I was reading an article by Boe Parrish entitled Layoff Employees Need Help…Survivors Need Hope and here are my thoughts.
He said "(Everyday) Another layoff is announced, and another significant percent of the workforce is being laid off. … Profits are declining, sales are off, and executives are left with no other choice than cutting expenses in order to remain competitive, or simply to survive."
This seems like a self fulfilling prophecy. People out of work spend less. People who think they may soon be out of work spend less. People who are not out of work but are supporting other family members who are out of work, spend less. Business people who are afraid customers will be buying less spend less.
I agree with Boe. Employees need Hope. I also believe employers need Faith. I understand companies have stock holders to support and growth numbers to meet. I also know it is easy to say "I have faith God will provide all my needs" when it comes to your own life but harder to say to unbeleivers in a stock holders meeting.
Everyone recognizes and responds to success. I believe companies that keep faith and offer support, not just price cuts to their customers, will shine bright and quickly be recignized. Business partners will become excited to learn how succesful companies are staying succesful when other are cuting back and holding cash because of fear.
We don't just live in a consumer ecomony, it is also a sellers ecomony. If you can't sell your product because your customer can't sell his, offer help. Don't say, "I'll work with you." and then just cut your price, WORK with your customer. Go to their meetings and help bring new idea for growth.
I think the only thing to fear is fear. I believe President Bush planted a seed of fear when the declared a financial crisis and started this tail spin. We need to reject fear and keep the faith.
I attended the open house for the Oklahoma City Coworking Collaborative (OkcCoCo). Over one hundred people attended. Derrick Parkhurst, Ph.D and Noah Everett spoke of TwitPic.com spoke to the crowd.
Dr. Parkhurst is the founder of OkcCoCo. He spoke about the business and how collaborating booths assist and creates businesses. He spoke about the problems of starting a business. About how hard it is to work from home or from placed like Panera Bread or Starbucks. Darrick hopes to create a place where independent workers, or small teams, can meet and talk to interesting people doing cool things with technology. OkcCoCo will included a learning center for classes about technology.
OkcCoCo should open April 1st. It is located on the south west corner of 7th and Hudson, just north of downtown Oklahoma City. OkcCoCo will be providing office space, conference rooms, class room space and a commons social area for people to meet. Space can be rented on a daily or monthly bases. Flex plans provide cubical like work spaces for members from as little as five days a month.
Mr. Everett spoke about his endeavors starting TwitPic.com. Like so many start up stories Noah TwitPic from his apartment, in Tulsa Oklahoma, with only one server. Today (literally) Noah is installing new equipment in a computer center in Dallas. TwitPic has received lots of interest because it provides a way for people to share photos from their cell phones and through desktop computer apps easily. Here are my TwitPics. TwitPic.com received some notoriety for a single picture taken about the Hudson river plan crash and posted to TwitPic.
One of my new years resulations was to turn my wait gain around. Meaning, not to loose X number of pounds but simply to start looseing. What I need is a simple workout plan. Something that will not take much equpment or time.
Today I learned about One Hundred Pushups .COM.I took the test and I can do six knee (I call them girly) pushups. I'll start the full program on monday (01/19/09). I'll post my results on twitter each day and update this story when I complete the program.
Wish me luck.
Here are by big plans for this year.
1) Eat better
2) Take more photos
3) Reverse the wait gain