Days are getting shorter – Keep the darkness at bay!

Now that we are losing about a minute of daylight every day (until December 21st, the shortest day of the year), it is important to check our flashlights and stock up on spare batteries!  Think of where you keep a flashlight – In the car (heat kills batteries), in a drawer in the kitchen, and in a hall closet.  
Take a moment to check the light – Does it have a strong, bright beam?  Check the batteries for leakage, and make sure you have spares handy.
Now if you don’t have a flashlight, it is time to consider buying one (or several).  Here is a list of basic lights on Amazon:
My preference are the rechargeable ones, so fewer dead batteries end up in landfills:  Rechargable LED Flashlights 
My favorite Light is the MAGLITE Flashlight, kind of heavy and “old school”, but usually reliable, bright, and sturdy enough to club somebody if you needed to defend yourself. 
If you buy a Maglite, consider NOT using standard D cell batteries; They can leak and jam in the flashlight, making an expensive light very useless and difficult to fix.  Consider using Rechargable Batteries , or  Lithium Batteries. Lithium batteries are lighter and longer lasting than the standard alkaline batteries, and they do not expand or leak – so your batteries will never make your flashlight unusable!
If you need a flashlight for work, I like the Tactical Ballistic Flashlights:
These are lightweight, powerful, and come in many different configurations and styles.  Flashlights make great gifts for the holidays (hint) and will brighten the day of anyone who gets a new light as a gift!
Hoping you see the light,
                    Spare Batteries

Where are the Hero CEO’s?

(Updated September 2020)

Every day, as I scan the newspapers and Internet services, there are new “fallen heroes” peppering the landscape with their behavior that I would have not tolerated in my own children.
Baseball players using enhancing drugs and lying about it. CEO’s making unjust profits as their publicly-held companies falter, Financial advisers padding their incomes at the expense of their trusting clients.  Not to forget a president who lies and his minions manipulate facts to make his false narrative real.

Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric, Available from Amazon Books.

What makes this horrible is that it affects an audience much greater than the misdeed, and something needs to be done.
The next generation is inheriting a mess, and their empirical view may be that grasping for prosperity and the gold ring will only benefit someone who is willing and capable to steal their earnings, their future, and their dreams for personal gain.

How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World’s Most Catastrophic Business Failures, Available from Amazon Books

In a publicly held company, the first duty of the management is to the shareholders – to reward their investment and confidence with increased value; raising the stock price, increasing market share and profitability, doing good works that benefit the reputation and status of the company.
Today we see top executives receiving compensation that is greater than the GDP of a third world nation. Executives paid handsomely to leave companies, and a sleight of hand with compensation that masks the true compensation with future stock warrants and “$1” annual paychecks.

The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it – from Amazon Books

Carl Icahn said that is is cheap to pay $26 million to a CEO who is destroying $1 billion of market share as an incentive to LEAVE the company. I agree, however it feels like a form of blackmail – none of my bosses would have paid me to vacate my desk for poor performance. He also said that he could get top talent to run a company for far less than the fantastic pay packages granted by the compensation committees.
So here are a few ideas; when you look at the role of the CEO as a leader, look at the big picture. Are the paychecks deferred (like a stock option, where the stock is bought at today’s price and the purchase is actually made in the future, AFTER the “recovery”?) making their $1 paycheck a good gamble? And is it tempered with a hefty severance package, ensuring that failure WILL be rewarded?

Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism – available on Amazon

Keep in mind that I am only talking about compensation. To be a Hero CEO, you have to be a leader. LEADING a company that is doing what is necessary to stay competitive in the present, and show value to the SHAREHOLDERS (remember us?) in the future. Keeping their pay in line with the company’s stature and growth, while minimizing the impact of the economy on their employees, those in the trenches toiling for the companies profits.

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer – From Amazon Books

Feel free to send me any nominees for Hero CEO’s. but remember, they have to be more than a an illusion or a self-aggrandizing scammer. Our children, and the world, have to see America as the land of opportunity, not the home of corporate greed and avarice towards ones workers and fellow men.

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity – From Amazon Books
The Hero Factor: How Great Leaders Transform Cultures and Create Winning Organizations – From Amazon Books