Why can’t franchisees be the new boss?

March 5, 2011

At least they’d protect their equity.

If franchisees can’t imagine themselves lead by a peer, well, that’ s just too bad.

Meet the new boss

Same as the old boss

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Don’t look for truth in authority

February 13, 2011

It’s not there.

It’s in the poor and the imprisoned.

No one teacher is perfect.

[Living in Stereo]


Franchising creates and enforces a caste system

February 11, 2011

Franchisor opportunism can be both very rare and effective in enforcing obedience.

Obedience is enforced by controlling intra-species and inter-franchisee communication and contact.

Annual meetings, bulk emails, newsletters, site visits and faux franchisee-friendly social sites get the lesson out:

stay in your place or suffer the consequences.

The means may change but the objective stays the same.

[What was Jim Crow?, Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia]


Franchisees hate being reminded of reality

February 5, 2011

Especially from a credible, well-advised peer.

Thinking is much harder work than an escape into la-la land.

[Buddha Brot]


Brace yourself like a fighter

January 26, 2011

God is the master of the forces of evil

Yahweh gave his answer from the heart of the tempest. He said:

Brace yourself like a fighter, now it is my turn to ask questions and yours to inform me.
Do you really want to reverse my judgement, and put me in the wrong to put yourself in the right?
Has your arm the strength of God’s, can your voice thunder as loud?
If so, assume your dignity, your state, robe yourself in majesty and splendour.
Let the spate of your anger flow free; humiliate the haughty at a glance!
Cast one look at the proud and bring them low, strike down the wicked where they stand.
Bury the lot of them in the ground, shut them, silent-faced, in the dungeon.
I myself will be the first to acknowledge that your own right hand can assure your triumph.
Job 40: 6-14

The Ancient of Days, William Blake, 1794


Race, class & a Belief in a Just World

November 30, 2010

If you believe in a just world, you are a vulnerable class.

You were screened for this psychological trait as a candidate, socialized to identify with your jailers (authority, Stockholm syndrome) and excreted when the dough ran out.


Gag orders distort & defeat rational investment decision making

September 30, 2010

Franchising is as healthy as its secrets.

mike right-web

Confidentiality agreements are used promiscuously:

  1. pre-sale (when looking),
  2. at any cash payment for “wrongs” during the relationship,
  3. at renewal,
  4. at listing of business for sale,
  5. when you exit, and
  6. at any lawsuit end.

In my 15 minutes of fame, I was asked a question:

[John O’Toole] Can you suggest one thing within the framework we’ve defined that would improve – not totally correct; we’ve passed that, we’re not astronauts – but one thing we could do that would make a real impact on these 40,000 victims, self-imposed victims in some cases? What could we do?

Mr Stewart: Outlaw gag orders. Outlaw gag orders.

Confidentiality agreements encourage opportunistic franchisor behavior because they conceal bad behavior to unsuspecting current and future financial market investors. They are a very large source of imperfect investment information.

Silence puts gold in only the pockets of those proposing these “agreements” that are tethered to the franchisee’s life savings.

More corrosively, they operate internally the same way a false prisoner confession works.

Psychologically they create an internal silencing mechanism, part of which is explained by the concepts of cognitive dissonance, learned helplessness, and obedience (Milgram, Stanford prison, Abu Ghraib). The experience of franchising can be engineered to provide a subtle and not so subtle method of mind control as was seen in the ’70s case of est.

The victim becomes convinced that they were the cause of their own suffering.


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