March 19, 2010
I worked for about 6 years, post-Ivey MBA, in large organizations. Not a great “fit”, as they say.
Hugh MacLeod gives some career advice for coasting franchise executives.
That’s what happens when you’ve sold your soul, exist to get the next paycheck and your job becomes ‘not to get fired’. Pretend your interested, show up to the meetings and hopefully find meaning elsewhere in your life.
A better solution is to find meaning in everything you do, everyday- even if it means a pay cut.
Try to live as authentic of a life as you can.
March 12, 2010
Building a complex, national organization takes talent, skill and patience.
Leading independent businesspeople because you’re “not the boss of them”.
It’s much cheaper/easier just to trick someone into a prison and then hire thugs to guard them, isn’t it?
Any small band of low-quality individuals can run an abusive franchise system.
And because they can, they frequently do.
March 6, 2010
Why waste your time?
To be “fair” when they haven’t shown you 1% “fair”?
They can only drag you down and make you feel like shit.
They’ve had their chance.
They’re going extinct anyway…
January 25, 2010
I don’t hate franchising.
Quite the opposite: my life is full of the fondest memories of people I have known as franchisee, employee, observer and advocate.
Just don’t ask me to forget how it used to be or try to convince me that it couldn’t be better.
Those not remembering or giving up, hold the brown end of this stick.
January 21, 2010
I’ve always wondered why franchisees are criticized for believing in themselves and others.
I know I have to learn more discernment.
But please, don’t knock trying to improve things or yourself.
That’s kills dreams and people.
The cartoonist/blogger Hugh MacLeod has an interesting story. He frequently gets emotions, especially isolation.
— Stephen Leacock