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Takeaway #22: Embrace the Competitive Market as inspired by Public Enemy

***Cycles, cycles, life runs in cycles. New is old, no I’m not no psycho
        The monkey on the back makes the best excel
        The people in the crowd makes the best rock well
        The people in the back lets you know who’s whack
        And those who lack, the odds are stacked***

Public Enemy Timebomb; Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)  

Hell, old-school heads know that you can write an anthology on Public Enemy alone, but that’s not BPM’s mission.  What from these old lyrics can you extract for purposes of your day?

This is an ode to the value of free market forces.  The market is cyclical.  The new will become old and become new.  The shift from gas guzzlers to compacts will rock back and forth, just like a toggle switch on mini-skirts and long skirts.

The beauty of the free market and competition (the monkey-on-your-back) is that it makes all of us better.  Your competition brings out the best in you and your organization and in that sense is the best thing for you. 

Also, the market forces are correct.  People trade up the value of publicly traded stock based on the hard economic facts.  The volume of traded shares up or down will let you know whack investments from the good.

Moreover, the market tells us where the best assets are.  If you lack the skills to succeed, the market will let you know.

BPM TAKEAWAY#22:

  • THE INVISIBLE HAND OF THE MARKET CANNOT BE DENIED

  • EMBRACE THE COMPETITION.  IT ONLY MAKES YOU BETTER

About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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