January 8, 2015
Unlike TDL, franchising has accurately been known as a Trap for the Trusting.
With the proper use of research, information sharing, technology, and consulting, even a few operators can act to defend and even help themselves in a new regime.
But they need training and ultra-high levels of confidentiality.
- A few, smart, willing-to-learn and -adapt operators will survive, grow, and prosper.
Others will choose to live in the past.
Originally posted on LesStewartConsulting.ca, ConcernedTimHortonsFranchisees.ca and Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operators website (CDNafo.ca).
July 8, 2012
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity, Professor Carlo M. Cipolla 1922 – 2000
- Always and inevitably, everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
- The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
- A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons, while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
- Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular, non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.
- A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
The power of stupidity
It is not difficult to understand how social, political and institutional power enhances the damaging potential of a stupid person. But one still has to explain and understand what essentially it is that makes a stupid person dangerous to other people – in other words what constitutes the power of stupidity.
Essentially stupid people are dangerous and damaging because reasonable people find it difficult to imagine and understand unreasonable behaviour…
With a stupid person all this is absolutely impossible as explained by the Third Basic Law. A stupid creature will harass you for no reason, for no advantage, without any plan or scheme and at the most improbable times and places. You have no rational way of telling if and when and how and why the stupid creature attacks. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy. Because the stupid person’s actions do not conform to the rules of rationality, it follows that:
a) one is generally caught by surprise by the attack; b) even when one becomes aware of the attack, one cannot organize a rational defense, because the attack itself lacks any rational structure.
The fact that the activity and movements of a stupid creature are absolutely erratic and irrational not only makes defense problematic but it also makes any counter-attack extremely difficult – like trying to shoot at an object which is capable of the most improbable and unimaginable movements. This is what both Dickens and Schiller had in mind when the former stated that “with stupidity and sound digestion man may front much” and the latter wrote that “against stupidity the very Gods fight in vain.”
For more explanation see here.
February 24, 2012
The leaders of the backlash may talk Christ, but they walk corporate.
Corruption is uniquely reprehensible in a democracy because it violates the system’s first principle, which we all learned back in the sunshiny days of elementary school: that the government exist to serve the public, not particular companies or individuals or even elected officials.
While earlier forms of conservatism emphasized fiscal sobriety, the backlash mobilizes voters with explosive social issues…which is then married to pro-business economics.
Grandstanding leaders never deliver, their fury mounts and mounts, and nevertheless they turn out every two years to return their right-wing heroes to office for a second, a third, a twentieth try. The trick never ages; the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated then ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs are rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.
— Thomas Frank 1965-
February 4, 2011
Creative types are sensitive to what is happening RIGHT NOW.
It’s a harder life ’cause the rest of us live our lives transfixed, hurtling toward death: staring in the rearview mirror.
December 2, 2010
All mom-and-pop investors, including franchisees, should be treated more like dairy than beef cows.
In Australia they’re setting up a second, third and maybe fourth state Commissioner.
Ontario, Canada might want to do the same.
Tony Martin would make an excellent choice.
November 19, 2010
A recent Ontario appeal court decision is very important for every Canadian franchisee.
On September 16, 2010 the Ontario Appeal Court confirmed a $50,000 award for mental distress.
First time ever. Read it here:
Suddenly the economics of pleading good faith has tipped significantly in franchisees’ favour, not just in Ontario but beyond Canada as well..
Some systems have 50, 100 or 1,000 franchisees.
You do the math of the aggregate value of a group or class action lawsuit.
You still need protection against choosing the wrong attorney but great news this fall.
Kudos: First franchisee call-out on internet:
Jeff Lefler, National Bread Network, October 21, 2010
[full chronology on Blue MauMau]