did nothing. A murderer is not beyond the pale of consideration simply because he is a murderer. If he is paying for his crimes, why should he be subjected to the brutality of others? He should, in fact, be allowed to pay for his crimes without suffering the cruelty given to him by others. The attitude exists that, “But that man is a murderer. If he has done that, he simply has no rights.” This attitude must be utterly and irrevocably destroyed. A murdered who has paid for his crimes must have the rights of any other citizen of the Democracy, just as a petty thief who has paid for his crimes must have the same rights as any other citizen of the democracy. If a guard were to attack and beat a convicted murderer in prison, it is just as much a cruelty as a guard attacking and beating a convicted jaywalker, or a police officer attacking and beating a peaceful protestor. The element of brutality in all of these examples comes from one distinct source: the idea that individuals who have committed no crime, or have paid for crimes they have committed, have no rights — and it is this idea that must be entirely discredited if civilization is to make progress.

An Efficient Prison System

Now that I have demonstrated the rights of the guilty, there is the question of the prison system. Before continuing in this section, I think that there must be some statements that are made on our current prison system. For the most part, our prison system exists for the sole sake of imprisoning individuals whose crimes were preventable. All property theft crimes, for example, are the cause of poverty — which stems, undoubtedly, from the intrinsic failures of the Capitalism system. In prison, 20% were sentenced for property crimes. Then there are drug crimes, which may aptly be described as thought crimes, of which 21% were sentenced for. 49%, however, were sentenced for violent crimes. However, for a great deal of the time, violent crimes were committed with the motive of property or drugs. A mugging, for example, is considered a violent crime, though its intent is the same as the property crime. Essentially, muggings would be entirely eliminated if the Capitalist system was overthrown. I imagine that a very, very, very small part of violent crimes would exist in a system where the means of production were owned and operated by the public. So, then, what of those violent acts, of people whose rage controls them more than their reason, of men whose lust controls them more than their sense of justice? I can only hope that an efficient, intelligent educational system can give the people enough knowledge to control their urges. Whether the impulse comes from lust or from fury, whether these impulses are rooted in deep-rooted issues or primitive psychology, I can only hope that an efficient educational system will solve this problem. Compulsary schooling will have to be eliminated in its entirety. Students will have to be taught to empower themselves. They will learn the richness of history and the intrigue of science. And, they will be taught to be respectful and gentle to those around them. These teachings will not be given as orders, but will be demonstrated to children as sound, logical, and reasonable.

But, what of those individuals who, despite the progress of Socialism, would commit property crimes, even if by mere habit? What of those individuals who, despite a humane education, would still commit murder or rape? I admit. It is unlikely that Socialism and Communism would entirely wipe out property crimes — but I imagine that property crimes would be eliminated almost in their entirety. It is also unlikely that a rationalist, humanitarian education would entirely wipe out violent crimes — but I imagine that many of them would still be prevented. If society breeds a generation based on the slavery of compulsary schooling, founded on the insipid and absurd classroom tactic, and harboring the principles of oppression and cruelty, then society will be breeding a generation of murderers, rapists, and thieves. However, if society breeds a generation based on free schooling, with the idea that children should be taught how they know rather than just what we know, and proudly holding the idea that it is best to be kind, generous, and warm with your fellow creatures, man and animal alike — then, in this sort of society, I imagine rape would be very limited, and I imagine that murder would be a rarity.

It is not my intention in this piece to make a dissertation on the nature of mankind. Here I will only describe the nature of crime and punishment, as it would be most effective, and the intrinsic rights of the guilty. I will not be arguing for the purity and goodness of the soul of mankind any more than I will be arguing for the darkness and brutality of the soul of mankind. In fact, if one were to make a statement on the nature of mankind, they might as well make a statament on the nature of animal kind — for, as Charles Darwin stated, “Nevertheless the difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.” [The Descent of Man, by Charles Darwin, part 1, chapter 4.] Some obscure philosopher may argue that the nature of mankind is generally good, for men are breed without claws, without such powerful bodies that to end the life of another is a simple task. This is naturally the case, though, because men have been bred with a brain intelligent enough to construct spears, then swords, then guns, then missiles, then nuclear and atomic bombs. Some may argue that the compassion of mankind overwhelms any violent tendencies they have, but in every age, mankind has had the heart to use those weapons that I have previous listed. The indictment cannot be entirely placed against mankind, though. When we read our history books, perhaps for every good thing we find, there are five bad things. So, mankind would be good to evil at a ratio of 1:5. Then we read our poetry books, and this ups things for mankind in a good to evil ratio at about 2:1. We throw in the books of biology and physiology and we are no wiser, for we have only learned that mankind has the heart to love as much as he does to hate. The debate could go on endlessly. If I ever do decide to question the nature of mankind and animal kind, it will not be in this piece. I will not even go so far as to say that mankind is neutral, because capability of good and bad acts does not make one neutral entirely. The case for the debate, if I ever take it up, will surely be in another piece.

So, then, what can be said of our system of prisons? Of our current system of prisons, I will say this much: at least half of them don’t belong there, the other half were put there without being given an opportunity. What is the condition of our current systems? It is rather appalling. By understanding and comparing myth with statistic, it seems that rape is commonplace, that beatings and violence have become an inherent part of prison society. Am I the only one who sees the clear contradiction of this system? Men who have violated our laws are placed in a prison where they are taught and instructed to violate the laws again once released. The statistic of those to return to prison is ridiculously high. Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime. [U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Criminal Offender Statistics,] There is no doubt in the mind of any informed, rational person that the prison system of today is ineffective. Furthermore, a person who goes into a prison is subjected to other crimes. As I stated in the previous sections, the guilty have the rights of the innocent, except with certain restrictions. A man who is paying for his crime of murder or rape or theft should not be subjected to other punishments that have nothing to do with the crime that he has committed.

What would be an ideal prison system, then? Well, before I can answer this question, there is the question of the purpose of prison systems. If society has created prisons to inflict vengeance, then the most ideal prison system would be one outfitted with torture devices wall-to-wall, the most minimal of these torture devices reserved for individuals who committed jaywalking or drunk in public. However, if society has created prisons to protect the public, for the sole sake of defending justice and liberty, then the most effective prison system would be one that acted with this purpose, of protecting the public and re-educating the prison population.

How would these prisons be organized, then? Well, before I answer this question, there are other questions that must first be answered, no matter how elementary they may seem. Why are people sentenced to prison? The answer to this is obvious: they have demonstrated in a free society that they are a threat to those around them. What kind of people are convicts, then? They are people who, through their actions, have proven that they are unfit to live in a free society without harming those around them. What would be the most effective prison system, then? It would be a society in which civil liberties have been severely curtailed. In some respect, our politicians understand this idea. They have placed the prisoner in a cell behind bars, with the hopes that society is protected and this person is changing. By rotting for ten or twenty years, the prisoner is released to a society that is equally antipathic as some of his prison guards or fellow prisoners. This is not how mankind can be reformed. It only degrades the spirit of the prisoner, making him a much more likely returning prisoner — and the statistics back me on this. The prison systems of the United States of America are perhaps the single corporation that receive more return business than any other company. Robert Green Ingersoll in the 1800′s would come to say…

IN my judgment, no human being was ever made better, nobler, by being whipped or clubbed.

Mr. Brockway, according to his own testimony, is simply a savage. He belongs to the Dark Ages — to the Inquisition, to the torture-chamber, and he needs reforming more than any prisoner under his control. To put any man within his power is in itself a crime. Mr. Brockway is a believer in cruelty — an apostle of brutality. He beats and bruises flesh to satisfy his conscience — his sense of duty. He wields the club himself because he enjoys the agony he inflicts.

When a poor wretch, having reached the limit of endurance, submits or becomes unconscious, he is regarded as reformed. During the remainder of his term he trembles and obeys. But he is not reformed. In his heart is the flame of hatred, the desire for revenge; and he returns to society far worse than when he entered the prison.

Mr. Brockway should either be removed or locked up, and the Elmira Reformatory should be superintended by some civilized man — some man with brain enough to know, and heart enough to feel.

I do not believe that one brute, by whipping, beating and lacerating the flesh of another, can reform him. The lash will neither develop the brain nor cultivate the heart. There should be no bruising, no scarring of the body in families, in schools, in reformatories, or prisons. A civilized man does not believe in the methods of savagery. Brutality has been tried for thousands of years and through all these years it has been a failure. ["Cruelty in the Elmira Reformatory," by Robert Green Ingersoll, date unknown.]

So, then, what would be the most effective method of a prison? As I stated, it ought to be a society with severely limited civil liberties. What exactly do I mean by this? When these men were citizens and not prisoners, they were incapable of living their lives with the civil liberties afforded to them. To walk down the street without being aided by a police officer to his destination — this civil liberty cannot be granted to him, for without the police officer, he commits crime. To possess knives or other hand-held weapons — this civil right cannot be granted to him, for when he had it, he abused it. To be allowed to live his daily life without being watched by an authority — this civil right cannot be granted to him, for when he was allowed to do what he wanted without asking permission, the result was a society scarred by crime. So, then, what should these prisons be like? Just as I said earlier that a man who has committed a crime and paid for it, should be treated identically as a man who has committed no crime (legally), a prison simply should be a society with limited civil rights, and a re-education program to help reform these prisoners. How would this society look like?

First, the traditional idea of a prison as an enormous building noted for its guards, it bars, and its walls, should entirely be thrown out. Teaching men how to live under the fist of oppression is now way to teach them how to live in a free society. It is perhaps the primary reason why those who leave prison are also the ones who immediately come back. I’m not particularly fond of the idea of one building housing all prisoners. One entire dark dungeon holding every prisoner helps keep all behavior much more hidden, much more withdrawn. Whether the secret activities of prisoners will result in harm to the guards, other members of society, or each other, an eye should be watching. Ideally, the housing of these prison inmates should resemble effective tenement housing. Each prisoner should be allowed his own quarters to reside, perhaps in a building with four floors, each floor holding four quarters, that way, it would resemble a square shape. This would allow ample sunlight and fresh air for each quarter. At a certain time each day, a prisoner would be restricted to his quarter, much like a cell, at a certain time (i.e. “lockdown”). Such a time, I imagine would be around 9 or 10 at nighttime until 8 in the morning. The idea of one entire public shower seems to have allowed for too much cruelty throughout history, so each quarter must be outfitted with its personal shower. Throughout the entirety of the grounds of the prison, there will always be some guards on duty walking through. The entire complex ought to be surrounded by a very high concrete wall, with armed guards on the top. The work area for all the guards will be outside of the concrete wall, to prevent prisoners from gaining access to weaponry or anything else that could be used to escape or cause harm. The guards are to be taught that they are aiding in reforming these prisoners — that they are to act as compassionate masters, not as slaving overseers. I also imagine that such international, non-profit organizations should be allowed, at all times, to monitor the prisons.

In the previous paragraph, I have effectively drawn an example of the protection that society, the guards, and other prisoners, would be allowed. I have also granted a rather generous portion of liberty to people who have demonstrated that they have difficulty living in liberty. Why so? Well, the liberties that I did grant them, such as their own shower, their own quarters, the ability to walk around wherever they like in a courtyard at any time (except lockdown) — all of these liberties can be granted to these prisoners. What makes me think so? Because they would be surrounded and watched by armed guards, plus an enormous concrete wall. There is another part of the life of the prison that must be considered, though. It is the work and recreation part. Traditionally, this is a combination of making license plates and lifting weights. That idea, also, must be entirely removed from the prison. These prisoners must be required to work, and their labors must be enough to pay for the prison system (the guards, the concrete wall, the quarters, etc.). I imagine that, even in an unfree society as this, that would amount to three to five hours a day — so long as the these prisoners are paid the wealth they create. The industry that they engage in should depend on the prison. One might prefer farming, while another prefers manufacturing. Whatever the case, prisoners must work to pay for their stay at this place. It has been preferred that these prisoners stick to an industry that does not compete with other national industries. This idea is absurd. But, then again, so is the system of Capitalism, which allows these other national industries to be privately owned. However, all that is a debate for another time.

Then there is the consideration of recreation in this place. These prisoners ought to be afforded some wage for their labors, of which they can use to purchase certain recreational items. In our modern prisons, it is considered a crime if a man has a poster or a book that cannot be accounted for. This, too, must be entirely removed from our prisons. These prisoners, as I said, are paying for their crimes — while they are in the prison, they are to be treated as ordinary citizens, with restricted liberties. They ought to be allowed to purchase such items as notepads for writing and sketching, books for reading, music discs, perhaps simple electronics, among other items that would be of recreational use to these prisoners. I think there would be minimum books or music discs available at the prison store, though, since there would be an enormous library there that would aid them, not only in their recreation, but also in their re-education. The courtyard to which the prisoners are confined must be equipped with public recreational activities, perhaps certain sporting or weight-lifting areas. It is important that these prisoners are allowed a form of recreation. The most important right of all is the right to cultivate your own mind and to sow the seeds of passion in your own heart. To deny this most fundamental right to these men would be to turn them in to tyrants. And, inevitably, the only victims of the system would be the prisoners and their to-be victims in society.

Finally, there is the consideration of the re-education in this place. I have stated, very thoroughly, that I am opposed to compulsary education in a free society. However, once we enter the realm of prisons, once we pass those walls that are meant to be keep a criminal element inside, I feel that such a society is only free in so few ways. A schooling system must be implemented in this prison that is a requirement, but I think the required portion ought to be no more than three hours. Combined with the work schedule, this will make for a 6 to 8 hour day. When a man spends more than half of his day in labor, then he is made to feel truly like a slave — very unfit for a free society. Besides, the prisoner will be allowed plenty of time on his own. Time for which to think, which is the essential ethic of a real education: to provoke thought, even without formal lesson. Even when engaging in something seemingly as simple as a basketball game, the gears of the human mind can be turning in various channels and in different aspects that are unknown to all but that one person. The purpose of the re-education program is to teach the prisoners basic, fundamental, and practical principles that will help them live in a society of a free men. In a way, one might accurately call them “sociology classes,” but they will be far more useful than just sociology.

With all this considered, it seems that this would be a very effective prison system. The work program will pay for the expenses of the prison, while teaching a workmanship ethic to those incarcerated. The recreational program will allow the inmates to engage in activities that make them feel free again. And the re-education program will give them a sense of belonging and worth once they return to living in a free society. With all of the restrictions put on these prisoners, I highly doubt that any harm would erupt from these new reforms. In fact, for individuals who have committed lesser crimes, I imagine there would be lesser security prisons for them. The judges of our time even recognize this absurdity of prisons helping people becoming better today, by using house arrest instead of actual prisons.


Dedication… To pain killers and relaxants, those drugs for after a long day of hard work, when all you want is a quick fix to make things pleasant once more….


In many of my pieces,Guest Posting I have gone to great lengths to investigate the arguments of religion, and to debunk their claims. Often times, there will be the argument that Reason is somehow incapable of understanding supernatural things, and therefore we ought to rely upon Faith for belief — or accepting something as true in spite of the lack of evidence. Other times, there will simply be the redundant arguments, which the Universe has heard thousands of times; arguments such as “how did the Universe get here without a god?” or “how did life come here?” I have answered such arguments with clarity and logic just as many times as they have been raised. While my attack on religion was in full force, I noticed that it wasn’t religion alone, the well-established sects or churches or organizations that were among the irrational institutions of man, but I noticed there was a great deal of superstition among commoners. These superstitions, much like a plague were widely believed, no matter how ridiculous or outlandish they were. I was almost skeptical that people could so widely believe something like superstitions — but then again, it is quite true that people widely believe religion, and defend it mercilessly.

This paper serves as a compliment to my papers which make an attack on orthodox and organized religion. Whereas before I specifically attack religion and supernaturality as being scientifically unsound, I now make attacks on superstitions. The foundation is similar, though: I disbelieve in superstition for the same reasons that I disbelieve in religion — they are both founded on illogical premises or the idea of Faith. Since this paper will be an attack on superstition and the supernatural realm, there ought to be a defense of the idea of a natural realm. This shall be the next section of the paper…

On the Natural Order

When we watch natural phenomena occur in our world — ourselves little more than the bright-eyed children of the Universe — we have always wondered why it happens. Where did the spark come from that lit the fire? From what region did the winds come to blow the clouds? This brown dirt below me — where did the earth come from? Questions and questions, the curiosity of the human mind never ceasing. As science progressed, experiments were conducted, hypotheses formed, and theories created. For every question that was answered, there were five new questions arrising. They desired to know more about the answer, about where whatever it was came from, how it can be used, if it can be harnessed. Technology walked hand in hand with science, as it brought to the species many labor-saving mechanisms. This would bring about an Industrial Society, with an unfortunate rise of Capitalism. The curiosity of mankind would not remain under restraint. We wanted to know. We had to know.

As our scientists drew conclusions with the comparison of different sets of data, a child would sit on their front lawn and marvel at the night sky, wondering what causes the stars to twinkle. As the experiments went on with control and test groups, an adolescent would wonder why certain pills made him feel so good on the inside, if there was a chemical makeup to the soul. And as NASA launched another space shuttle into the black abyss, so that it may collect information, there was a man in the city who wanted to know what caused the sex urge.

Why do things happen the way that they do? What are the rules and laws governing the mechanics of matter’s actions? No matter what the rules are, or what theories exist to postulate further among them, I will say this: there are rules and laws that govern our Universe. There is no evidence to show that there are occasions where these rules are bent, or suspended, by writ of any means. What we know of these laws of Physics is based on what we have observed, our evidence, our ability to demonstrate these laws in fixed environments. The Natural Order is one that remains unabridged. When something happens, we must understand that it happens for a reason. And by this, I do not mean a reason of the divines or some reason with depth in meaning. Rather, when I speak of everything happening for a reason, I am implying the idea of Cause And Effect — that the reason why something happened, was due to a cause. That no effect is ever rendered without a cause, and every cause has its own cause, just as every effect often renders an effect — a long chain of events, one causing the other. If we were to see them in an organized pattern, it would not look unlike a set of dominoes, one event causing the other. The first to the last. No dominoe ever falls without force being put upon it. If the force does not exist, then the dominoe will not fall. If the dominoe falls without touching it, perhaps it was the wind or someone shaking the floor — but if something happens, it occurs because of a reason. This is the idea of the Natural Order: everything occurs because there was something there to make it occur. Nothing happens without cause.


There are numerous superstitions in our modern world. It is an unfortunate plight, too. In a very realistic sense, they can be referred to in their own regard as “mini-religions.” Few buildings have been dedicated to them, but they still make up a part of the infection in a person’s mental faculties. When I was in New Orleans for a period of several months, I came into contact with many superstitions and myths. I was surprised that many of the people believed all of them. In my search for a Rationalist, I found few — none that I can remember at present time. In the hundreds of people I met, there was no respect for the aged thinkers of Paine, Ingersoll, and McCabe. There was no knowledge of such beings. Here, I expand upon and dispell the superstitions of our society.

Tarot Cards…

It is believed by a great deal of society that paper cards are capable of reading the future — that the order and type of cards that are drawn will accurately predict the future. The drawings on these cards, the swords and pentacles, they are nothing but an organization of ink on paper. The paper itself is nothing more than processed tree pulp. The physical parts of the card are nothing more than what they appear to be. They are a part of this physical Universe and are equally subject to its laws. If you randomly pick a card from a deck, it is because of how you saw the deck, the way your eyes read the light that entered, the condition of the chemicals and hormones in your brain, and the eventually conclusion of the reactions of those chemicals and electricity to the decision. Thus, the randomly picked card is not a reflection of an unseen, potent, spiritual beings — rather, it is a simple process of the brain’s functions.

Interested in this, I asked my friend to give me a reading. One of the cards he drew was The Moon, which was a bad omen of things to come. He was all ready to put his deck away and await another interested truth seeker, when I asked him to give me another reading. Somewhat baffled by this request, I explained that I was just curious to see the consistency of the readings. He gave me another reading, as I desired, and one of the cards drawn was The Sun, which was a good omen of things to come. The cards The Moon and The Sun are opposites. I asked if he could explain it, and he could not. For Tarot Card readings to be accurate, I would have expected that the second reading to be identical to the first, when in fact it was the opposite. The reason for the readings being what they are has nothing to do with mystical powers, but rather with the physical actions which are applied to the cards.

What I have seen in the business of Tarot Card readings was amazing as much as it was appalling. A reading may go from $20 to $100 and will often times last under 10 minutes. The readings are so vague, so horribly inprecise, that they could almost be referring to anything. There are vague references to, “The significant occurence that happened two months ago,” or “The lover’s spat that happened one year ago,” or “The thought you had 3 weeks ago.” And then the actual relation of this object of consideration to the physical world is also vague, “It has conflict with,” or “It has ties with.” The prediction on the future is not dissimilar to the ideology of blood letting. In Christendom, where medicine was banned (and parts still remained banned today), blood letting was the only believed way of curing a sickness. When the patient died regardless, it was believed that the blood letting was not done forcefully enough, whereas if the patient survived, it was believed that blood letting was the reason for this. In Tarot Readings, you will be told that you need to “keep your eyes open” for a particular something, or that you need to “follow your instincts” or “not rely on friends” or “stand by your principles,” — something so incurably vague, and if nothing happens, it is blamed on the principle that you did not do what you were told enough. Tarot Card readers are an anchor to the ship of progress: they make no food and feed the poison of superstition — they are the cause of no smiles, but when there is happiness, they feel need to infect it with myths, and when there is sadness, they feel the need to burden it with karma guilt.

Palm and Face Readings…

Much like Tarot readings, there is the idea that you can read a person’s history through the lines and indentations on their hands. My response to this claim is not dissimilar to my response to Tarot Card readings: a person’s hand is made of flesh and blood — it contains no spiritual entity, it acts not as a haven for divinity. The markings and lines upon a person’s hand are not the cause of the gods using stenzils upon flesh, but rather rather the use of the hand is the cause of its condition. Every guitar player will confess to have callouses on their fingers. Carpenters will have more scars upon their hands, as the years of labor have eroded away at the once pristine skin of a child. Any worker whose life has been dedicated to manual labor will be able to confess that the markings upon their hands have not been from the gods or spirits, but rather from years of using tools and the rare mistakes that do occur. To any man who believes in the Natural Order, a papercut is nothing more than an abrasion of the skin. Yet to those who postulate on the thoughts of the gods, it is a sign of conflict, a sign of relationships, a sign of good fortune, a sign of bad fortune — whatever the mind of the reader will choose to believe about it. I cannot condone Palm or Face Readers in any contemplatible manner — they will take things that are wholly natural and give to them the rights of divinity, without the authority of evidence — without the reason of proof.

Magic, Prayer, Voodoo, and Spells…

Among the obvious of superstitions, there is the idea that one can alter the physical Universe at the whim of supernatural activity. With the exception of Deism, every religion has this component to their ideology. Christianity, for example, has the idea of prayer, that by whispering words to the darkness of the Universe, a wish might be granted. Intrinsically, it is no different than a ritual sacrifice of Voodoo, or a Paganist spell, or heretical magic. The only difference is in the process of how it is done. A spell may require focus upon a candle, whereas a prayer requires focus upon clasped hands. The idea of both is essentially the same: humble pleas to the god, gods, or spirits, that they will grant some desire. The church was notorious for its burning of Harry Potter books, but it didn’t feel the need to expand upon the fact that their prayer is no different than a spell, except in process. Since I have not found any “pile of mounting evidence” for the accuracy of spells, I have not found a single reason to believe in it. Much like the other myths of culture, it lacks one primary foundation: evidence. Due to this, it will never find respect from Rationalists. Unlike all other fields of science — which may offer their accuracy through demonstration, observance, tests, experiments — prayer, magic, and spells are different in that the basis evidence for them is personal testimony. On this account, the personal testimony of primitive humans on spirits, goblins, dragons, ghosts, and other absurdities is equally proving of the existence of such beings.


I once believed that every person, no matter what faith and no matter what religion they believe, held some sort of degree of rationality or logic or respect for evidence. Through debate, I have managed to at least throw doubts on to everyone’s creed, no matter which creed it was. At most, I have convinced a few people that religion in general is unable to demonstrate itself as reasonable, logical, or believable. To a great deal of those I debated, they left the debate with their religion, but with a more logical, rational view of the mechanics of the Universe. I always believed that people had some respect for evidence as a reason to believe. To what degree this respect was, I was uncertain. But then, I came to the city of New Orleans, and I found out something particularly disturbing: almost everyone I came into acquiantance with believed in the existence of small fairies that lived within the air ducts of apartments and — allegedly, though the fairies may deny it — stole shiny objects. Upon hearing this, I thought it was a fine, neat novelty, but little more than that. As I met more and more people from the city, all of them seemed to hold a firm belief in the idea of fairies, one person even claiming to me that they managed to train their fairies not to steal their shiny things, while another one told me how they left chocolate and wine out for the fairies which was consumed by the next day (with no notice of this person’s four roommates, needless to say). I have heard testimonies to the witness of these fairies, but when these people told me they were under the influence of psychodelic drugs at the witnessing, they felt that it was just a coincidence. The utter disrespect for Reason and Logic was appalling. I could not find one logical soul among the mass of superstition and myth. Instead, the belief in fairies was but a currency in their superstition. Everyone believed it, but there was no evidence to support it — and I could not believe it.

Faith Healings…

There has been a great deal of investment in the methods of “alternative medicine.” It is unfortunate that people will spend large sums of money for a method that is not supported by evidence or data. I once read a Faith Healer’s book, who described the world as “in the madness of modern medicine.” I do not need to expand upon the marvels of modern medicine. The “madness” of modern medicine has doubled the age that people live to, provided cures to thousands of diseases, saved millions of lives — what modern medicine has done can be found in the documents and scientific journals of centuries, whereas what Faith Healing has done can only be discovered from the mouth of the Faith Healer you’re talking to. When Faith Healing is capable of completing a sex change operation, then I’ll be surprised. Until that moment, it is nothing more than ignorance strewn into a commercial industry. Much like Tarot readers, Faith Healers can make a lot of money, and it is at the cost of a person who worked for what they had. Perhaps, though, the old addage is best quoted here: “A fool and his money are soon separated.” When a person spends hundreds of dollars for a Faith Healing, for a service which has no evidence or science behind it — other than abstract theories about an unseen Universe — then society is being robbed, and the robber is none other than superstition.


Among the many ethical theories of philosophy, there is one heavily based on mysticism and unseen powers: Karma. According to this idea of Karma, all things that happen within the Universe are the cause of an ethical reaction. Bad people will have bad things happen to them and good people will have good things happen to them. The reasons why this system is idiotic are endless. Stalin, for example, gained control of an entire nation, and remained as one of the most powerful and wealthy leaders of the world. Stalin was not a good person. In fact, the reason why he maintained control of the nation was for a very opposite reason: he was a bad person — torturing and murdering families, burning down homes. He was not good yet he had good fortune. If someone wins the lottery, or finds good fortune in some manner, would it be reasonable to conclude, “They must be an ethical, moral person, because only good things happen to such people”? Certainly not. Fortune is blind. If a doctor is operating on a person, should the doctor say, “Well, if this person is bad, they will die anyway, and if this person is good, they will survive. Whatever I do is irrelevant, because this person’s ethics will determine their fate.”? If Karma is real, then whatever the doctor does — be it operate or simple stand idle — has no effect on it. Of course, Karma isn’t real, because there is a very controversial statistic, that taking proper medication and having necessary surgery actually can save your life, whereas the absence of such medication and surgey would lead to a person’s eventual demise. To all the Third World Countries, where people are born into poverty, living a hand to mouth existence, should we turn our heads away, and say, “They are bad people, and they deserve what they have, because that is the way of Karma.”? Certainly not. The reason why anything happens to anyone is due to the natural laws governing the physical Universe.


When the first creature with developed eyes looked towards the sky at night, he saw for himself a marvelous thing. For time to come, it would be an evidence used by theologians for god, a canvas for every psychonaught, a source of inspiration for every free soul, something to worship for every astronomer. In no way, do I find man’s love affair with the deep space anything to be hated, detested, or vulgarized. But, when a person finds space and astronomy to be so magnificent, that they must expand upon it with supernatural concepts, then it becomes something revolting, undeserving of our curiosity’s affection and obsession. Astrology has taken something so beautiful, and it has villified, filled it with abstract and unseen concepts, made it something almost unbareable. And today, a man can only admire the stars if he is free from the insanity of astrologers — if he is beyond the vile grasp of their lynching hand. Astrology is more than just an infection of star-study, though. It claims that a person’s fate will be determined by the day they are born on. Not unlike any other superstition, Astrology comes accompanied by no evidence — it walks hand in hand with Faith, it requires only that person believe in spite of lacking evidence. It can be hard, then, to approach the reasons for disbelief of Astrology any differently than one would approach the reasons for disbelief of other superstitions: I do not believe in Astrology, because there is no reason to, no evidence supports it.

Miscellaneous Myths…

If I were to write an essay detailing and debunking every superstition to come across the face of this planet, I would soon exhaust the planet of its paper supply. The reason why I disbelieve in any superstition is simple: it violates the theory of the Natural Order — one theory which is responsible for all of our observations, our science, our demonstrations. The idea that matter must follow absolute laws of physics and cannot stray from them. There is one myth, that if you open a blade, hand it to someone else, and they close it, you are both doomed to misfortune. Another myth claims that if you itch on your left palm, then you are going to get money soon. Breaking a mirror is an old but still prominent superstition — that doing so will grant you bad luck for years to come. I cannot spend time analyzing each superstition, but I have did examine the more prominent of the myths of our time. The reason why I do not believe any myth is simple: it violates the theory of the Natural Order.


It seemed almost that the diseased mental faculties of superstitious people was something that kept them apart from each other. These people didn’t hold respect for each other — but when it came to loving and devotion to the unseen, they were all humble and willing. One friend told me that because of a Tarot Card reading, they decided to end a relationship, whereas another told me that “witnessing a ghost” caused them to refuse to be with other friends. One person’s testimony was that their lover was a gift from the gods — not a real, living human being, with thoughts and desires of their own, capable of affection and love, but just a gift from the gods. In the well established field of philosophy, there is the idea that we may exploit and extort from others (i.e. “Capitalism”) because it is the way of god. At the most extreme, I have heard people claim to me that they are immortal, and will not allow themselves to become attached to those who are “but pitiful mortals.” In all these experiences, religion instigated feelings of unhappiness, inadequacy, and aggression. There are those rare cases where religion acts as a socially binding concept, where the followers treat every man as their brother, but this is due to the social aspects of the society and morality — not its proclamations on matters of religion. In almost every instance, I find that religion is a cause of strife and lack of brotherhood among creatures — I find that it tears lovers apart, gives friends a reason to fight, offers nothing of interest to the angels of mercy — it is the reminiscent gravestone of civility.

Implement Your Idea Today Lest Someone Else Does

Thoughts are energy and energy moves. I always find it amazing me how someone somewhere implements an idea I’ve had or currently have. My belief is that in any given moment an idea thought of is also formulating somewhere else at precisely the same time.

I’ve had some great ideas in the past,Guest Posting as a matter of fact I had some really huge ideas – only problem was in the past I didn’t make things happen, others unfortunately, did it for me.

Years ago when I was studying freelance photography and travel writing, I made a list of all the great interviews I was going to do – one of which was with the airport sniffer dogs, the gorgeous and unassuming Beagles. I’d set up the interview and then, for a reason I can’t remember, never got around to it. I also made a list of photographic ideas. The project idea of a moon calendar really had me motivated – for awhile. Again, for whatever reason at the time, I simply didn’t get around to it. Then there were the seascapes I sold at the Opera House Markets before anyone else did the nautical ‘thing’ – unfortunately I had no idea how to market myself so that idea eventually fizzled out.

All the ideas I had ended with someone else doing the doing and receiving credit for it!

I’m far more focused these days and if an opportunity presents itself that I’m interested in, I go for it!

If you’re toying with an idea now…today…run with it, because if you do not, someone else will and receive the accolades and all the opportunities that go with it. You being the first off the starting block with a new idea or concept can have far reaching consequences much like the Butterfly Effect (see Chaos Theory) – a small thing such as the flap of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the planet, can in effect have a monumental outcome on the other side of the world.

When you next have some quiet time, ask yourself a few questions starting from the very beginning, and jot them down in rough draft.

What’s your idea?
Why do you want to pursue this idea?
Where does your idea come from?
What’s the purpose of your idea?
What do you need to do first?
Can you achieve your outcome in seven steps or less?
What are the seven steps?
Who will you need to involve? During the conceptual phase it is prudent to keep ideas to yourself until you’re clear in your mind how you will achieve your outcome. Then seek professional advice.
When you list the seven steps – begin with the smallest first and work your way up.
When will this come to fruition? How long do you give yourself?
If you’ve become totally involved and excited by this stage, fine tune your idea with a business, marketing and operational plan and have a professional go through it with you.

When you have a great idea (or think you have one) it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Your mind fills with a multitude of thoughts and possibilities. The secret here is to chunk down to the most basic of actions (like putting pen to paper) and work your way up from there. So next time an idea comes to you and fills you with possibilities know that someone somewhere has the same (or pretty close to it) thought.

Five Key Factors To Look For In An Great Network Marketing Consultant

Multi level marketing Specialist are now a popular form of help in today’s multi level marketing business. There are many fine ones and also many not so good ones. You as the specialist seeker need to know what quality to look for in a network marketing specialist, prior to spending your money on any particular one.

You should know that some network marketing consultants are actually MLM marketers that say they are coaches. You must understand that consulting is a career and profession that demands many things. Being a multi level marketer does not automatically qualify one as an expert, even if they have had great success in MLM in the past. Maybe they were just in the right place at the right time and with the right people. That can happen also.

Here are 5 items to look for in a competent multi level marketing specialist.

1. Years of good work available for assessment.

Any up to par multi level marketing marketer specialist will keep years of work available for any kind of query and assessment by future customers. They do not have a thing to be secretive about. The accomplishment speak for themselves.

Be sure to ask them if they have previous clients you can reach out to. Previous specialize work records can represent the discrepancy between in what return you get on your investment. Pay attention to what they have done in the past not what they say they have done.

2. Check for their credentials.

What type of documents they have that would make it acceptably you spending your money with them? How knowledgeable are they about multi level marketing? What type of work experiences they have in the past? Do they have experience in the right field? Have they previously run a business? What type of qualification do they have?

Credentials are important in modern day network marketing consulting. This is not only for you but also for the results you seek from an network marketing consultant. Most consultants have a portfolio they can show you. Ask for it and study it.

3. Look for professionalism.

Professionalism is a must in any field of consulting. Do they come across as a professional? Do they speak as a professional? Do they communicate in a professional manner?

Being a professional speaks well of a consultant. Do they do their business with a smile on their face? These questions will tell a lot about an network marketing consultant and how they will handle things in any future venture.

4. Problem solver.

Do they ask questions that are focused on your problem, or questions that are focused on being a consultant?

There are several queries that advisers ask that are all part of being an MLM adviser. You are looking to hire them to solve issues, not just be a adviser. Be sure their queries are focused on getting you ahead, not just creating consultation.

This is what MLM Advisers get paid for to solve issues, not to engage in a ineffective Practices.

5. Experienced in the network marketing business.

It’s fact that there are network marketing advisers that have never spent an hour in the multi level marketing sector. They have never recruited anyone. They have never sold a imerchandise in MLM. They have never held a Company Event for a team. They have never done a presentation around a kitchen island, or a home meeting. But yet, they consider themselves as an MLM advisers.

Be sure that the MLM adviser has some familiarity in the sector, as that alone brings a huge amount of knowledge that many do not possess.

How to Write Resume for Consultants

Sample consultant resumes are very useful guide for all those job seekers who are applying for the post.

While writing a consultant resume, you should remember to highlight your skills and proficiencies in it. The content should be well written so that it would grab the attention of the prospective employer.

The emphasis on the interpersonal skills should be given as the job requires more of interpersonal skills. This would clearly depict your interpersonal skills in your resume. The keyword such as assertive, outstanding, vibrant, dynamic, responsible, optimistic and confident can be used in your resume.

It should properly market your skills and abilities. Avoid including every single detail of all the activities that you have done in the past. Instead you can opt for including the important ones by planning it out before including it in the resume.

Your educational qualification should be included in brief. You should include all those profession specific skills and key areas that are very important for the consultant job. It should include details about the projects and training undertaken by you.

The emphasis on the interpersonal skills should be given as the job requires more of interpersonal skills. This would clearly depict your interpersonal skills in your resume. The keyword such as assertive, outstanding, vibrant, dynamic, responsible, optimistic and confident can be used in your resume.

It should properly market your skills and abilities. Avoid including every single detail of all the activities that you have done in the past. Instead you can opt for including the important ones by planning it out before including it in the resume.

There are sample resumes included related to these field of expertise which would clearly describe the right method for writing a resume. It gives you a brief idea of the job description of the consultant.

What is an Internet Consultant?

Yes, I’m an internet consultant, but what does that mean? Does that mean that I know everything there is to know about the internet? No. Not even close. An internet consultant helps people and businesses determine and meet their needs. That’s what I do for customers not only in Portland, Oregon where I live, but in five countries all over the world.

A good internet consultant will ask a lot of questions, since there are always several ways to accomplish any internet based goal. Depending on your needs, your budget, and your projected growth, there may be a wide range of choices, and only a well rounded internet or computer consultant can help you make the right decisions for your future.

What can an internet consultant offer you?
There are many things that pertain to the internet, and you practically have to be a science fiction writer to understand all the possibilities. Did you know that you can share a folder or files on the internet with another user halfway across the world? Did you know that even if you’re halfway across the world you can log into your very own computer?

Things like Ecommerce, remote desktop security, VPN’s (Virtual Private Networks), internet shared applications, online databases and more are out there, and unless your consultant can identify your need, you could miss out on opportunities that you didn’t even know existed!

Along with this internet convenience comes danger. Did you know that people can break into a poorly protected computer over the web and read, change and delete files? Did you know that someone can use the internet to hack into a web or mail server and use that server to send millions of spam messages in a matter of minutes?

Did you know that if that happens in your office, you could get “blacklisted” have all of the major ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) refuse to accept any of your email, effectively blocking all of your communication with their subscribers.

There are specialists in web based security, and a good internet consultant will help identify the right company for the job, based on the client’s needs, budget, and level of technical expertise.

Web design and Web hosting are both specialty services, and a good consultant should steer you to a reputable company providing both. In many cases, consulting companies may offer these services themselves, but more often, they use subcontractors and affiliates. This allows you to get not only a recommendation from the consultant, but also a sense of responsibility and follow through as well. It also allows you to not put all your eggs in one basket, in case your consultant becomes unavailable.

A good internet consultant can help you not only determine what your needs are, but review those options with you too. In many cases, a consultant can even contact these companies on your behalf, and explain your needs to them. Then they’ll get the written quotes, and review and explain those quotes to you in layman’s terms. This helps you maximize your time, giving you an efficient way to make an educated decision, without having to become an internet consultant yourself.

Advantages of Having a Business Consultancy and an HR Consultant

Building a business can be a tough task. There are multiple demands and numerous problems. Especially for young and small businesses, keeping pace may be easier said than done. With one wrong step, the entire company could be in jeopardy.

In the Philippines, Makati City is the country’s business hub. Various industries and companies take the time to invest in this part of Asia; and with that in mind, having a small business can attract future big clients. In today’s fast-paced busy society, there are a lot of advantages and benefits from having a business consultancy and an HR consultant Makati company.

Having a business consultancy could definitely help you improve your overall business performance. Any company or business should have a direction and a purpose. This is not just about having a marketing strategy but it involves who you are as a competitive company. Surrounding yourself with people who have that same mindset can help you reach that goal. If you don’t have a direction in the first place, they will help you make one. All actions should be in accordance to this general plan.

People in a business consultancy are experts in the field of business. In starting out as a small business, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns whether you are aware of them or not. They should be approachable enough that you can ask for advice. No matter what their opinion may be, decide for yourself if it will make the company grow.

Likewise, an HR consultant Makati company can help improve your business. The area of Human Resources is often underrated. Their task may even be sometimes misunderstood. A proper HR consultant aims for effective HR processes and services. With their help, the company, with its employees can greatly advance. They can hold group dynamics and focus group discussions creating a good working environment. Nearly all employees want a workplace they can call their second home, so building one in your office can be fruitful. In addition, employee-employer relations are looked after. With the help of HR people, arguments and legal action may be avoided.

Aside from this, they also provide feedback for the entire company. Sometimes, a company can get sidetracked and lose focus. However, with the help of the HR, all the different departments can be regularly checked and improved. The overall processes of the HR should be aligned with the company’s goal.