Manufacturing product in the States

 

When one considers the cost of operations outside of manufacturing- one can clearly see what is left for actually making said product. This chart is very telling.

I am almost certain, Apple will not shift manufacturing to the States unless they layoff many people throughout the corporation and realign strategic intent. That is simply unrealistic at this point in the game. The company has much more ground to cover as dominant innovators.

Flipping the script as it relates to strategic intent and business planning may be unnecessary and is difficult to do when the model is working and a business is profiting from said model.

What I believe Apple should do is, open its logistics and distribution to underserved areas and scale much like they have done in China. Albeit on a different logistics model for sure- as our labor cost is vastly different here in the States.

It can be done. It’s just a matter of fortitude and willingness.

Tim Cook if you’re out there listening, I want you to know:

I am a new convert- from Blackberry to Android to IPhone- and I love the ease of use… and the iPhone6s design/color.
I am proud of the accomplishments Apple has made
I knew Xerox was crazy when they did not listen to Apple’s founders (I was at the company then)
I wish you continued success
I want you to call me and hear a great story of winning in underserved areas.

Truly-
All the best,
Bridgette

Violence in small neighborhood areas in Chicago

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Violence in Chicago compared to Iraq and Afghanistan

It is widely reported, there are more murders in Chicago than there are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I am appalled and utterly concerned at the lack of progression as it relates decreasing the gross number of murders in Chicago.

The solution to this problem is not rocket science folks.

What is happening?

The gangs are not organized to any great extent in certain small neighborhood areas in Chicago.

The small areas that have been impacted, lack economic progress and they are in dire need of Social and Emotional Learning inclusion.

The small areas are concentrated with very dense populations of cyclical poverty and lack of access to sustainable jobs/careers

The youth are in full on survival mode

What does this mean?

The youth have become the very fiber of their environment and it has become a vicious cycle whereas there’s a lack of decorum, respect and a dire state of hopelessness!
There is absolutely nothing to look forward to besides the day they have and the territory they gain in light of survival.

Who understands this?

I know of a man who a very competent authority and is willing to curtail the violence to the extent he did up to 2013- whereas the violence was at an all- time low- Decrease by 25%! (Mr. Tio Hardiman with Violence Interrupters)

He is not lacking people resources at all- He is LACKING Funding!
He is COMPETENT
He is a man of INTEGRITY
He is Fearless
He is an Altruistic person
He stands for what is Right
He is very good at what he does
He has a great acumen as it relates to organization and change management
He is Educated
He is Street Savvy
He is well Respected in all communities

The city of Chicago had not seen such low numbers in violence achieved year over year (up to 2013 under his leadership) since 1965!!!

Who is calling on this man and his organization to STOP the violence?

I encourage everyone to put a stop to this and immediately work toward the greater good…or I can almost guarantee you, it will be in a neighborhood near you soon.
It’s just a matter of time.

Common sense should tell us- as areas become increasingly more crime ridden, oversaturated, and overwhelmingly dense, the leakage spills over into other areas.

The leakage can be likened to a catastrophic flood zone where people are displaced and force to leave their residence. The leakage causes people to relocate to other areas.

That area could be near you soon…where norm conformity does not reign.
This is not to say all peoples in said areas are bad people. Surely all peoples are not. However, the disrespectful serial criminals and hopeless people who would like to extend territory and wreak havoc in new environments may be part of the relocation package.

Let’s be clear:

The murders are concentrated and occurring in particular small neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, not all of Chicago.
However, the chases on the expressways to include but not limited to North Lakeshore Drive, The Dan Ryan, The Eisenhower expressways, The Kennedy and The Stevenson are ALL pathways to the more stable and affluent communities.

Therefore, we should put a bit of pressure on the City of Chicago to call on the expert who has the means and access to resolve this issue. The problem has now become Out Of Control- The ENTIRE WORLD/GLOBE is commenting (BBC, Al Jazeera etc.).
Further, the city’s police force cannot solve the psychological and social impact that creates the cycle of violence. They are to Serve and Protect in the short time span they are on the streets- with the hope to return home to their families intact. While police officers are sworn in to serve and protect, they are not the DEA, the CIA, Sociologists or Psychologists. They are Police Officers. Thus, it is almost a conflict of interest for the force to enter deep into the fabric and fiber of the violence interruption dynamism. No blame there. Albeit, there has to be a new and innovative training of sorts for the entire force. The force is dealing with a new day and a new complex problem and they are ill equipped to handle such issues and problems. This is why we see so many unjust police shootings around the country in similar said areas. The police force is in war zones much like Iraq and Afghanistan or better yet Vietnam- whereas most soldiers did not know who the real enemy was nor did they know why they were there fighting that battle everyday-all the while hoping to see a new day. None the less, the dynamic remains the same- it is a battle and it is a war. However, the dynamism is vastly different. The game has changed and no one informed the players of the new rules.

What is unclear too me?

Are we letting Politics and Bureaucracy work against the greater good to STOP the shootings and the killings?

I often wonder if this is the case. And if so, I am deeply saddened and a bit mortified by the matter at large.

Some would say- “hire more police officers”, that is indeed a temporary fix to a more perplexing matter.

While there may be legitimate cause to add more officers to the force, it will only offer a temporary fix to a complex issue.

This is what I mean:

It does not matter if another 100 police officers are hired. That is window dressing. Further ATTRITION tells us that the 100 number in additional police officers hired will serve mostly to backfill officers who are retiring, being terminated and such. Moreover, while it is a nice gesture to add more feet on the street to go to battle in these illusive yet dangerously combative war zones- it is imperative that new and innovative training protocols and SEL is directly woven into said training. I am afraid, due to the nature of not knowing what one is working with- the officers that have been sworn to serve and protect are at a distinct disadvantage and have been leaning toward their own understanding. And that is and has not been working out so well.

What happens if our forces of authority are at a disadvantage?
What happens when unjust shootings continue to happen daily?
What happens when the public openly distrusts a system of corruption?
What happens when the public dishonors members of the system that have sworn and taken an oath to serve and protect?
What happens when the police force becomes frightened and turns that fear into an unjustified murder?
What happens when unorganized infectious systems reach a swelling and the bubble bursts?

Answer:

That society is at a Dis-ease
and
We lose the battle and the war.

We cannot afford that- This country has a great civility infrastructure and can be made better. Someone in authority has to put on their thinking cap(s) and figure this out. As I’ve stated- this is not rocket science.

I do hope someone is out there listening. I am available and willing to help in any way I can.

I welcome your comments.

All my love for a greater humanity and all the best,
Bridgette
www.chatmanlewisflaggs.com

Shrink…Are We On The Couch?

There have been times where I have felt the need to relax on the sofa in light of regrouping and maintaining my composure. There have been times where I have laid for a while, napped a while and admittingly- wallowed for a while.

I’m curious though-
My curiosity is related to:

Pressure and stress : wealth

Pressure and stress : poverty

…and the accessibility to a psychiatrist or at least a good couch.
When I say a good couch- I mean…a good place to go that is unencumbered with triggers or stressors. A place where one can recuperate without nuance, impediments or triggers.

I welcome your thoughts.

My thought is:

If one can afford to sit and have someone listen to all their issues and problems- then take a pill for the said issue or problem, they may have a better chance at coping/ moving through life with success (as defined by society).
If one is unable to do so, they will be less likely to be able to cope with life in a functional way and they won’t have access to receive the help and guidance they need in light of achieving success.

That said, those who are impoverished are at a greater disadvantage as it relates to achieving “success” according to societies definition.

This is not rocket science or highly vague. It is clear.

However, the correlation to wealth and the fact that per capita : psychiatrists in wealthy nations is high becomes a story that is very telling.

Take a look below…

What are your thoughts?

 

All the best,
Bridgette

Ebook or Hard Copy ink on paper?

DID you know?…

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According to a new report on book reading published by the Pew Research Center, not only did 73 percent of U.S. adults read a book in the past 12 months, but the vast majority did so using actual ink on paper. Compare the 65 percent of Americans who read a print book to the 28 percent who read an e-book during the same period
Statista

I love a good book in hand!
I appreciate the Ebook version only when traveling in car and listening to it via Bluetooth
or
at the gym while on the bike

That’s about it. I love the touch and feel of a good read and I love the way books smell. Weird enough? Books ignite my senses and I learn oodles.

All the best and cheers to good book reads- whatever your preference.

Bridgette

Did you know that International Students add substantial $ to the US economy?

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According to the Wall Street Journal…

During the 2014-15 academic year, they contributed over $30 billion to the U.S. economy.
Statista …

Interesting.

Bridgette

Amazing Georgetown University steps up and recognizes the evil of slavery and offers amends

This live stream from Georgetown University shook me to my core.

Please watch.
http://time.com/4476121/georgetown-university-slaves-descendants/

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All the best,
Bridgette

Want Venture Capital? VC

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Well you’d better look at what’s trending…

Please note:

Have your business plan ready for inspection and by all means WRITE your own business plan with the guidance of industry experts…don’t take short cuts.
Understand the market and your competition
Know who your clients/customers will be
Understand market trends, how your company will trend in the market place and be able to forecast your numbers…
Have a Clear and Concise EXIT Strategy
Know when and how to take risks and how to properly mitigate your risks
Have a communication strategy
etc…

This is what you are expected to know (confidently) when seeking or dealing with a VC.

VC’s are not in business to Lose money and they aren’t into liking people personally albeit you have to be able to get in the door and not be a jerk!

#1 Goal of VC= ROI in the timeframe they project.

All the best,
Bridgette

So how is Apple’s Tim Cook performing?

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I would say his performance is on point!

The only thing the company lacks at this time is…’The Next Big Thing’.
In my opinion, Apple needed the rest in light of gearing up for that next big ‘it’ thing- innovation.

People were growing weary of generational products e.g. iPhone, iPhone (all numbers) generations through 6plus.
Apple was smart to let Samsung take the lead and have people grow weary until they introduced the next ‘It’ thing. I probably can say with more than 55% confidence it won’t be an iPhone.

Let’s be clear, Apple is no Blackberry!tim cook

The Apple Company has lots more Innovation in them.

If I were a betting girl, I’d put money on APPLE.
In fact, I just became a new user…a real convert.
The ease of use and freshness in look made me a believer!

Cheers to Tim Cook and APPLE!

All my best,
Bridgette

So, what happens after one graduates from tertiary education ?

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Looks like higher education pays off in most countries in the EU, especially Germany. Germany is one of the most successful industrialized countries in all of Europe! I do hope it catches on in the States soon.
Post tertiary degrees are seemingly undervalued in the States these days.

Additionally, those in diverse settings are receiving a ‘whole other’ tertiary education that forces potential candidates for employment to Innovate and be Creative in extraordinary ways- In short: It pays to take a look at candidates from underserved areas as well.

Come on…we are missing the boat on valued skill set(s)! We are looking in all the wrong places and achieving the same results- flat employees.

Think out of the box and put a task force together to find the ‘whole other’ tertiary educatees and formally trained tertiary candidates.

Innovate! Innovate!

Cheers to success,
Bridgette

Today’s Youth…

Keep your eyes on our nation’s Youth and Abysmal Unemployment Rates

The simple truth is Unemployment Rates matter a great deal. Currently, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics-Youth ages 16-24 year olds

Youth Unemployment is:
11.5% with an employment population ration of 53.2%- July 2016
Just a year earlier the national unemployment rate was 12.2% and in 2009/2010 the rate teetered around 19-20%!
A good unemployment rate is 5-6%.
The statistical exchange between labor bureaus and consultative agencies pool and pull data that is relevant to statistical norms, standards and deviations.

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That said, when discourse takes place relative to manipulations of unemployment numbers- I tend to fact check the numbers. More often than not naysayers are incorrect in their opinions of numbers manipulation games.
Further, in disenfranchised and underserved areas the unemployment rates are as high as 53%! More often than not, people of color are disproportionately affected. One can be a bit more certain of numbers by driving the streets in underserved areas. One can gain clarity of the high unemployment rates in a literal sense.

Let’s be clear:
Unemployment is not a joking matter nor should the raw data be construed as a statistical manipulation or joke.
Those who are actively seeking work and cannot find gainful employment are in uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
The Youth population –especially millennials are looking for gainful employment that will pay a wage and hopefully ignite their passion and or skill set.

Often times what becomes paramount to youth is having a pay check to be used for living expenses and purchasing goods and services relevant to their lifestyles. Thus, millennials will take a job that is available in the markets versus matching skill set or passion to said job in order to live their lives.

There are many unfortunate circumstances that impact underserved areas high unemployment rates- some of which include discrimination, corporations abandoning areas, lack of job opportunity and lack of access to areas where jobs exist and high crime rates. It is difficult to mitigate a company’s high risk and liability relative to crime in said areas. However, with ‘right fit’ partnerships in the public and private sectors and proper programming; unemployment can be curtailed to a number on par with the national trend-given a good national trend rate.

Getting to know today’s youth
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For the most part, today’s youth are pretty simple. I have found through many conversations and youth forums and summits:
Today’s youth are more alike than different. They listen to a good cross section of music, they are open to having associates and friends that cross cultural differences, they are actively engaged in technology, and they consume information in diverse formats.

Youth don’t like formal anything including but not limited to suits, shirts and ties
Youth like free time that is unencumbered from bureaucracy
Youth find confining rigid atmospheres off-putting
Youth especially like being heard
Youth are innovative and creative
Youth will work hard for organizations that are inclusive, diverse and smaller in size and scope
However, youth will take a job in a mundane environment until something better comes along- which could be a start up with less pay.

Today’s youth are very smart (hyper intelligent), engaged and very innovative.

Note to large corporations as it relates to company culture and dated hiring practices:
This isn’t your great grandfather’s company anymore. The old company had an exclusionary dynamic where the culture was- do as I say- shut up and go home. Youth will do as they are told but if the culture is not a good fit, the talent will leave with haste. What’s sad?- said company and leadership will have missed developing the next big ‘it thing’ because of layers of dated policy and lack of reform embedded so deep within said organizations. Thus, it is a wise decision to be in tuned and pay attention to today’s millennial generation and create inclusionary policy.
I would further implore said companies to start hiring folks that don’t all look like you. In doing so- you will find some of the brightest people on the planet as valuable net add assets (valuable human capital). I especially implore you to look at youth in underserved areas who constantly have to think out of the box and are forced to assimilate across cultures in order to survive. Further, they are willing to work in environments of inclusion that are outside of their norm.

At the end of the day
Most everyone including youth that have been written off dysfunctional, irrational, inhuman beings want to live dignified lives where a wage of pay is earned and they can exchange said pay for a lot of savings, and other goods and services that make life and living worthwhile. If you do not believe me, arrange a panel discussion and interview them.
There is something to be said for second chances.

For more information contact:
Chatman Lewis Flaggs Enterprises
or The Economic Growth Initiative-EGI
www.egithrive.com
www.chatmanlewisconsulting.com

Thank you for staying engaged.
All my best,
Bridgette