Top 10 searches this month on FranchiseFool

January 30, 2012

WordPress does not show me the names of the people searching this weblog. Same for those who choose to follow the weblog by email.

But what (or whom) is being searched for is valuable feedback to those of us in the keeping an eye on the franchise industry social media space.

  1. ingrid chen winnipeg
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  3. mark bryers
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War if necessary but not necessarily war

November 10, 2011

Canadian Tire is a rare franchisee success story.

At one time, Canadian Tire,  grocery and auto dealers all used to have real power with their franchisor. The grocers and auto dealers went south over the decades.

Only Canadian Tire consistently stood up to their franchisor and resisted being betrayed by their “professionals”.

Anytime the franchisor had a stupid idea, slam, the CT franchisees hammered them.

  • Smart. Tough. Cohesive.

Why franchisees need $1-million cash in the bank

November 9, 2011

To have profitable peace with  your franchisor, you better be preparing for war.

Listen to George:

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me.’

If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

George Orwell

How to drive the franchising elite insane

October 19, 2011

Chris Hedges has seen power collapse often.

  • Each system — leaderless movement


0:49 – movements reveal fundamental truths, expose corruption, decay

1:40 – the end comes quickly as he foot solders of the elite look the other way, the elite are defenseless

2:53 – characteristics of Occupy Wall Street: non-hierarchical, won’t be baited into violence, can’t be destroyed, full transparency, rotate leadership

4:55 – no danger of being co-opted

Hedges on Truthdig

Faith comes in many sizes and shapes

October 15, 2011

Kevin O’Leary calls Chris Hedges a nutbar

October 10, 2011

Nice journalism. Nice manners.

CBC News, 7:00 on Occupy Wall Street

O’Leary’s bio. Ivey Advisory Board? Dragon’s Den? Shark Tank?


Start occupying your own franchise system

October 10, 2011

Only talk to an attorney you have a legal relationship to.

Their job is to snitch to the 1%.

We know there are undercover cops in the crowd. I think I was talking to one last night, but it’s like, what are you trying to accomplish? We don’t have any secrets.”

“The undercover cops are the only ones who ask, ‘Who’s the leader?’ ” she said. “Presumably, if they know who our leaders are they can take them out. The fact is we have no leader. There’s no leader, so there’s nothing they can do.

“There was a woman [in the medics unit]. This guy was pretending to be a reporter. The first question he asks is, ‘Who’s the leader?’  She goes, ‘I’m the leader.’ And he says, ‘Oh yeah, what are you in charge of?’ She says, ‘I’m in a charge of everything.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah?  What’s your title?’ She says ‘God.’ ”

— Chris Hedges, Why the Elites are in Trouble

99% of legal fees serve franchisors.

Two questions for Chris Hedges

April 19, 2011

Throw Out the Moneychangers:  an act of civil disobedience in New York city his week

Here is the video for the full speech.

Here is the text of the speech.

Real businesspeople only respect power

March 6, 2011

Franchisees think that they will be given what they were promised.

That hasn’t happened in small business for decades.


Hiring a legal top gun is moronic

February 17, 2011

If you haven’t already created a sustainable, 2nd opinion-balanced independent franchisee association.

They’ll get you money…maybe.

But the franchisor will claw it all back once the legal cowboy leaves Dodge.

And you may be in a much weaker net position.

[Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

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