ActionCoach Canada: Someone get me an application.

November 8, 2010

I promised my bankruptcy trustee no more franchises but…

ActionCoach belongs to the Canadian Franchise Association, CFA. As a member, they are bound by the CFA’s Ombudsman program and their Code of Ethics. Every franchisee is automatically a member of the CFA if its franchisor is.

ActionCOACH Canada
The World’s Number 1 Business Coaching Firm
#202, 12906 – 54 Street
Edmonton, AB T5A 5A8, Canada
Phone: (888) 478-0790 / (780) 478-0790
Fax: 1-866-243-1654
Contact: Greg Kopchuk, Master Licensee

Do you want to improve your personal lifestyle, income, wealth, equity and eliminate your debt? Do you want to be able to help others? Do you want balance in your life so you can spend more time with your family? Do you want to be part of an organization that offers mentorship and guidance to success? An ActionCOACH franchise might be the right choice for you. With the license you are granted, you’ll receive the tools, support, and business systems that work in any business, anywhere, any time.

Franchise Units Canada: 40 USA: 325 Other: 554
Corporate Units USA: 7 Other: 1
In Business Since: 1993
Franchising Since: 1998
Franchise Fee: $75K
Investment Required: $100K
Training: $25-47K 10-45 Day Program
Available Territories: All of Canada, US, Int
CFA Member Since: 2000

Thought control, the digital media and empires

October 20, 2010

New media is often captured by totalitarian regimes.

PhD, one-time, legally appointed Chancellor Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl used motion pictures.

Now others use the internet.

I responded recently to a series of posts from Richard Solomon and an anonymous poster called FuwaFuwaUsagi. Fuwa’s motto is, it seems “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.”,_Adolf_Hitler_und_Leni_Riefenstahl.jpg

Near the end, it’s just pathetic.

Ch-ch-ch-changes (turn and face the strain) Ch-ch-changes

August 23, 2010

Franchising would be an okay investment…

IF its business model risk profile didn’t change (ie. turns ugly) over the course of the contract.

But it does. Like a lot.

Don’t gamble with your life savings by buying a car with no brakes.

Changes, David Bowie form the 1971 album Hunky Dory.

Still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

(Turn and face the strain)
Don’t want to be a richer man
(Turn and face the strain)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

(Turn and face the strain)
Don’t tell t hem to grow up and out of it
(Turn and face the strain)
Where’s your shame
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Changes are taking the pace I’m going through

(Turn and face the strain)
Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers
(Turn and face the strain)
Pretty soon you’re gonna get a little older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

No fault Franchising: Business models change all the time

August 6, 2010

You do 100% accurate due diligence before you signed your franchise agreement. The model checked out, aces.Three years in, however, the model changed making your investment sour.


Whose fault is it?:

  1. franchisor — even though they clearly stated in the agreement that it was their model and they could change it anytime, for any reason, without anyone’s consideration (let alone yours),
  2. franchise lawyer — their duty is to protect their client (95% of the time = franchisors),
  3. sales agent — who said there was some “good faith” law that protected you (specific provisions +99.9% trumps wishy-washy ones),
  4. the regulator — tend to be influenced by those that can wield influence,
  5. your parents — don’t buy junior a franchise (suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24),
  6. your wife — you didn’t let her sign any paperwork (did you?), or
  7. yourself.

Answer: Nobody.

It’s in the nature of modern franchising. You simply misunderstood and bought into a persuasive and sophisticated marketing message.

You fell for the old cock and bull story.

Evil in franchising? Look to the system not the individual

August 4, 2010

Social psychologist legend Philip Zimbardo makes an excellent point in this TED video.

He asks the question: Does evil reside primarily in…

  1. the apple (the individual),
  2. the whole barrel of apples (everything) or
  3. the barrel-makers (power brokers, the system, situation)?

I have concluded abuse within mom-and-pop franchising has evolved and resides mostly with the power elite: the franchise bar, the Fixers.

This is why modern franchising is Unsafe at any Brand.

Unsafe at any Brand

August 1, 2010

Franchising’s only meant for immigrants and white trash, anymore.

Sure there are others that get in the wrong line, but they’re getting fewer and farther apart.

No respectable person wants to be a mom-and-pop franchisee anymore.

A Well Respected Man” is a song by the British band The Kinks, originally released on the UK EP Kwyet Kinks in September 1965…

[Ray] Davies composed the song based on a negative experience with upper class guests at a luxury resort where he was staying in 1965. He crafted the song to mock what he perceived as their condescension and self-satisfaction. Wikipedia


A Well Respected Man, The Kinks

‘Cause he gets up in the morning,
And he goes to work at nine,
And he comes back home at five-thirty,
Gets the same train every time.
‘Cause his world is built ’round punctuality,
It never fails.

And he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And his mother goes to meetings,
While his father pulls the maid,
And she stirs the tea with councilors,
While discussing foreign trade,
And she passes looks, as well as bills
At every suave young man

‘Cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And he likes his own backyard,
And he likes his fags the best,
‘Cause he’s better than the rest,
And his own sweat smells the best,
And he hopes to grab his father’s loot,
When Peter passes on.

‘Cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And he plays at stocks and shares,
And he goes to the Regatta,
And he adores the girl next door,
‘Cause he’s dying to get at her,
But his mother knows the best about
The matrimonial stakes.

‘Cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

What is a real and what is a fake small business?

July 14, 2010

Just because you’re new to small business, does NOT absolve fraudsters from their guilt.

What is real (people, water, statuary) and what is not?

Hard for you to tell right away.

Some franchisors want you to know nothing about the industry.

Thanks to Mighty Optical Illusions.

BP controls 6 international brands. Five are franchised.

June 19, 2010

They behave exactly as any sophisticated franchisor does in a crisis.

This video summarizes the last 50 days.

Would you share your family’s financial future with these “professionals”?

The more people say “Don’t boycott BP because the outlets are franchised” the more franchising becomes a laughingstock.

And everyone’s ability to sell-out diminishes just a little bit.

For every franchisee.

When high risk is disguised, franchise investors behave more recklessly because they are human beings

June 18, 2010

Perceived risk.

Big Franchising tries to minimize the public’s perceived risk of buying all franchises.


  1. anchor their false legitimacy in “badges of authority” (FTC, banks, trade associations that claim to have a credible Code of Ethics or Ombuds program, justice system, toothless regulation and disclosure laws, government guaranteed loan programs, etc.),
  2. blame the fraud victims for their situation (ad hominem attacks),
  3. goes after military pensions by discounting worthless franchises (VetFran) and
  4. trot out the most blatant franchisee shills imaginable to hype foreign predatory systems.

Potential franchisees respond by buying higher risky offerings to satisfy their pre-existing tolerance for risks (see Target Risk: free online book by Gerald J. S. Wilde)

This is why franchising remains much, much riskier than independent businesses.

And getting riskier.

And without effective safeguards, franchising is Unsafe at any Brand.

Better an honourable death than a shameful life.

May 20, 2010

Franchising will collapse worldwide with oligarch funding from Russia.

Maybe Germany.

It is least likely to be initiated in North America.

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