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.


Brown lipstick & a purposeful life

August 13, 2010

No wonder there is such unhappiness in this industry.

Franchisors, attorneys, suppliers, journalists, and franchisees: all trying to position themselves for their self-interest based not on merit but on favours given and received.

Tell’em Frank: You should be fair with people, especially those coming in wearing shorts.

If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.

Frank Zappa 1940 – 1993


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