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We offer and are planning to start a talk on the cooperation and communications, which have become pivotal factors in the contemporary world.
First, we want to say about what these categories are for us, as well as to outline our understanding of these words and meanings.
For our Alliance, cooperation is more than just a definition. It is a kernel around which all our philosophy, lines and spheres of activities are built, as well as all the key decisions are taken.
We see and offer the cooperation as the joint action of all the interested parties in the Value creation and their participation, WITHOUT FAIL, in the results achieved. That is, the basic condition is the good for all and everyone, implemented
according to the principle: "Win – Win".
We use the same principle in the matters related to the communications building. We consider that the basis of the goals achievement should be the maximum compact, comfortable and convenient communications that make it possible to listen to
each other and hear each other, to provide the information in time and to exchange it, and to take, owing to this, the timely and correct decisions; and we want to have these communications at the business community’s disposal.
The majority of the most successful modern companies and platforms in the world, that have achieved the outstanding results, use the cooperation and communications as a foundation for their business building, and receive, as the result, the
enormous competitive advantages.
Forms of cooperation may be the most diverse, while the main one is, as before, the ability of all the parties to participate in the creation of the new values, as well as to change their status, from the product Consumer to the participation
in the product creation. The success of most of the great companies is based just on this.
We dwell in detail on this subject, as many people are still looking at such forms of interaction with apprehension, believing that to become "open" means to put one’s business at risk; that it is better to acquire one’s own asset, even though
a small one, than to look for the new opportunities via the cooperation.
Moreover, many of us have already "burnt our fingers", having taken part in various partnerships and projects. It is just for this reason that the separateness ("sovereignty") often becomes a sort of a guaranty for the development and saving of
one’s own achievements.
We are firmly convinced that in the contemporary world the wish to survive and achieve a serious success single-handedly is becoming an impossible task.
It is practically impossible to have enough time to understand and track all the new ideas and technologies in our rapidly changing world.
This is why we believe that the correctly selected, open and transparent forms of cooperation are the key factors on the road to the Success, while the use of the Partnership opportunities makes it possible to obtain the significant benefits
For the last few years, in the business environment, words related to various expectations have been pronounced with increasing frequency.
Most often, their tone is utterly negative:
Really, all this causes anxiety and concern, as the current events regularly confirm the worst fears.
Our experts’ position concerning the economic outlook for the near future is neither causing optimism. All this leads to the disagreeable thinking of the future:
Our position and logic are as follows: it is time to “grow up” and start taking the well-balanced decisions.
Let us look at things objectively: it is far from always that we have taken on the task of deciding the matters of the business planning, strategies and tactics development, forming
the management models and quality control. It seemed to most of us that all this had been invented by the consultants just to draw the money from us.
Same way, the failure to perform the work or to provide a service in time was not considered anything quite exceptional.
We believe that today each businessperson thinking of his/her own business expectations should ask oneself a number of the key questions, i.e.:
We consider that it would be a gross mistake to start any serious projects now acting alone. Time has changed, and whatever it was possible to implement being driven by the enthusiasm
and the quick mind for business yesterday, is obviously insufficient today.
Besides, starting a new project or scaling your ongoing business, think of whom you will be able to sell it tomorrow; at what price; and how quickly.
These simple questions often seem naïve to us, and we do not think it right to ask them ourselves, sincerely believing that we are building the business "for ages" and not for sale.
However, this is a mistake.
The sense we have in mind writing this article is as follows:
These new avenues imply the following:
Continuing our talk about honesty as the Success formula, we consider the ability to admit one's own mistakes to be the most important point.
As experts, we claim that 95 per cent of all the problems in business occur due only to this.
It does not matter what we are doing, but, especially if we are doing something ourselves, putting a little bit of our heart and soul into it, we are deeply convinced that we are doing everything right.
Proceeding from this, we are forming our own "truth".
Therefore, when our partners begin asking us questions and formulating claims, we, in most cases, react with hostility.
Even if we feel that we have done something wrong, we refuse to admit it, just because "this" is not part of our "truth".
Just the same way, as a rule, our Partner, Client or Counterparty behaves. They have also formed their own "truth", in which there is no place for admitting their mistakes.
None of us strives nor is eager to really find out the root of the problem and to express the readiness for the talk or the search for a compromise.
The subsequent scenarios are always the same: at the best, search of the "truth" within the "legal framework", and at the worst – far beyond this framework.
Whatever is the scenario, it is always the loss of emotions, feeling insulted, lost profits and projects, expenses, and so on, up to infinity.
Most often, this leads to the loss of self-confidence, disappointment in the people, Partners, Clients… Almost in everything.
Again, as experts, we often have to delve into various conflict situations, and over and over again it becomes clear that the problem is in the same – in the lack of the real honesty.
The clients complain, saying, "See – we have built the facility, we have performed the work, provided the service, but we are not paid for that. Well, yes, we have not prepared some "papers" or have not formed the result as it is provided for
in the contract. But in general, the work is performed. Let them either give us the money or the project built".
Alas, it is useless to explain that the lacking paper is the document required by the Law, the Contract or any other legal norms, or to explain that without this there may be no, for example, normal operation of the facility.
People do not hear. They do not want to hear. They are convinced that this is just the faultfinding, and they are simply being offended or the counterparty wants to cheat, to insult, or to "rob" them.
Then, the vicious circle continues.
Many of us have gone this way, having lost a lot, and sometimes all. However, a decision may be found here; and it exists: one should get back to the matter of one’s own honesty.
Get back to the search of the real reasons and one’s own mistakes. Not for the sake of soul-searching, but out of desire to gain insight into the problem and to find the really correct solution.
It is just what shall become the new and the most correct method and form of business, which, undoubtedly, will bring positive results, though it will make you go through your own and not the most pleasant "treatment".
In the near future we wish to share our opinion and offer several subjects for discussion, which, we believe, are the most topical and important. In particular, these are as follows:
Meanwhile, setting priorities, we have decided, to begin with, to detail our position concerning the role of Honesty in the achievement of the Success in business.
Of course, the subject may seem hackneyed and trivial, but we offer it proceeding from the analysis of our own mistakes, failures and achievements. As this subject is too broad and significant, it will require several interrelated articles.
Speaking of Honesty, we will be matching the concrete words, actions and promises to the expectations of the People: implemented and realized, or otherwise frustrated.
So, what do we read into the notion of "Honesty"?
Everywhere, at all times, there has been an understanding that the success and achievements in business are made by the people and not by the machines. One can hardly argue with that – especially in our digital age.
They also say that the motivated staff will "move mountains", while it is quite meaningless to call the unmotivated people for anything.
This is why the Motivation is always playing the role of one of the main engines. What can be a better incentive than an honest and fair remuneration of labor and the rewards for results achieved?!
However, it is not always that even the well-prepared motivation systems work. The reason for that is honesty again. Or rather, its absence.
As experts, we can give many examples of the situation when even in the large and very large companies, where, as it might seem, the intelligence level and motivation systems must be on the verge of perfection, everything in reality is quite
The top management declares that equal opportunities are offered to everyone, and that the conditions are formed under which any staff member may grow, develop and earn good money.
However, afterwards a simple greed comes most often.
Especially, when the operating results are not sufficient for everyone.
Then the sheer hypocrisy begins. The top executives and the "elite" start to make adjustments, change the rules, and invent the additional conditions the fulfillment of which becomes obviously impossible.
In doing this, the decision-makers are forming their own legend justifying their actions, as they feel awkward at the beginning.
With time, they themselves begin to believe in the stories invented by them, and the shame passes.
What is in the end?! People's grudges again. Especially those people’s who strive and do their job honestly. The staff members either leave the company or cease to work at the level of their capabilities, as they do not know how to protect
As for the small business companies, there, most often, the truth is hard to find at all.
Very often, among the entrepreneurs honesty is in demand just as long as there is nothing to quarrel over. As soon as the results come, honesty "moves away".
Each tries to prove that it was he/she who contributed to the results, that it is he/she due to whom all the major Successes have been achieved.
Again, the same is repeated: feeling offended, disappointment, loss of emotions.
How to act in such cases, everyone decides for oneself and recommendations here are difficult to form.
Yet, we offer to start with questions to ourselves. How honest are we ourselves in relations with our Partners?!
As far as the situations when you are offended by the "big bosses" are concerned, we believe that the right thing is, most often, to make a difficult decision – to leave.
To leave in order to remain honest with oneself.
This is always very complicated, because of the fear of the unknown and uncertainty.
However, in our view, it is more important to save one’s own face and one’s own self.
Such a step will, most likely, let you take a new look at the world and the situation, find and see the new opportunities and, finally, believe in yourself again.
Otherwise, the soul will suffer, resentment will be accumulated, and all this will eventually lead to the "explosion".
The imparting of the necessary value to one’s own knowledge and skills becomes the most important task for each person.
Our abilities value and its size depend on a number of factors of which we shall talk in detail, discussing the nuances and particularities, and then offering the necessary
In the first instance, to form the value it is required that the wider public comes to know about us and our abilities. What is more, the recognition should (preferably) come at
the moment when there isn’t any special necessity in it for us.
Why is it important? We all know how difficult it may be to do or find anything when there arises a pressing necessity in it. At such moments, various hindrances and obstacles
tend to appear without fail. It is applicable to any situation:
Everyone of us knows that in such situations everything we want to buy proves to be very expensive, while all that is necessary to sell is depreciated. The specialists in our
profession are not wanted in the market just in the time when we are in need. And so on.
As the phrase goes, "as always at the worst possible moment".
As the result, many of us are overcome with emotion and dismal mood. Far from always, the reason gives us a right clue, though we try hardest to find ways.
We look for the information and refer to the specialized sites and platforms for help. Most of them are commercial ones, so the rules strictly regulate access to the information
there and its exchange, as they may only receive money from the employers or sellers.
In their turn, the Employers/Consumers most often refer with the questions on the search of personnel / services / goods when there is already a need in them.
And here again, the same "as always at the worst possible moment" law works. The employers need the employees; the applicants need a job; while the people and the companies that
fit together often fail to "meet each other".
Thus, the significance of the timely information on the opportunities existing plays one of the key roles in the formation of your skills
value. No wonder people say: "a spoon is dear when lunch time is near".
«The Red Miracle» Project
is by definition the Project of the Good, and is primarily socially-oriented.
The creation of the «Storeroom of Knowledge and Skills» was preceded by many
years of analytical work. This resulted in the formation of an unalterable opinin on the necessity of a database in which the data about any of your skills will be stored.
The information may be stored in the Storeroom for an indefinite time, and its retention period depends on you only.
In its turn, the access to this information will be free for all the potential employers, Buyers and Consumers.
The Red Miracle offers everyone to place the information on your knowledge and skills in the Storeroom. Even if there is no urgent need for it now, it would be right to do it to
be on the safe side, since, as we know, there are so many chances.
In our third lesson under the Salesmanship training program, we shall continue the talk about the formation of your knowledge and abilities value, and propose concrete solutions
for the increase of the attractiveness of your capabilities specifically.
We believe that those who have taken heed of the previous ideas and have become "misers" (in a good sense) and zealous owners (who know what they have; know what they are in need for, and know what
they can currently do without), will find this continuance of the forecast and recommendations from the Red Miracle interesting.
So, we consider that the coming March and April will add a lot of nervousness to the markets, as well as will make the far from simple situation with the finance in the developing countries still more
The economies of these countries and their small and medium size businesses especially, will have to withstand many additional challenges.
This said, we are sure that time has come just now to start the active steps in search of the so-called undervalued assets.
By the undervalued and distressed assets, we mean the assets having the commercial value, but associated with some dispute, conflict, risk of loss, losses, or mismanagement.
There exist a number of reasons significantly reducing the real value of the asset (read about it at the end of this article).
To search and find such assets would be a great piece of luck. This is dependent on a number of reasons, be it the information disclosure restrictions or the owners’ economic and even personal safety
considerations. Not all the sellers are ready to post information about the sale of the assets belonging to them.
Currently, the distressed assets are not practically put up for sale in the open market, as:
Besides, there exist a number of nuances holding down the assets offer and purchase:
At the same time, if one has the desire and perseverance, this may be done. In this case, such assets will prove a real Klondike.
We draw the attention of those who will be patiently looking for such assets, at the tasks that will require to be solved:
The reasons for the sharp decline in the assets value may become the following:
The Red Miracle is ready to provide the necessary advice and practical assistance to those who will engage in the search of the undervalued assets.