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Time With Politicians … Well Spent or Not?

I have been running my own company for twelve years. Eagle has achieved some success, won a few awards and we have received some very favourable press.

When I first started the business my total focus was on the internal operation of the company, fighting the daily fires and developing strategies for growth.

As we got a little bigger we grew our management team and other people (certainly more capable) took responsibility for the day to day operations, and my focus shifted. My time was spent more on external activities and relationships, and lots of time spent on developing the strategies to take the company through several stages of growth.

We have worked hard to grow a solid business with good people, good processes and good technology all focused on a strategic direction that makes sense.

So … is that enough?

It appears that it is not enough, because it appears that various levels of government have the ability to change our world for us! Bill 139 in Ontario is proof positive that sometimes governments don’t listen … and will enact legislation that is bad for business. McGuinty’s government seems to be very prone to this kind of action … the extra “Family Day” holiday that costs about $2 billion in productivity to Ontario companies each year and the recently announced HST which is going to be a disaster for Ontario are two more examples that this provincial government is out of control.

As a businessman that is scary! (As a tax payer its scary too!)

So … back to my hypothesis. I need to find time to educate people about our industry, about its value proposition and the part it plays in providing employment to 600,000 Canadians a year.

All business owners need to find time to let their elected “leaders” know what they do, and the importance of what they do.

I need to develop a plan ….

What are the messages I want to deliver?
What levels of government are important to me?
Who are the people I need to meet?
How many can I meet each month … how much time can I devote to this activity?

Are you going to develop a plan? If not then your industry might be the next one to get “creamed” by McGuinty and people like him.


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8 thoughts on “Time With Politicians … Well Spent or Not?

  1. “the extra “Family Day” holiday that costs about $2 billion in productivity to Ontario companies each year”

    What about the other 10 statutory holidays? That’s another $20 billion lost!

    And weekends, well they cost the economy $208 billion!!!!!

    And, worst of all, there’s all that lost time on Monday through Friday!! About 80 hours a week are being wasted, costing the economy $1,040 billion per year!

  2. “the extra “Family Day” holiday that costs about $2 billion in productivity to Ontario companies each year”

    What about the other 10 statutory holidays? That’s another $20 billion lost!

    And weekends, well they cost the economy $208 billion!!!!!

    And, worst of all, there’s all that lost time on Monday through Friday!! About 80 hours a week are being wasted, costing the economy $1,040 billion per year!

  3. I have to agree with Don, Kevin it seems since you have started your company you have forgotten what its like to be a worker 🙂

  4. I have to agree with Don, Kevin it seems since you have started your company you have forgotten what its like to be a worker 🙂

  5. LOL … well I can tell you I work pretty hard, but I know what you are saying. I’d like to disagree, but I will agree that my perspective has changed since I have become a business owner … and one of the ideas for this blog was to give people an insight into MY world.

    The point of this entry is that every time Governments change things it seems to cost the business owner, or shareholder. When the changes come fast and strong it makes it very difficult to maintain a profitable business. If the business isn’t profitable then there is no business … and therefore no jobs (which hurts the “worker” too).

    Don zoomed in on my comment about the lost productivity (which was quantified by the CFIB). It is just one more (relatively small) hit to business, but when you add them up it hurts! Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I am a big fan of balance in life and I would never begrudge people their time off … I just don’t like governments telling me I have to do it, and that I have to pay for it … but I guess that would be a business owner’s perspective.

  6. LOL … well I can tell you I work pretty hard, but I know what you are saying. I’d like to disagree, but I will agree that my perspective has changed since I have become a business owner … and one of the ideas for this blog was to give people an insight into MY world.

    The point of this entry is that every time Governments change things it seems to cost the business owner, or shareholder. When the changes come fast and strong it makes it very difficult to maintain a profitable business. If the business isn’t profitable then there is no business … and therefore no jobs (which hurts the “worker” too).

    Don zoomed in on my comment about the lost productivity (which was quantified by the CFIB). It is just one more (relatively small) hit to business, but when you add them up it hurts! Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I am a big fan of balance in life and I would never begrudge people their time off … I just don’t like governments telling me I have to do it, and that I have to pay for it … but I guess that would be a business owner’s perspective.

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