Uber Presses the Fight for Freedom in Myrtle Beach

Rogue taxi-type service Uber is moving into my hometown of Myrtle Beach SC. I’m really happy about it, but city officials aren’t so pleased. City spokesman Mark Kruea went so far as to say…

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Then he threatened to…

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I’ve never used Uber before as a driver or passenger, but I really like the idea of the service. I also like how the company is shaking things up in both the business and governmental side of things. I’ve written about the founder and his schooling before HERE.

You know, there’s a chance here for local governments to do things right or just sit back with their rules and regulations to fight progress and change. How about instead of screaming fines, taxes, and jail, city officials sit down and say, “How can we make this happen? What do we need to do differently to make for changes in the way things are done and adapt to the economy? Or do we just hide behind the dinosaur of unbending governmental behavior?”

My hope is that the senior citizens who sit on the Council and in the Mayor’s seat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would see that change is on the horizon and that something different will happen, whether they like it or not.

My hope for Uber, if the City doesn’t listen, is that they’ll pay a few fines and bail bonds and help the citizens get this ball of change rolling.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading! 

What or Who is Sucking the Marrow Out of Your Life?

Most people realize that bone marrow is pretty important. Without it you die. Problems with it and you still die, just slower. That’s where the saying about sucking the marrow from your life came from.

In this pic, Dr. McCoy is sucking the marrow from humans to create a class of super mutants. You may not think your life is that dramatic, but it is. It’s also way more important. It’s your fracking life we’re talking about.

Find out where the marrow suck is happening and put a stop to it right now.

If you need help with the diagnosis, give me a call. I’ll coach you through it.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Sacrificing Our Kids to the Dixie Youth Little League Monster

I learned a lot of good business and life lessons from watching my 6yo son play machine pitch baseball this year. We live down south, so he’s in a Dixie Youth affiliated program run by the Surfside Beach Youth Sports Association (SBYSA). Overall, the season was a huge fiasco, but that’s no reason to not learn anything from it. One would hope the SBYSA would learn something as well, but, judging by their refusal to make any changes, I’m not so sure.

This season brought back bad memories of the baseball field scenes from Maximum Overdrive. The steamroller would be the SBYSA.

The president of the association was determined that he’d bring the kids up to speed for some type of program he envisioned for the future, but he pushed for change at lightning speed with no transition. Lesson- not all change has to happen immediately. In business you might lose money or personnel. In Little League, it’s not worth kids getting hurt over.

They invested in or borrowed expensive pitching machines. They didn’t work, but, instead of moving to coach pitch so the kids could actually enjoy the game, they kept messing with the machines. Lesson- sometimes an investment isn’t worth the money you put in. Know when to call it quits and move in a different direction.

Here’s a typical game with the lovely pitching machines…

  • Every third pitch was followed by a scream from the official of “No pitch!”
  • A kid would be hit by a wild pitch every couple of innings. Yes, they were beaning little kids with this precision machine.
  • Each inning consisted of 95% machine adjustment and readjustments and 5% letting the little tykes actually play ball.
  • It got to the point where the kids were afraid to step into the batter’s box. One of the parents actually referred to the batter’s box as ‘the death zone’.
  • Even with all the bad pitches, they would give each kid 5 pitches and then send them back into the dugout. It was assembly line baseball.
  • Instead of learning skills like proper batting, the kids would swing at anything, because they had no way of knowing if they’d get a good pitch at all.

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Nearly every game myself and several other parents asked the coaches and yelled from the stands, “Do coach pitch and let the kids play.” When they wouldn’t do that, we tried to get them to at least let the batter run or throw a ball into the field with each strikeout, just so the kids could do something besides play in the dirt. Lesson- be willing to listen to your customers when they let you know something isn’t working.

Because of the machine, there was an electrical cord strung across the field, tripping the kids as they run the bases. Lesson- repair obvious problems immediately, especially if they pose a hazard to you, your employees, or your customers.

Even with the problems, they still forced kids in ill-fitting catcher’s equipment to stand behind the plate. Each game averaged at least one catcher getting hurt and taken off the field. It almost seemed like they enjoyed seeing just how much pain the kids could take. Lesson- be very careful if one of your numbers that you watch is the attrition of your team. It’s necessary in the military, but not business or Little League.

Perhaps scariest of all, they allowed adults onto the field to help the kids without necessary background checks. Lesson- many of your businesses require classes, certifications, and security checks. Don’t bypass those to save time or money. It’ll catch up eventually.

What the league really worked out to was an effort by the SBYSA president to appease himself at the expense of the kids’ safety and enjoyment and the parents’ willingness to take part in the same fiasco the next year. Don’t do this in your business or you may find yourself working solo with no customers.

And please don’t throw baseballs at people in the office.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Be Like Wolverine in Your Business

Wolverine is famous for saying that he’s the best there is at what he does. Now, what he does is killing people, monsters, and aliens that need killing. I know not many of you do that, but, in your niche occupation, are you the best there is at what you do?

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If not, why not?

Why aren’t you pushing to be the best? What’s keeping you from it? Why are you just playing around instead of truly working?

If you’re not willing to be the best, then it might be time to quit.

PS…Don’t let the fact that Wolverine is a dude keep you ladies from being the best. Domino shows us that she’s up for it as well.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

Spend Money and We’ll Like You

That’s really what stores are saying isn’t it? They only like us when we give them money.

I received a mailer yesterday from Office Depot.

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I spend a lot of money there, because it’s the big box office supply store that’s closest to my house. Honestly, I’d go somewhere else if they offered the same and were closer. They don’t really inspire much loyalty on my part other than geographical distance. This mailer is part of the reason why.

Here’s what they’re saying…

I’m a customer.

They appreciate me.

But only if I spend more money.

I know the business world revolves around the exchange of money, but it also has to do with relationships. In my opinion, they damaged one with this mailer.

Here’s how they could have done it better.

Do a special customer appreciation event. Define parameters and do some data mining. Look for customers like me who come in regularly and spend a fairly set amount of money. I (or my minions) buy supplies there for 6 different businesses from printers to paper. Make me want to come in more often and spend money on more than just the essentials. Your special event could be a new product reveal, an after hours thing, or just a coupon for a free coffee from the Keurig machines you sell.

At the special customer event, give me a coupon like the one shown above. I promise, I’m likely to spend more money if invited to something special, rather than simply an invitation to spend money, which is all that the mailer was.

More than anything else, Office Depot…make me feel unique. If I just want to be a number and buy office supplies cheap, I’ll just use my Amazon Prime account and order with free shipping from the office. With nothing special or unique to entice me, why should I hop in the car and drive over? If I don’t hop in the car and drive over, how will you impress me and upsell me with your other goodies?

You’ve got to do it better. I’ll be needing printer ink soon, and I may consider shopping around.

A Little Coffee to Clean Your Wound?

I thought I’d drop a little coffee goodness on you this fine day.

This has to be one of the most awesome coffee ads I’ve ever seen. Well, actually it’s an ad for a Stanley thermos, but it works for coffee too. Traipsing through the outdoors and injured…just pour hot coffee on it.

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My wife and I were watching The Starving Games on Netflix. It’s a parody of The Hunger Games and pretty funny. Here’s a great beardsmith view of the game master sporting Starbucks chops.

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A nice coffee scene from an old issue of Sensational Spider Man…

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And this little tidbit about Megan Fox just makes her seem even more awesome.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!