Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let's call the NFL what it is ... A Capitalistic Endeavor

imageThe NFL is an almost perfect example of capitalism. It's Capitalism at it's finest. Well, perhaps it's really more of an example of Crony Capitalism. It's an almost perfect example of it.
Crony capitalism - A term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials.
I originally was thinking that the NFL is a Cartel. While there are some similarities and points of comparison (as noted below) ultimately the NFL is an example of a capitalistic endeavor. The NFL enjoys a a non-profit status. Which affords the league some discretion when negotiating.
Cartel – An organization of a few independent producers for the purpose of improving the profitability of the firms involved.
In this post I’ll cover a few points that have come up in the past few days:
  • Is the NFL a cartel?
  • The NFL Non-Profit Status
  • Why Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) makes 51 times more than the lowest paid employee (aka NFL player)
  • DeflateGate and Congressional Hearings
  • And … Can the world live without the NFL?
Full Disclosure: I am a fan of capitalism. Some of this may come off as a rant. That’s not my intent. I hope it spurs conversation and thinking.

Comparing the NFL to OPEC
Most everyone knows that OPEC is a cartel. For those that don't ... OPEC is the cartel that controls the flow of oil from the Middle East. As we have seen in the past few weeks with the drop in gas prices at the pump there is no guarantee that cartels can always succeed. This is especially true when another form of supply becomes available. In OPEC’s case … it’s the rise of shale production.

There are some similarities between OPEC and the NFL. However, unlike OPEC there will likely never be another major supplier of “American Style Football” that will replace the NFL. Yes, there are a few competitors, but by the definition of a cartel I think the NFL has utilized it’s power, it’s non-profit status and if’s influence to insure they never grow too large to be a worry. The NFL has something else to worry about … an alternate supplier. The likely alternate supplier is soccer (aka futbol).

The big question to be answered is ... Can the world live without the NFL? 

Is the NFL a Cartel?
  • I think the answer is yes. But, not in every sense of the definition.
  • The NFL currently can only manage the Supply.
  • They slap fees and fines onto teams for "breaking the rules" yet these are merely band-aids and just a bit of sleight-of-hand to make the masses think there are real changes taking place. Guess what? It's a facade.
Supply and Demand
Cartels seek to control Supply. Of course, they can't always control demand. But, in a world where demand is ever present they can rest assured that Demand will continue to increase or at least stay at a steady state. This is not always a guarantee. As noted above with OPEC and Shale. The NFL faces a decreasing demand … from Millennials and Gen Z. These two will likely kill the NFL.
  • The only thing that is going to change the behavior of the NFL is to decrease the demand.
  • Currently there is an almost insatiable desire for football and more football.
  • Guess What? The NFL has the public eating out of their hand. For now.
Should the Non-Profit Status be ripped from the NFL?
A friend mentioned / suggested this on Facebook the other day in relation to the NFL scandal of the week “DeflateGate” and while I think there is some merit to this it won’t matter in the long run. The NFL has bigger problems. So, would ripping the Non-Profit status have an impact?
  • Would it make any difference?
  • Not likely.
  • There are multi-millionaire and multi-billionaire owners with a lot at stake. The non-profit status is just a factor that allows the league to do what they want. To appoint who they want. To have scapegoats when they need them. The scapegoat in this case is paid very well and goes by the title of NFL Commissioner.
Will there be congressional hearings about this DeflateGate?
  • They will probably be proposed. Whether they actually happen is anyone's guess. Personally, I hope not. Congress doesn't do much else. This is the least of their concerns. Congress should focus on things that matter to the country. Not on things that impact multi-billionaire owners of sports teams. But, again ... this flashes back to Crony Capitalism.
  • It's really nothing more than a sideshow
  • As Mack Sigman often says ... look for the news they AREN'T talking about.
Why does Roger Goodell make 51 times more than the lowest player in the NFL?
  • Crony Capitalism
  • Scapegoatism
  • Because the NFL can do whatever it wants.
Who does Goodell report to?
Answer: The NFL Owners. If Roger Goodell can pull down $44M for being “the face” of the NFL and taking the heat for the Scandals of the Week … more power to him. As a capitalist he is making it happen. Sure, his handlers are parading him around like a marionette, but if he can live with himself … more power to him. His handlers (aka the NFL team owners) are the true Crony Capitalists here.

Clearly, they have figured out how to keep themselves out of the limelight and prop up a front man. The current front man happens to be Roger Goodell and he’s pulling down a hefty salary for it. More power to him. Crony Capitalism at it's finest.
  • Clearly the owners are willing to pay him an exorbitant sum to be their scapegoat.
  • It's working.
  • His $44M compensation package is 51 times higher than the lowest paid NFL player. Why?
    • The lowest paid NFL player in 2012 was an $863,414 average annual salary
What would change the behavior of the NFL?
  • A decrease in demand.
  • Millennials are killing the NFL - As I had written about earlier in Will Millennials Kill Football?
  • Fear. The fear of the declining power of the NFL is driving more public outreach.
What the NFL is realizing --- based on all the PR efforts they have been spinning out over the past few years (Play 60, Certified Coaches, etc.) they know the NFL needs to do something to change perception. Before it's too late.
Nothing will change, until something changes.
~Unknown
The Big Difference between OPEC and the NFL?
Currently the world cannot survive without oil. The same cannot be said about the NFL.

As a Capitalistic Endeavor the NFL will fight to remain relevant and to keep the cash flow coming in. Just as it should be in any capitalistic endeavor. Can the NFL make the necessary adjustments to remain relevant? It will depend upon the NFL’s ability to maintain and/or grow demand. I think the NFL needs to make more than a few changes in order to insure the future of the league.

It remains to be seen if any real change comes from the NFL, but if I were to be playing the odds in Vegas I'd say there will be no immediate changes. The NFL has the public eating out of it's hand.

While the other hand is in the public's pocket extracting cash for stadiums, exorbitantly priced tickets and any other concessions they feel that can extort (err, I mean extract).



















Monday, January 19, 2015

It’s not Partnering, It’s Personal – Part 3

Lisa Harper ---They WON at the NFC Championship game  (18 Jan 2015)This is the face of shock, surprise and awe.

This is the face of Lisa … The Super Fan.

Part 3 of this story involves the crazy come from behind win that the Seattle Seahawks pulled off against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship.

Lisa Was There!

Thanks for Representing the 12’s.

If you read Part 1 and Part 2 you know I mentioned my friend Kevin McMillen of Ryantech and how he reminded me that:

Partnering IS Personal

It started with a phone call. Kevin called to ask if I thought a mutual friend at Microsoft would be interested in some tickets he just happened to have.

As it turns out. She WAS interested. And she was available.

As you can see by the pics she made the best of it by snagging pics with Warren Moon, Blitz and her 12th Mate (aka her husband). She helped make the magic happen that allowed the Seahawks to secure a hard fought victory with just a few minutes to go.

Way to Go Lisa. I’m so glad Kevin was able to help you get to the NFC Championship.

Congrats to all the 12’s and of course to the Seahawks. Good luck in Super Bowl 49.

PS --- Kevin … Who will you surprise next?

Lisa Harper --- Space Needle with 12 flag at the NFC Championship game (18 Jan 2015)  

Image Credits: Lisa Harper, Microsoft, NFL Football. Seattle Seahawks, Space Needle


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It’s not Partnering, It’s Personal – Part 2

image Part 2 of this story involves the Seattle Seahawks, Microsoft and the NFC Championship.

If you read Part 1 you know I mentioned my friend Kevin McMillen of Ryantechand how he reminded me that:

Partnering IS Personal

It started with a phone call. Kevin called to ask if I thought a mutual friend at Microsoft would be interested in some tickets he just happened to have to the game on Sunday. Just happened to have. That made me smile.

I’m Talking about THE GAME

imageYes, The NFC Championship! The game that is being played by the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The game that has tickets selling for over $1000. The game that sends the winner to the Super Bowl.

This is the game Kevin just happens to have tickets for. This is the game Kevin wants to give tickets away for someone that would really appreciate and enjoy the game. Kevin was looking for a Super Fan. Kevin had someone in mind. He wanted a Super Fan.

How do you Identify a Super Fan

He already had an idea who this Super Fan was going to be. He had figured, rightly so, that our friend Lisa Harper was the perfect candidate. She’s a Super Fan thru and thru. Kevin reached out to her … and waited … and waited … and waited.

Finally, she was able to check her phone and saw The Offer. I’m glad Lisa was able to say yes. I’m glad that she will be able to exercise her vocal chords at The Game today. And, I’m really happy to see that Kevin is Paying It Forward with our mutual friend. Showing that Kevin knows and lives the idea that Partnering IS Personal

Watch for posts from Lisa today. She’ll be the one with the huge smile (which she always has with her).

And, if you see her smiling face give her a rowdy “Go Hawks!” cheer and know that she is one of you.

In case you don’t know Lisa … She is one of the people that works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our partnering efforts with the Microsoft Partner Engagement Board and the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference are seamless and productive. Of all the people I know Lisa is one of the most deserving of receiving this incredible offer from Kevin.

Both Lisa and Kevin exemplify the idea that Partnering IS Personal

clip_image001If you see this smiling fan in the stands, at the tailgates or on the television … let her know she is awesome and she deserves to enjoy an awesome game (and hopefully an incredible win for the Seahawks).

 

What Does This Have to Do With Partners and Microsoft?

Well, it’s simple. The way Kevin and I met and the way Lisa and I met is all because of a group we are part of within the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem. So, as I mentioned in Part 1 … it started out as a Partnering Relationship and grew into a Personal Relationship.

Connect.Learn.Grow

We know each other well enough to be able to make introductions to other partners that may not be the right fit for our business, but we know that we will do our best to help these partners. That’s the nature of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem. We help each other to Connect. Learn. and Grow (which happens to be the tag line of the IAMCP).

Partnering is Personal

Lisa … Have Fun at the Game. Takes lots of pics and I’ll be looking for you on TV and I’ll be listening for your rowdy “Go Hawks!” cheers.

Thanks again Kevin for the call, the reminder and for your willingness to Share the LUV and Pay It Forward.

Your kindness and compassion are coming thru … again.

You are the embodiment & living, breathing proof that Partnering IS Personal

Image Credits: Microsoft, NFL Football. Seattle Seahawks, Space Needle


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

It’s not Partnering, It’s Personal – Part 1

Secret SauceSomething happened today that reminded me that Partnering is just the beginning.

I’ve been in the “partnering” biz for many years.

I’ve been fortunate to travel all over to world meeting partners, customers and making friends in far away places.

What I’ve learned and what I was reminded of today is this:

It’s Not Partnering, It’s Personal.

The best partnerships become personal. Sure, they start off with an idea, a promise and an initial question … What Can We Do Together?

image Today I was reminded by Kevin McMillen or Ryantech that partnering is good, but the personal relationships we develop are the secret sauce.

Thanks for the call today Kevin. Thanks for the reminder.

2015 is going to see more partnering, but more importantly we will continue to develop our personal relationship.

For anyone else reading this … I hope you find your partnerships are also becoming more personal.

It we are connected and partnering … you can count on it.


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Beginning of the End … of the Beginning

image It’s over!

2014 is almost in the books.

Time to Melt it Down and Re-Pour.

What did you plan to do in 2014? Did you get ‘em done?

What do you plan to do in 2015? How will you make sure you get ‘em done?

My 2014 was Tumultuous

imageI started the year working for one company and ended going back to where I started.

For those that haven’t been following along I went back to K2.

And I could not be happier. The energy, the passion, the products and especially the people. It’s great to be back at a company where great things are happening. You can feel it in the air. Sure, we have our challenges and challengers just like every other company, but knowing we have a great team, an incredible customer base and an amazing group of partners makes it fun, exciting and doable.

What Can You Expect From Me in 2015

In a word … More!  My Three Words for 2015 are Read, Write and Review. I’ve already got an editorial calendar in place (not finalized, but quite detailed). I’m always taking notes and ideas (on my Windows Phone in OneNote) of things I’d need to research and/or write. I’m always open for collaborative efforts too. Ping me if you have ideas you want to bounce around.

You’ll hear more about BYOA, Disposable Apps and Data Driven Processes from me in 2015.

I’ll also be working with my team to publish more on the topics above. We’ll be taking this on the road a bit more too. You’ll see me as the Chief Evangelist for K2 at a few events and you’ll also see our CEO and a few others from the leadership team at events for forward thinkers.

2015 is going be an incredible year for both technology and the people that use it. Think Productivity.

Find Me Here: You can always follow me and contact me on Twitter @jshuey or connect via LinkedIn, Facebook, or even Google+. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what we can do together.

Corollary - What Can I Expect From You in 2015

This is a big ask and one I don’t take lightly. I expect a lot from myself and to be honest a lot from my friends and family.

I expect you to continue to call me out on my posts, points and other things I put out there. There are a few people that have not been shy to do this. Please keep doing it. It makes me think and I really appreciate people commenting and pushing me. Keep ‘em coming. Yes, I’m talking to you Karl, Dan, Aaron, Michele, David, Kevin, Phil, Marti and Martin, Joe, Kevin, Rob and Rob, Molly, Erica, Shelly, Sean and Sean, Brian, Joyce, Brad, Margue and so many others. Keep ‘em coming!

One thing I already expect is to continue to be inspired, challenged and entertained by some of my favorite people in and out of the Social Media sphere. Some of them are listed below. By the way … by entertained I mean this in a very good way. The people I’ve mentioned above and below are some of the best, brightest and in CBuck’s case the most prolific producers of content. If you aren’t following the folks mentioned perhaps 2015 is the year to start.

  • Christian Buckley (aka CBuck) – Amazing Posts. Start Reading them now. As you will see they’ll keep coming!
  • Vala Afshar – Always great content to get me thinking.
  • Dan Schawbel and Maria Elena Duron – Proof that the younger generation has the passion, energy and smarts to make a huge difference.

Of course, I will be working a lot with the K2 team as well as our customers and partners to continue to Think, Learn and Grow in 2015. As mentioned above I’m always up for collaboration. Even if it’s just to bounce a few ideas around. Ping me when you are ready.

It’s Beginning!

Come with me, will you.


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Return of a Naked Wrist – Musings on The Microsoft Band

image This is The End of a Naked Wrist Musings on The Microsoft Band. At least for now.

It was a fun experiment while it lasted. After an extended review that included bike rides, runs and lots of walks around the neighborhood and everyplace else I go I have decided to return my Microsoft Band.

Not because I didn’t like it. Rather because it didn’t do enough of the things I needed it to do. This is not an indictment against The Microsoft Band. As I mentioned in this post Naked Wrist Musings - Part Deux  I’m not the (current) target market for this device. And, I’m OK with that.

My offer to Microsoft: If you ever decide to make a waterproof Sports Edition and include Bicycle & Altitude Oriented Tracking I would be happy to try one again. Hint, Hint … Microsoft … Are you listening?

Impressive Device

The technology involved in the building of The Microsoft Band is impressive and will have a future in the Wearable Computing market. If Microsoft continues to pursue what seems to be a strategy to drive the Microsoft Health platform, and I suspect they will, I expect Microsoft to continue to add a few more Healthcare Specific Functions (see my post here). Things like Blood Pressure Monitoring and perhaps Blood Sugar Testing could be integrated with existing devices. imageIoT, Gen X and The Microsoft Band

The upside here is these devices all become part of the whole Internet of Things (IoT) calculus and they can be powered by the Microsoft Band that is tethered to a mobile phone. This could be a nice Trojan Horse for the new Microsoft Lumia line of phones. Wisely, Microsoft made it so The Band works with other mobile devices. However, there is no reason not to cater to an audience that is willing to pay for a secure, easy to use interface that is the Lumia Phone.

Market Factoids:

  • Retirement Now! There are 10,000 people reaching retirement age every day in the USA alone. These people, or their insurance companies, may be willing to pay to monitor their health vitals. I’m sure Microsoft is paying attention here. This is a market that is waiting to explode.
  • Gen Y is Eighty-six million strong and is 7% larger than the baby-boom generation. (source: Barron’s)
  • Gen Z are the Digital Natives. They have grown up surrounded by technology.

So Long For Now

WP_20141127_029I’ve realized through this experiment that I am not the target market for The Microsoft Band.

That’s OK and I was happy to give it a try. I was really happy to be one of the early adopters of the devices. It was by a pure fluke that the Microsoft Store in U Village happened to have one in stock.

I am willing to try them again. If and when Microsoft comes out with a waterproof version.

Until then … This is The End of a Naked Wrist Musings on The Microsoft Band.

What’s Next?

As I mentioned in my previous posts I do think the Microsoft Band has a future. I’m pretty sure Microsoft is going after a market that is going to continue to grow. Especially as Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers continue to age and want to monitor their every waking (and sleeping) moment. To me the market for this particular breed of The Microsoft Band is to drive the idea Wearable Computing in the healthcare space. And, to a lesser extend drive or create an IoT model for the devices that may be able to connect to The Microsoft Band.  It’s clear Microsoft is using this product as a lead-in to the Microsoft Health app.

If you have a Microsoft Band let me know what you think. You can also keep up with The Microsoft Band on Facebook and Twitter.

Kudos to the Microsoft Band team for the website design, the OOTB applets and the Social Experience. There is room to grow here, but I think Microsoft is off to a good start.

image

Image Credit: Microsoft Corporation


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Favorite Mistake(s)

SNAGHTML1bd85d15Tomorrow is the last Monday of 2014.

Join us as we talk about Our Favorite Mistakes.

Michele Price is going to have a collection of her regular contributors, myself included, discussing our Biggest Mistakes of 2014 as well as our 2014 successes and plans to do things differently in 2015. We’ll be live at 9am Pacific Time which is 11am in Houston where her studio is located.

Hint: My Favorite Mistake involves the key word “plans” – Tune in tomorrow to hear the details.

We will answer three simple questions
  1. What was our #1 success in 2014
  2. What was our BIGGEST failure in 2014
  3. What will we do different in 2015 and how will we hold ourselves accountable?

Join us and see what you can learn form our mistakes. Hopefully we’ll be able to save you from making similar mistakes in 2015 and beyond.

 

Listen to Breakthrough Radio

December 29th 12pm ET 11am CT
Click to Listen Here
Mobile Listeners call 646-200-3742

Image Credit: Michele Price, Breakthrough Radio


clip_image001

Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at K2. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog.