Friday, September 29, 2017

I Lost It Yesterday!

I Lost It Yesterday!
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

There are times after the fact you know you could have handled it differently, yesterday was one of them!

When a client asks a serious question and you start to answer and are constantly interrupted, it becomes useless in even attempting to complete the answer. 

No matter what you say or attempt to state it is going nowhere.  That was one of those afternoon meetings.

I will not bore you with all the details, but it comes down to a personal attack and ludicrous suggestions, in fact challenging that proximity beacons don't even transmit at all.  Tell that to Google Nearby and Apple's iBeacon and the whole global beacon industry.

The gentlemen even accused that I had rigged my Android Smartphone to show so-called beacon notifications and they did not even exist!  When typing in my Smartphone, which by the way is more powerful than most laptops, to the Internet to show a number of views of the beacons, this was not believed either.

To suggest we walk around a local supermarket and ask people was even more silly, it is private property and we are guests and I was not about to do that either.  

You see, he has an iPhone and the Apple products are controlled monetarily with all that goes on them by Apple.  Folks, they (Apple) are a pain to work with as a developer.

Apple wants you to use an app, which we do and with the last changes with Apple's operating system last week, you are always behind the eightball in changes that supposedly will work, they don't.

I am passionate about communications.  Being one of the early driving forces back seven years ago, I know the industry inside out.  I lost it language-wise in frustration and not being able to answer or use my Smartphone to show exactly what is available and show on the screen.  He accused that it was rigged!

Going back to my office I dropped into the Verizon store and every Android phone lit up with our notifications! They are non-invasive notifications and do not ding or send out noise, you must have the Bluetooth on to receive notifications.

Was I wrong in my attitude, sure, in retrospect, but do not challenge a whole global multi-billion dollar industry!  We do have the most incredible communications and marketing solution that is working successfully.

Do not get me wrong, is there more to the story, of course, there is, we both need to sit down and clear the air. 

Proximity Beacons work and work successfully!

Sadly the other gentleman had other ideas in his mind, sometimes we need to listen and listen well and not mistrust technology.  That goes for both of us!

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Copyright 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017


by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Respectism there is no such word I thought, but then again, this is 2017 and you can invent whatever you like and someone did!

"RESPECTISM is the belief that a respectful society is a pragmatic necessity for survival"

We are told it  was created with the following in mind: 

"When we talk about containing pollution or genocide or nuclear weapons, it is surprising that we have not recognized the central truth: We are the problem.

Until the truth about the universal need for a respectful society is recognized and addressed by enough of us, we will never be able to solve the perilous riddle of how to survive our weapons, our waste, and the total disrespect for the sovereignty of the basic values, our flag and national anthem.

Respectism defines a respectful society as one in which enough of us are cooperating to help each other balance the three everyday, instinctual elements of respect: respect for self, others and place.

Respect for self honors the individual will to survive and thrive, respect for others honors the humanity of all human beings and honors the life that surrounds us, respect for place honors everything from a shared table to shared earth, water, air and common respect for each other in all that has in past.

The respectism tri-model presents respect as a centering of three values that usually overlap, but which are not the same, honestly admitting that true respect is a skill to be developed over a lifetime.

Not everyone is ready to believe that a more respectful society is essential to our survival.  We saw this on Sunday with disrespectful NFL players taking the knee during the playing of America's National Anthem.

Throughout history, there have been selfish and mean leaders, those who have willingly followed them, and those who have said we will never change. 

This past event by overpaid disrespectful lowlifes is a prime example and those in senior management or ownership are just as bad!

Those of us who believe that a more respectful society is essential and possible will want to do the following:

First, individual and institutional respect for self, others and place will have to be relentlessly advertised.

Second, the abusive must be respectfully kept from power, and the behavior patterns of those who rule through fear, abuse, exploitation of prejudice and distortion of principles must be commonly recognized in order to assist in that endeavor.

Third, fair dealing, based on listening dialogue, honest negotiation, and equality must be promoted as the mechanism for creating a respectful society in public and private settings including justice for all, representative leadership and governance, economic exchange, the meeting of basic human needs, friendship, family, and love.

Fourth, the success of a respectful society must be measured by the decrease of all acts and threats of violence and involuntary detention, including those needed for true self-defense of the individual or society, as well as by the decrease in hunger and homelessness, and in the quality of our air, land, and water.

Fifth, the principles of a respectful society must be kept simple and clear enough for young children to learn, adults to believe and the weak to own as well as the powerful, so that respectism is never confused with an illusion of respectability, or authoritarianism, or made the enemy of liberty.
If a respectful society seems like an idealistic fantasy, please answer this question: "How will we survive without changing our behavior towards one another?"

No one knows exactly how we will create a respectful society any more than the inventors of the first flying machine could have imagined a space shuttle.

We must start performing countless experiments in respect if we are to survive.

We should start now.

"Love is the soul of respect, and respect is the language of love."
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